Vienna City Council hears final round of budget requests

VIENNA – Members of the Vienna City Council unanimously approved the second reading of the bond ordinance for the water tank rehabilitation project during the Thursday evening meeting.

The bond ordinance will permit the city to seek up to $1.2 million in funding from state funds or local financing services for the rehabilitation of the city’s water tanks, said Mayor Randy Rapp.

The third reading of the bond ordinance will be heard by city council during the Feb. 27 meeting, and the public forum for the bond ordinance will be held that evening as well.

In other business, City Council approved the resolution for the equal employment opportunity plan for women and minorities in Vienna to guide management through meeting the EEO plans. The resolution serves as guidelines that apply to grants received by the city and other applicable grant programs.

Copies of the annual plan, valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014, are available at the Vienna City Building and the Vienna Public Library.

The council heard budget presentations Thursday evening from 11 outside agencies that receive funds from the city.

The River City Runners & Walkers Club asked for $1,000 for the annual Vienna Road Run, a five-mile run and 5 kilometer walk. This will be the race’s 18th year, said Lou Molinaro, River City Runners & Walkers representative.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department requested $4,000, which it plans to use for continued low income preventive care. The presentation focused on the dental program Smiles For Life, which has served MOV residents since it began in 2009, said Dick Wittberg, representative for the MOV Health Department.

The Parkersburg Visitors and Convention Bureau requested to receive its standard 50 percent of the hotel-motel tax collected each month. This is estimated to be $60,000 in the new budget, according to Steve Black, finance director for Vienna.

The Kids First Program, which provides a safe location for child exchange and monitored visitation for children of divorced families, requested $3,500 from the city.

The Vienna Jazz Festival announced the change of its name to the Vienna Rib and Jazz Festival, said representative David Wells. Wells requested $10,000 from the city, and plans to make the jazz festival free to the public in 2014.

The Vienna Library requested to receive a portion of the ad valorem (real estate and property) taxes from the city. The exact amount will be released to the public once the projected tax collections for 2014 from the assessor are available to the city, said Black.

The Wood County Senior Citizens Center requested $4,300 for the preparation and delivery of meals to the elderly throughout the year. According to representative Mike Dennis, this is only a portion of the money required to feed seniors in need every year.

The MOV Regional Council requested $7,436, which would budget $3,431 for itself and $4,005 for the Wood, Wirt and Washington council, said Rapp.

Artsbridge requested $1,000 to continue supporting its efforts to bring the arts to local schools, said Artsbridge director Jane Irvine.

The Area Roundtable requested $5,000 to continue its efforts to provide economic development to the community. Cam Huffman, representative of the Area Roundtable, said the organization has been working for three years to bring the cracker plant to the area.

The Parkersburg Humane Society requested $31,132, citing the 141 stray animals it captured in Vienna and the 97 owner-surrendered animals the society handled in 2013.