Vienna officials discuss projects

VIENNA – Construction has begun on the renovations at the Ohio Valley University water tank, Vienna City Councilman Jim Miracle said Tuesday.

Crews decided to begin with internal renovations, which revealed a faulty 10-inch valve in the water tower, Miracle said at the Vienna Utility Board meeting.

To replace the valve, water service for the Forest Hills area, including Ohio Valley University, Merrywood Lane, Woodland Drive, Forest Hills Drive, Ashwood Drive, Ashwood Place, Valley View Drive and Poplar Drive, will be turned off at 10 p.m. Thursday, with expected restoration by 7 a.m. Friday, officials said.

A payment resolution for $238,242 for payments for the 12th Street sewer lift station was approved by unanimous vote during the meeting. The resolution authorizes payments of $229,050.67 to Orders Construction Company Inc. and $9191.23 to Burgess and Niple Inc. for work performed at the site.

Construction of the new water tank at Jackson Park has been temporarily delayed by the cancellation of the plans for an outside company to build a cell phone tower in the park, said Craig Metz, director of public works in Vienna.

Plans had originally called for the city to move police department communications and digital water meter receivers on the cell phone tower, Metz said.

A 140-foot-tall tower for the police communications and water meter receivers will be specially built on the site, Metz said. No plans to open bidding for the project were mentioned at the utility board meeting Tuesday.

Funding for the new water tanks at Jackson Park and Ninth Street will go before the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council on Wednesday, said Craig Richards, engineer with Burgess and Niple Inc. Once cleared, the funding request will move on to the state Public Service Commission, Richards said.

The replacement of the water meters with digital versions in Vienna is progressing at an average rate of 15 units replaced a day, Metz said. A total of 800 manually read meters remain in the city, which can now be read in a three-day period, Metz said.

The Pond Run floodplain mapping project is progressing and is anticipated to be completed within two to four weeks, Richards said.

A presentation on the progress of turning the old Goldsmit-Black building at 210 60th St. into the city’s new garage explained how the project is progressing. A severely leaking roof is being blamed for slow work in some sections of the building, while other sections are ready to be painted and have flooring installed, Metz said.

The city workers have recycled more than $1,000 worth of scrap metal from the building and plan to keep costs low by using plain, simple fixtures throughout the building, Metz said.

“There will be nothing fancy in this building,” Metz said. “No gold fixtures. All of this stuff will be easy to find and easy to replace. We are trying not to waste anything in our construction,” Metz said.

A recommendation to approve Bruce Rogers for a four-year term on the Vienna Utility Board was forwarded to Vienna City Council during the utility board meeting.

The utility board consists of five members, three of which are appointed by city council, said board member Miracle, who was running the meeting while Mayor Randy Rapp was out of town.

Rogers, Steve Eaton and John Barr are the three members who are currently appointed by council in four-year terms, Miracle said.

Rogers’ term ended two months ago, but was accidentally overlooked until recently, Miracle said.

Vienna City Council will vote on Rogers’ appointment during its July 10th meeting, Miracle said.