Vienna City Council hears short Johns Manville project delay, discusses budget

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Vienna Council members Bruce Rogers, left, Roger Conley, center, and City Attorney Russ Skogstad, right, listen during an explanation of a budget revision during a Vienna City Council meeting Thursday.

VIENNA — In an update on the project to convert the former Johns Manville site to Spencer’s Landing, Mayor Randy Rapp said Thursday there is a small break in the project but it will resume soon.

Rapp said the break is to allow the contractor, Jimmy Harper Construction, to take care of another project, but work will resume at the site July 1.

“We have a rough estimate we have removed about 80 percent of the debris there,” he said. “The next section to be done, the lower section along Rive Road where the chain link fence is, will be the next target.”

Rapp said the air quality reports taken near the site have come back clean.

“All of the reports have come back extremely well; there is no contamination of the air around the site,” he said. “So we are very pleased about that. When we go back to work we will update that.”

Amy Roberts, finance director, presented an internal budget revision. She said the revision was a transfer of funds from one line to another in the pool and recreation programs. She said the transfer was to make up for an insufficient amount in the budget for pool chemicals and for Vienna Recreation umpires.

Council approved the revision in a unanimous vote. Council member Mike Elam was absent.

Carolyn DeBrular, a member of the Parkersburg Kiwanis Club, addressed council about a meeting to set up a Vienna Kiwanis Club.

DeBrular said the meeting will be 6 p.m. June 27 at Crazy Cake Cafe at 2651 Grand Central Ave.

“This would be a great connection to our community with service and leadership programs which include Key Club; one of the world’s oldest and largest student-led service programs, which is active in both high schools,” she said. “We have K-Kids for elementary school children and the Builders Club for middle school students.”

DeBrular said the Kiwanis organization has a history of caring for and helping children.

“Kids need people to look out for them and they need people to take care of them, so Kiwanis is there in every corner of the globe,” she said.

She said Kiwanis is a member-driven club and will do several project throughout the year and decided by looking at the community and assessing what the community needs.

In other matters:

* Public works director Craig Metz announced the southbound lanes of Grand Central Avenue from 36th Street to 38th Street will be closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. June 29 for repairs to a sewer line that was crushed when the state storm drain above it collapsed.

* Council approved the 2017-2018 budget for the Vienna Utility Board.

* Council tabled the first reading of an ordinance for an alley closure and quick claim right of way for property off 11th Avenue between 37th and 39th streets because the survey of the lot was not complete.

* Mayor Randy Rapp announced the second “Family Fun Weekend” is scheduled for July 7 with Insured Sound. “Kid Fun” will be July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and ends with “Lego Batman Movie.”