Vienna City Council votes to revise budget

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Vienna City Councilmen Bruce Rogers, left, and Roger Conley, right, listen during Thursday’s meeting of Vienna City Council.

VIENNA — A budget revision to cover two expenses was at the top of the agenda for the Vienna City Council meeting Thursday.

Finance Director Amy Roberts said the HVAC system in city hall has to be replaced and three bids were received for the work. She said the finance committee voted to accept the low bid of $6,518 from Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal.

Mayor Randy Rapp said the system in the building is very old and it has been difficult to get parts to keep it running.

Roberts said the other part of the revision was for legal expenses.

City Attorney Russ Skogstad said $5,000 had to moved to pay for outside counsel for a lawsuit involving the city.

Skogstad said four lawsuits have been filed against the city by resident Lawrence Wilson regarding FOIA issues. Skogstad said he represented the city in three of the cases and they were dismissed in Wood County Circuit Court. However, he cannot represent the city since he has been named as a defendant in the fourth suit.

“I do not feel it will be ethical for me to represent the city in this case,” he said. “I have recommended we hire outside counsel.”

So far, Skogstad said, the city has spent $1,400 on the fourth lawsuit and another payment will be due after the next hearing in the matter set for Dec. 12.

In other matters:

* Council unanimously approved the replacement pages to the codified ordinances for changes made in the past year.

* Mayor Randy Rapp presented a proclamation honoring the Ohio Valley University men’s and women’s soccer teams for winning their MSAC championships and advancing to the regional NCAA tournaments.

* Vienna’s Christmas Parade will be Dec. 2.

* On Dec. 5 the annual tree lighting ceremony will take place in Jackson Park.