Vienna changes fees for facilities

VIENNA — At Thursday evening’s Vienna City Council meeting, a resolution presented by Steve Black, city parks director, was passed to increase the fees and create rules concerning the use of the park shelters, community building and gazebo.

Price changes that will be seen at the Community Building are:

* A $50 security deposit, which will be returned if the facility is clean and the rules of use were followed.

* There will be an additional $25 charge for setting up chairs and tables

* A prorated fee of $25-$75 for entry prior to reserved time.

Session charges will be:

* 7-11:30 a.m. $50

* Noon-5:30 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. $75

Price changes for shelters, McDonough cabins and the gazebo that will be done in sessions now:

* Zero to four hours $25

* Five to eight hours $35

* More than eight hours $50

“The price raise is to combat the maintenance fees for each facility,” Black said.

The raised fees are to go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

“Any reservations that are already booked with be grandfathered in,” said Black.

There was a lengthy discussion on council members talking to department heads, and whether the department heads should be required to attend every city council meeting.

Creating an ordinance concerning department heads to attend council meetings was originally brought up at the last city council meeting by Councilman Roger Conley.

“It is my understanding that we are not allowed to talk to the department heads except at city council,” said Conley.

“If this is the case, then I believe they should be required to attend the meetings in case we have questions,” Conley said.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said each council member is a liaison of a department or multiple departments. Any questions should be able to be answered through the council member associated with the department, he said.

City attorney Russell Skogstad said, for example, “you have a question concerning x, y and z with the parks department, but (councilman) Mike Elam doesn’t know the answer off the top of his head. Elam would then reply with ‘I am not sure let me check with Steve Black and get you an answer on that at the next meeting,’ or he could let Black know that he has been requested at the meeting to provide information on x, y and z.”

Also at Thursday’s meeting:

* Council observed a moment of silence for Delegate Frank Deem, R-Wood, who passed away on Wednesday morning.

* The house on 29th Street previously bought by the city of Vienna has been demolished. According to Rapp, it will be covered in gravel and used as a parking lot until a later council meeting, when council will vote on taking further action in creating a new city building.

Councilman Roger Bibbee addressed council on what he saw as public misconceptions concerning his and other council members votes on the following:

* the water and sewer rate increases, stating “I did not vote for any increases”

* the police fee, in which he said both he and Councilman Bruce Rogers were misrepresented; Rogers voted the fee should be $3 across the board, and Bibbee voted the fee should be $2.02 across the board, he said.

Still on the topic of what Bibbee viewed as misconceptions, documentation was provided on where the money received through personal property and real estate taxes goes.