Vienna City Council approves budget revisions

Promise to return civility to meetings

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp, at left, reads the resolution supporting the revival of civility while council members Cathy Smith, Roger Bibbee and Mike Elam listen on Thursday.

VIENNA — Vienna City Council on Thursday approved the budget revisions sent by the finance committee.

There will be a transfer of $8,450 from contingency to fix a tractor with an engine problem, $1,000 from the Park Fund to account for $1,000 cut from the Park Materials budget to pay for winter uniforms, and $750 from the Recreation Fund into the Phone Budget.

A bid approval for the management of Jackson Park Pool and Concessions went to Professional Pool Management for $8,400.

Vienna council members took some time to reflect on how they could improve their ability to work together and solve the challenges confronting the community.

“There are some things people will not agree on,” said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp.

“We live in a democracy where majority rules, and what we want doesn’t win every time,” said Rapp.

To address these situations, a resolution was developed supporting the revival of civility; it passed unanimously.

The resolution focuses on city council members listening to each other and listening across differences for understanding, to build respect and help sustain the sense of community.

It points out that heated rhetoric and drama shift people away from collaboration and leaves them unable to solve the challenges confronting the community.

By passing the resolution, “Vienna City Council members resolve to practice civility by listening respectively to people who have different views, avoiding language that is insulting or derogatory to others and supporting efforts to work together across ideological and political lines.”

The Vienna Police Department will be donating a 2003 police cruiser to the Village of Rutland, Ohio. “The vehicle is 15 years old and in need of maintenance,” said Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer.

“Their city is having many financial issues, and they are beyond excited to be receiving this vehicle even knowing its current condition,” said Pifer. The vehicle will be donated with the light bar, but the radio and other equipment will be removed.

In other business:

* Noon on Monday at the Gold Star Memorial, there will be a celebration for Veterans Day with guest speaker Glen Kelly, a retired veteran.

* There will be no council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 22 due to Thanksgiving

* Two council meetings will be held in December to vote on altering the city line on 11th Avenue and 39th Street. The city would be moving the city limits closer to 39th Street for the de-annexation of a lot. The lot is part of the land owned by Bob Bennett. Moving the line would move the lot from the city limits to the county limits, so it can be used by Bob Bennett Housing for constructing a housing complex.

* The Holly Days Christmas Parade is Dec. 1 at 11 a.m.

* Holly Days Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Jackson Park/Community Building parking lot will be Dec. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

* Vienna is looking at installing an EZ Dock at Spencer’s Landing for kayaks to be placed in the river. These docks float and fit together like puzzle pieces, according to Rapp, making them easy to remove for storms. “We need to evaluate cost and what it takes to install the dock, so this will be a next year project,” said Rapp.

Rapp said Vienna is working on obtaining a plan to use the 17-acre riverfront parcel for recreation.

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The full resolution supporting the reviving of civility.

Whereas listening to each other and listening across differences for understanding is important in building respect and sustaining our sense of community and whereas civil discourse is a free and respectful exchange of different ideas in a way that respects and affirms all persons while hearing their perspectives and whereas heated rhetoric and dramatic shift away from collaboration leaves us unable to solve the challenges confronting our community and whereas listening across differences for understanding and exercising civility assists in the process of working together, rebuilding trust and helps us create lasting solutions to our most pressing challenges while fostering respect among opposing groups and whereas sharing our personal hopes, dreams, fears and the definition of what being an American means to us can help us all tell that story of what unify us over what divides us, and can reunite us around our shared values during this time when our country needs it and whereas recognize the importance of listening to each other exercising civility in our discourse rebuilding trust and reconnecting around what unites us are key elements of the Vienna City Council’s mission. Now therefore, we the Vienna City Council members resolve to practice civility by listening respectively to people who have different views avoiding language that is insulting or derogatory to others and supporting efforts to work together across ideological and political lines.

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