VIENNA - Vienna City Council Thursday night approved a $6 million budget for 2013-2014 that will be sent to the state tax commissioner.
Council went into an executive (closed) session during the meeting.
Mayor Randy Rapp called for his first executive session as mayor, citing personnel matters. Rapp called for the session about 15 minutes into the meeting and city council returned after discussions.
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Mayor Randy Rapp, left, and City Recorder Cathy Smith discuss the budget operations at Thursday’s City Council meeting.
No action was taken and no votes took place on the matter at Thursday's meeting, Rapp said.
Councilman Paul Thornton said items in the budget will include new police cruisers, Tasers and equipment for the Vienna Police Department. Jackson Memorial Park will receive funding for the concession building as well as a new restroom, dugouts for the ball fields and upgrades to the press boxes.
Council provided $10,000 for the Chocolate Jazz Foundation Inc.'s Chocolate Jazz Festival set for June 7 and 8 at Fishbone in Vienna.
In Other Business
* William Carter of 39th Street in Vienna asked that city officials look at the alley beside his house. He said when it rains sand and mud flow into his driveway and garage.
* Carter said last week he filled at least two barrels with sand he removed from his garage.
* Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said the budget reflects the department heads and citizens of Vienna and is exceptional considering the financial state of the country.
* "(The budget) is really a tribute to the people working and living in the city that we have had such an enormous growth this year," Rapp said. "We do our best to make sure everything works in the infrastructure."
The public works department will be given $5,000 for street repairs, Thornton said. The department also will receive a new garage on 12th Street allowing operations to be conducted in one building instead of the three now used.
A Christmas tree will be purchased for the city to use during the winter celebration, Thornton said.
Council approved the sale of a 1993 International Fire Rescue Truck to DuPont. Thornton remained out of the discussion, saying he works for the company that placed the winning sealed bid for the vehicle. The truck was sold for $45,000.
Vienna Fire Chief Steve Scholl said the truck had 6,900 miles on it.