VIENNA - The unrecyclable parts of the city's old water meters were gifted to Union-Williams Public Service District through a unanimous vote of the Vienna City Council Thursday evening.
The donation was made on the stipulation the parts are used for the betterment of the public good, said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp.
City council discussed the fate of its old water meters Thursday evening as a resolution that was presented by director of public works Craig Metz. As the old water meters are removed from properties and their digital replacements are installed, the city of Vienna has found itself with a pile of old water meters that need to be put to good use, said Metz.
Photo by Gretchen Richards
Vienna City Councilman Roger Bibbee reviews the year 2013 with members of City Council during the final meeting of the year Thursday evening.
The old water meters are being recycled when possible to save Vienna money, said Metz. The main component of the old water meters is made of brass, which is being recycled locally, said Metz.
The tops of the old water meters, consisting of electronics and plastic parts, are proving a bigger challenge to recycle, said Metz. "We can't even recycle the plastic in them, so our options are to throw them away and crowd up a landfill or to donate them to a better cause," he said.
These unrecyclable components were deemed to have "zero value to Vienna," said Metz. But to a city that is still using this style of water meters, the tops will be an invaluable stash of replacement parts, he said.
In other city business, it was announced that the replacement of the city's water meters with the digital system is progressing "well ahead of schedule," said Rapp. The new system is online, said Rapp.
The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department presented the council with the annual by-laws revision update. Council voted to add these by-laws.
By-law additions and changes are:
* A 12-month probationary period for new firefighters, which was raised from six months.
* The official removal of the junior fire department program, to be replaced with a new program in 2014.
* The addition of a fourth annual training session, to be held in the final month containing five Thursdays each year.
* The addition of a fifth member of the by-law committee.
* Firefighters must have completed training before their promotion or within a reasonable time afterward.
On the second reading of the ordinance to purchase property at 704 29th St., council voted unanimously to go ahead with the purchase. The property will be purchased for $70,000 and placed in the city's name.
During a review of the year for each city department, new projects were announced or updated.
Vienna will be increasing its recruitment and expansion process for businesses in 2014, said Vienna Councilman Paul Thornton.
"Just the rumors of a possible cracker plant in the area are bringing more business to the area, and Vienna needs to be a part of this," said Thornton.
The parks and recreation committee announced its hopes to complete a walking trail from 28th Street to the McDonough Wildlife Refuge in 2014, said Vienna Councilman Bruce Rogers. A second trail, from 28th Street to Grand Central Mall, is hopeful for the future as well, said Rogers.
There are plans to create a second dog park, designed for smaller animals, along Pond Run, said Rogers. Playgrounds across the city will be made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and pavilions will be repaired or replaced as needed, he said.
The trees deemed "dangerous and problematic" in Vienna will be removed in 2014, said Councilman Jim Miracle. Additional trees, baskets and planters will be placed around the city, he said. A new "best looking yard" contest is something residents can look forward to in the coming year, he said.
The City of Vienna has plans for the 12th Street sewer plant upgrade and the water tank upgrade, said Miracle.
Vienna will host the West Virginia State Firemen's Convention next summer, said Councilman Roger Bibbee. With this announcement comes plans for additional renovations and remodeling of the 36-year-old firehouse, said Bibbee.
The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department logged 3,503 volunteer man hours in 2013, said Bibbee.
The ongoing construction of the annex to the police department is on schedule, and expected to be completed by Feb. 3, 2014, said Councilwoman Cathy Smith.