Vienna approves street sweeper purchase, police pay raises
VIENNA — Vienna City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a mid-size street sweeper, increased the pay of all Vienna Police Department officers and renewed several members of the Planning Commission during Thursday’s regular council meeting.
A much-needed upgrade to the street department was stated by the department head Craig Metz during his budget presentation earlier in the month.
Council approved the bid from Golden Equipment for the amount of $194,625. Funding for the bid will be taken from the general fund.
“I commend you (Craig), I know you’ve asked for it for many years. So I’m finally glad we got it for you. I know you put patches on things that you’ve been using. Thank you for being patient, brother,” Council Member Mike Elam said to Metz who was present for the meeting.
Council also approved an increase in the hourly pay rate for all VPD officers of $2 per hour, effective beginning at the next regular full pay period. The starting hourly rate for new law enforcement officers will now be $20 per hour.
Councilmember Tom Azinger said the officers’ previous wages were the lowest compared to other departments in the area and increasing the wages will encourage current officers to stay in Vienna.
“I just think it is long overdue, studies showed that we had the lowest hourly rate among I think it was 12 or 13 other police departments in the area,” Azinger said. “If we are going to recruit quality applicants and retain them, which is just as important. I think this is really a step in the right direction and shows the police department that we are behind them.”
Council approved the re-appointments of Steve Eaton, Craig Richards, Craig Metz, Barbara Joyce, Carl Tanner, Jamie Witkosky, Jim Sims and Steve Middleton to the city’s Planning Commission.
The reasoning why all members of the commission were up for re-appointment at the same time was due to having outdated appointments in the majority of Vienna’s departments, Mayor Randy Rapp said.
Rapp was re-appointed to the Vienna Utility Board and Councilmember Kim Williams was approved as the council appointee and representative to the same board.
Council also approved a bid from Scots Landscaping for $22,689 for the flower planting and maintenance of various areas of the city. Funding for the projects will be from the city’s general fund.
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