×

Vienna advances ordinances regulating substance abuse treatment facilities

Vienna City Council member Jim Leach, left, spoke about the ordinances regulating substance abuse treatment facilities and group recovery homes at the council meeting on June 9. On June 23, Leach commented on why council should pass the final readings of the two ordinances. Also pictured is City Attorney Russ Skogstad. (File Photo)

VIENNA–Vienna City Council meet on Thursday, June 23, to pass the final readings of the ordinances regulating substance abuse treatment facilities and group recovery homes.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp made a motion to make an amendment to the language in 1326.04 of the ordinance regulating group residential homes. This part of the ordinance about zoning confirmation uses the term “Development Director.” Rapp said there is no longer a development director, so this term was replaced by “Code Enforcement Office.” The motion passed unanimously.

Kim Williams, council member, said she was still concerned about the ordinance and how the language felt discriminatory. She used an example of two veterans not being able to live together or having to “jump through hoops,” in order to live together due to one or both of the veterans having a mental or physical disability.

Jim Leach, council member, said it is council’s job to protect its community.

“We’re trying in a non-discriminatory fashion, in my view, to create an environment that allows for these sober homes within reason and performance with our statutes and our codes and our ordinances and at the same time protecting who we’ve been elected to protect,” he said.

Chris Mancuso, council member, said he wants to continue to make Vienna a welcoming place for all people. He said he thought the state should handle regulations regarding substance abuse treatment facilities and group recovery homes.

Council passed the final reading of the ordinance regulating group recovery homes 5-2, with Williams and Mancuso dissenting.

Council also unanimously passed the final reading of an ordinance amending article 1371 of Vienna code to regulate the location and placement of residential substance abuse treatment facilities.

Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the participation in the Parkersburg/Wood County HOME Consortium from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

The HOME Consortium is administered by the city of Parkersburg, but serves all areas of Wood County, including Vienna. It provides several programs to the community like Tenant Based Rental Assistance, Down Payment Assistance and Low Income Housing Tax Credit, among others.

Council unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the Annual Action Plan for its Community Development Block Grant program for the 2022-23 year. While Wood County is a HOME participating jurisdiction, the city of Vienna benefits by receiving funds toward community development activities.

Toni Tiano, grant coordinator, said the city of Vienna will be receiving $100,852 from HUD and is planning to spend $37,926 on an energy efficient program to replace inefficient doors and windows, $37,926 through the minor home improvement program, $7,000 on the senior citizen center appliances including a new stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer and $18,000 for general administration.

Tiano said the city has completed a record of 19 housing projects in the past year.

Council unanimously voted to pass the first reading of an ordinance amending and supplementing the ordinances of the city building, standards and codes, the second reading vote will take place at the next Vienna Council meeting at the Vienna City Building on July 14, at 6 p.m. This ordinance incorporates the changes to the West Virginia State Building Code and adopts it to the city of Vienna.

NEWSLETTER

Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper? *

COMMENTS

Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today