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City of Vienna City Council met April 3

By Michael Abella | Jun 5, 2019

City of Vienna City Council met April 3.

Here is the minutes provided by the council:



ELECTED/APPOINTED OFFICIALS PRESENT: Jon Simmons, Mayor; Alan Racey, Alderman; Melissa Hill, Alderman; Richard Owen, Alderman; Cheryl Myrick, Alderman; Austin Tuey, Alderman; Aleatha Wright, City Clerk; Shane Racey, City Supt; Michelle Meyers, Treasurer; Jim Miller, Police Chief; Brent Williams, Fire Chief; Phil Morris, Depot


GUESTS: Emily Kerley; Ginger Endrizzi; Susie Bench; Mary Street; Jolene Martin; Tara Chapman; Wyatt Krawczyk; Mike Buhler; Dale Russell

There being a quorum, Mayor Simmons called the meeting of the Vienna City Council to order at 6:30 p.m.


Alderman Hill made a motion to Approve the Omnibus Consent Agenda consisting of the March 20, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes and the Warrant ($14,955.70). Alderman Myrick seconded the motion. Motion carried, 5-yes, 1-absent.

Alderman Tuey made a motion to Authorize and Approve $3,500.00 (TIF Funds) per TIF Application, 406 Court Street, Milkmaid Creations Antiques for roof and wall repairs. The motion was seconded by Alderman Owen. Motion carried, 5-yes 1-absent.

Alderman Hill made a motion to Authorize and Approve $6,500.00(Tourism Funds) and $350.00 (Community Funds) for the Fourth of July fireworks display costs/services. The motion was seconded by Alderman Tuey. Motion carried, 5-yes 1-absent.

Dale Russell was present to request use of the city square for the annual Child Abuse Prevention month event starting at noon on Wednesday, April 24 with a 24 hour walk around the square and Thursday, April 25. Russell discussed many details of the event with city officials. Russell said the Vienna Fire Dept Auxiliary would be providing food this year. Council gave consent for use of the square and agreed to provide portable toilets for the event.

Mary Street, M&M Creations was present to request a prorated vendor fee as she only planned on selling her merchandise for one month opposed to a full year. Council and mayor were in consent to prorate with a $25.00 fee opposed to $300.00 per year.


Wyatt Krawczyk was present to apologize to city officials for his involvement in recent city park vandalism involving several juveniles. Council thanked Krawczyk for attending.


Mayor Simmons congratulated Alderman Owen, Hill, and Myrick on their reelection. Simmons mentioned the Junque Jamboree to take place Saturday, April 6.

Clerk Wright requested use of the city ball park per Rise up Ministries for an adult glow in the dark Easter egg hunt Sunday, April 21. 7-10 p.m. Council gave consent.

Supt Racey informed council the city would need to apply for a new permit for the removal of sludge behind the water plant as the prior permit would be expiring soon. Racey said the permit lasts 5 years and costs $2,500.00 through the EPA.

Racey said he was contacted by Buncombe clerk for assistance with grinding down a rough area on the railroad crossing. After some discussion with council it was decided it would not be in the city's best interest to assist with this issue.

Racey informed council that work was being done for an upcoming inspection on the city lake in Bloomfield. Racey suggested posting signs to prohibit fishing, camping, ar property. Council had discussion with Racey of the concern and agreed the area needed to be posted as the city does not allow fishing at the city reservoir due to liability issues.

Fire Chief Williams thanked Dale Russell for his efforts on the Child Abuse Prevention walk event. Williams also updated council on a recent grant applied for by the department for turnout gear. Williams also mentioned an informal open house at the fire department Saturday, April 6 from 9-12:00 p.m.

Phil Morris, Depot discussed details of a fundraiser for city Christmas lights organized by Johnson County Revitalization.

Alderman Owen questioned use of the old water plant building at the public works dept. Owen said if the building was no longer being used the city may want to consider demo. Supt Racey said it was not being utilized brief discussion took place.

Alderman Hill announced a community Easter egg hunt in the city park scheduled for Saturday, April 20. Hill said the hunt would be from 1-3:00 p.m. for kids 13 and under. Hill said this would also incorporate a food drive for the First Baptist Church.

As there was no further business to discus, Alderman Owen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Alderman Tuey.Motion carried, 5-yes 1-absent.

Mayor Simmons declared the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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