Vienna council hears department budgets

VIENNA – City council members heard from two city departments regarding budgets at Thursday night’s meeting.

Parks Director Norm Harris asked council to consider redoing the roof of the Vienna Community Building as well as adding an addition to the structure.

“Right now it’s so busy that we refuse a lot of people because we only have one large room,” Harris said of the building.

Park officials asked for about $60,000 to renovate the building and add the 40-by-30-feet addition to the structure. Harris also asked to use the money toward two new doors for the 34th Street side of the community building.

Harris asked for more money in the telephone budget because city officials are looking into adding Wi-Fi to areas of Jackson Memorial Park.

“We are dealing with an increase in the capability of Wi-Fi in the parks,” he said. “So we can allow our patrons (of the park) more use of Wi-Fi around the ball fields, playground, dog park, tennis courts and pool area.”

Harris noted the park board wants to mow the city’s park areas with its own staff, rather than using outside contractors.

Vienna city forester Jack Mathers presented council with the budget for the tree commission and the city’s beautification projects. Mathers asked for $8,500 to keep up with items, including the Vienna City Building, tennis courts and entrance to Jackson Memorial Park.

Councilman Jim Miracle noted he and Mayor Randy Rapp want to look into changing some of the city’s ordinances concerning trees and other outdoor projects.

“If anyone wants to volunteer to be on the tree committee, (the mayor) and I will take your requests,” said Miracle.

People can sign up to volunteer to be on the committee at the city building on 29th Street.

Park officials also requested heating for the restrooms of the tennis courts in Jackson Memorial Park, about $6,000 for a new vehicle, an addition for a viewing area in the Vienna Recreational Building, a permanent restroom at the soccer fields, and replacing dugouts on the park’s fields.

More than 300 children are involved in soccer between spring and fall on the city’s fields, Harris said.