Vienna council holds meeting with agencies

VIENNA – Vienna City Council members listened to outside agencies in a special meeting Thursday.

City Finance Director Steve Black said because of the efforts of Mayor Randy Rapp council members heard from 10 agencies on funding they receive from Vienna.

Appearing before council were representatives from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, the Wood County Senior Citizens, the Greater Parkersburg Visitors and Convention Bureau, River City Runners and Walkers Club, Vienna Public Library, Vienna Senior Citizens, The Area Roundtable, Artsbridge, the Parkersburg Humane Society and the Family Crisis Intervention Center.

Each presenter was given about 10 minutes to discuss how the group uses the money given by the city.

Fred Rader of the MOVRC explained its goals in using the $3,431 allocated as well as the $4,005 for the Wood-Washington-Wirt Interstate Planning Commission.

Rader said the agency uses the local money to match federal funding.

“We have a variety of programs, including foster grandparent and senior companion,” Rader said.

Mike Dennis with the Wood County Senior Citizens spoke of the $4,300 used to match federal funds.

“I’m sure most of you are familiar (with us); we do a lot of things in Wood County, Vienna, Williamstown and Parkersburg,” he said. “One of our biggest programs is providing in-home care to seniors in Wood County.”

Mark Lewis with the Greater Parkersburg Visitors and Convention Bureau said the organization has been tracking tournaments and ways to bring groups into the area.

“I think that’s a very important part of what we do,” he said about bringing high school and college tournaments to Wood County.

Lou Molinaro with the River City Runners and Walkers Club said the police department and fire department help with the Vienna race and the city provides some funding.

Alice Thomas, director of the Vienna Public Library, said the library operates with $300,045 given by the city from tax revenue. She said other funds are provided through grants, the state and donations.

Ida Mae Blair, new president of the Vienna Senior Center, spoke on behalf of the Vienna Senior Citizens. She said the city helps with operations at the facility as well as trips. In the past, the senior citizens group has received about $1,500.

Cam Huffman, of the Area Roundtable, said the city provides $5,000 to the organization for its projects.

Mark Lanyon, director of Artsbridge, spoke of the $1,000 the group uses for special projects.

Emily Larkins, executive director of the FCIC Parkersburg Domestic Violence Shelter, spoke of a new initiative called the Kids First Program. Larkins was requesting $7,000 for the new program geared toward providing children in the shelter with access to parent interaction.

Maryann Hollis, of the humane society, spoke about the services it provides and the need for the $31,000 given to the organization last year.

“We provide services including care, housing, animal control and shelter,” she said.