Completion of paving project slated for August

By Laura Schiermeier, Staff Writer
Posted 7/29/20

Several of the streets in the City of Vienna will receive some new asphalt this summer. Utilities Superintendent Shon Westart said the work will cost about $150,000.

At the recent Vienna City …

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Completion of paving project slated for August

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Several of the streets in the City of Vienna will receive some new asphalt this summer. Utilities Superintendent Shon Westart said the work will cost about $150,000.

At the recent Vienna City Council meeting, it was detailed which streets would be done. Westart said the work this summer will be mainly in the south part of the city and will complete the whole section they’ve been working on as last time most of the work was in the north side of the city. They are the most traveled streets. Westart said the city saves money to be able to pay for street paving about every two years.

Streets planned for the work include all of Vienna-Rolla Road; Independence Lane; Main and Coffey Streets, from First Street to Third Street; First and Second Streets, from Highway 63 to Mill Street; the pothole at Third and Main Streets in front of the Vienna Library; and some patches here and there throughout the city.

The city’s streets are in good condition. This summer they did some maintenance work by sealing cracks. Capital Paving, Jefferson City, will be doing the work. Westart said he’s not sure when the company will be in Vienna, but he hopes it will be around the first week of August.

In other discussion at the July Vienna City Council meeting:

• Mayor Tyler “TC” James said the city’s ISO rating has stayed the same but improved outside of town.

Fire Chief Mike Smith said the new ISO rating will not become effective until Oct. 1, 2020 so insurance rates will not reflect the better rating until after that date.

Vienna’s ISO rating remained at a 4, which is a good rating. The ISO ratings range from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best and 10 the worst. The good news is with the building of the new Fire Station No 2 at Highway 42 West, the rating for out of town fire district members who live five miles or less from the fire station, their ISO rating will go from 6 to 5. Fire district members who are beyond that range remain with a 10 ISO rating. However, the better rating will help some people.

Smith said the new fire station has three trucks and has been fully operational since the first of the year. There are about six firemen who respond to that new fire station and the response times are quicker.

• North Ward Alderwoman Reva Hutchison said it is very possible in the near future the council may have to discuss and adopt a policy to deal with reducing exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus, such as requiring face masks to be worn. “It’s coming,” she said, adding numbers are increasing “all around us.” The council talked about what other cities, such as Columbia are doing. Mayor James said they will need to “keep a finger on the pulse” of it.

• A public hearing was held for the public improvement grant through USDA the city is applying for to help pay for and outfit a new police vehicle. Police Chief Shannon Thompson said it’s a matching grant that will pay for 35 percent of the cost. The total cost is about $45,000 with the city paying $29,800 to purchase the vehicle, radio and light package. He said the city used this grant in 2016 to purchase a police vehicle.

• The council approved an ordinance amending the city’s budget for fiscal year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The General Fund revenues were amended from $331,400 to $351,060 and General Fund expenses were amended from $322,303 to $329,057. The Water Fund revenues were amended from $168,500 to $159,462 and Water Fund expenses were amended from $141,181 to $247,145. The Street Fund revenues were amended from $101,650 to $104,755 and the Street Fund expenses were amended from $67,962 to $51,431. The Sewer Fund revenues were amended from $78,850 to $80,347 and the Sewer Fund expenses were amended from $45,747 to $38,012.

• June cash fund balances were General Fund $17,443.87; Water Fund $42,866.11; Street Fund $41,174.69; and Sewer Fund $14,990.61.

• The city’s year-to-date revenues and expenditures at the end of June show how well the city stayed within the budget. General Fund revenues were 351,059.98 and expenditures were 329,056.78. Water Fund revenues were 159,462.10 and expenditures were 247,144.85. Mayor James noted the city paid an additional $100,000 on its water loan. Street Fund revenues were 104,754.83 and expenditures were 51,431.05. Sewer Fund revenues were 80,346.70 and expenditures were 38,012.41.

Combined fund totals show annual revenues at $695,623.61 and expenditures at 665,645.09 for a positive variance of 29,978.52.

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