Council Holds Brief Meeting

Council Holds Brief Meeting

<bt>The Town Council met briefly Tuesday night and approved a relatively short list of proposals with minimal discussion.

Before the council began considering proposals, during the public portion of the meeting, Vienna resident J-P Osterwalder made a complaint about storm water runoff on his property. This caused a stir among some councilmembers, who said they did not think enough was being done about the problem of water runoff.

"We need a work session — the sooner the better," said Councilmember Maud Robinson. "This problem of water is becoming endemic in the town of Vienna."

Councilmember George Lovelace said he wanted action to be taken without waiting for a work session, which he understood could not be held until December. Lovelace called for staff to distill the available information on the subject. "I don't want to sit around and try to cull through a stack of detailed information. I want the staff to provide me some rationale, some alternatives, something that I can make a decision on," he said.

Following the citizen comment portion of the meeting, Mayor Jane Seeman presented resident Amy-Jo Hendrix of the Department of Parks and Recreation with an award for best new program from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society for last fall's Stockings for Soldiers program, which she conceived.

Mayor Seeman also mentioned to Capt. Mike Miller of the Vienna Police Department, who was present, that there was a problem with adherence to the resident-only parking restriction on Patrick Street, S.E. "If you could kind of step up a little patrol over there, those people would appreciate it," said Seeman.

The council then approved the following motions:

Permission was granted for the information technology administrator to spend the $50,000 yearly budget for computer replacement on three blanket purchase orders from Gateway ($5,000), Dell ($33,000) and PC Mall.Gov ($12,000).

Ninety percent of Sekas Homes Ltd.'s public improvement bond for 300 and 302 Kingsley Road, S.W. was released. The remaining 10 percent is being held for two years for future maintenance.

The purchase of two 2006 Chevrolet Impalas for the Vienna Police Department, for a total of $36,600, was approved.

Also approved was the purchase of two generators from Valley Supply and Equipment, for a total of $13,986, to supply emergency power for the town's traffic lights.

A contract was awarded to Long Fence for $17,774 for the replacement of fences around Waters Field. This expense was included in the $100,000 approved for the Waters Field project at the last Town Council meeting.

All approvals were unanimous. Councilmember Laurie Cole was not present.