VIENNA - After 16 years as the town's chief executive, Mayor David Nohe Thursday presided at his last Vienna City Council meeting.
Nohe, who has served four consecutive terms, didn't run for re-election, deciding instead to focus on his family and the West Virginia Legislature where he is a senator from the 3rd District.
Nohe closed the meeting with a goodbye to his fellow council.
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Vienna Mayor David Nohe conducted his last meeting for the city on Thursday.
"I'll miss you all," he said. "We're leaving (the city) a little better than we got it and it will be left better than we left it."
"It's been great," he said of his four terms.
Mayor-elect Randy Rapp, who is city recorder, will be installed as mayor at the Dec. 27 council meeting. The meeting will be Nohe's official last good-bye, said Rapp.
In other business, three female students from Jackson Middle School attended the meeting and one raised a question.
"The sign on 34th Street, would we be able to get that changed from 'Jackson Junior High' to 'Jackson Middle School,'" said middle school student Breanna Buckley.
All junior highs in Wood County have been changed to middle schools.
The change will be made by Friday, Nohe said, joking if that was early enough and praising the student for her awareness.
Two new members were appointed to the Vienna Utility Board, Steve Eaton and John Barr.
The Community Development Block Grant budget was approved. The city has received $92,000 to use in the five-year strategic plan for improvements to the infrastructure and general administration, Nohe said.
CD funds have used to replace carpet in the city building.
"The carpet looks terrific," Councilman Paul Thornton said.
Rapp read a Christmas card from the ladies of the Vienna CEO's for the city's permission to put pink ribbons on trees to acknowledge cancer awareness month.