Like his soon-to-be predecessor, David Nohe, Randy Rapp comes to the Vienna mayor's office after having been the city recorder. and while Vienna continues to grow, it's also, in a post-recession world, trying to keep a close eye on its finances.
"2014 is going to be a very trying year, with the new health plan going into effect," Rapp said Friday. "We're going to have to make some adjustments there. But, we've got to be able to grow. Our business community expects it, our people expect it. So, we're going to try to be smarter with how we spend our dollars. But we're still looking for growth in the future."
Rapp says he wants to change the proceedures by which bids for projects are sought and submitted. He says Vienna needs a new building for its police department, and more opportunities for both its younger and older residents. But he adds that while it's been watching how it spends, vienna has seen some major improvements.
"We just completed a nice walking trail that connects 28th street with 34th street, and Spencer Park with Jackson Park, and over the hill with McDonough Park. We have a really nice dog park that's open. We have several infrastructure projects we're going to be working on in the next two to three years."
Rapp says that while the city's core is its economic growth, It's also in its families. For that reason, he wants to see more youth to stay there, and raise families of their own.