CITY OF POINT PLEASANT
July 7, 2003
The Common Council of the City of
Point Pleasant, a municipal corporation in Mason County, West Virginia,
met in Regular session at the City Building, 400 Viand Street at 7:00
p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2003.
The following were found
James H. Wilson - Mayor
Stanton D. Burdette - City
Ronald E. Siders – Finance
Harriett Nibert –
and the following members of
Brian L. Billings
Elaine G. Hunt
Carol C. Jones
James W. Fetty
Ronald R. Kapp
M. Leota Sang
William H. Wallace
Robert C. Doeffinger
Absent were Council
Robert A. Messick
Kevin R. Nott.
The meeting was called to order by
Mayor James H. Wilson who led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Council member Leota Sang led Council in prayer.
Ronald Siders, Finance Director
and Notary Public, swore in Robert C. Doeffinger and Brian L. Billings
to Council seats effective immediately.
Upon presentation by Darlene Haer,
Point Pleasant Riverfront Park project, Robert Doeffinger moved to
approve Pay Application #13 from J.D&E in the amount of $57,767.17
and Pay Application #13 from Alan Stone, Inc., in the amount of
$79,091.80. M. Leota Sang Seconded the motion. After discussion the
motion passed unanimously.
Upon hearing of delays due to
inclement weather and high water, Ms. Haer requested that a change order
extending the date of substantial completion (originally July 8, 2003)to
August 22, 2003, this to be at no additional cost. Robert C. Doeffinger
made a motion to approve this change order for substantial completion of
August 22, 2003. William H. Wallace seconded the motion and it passed
Council also heard the report of a
change order in January that resulted in a savings of $4,218.94.
A change order to buy wood from
contractor, in the amount of $1,377.20, to enclose the Eave/Soffitt area
of comfort station was also introduced. After discussion of possibly
using city employees’ or another contractor to finish the work, Ronald
Kapp made a motion to approve the change-order. Carol Jones seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
After presentation by Ms. Haer on
the details of a loan from BB&T to secure the final loan for the
Riverfront Park project to the Mason County building commission, Ronald
Kapp made a motion to accept the terms of the loan agreement. Carol
Jones seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The loan was made
necessary by the delay of grant money due to a lawsuit against the
William Wallace questioned Ms.
Haer about the Riverfront Park having adequate electrical service for
the sternwheelers. She responded saying she was not sure about the
details of the electrical system. She would invite a member of the
Regatta committee to attend the Contractor’s meeting.
Sandy Dunn of the Main Street
Committee, speaking on the Riverfront Park project also reported that
she thought the Governor had appointed the same members to the State
Economic Grant committee. The money (1.2 Million) the committee approved
for the riverfront park project was due September 2002, but was delayed
by a lawsuit. The options that the money was to be spent on were to
finish the project with all of the bells and whistles. Another lawsuit
has been filed and the earliest the money could be here would be
sometime in the fall. The City may have to re-bid or renegotiate this
"finished" contract. A change order may be possible, but any
option would probably come at additional cost because of the delay.
Ms. Dunn, now talking about the
Main Street Committee, said that it would like to form a Riverfront Park
Activities Committee to arrange for weekly activities at the Riverfront
Park, it would be important to get people accustomed to coming downtown.
To help stimulate business downtown Mayor Wilson asked if it was
necessary to have a Riverfront Park committee, as the Battle Days and
Regatta Committees also work with the Main Street Committee. Also
mentioned was the possibility of merging the Riverfront Park with the
Battle Monument State Park. William Wallace said that State Parks
operated under strict guidelines, the city might want more stringent or
more open guidelines. He also stated for the record that Battle Monument
State Park Ranger Brennen O’Sullivan was of great assistance during
the recent Regatta.