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Council Minutes



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 present:

James H. Wilson - Mayor

Stanton D. Burdette - City Clerk

Ronald E. Siders – Finance Director

Harriett Nibert – Administrative Assistant

and the following members of City Council:

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 members 

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 unanimously.

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 State.

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.


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