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, June 9, 2003.
The following were found present:
C. Edward Woomer - Mayor
Marilyn L. McDaniel - Certified Municipal Clerk
James M. Casey - City Attorney
Harriett O. Nibert - Administrative Assistant
and the following members of City Council:
William H. Wallace
M. Leota Sang
Carol L. Jones
Kevin R. Nott
Elaine G. Hunt
James W. Fetty
Ronald R. Kapp
Robert C. Doeffinger
was Councilman Robert A. Messick.
The meeting was
called to order by Mayor C. Edward Woomer who led Council in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. City
Clerk Marilyn L. McDaniel led Council in prayer.
Chairman of the Fort Randolph Committee, appeared before Council to give a
presentation of things they have done in past years, things going on this year
and an issue they would like to address to make a change. A brief overview included hosting the Third Annual Siege of Fort
Randolph, a historical drama of the murder of Chief Cornstalk. Two summer seminars were held on “Lighting
the Frontier” and “Frontier Cooking”. The fort plays host to a number of historical events throughout the
year, including the encampment set up during the Battle Days Celebration, the
Harvest Festival the last week in October and the 17th Century
English Civil War event (first ever in this area). The re-enactors are very excited about coming back to our facility. Numerous additions have been made to the fort over the past year with
volunteer work, but larger projects such as replacing sections of the fort’s
wall and cabins will have to be contracted. The fort has been supported by grants and donations, but the committee
believes it is time for the enterprise to generate some revenue to ensure its
continued enjoyment by the public. As
a committee member and as a re-enactor, Mr. Hesson explained that in the past,
he felt they didn’t have enough in the fort to charge a fee, but this year
he thinks they have plenty for people to see. The committee believes it has a lot to offer visitors and that asking
for admission to the military outpost will aid in its growth. Council Members agreed with the committee’s contention about the
fort’s potential and suggested a $2 per person admission and a family or
lifetime membership. Mr. Hesson
will discuss the figure with the committee, as well as the possibility of
allowing free admission for children under a certain age. Council Members also suggested the Fort Randolph Committee meet with
other attractions in the area, including the Point Pleasant River Museum to
pursue a package deal with their fee. The fort is now open Wednesday through
Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., and noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. Mr. Hesson was invited to attend the Mason County Tourism Meeting on
Wednesday at 8:00 A.M.
Police Chief Ronald
D. Spencer reported that Larry R. Kendall, Director of the National Highway
Safety Program, Huntington, WV, was unable to attend this evening, but will
appear at the next Council meeting. Chief
Spencer advised that the Police Department has been working with Mr. Kendall
on traffic safety education to secure grants on seat belts, DUI and overtime. Mr. Kendall had previously presented Chief Spencer with a “Sniffer”
for the Point Pleasant Police Department for their assistance. A Sniffer is a rechargeable flashlight with an alcohol sensor (meter to
detect the presence of alcohol) built within the instrument and the cost is
Kevin Nott moved to
go into Executive session to discuss Point Pleasant Riverfront Park Project
finances with Chairman Darlene Haer. Robert
Doeffinger seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
Upon motion by
Robert Doeffinger, second by Kevin Nott, Council unanimously approved to go
out of Executive session.
Ronald Kapp moved
to approve a RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF THE
REIMBURSEMENT FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURES IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLANNING,
DESIGN, ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF A RIVERFRONT/MARINA PARK
COMPLEX MADE PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF TAX EXEMPT BONDS for the West Virginia
Economic Development Grant Committee due to the recent State Supreme Court
Ruling. Robert Doeffinger
seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
presentation of Darlene Haer, Point Pleasant Riverfront Park Project, Robert
Doeffinger moved to approve three invoices: (a) Woolpert LLP Invoice No.
26-202115, dated May 30, 2003, in the amount of $4,250.00 (TEA-21 3rd Year Federal Funding and Savings
Account to match); (b) J.D.& E., Inc. Pay Application #12 in the amount of
$49,500.00 for time period 4/30/03 through 5/15/03, recommended payment by
Woolpert LLP (2000 Transportation Enhancement Grant); and (c) Alan Stone Co.,
Inc. Pay Application #12 in the amount of $108,287.85 for time period 4/25/03
through 5/27/03, recommended payment by Woolpert LLP (1999 Transportation
Enhancement Grant and Federal FY 2002 EDI Special Project Grant). Kevin Nott seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
The minutes of the
Regular Council meeting of May 12, 2003, minutes of the Special Council
meetings of May 19, 23, 27 and 30, 2003, copies of the General Fund, Water and
Sewer, and Coal Severance Financial Statements of May 31, 2003, were presented
to each Council Member and unanimously approved on motion by Robert
Doeffinger, seconded by Carol Jones.
Ronald Kapp moved
to pay the outstanding bills as presented on the Obligation Summary for May,
2003. Carol Jones seconded and
the motion was approved.
City Attorney James
M. Casey presented the Waiver and Subordination Agreement by the City of Point
Pleasant in favor of Main Street Apartments, Corp. and the United States
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Project No. 045-HD-029-CA,
as approved by Council at the May 12, 2003 meeting.
reported the following:
(a) The City of Point Pleasant has authorized
Charles O. Lorensen, George & Lorensen P.L.L.C., to represent the City to
resolve the claim for B&O Taxes with City National Bank.
(b) The Public Employees Retirement System
(PERS) would require the
City to contribute 10.5% for each employee, an increase from $1,300 to $5,000
per payroll. Each employee’s
share would be 4.5% and it is mandatory that all full time employees
participate. Once the City
becomes a member of PERS it is always a member (defined benefit plan). The City does not have a bid proposal as do some municipalities; the
WVML advised to always bid the investments portions out and negotiate for the
highest rate and practical service. Council
unanimously agreed to have the Finance Committee get the preferred pension
plan from the WVML, define what type of plan they want and place legal
advertisement in the newspaper, then
ask who would like to come and talk to us.
(c) The contract with the Mason County Public Service District (Camp Conley) is near completion for the sale of water and the language
as recommended by Water Superintendent Dan Rodgers has been inserted.
moved to approve the General Fund Budget Revision No. 3 for Fiscal Year
2002-2003 and to submit to the WV State Auditor for approval. Ronald Kapp seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. A copy is hereby attached to and made a part of these minutes.
Ronald Kapp moved
to approve the Projected Water and Sewer Budgets for Fiscal Year Ending June
30, 2004 and submit to USDA Rural Development (FmHA), Parkersburg, WV, and
Water Development Authority (WDA), Charleston, WV, respectively. Kevin Nott seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
recommendation of Point Pleasant River Museum Foundation Director Jack Fowler,
Robert Doeffinger moved to approve invoices for Haffelt’s Mill Outlet, Inc.
@$960.00 and Thomas-Do-It-Center @$149.55, totaling $1,109.55; and submit to
the Transportation Enhancement Program, West Virginia Department of
Transportation ($60,000) for payment. Ronald
Kapp seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
Ronald Kapp moved
to approve the contract of EFI Actuaries, Edward H. Friend, President, for the
Point Pleasant Policemen’s Pension & Relief Fund Actuarial Services for
the 2002-2003 Fiscal Year. William
Wallace seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
In reference to the
plan with Xerox to obtain a free printer if you agreed to use a certain amount
each month, Ronald Siders reported that an application was submitted and
approved by Xerox. The new colored printer is located at the new Water Office
and will be used to print the bills plus other items and will be a benefit to
Progress Report for
May, 2003, from the City’s Street, Sanitation, Maintenance, Floodwall, Shop,
Water, Krodel Park Campground, Police Departments and City Inspector Stephen
Williamson were presented to each Council member.
received complaints of water over the Krodel Park Walking Trail near the
highway. Mayor Woomer advised
that it is due to the rain and the trail has been repaired and the pump turned
requested repairs to Neal Road and Krodel Park Road near the Fort.
asked to verify that the sub-contractor is paying B&O Taxes in addition to
the general contractor. Accountant
Ronald Siders advised that in his estimation the sub-contractors are in
compliance. He requested repair
to a large pot hole in front of the Prestera Center on Main Street. He reported tires on the roof of a building at the bottom of the bridge
on Third Street and asked that they be removed because it is a harborage for
mosquitoes and a pigeon roost.
suggested the City submit an entry in the “WVML All-Star Community Awards”
to be presented during the League’s Annual Conference held August 21-23,
2003, at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV. The
goal of this award is to recognize and encourage innovation and excellence in
local government in West Virginia. Ms.
Sang advised that if Point Pleasant can be recognized in Charleston in any way
it will be an asset when applying for grants or for other assistance to move
forward. She suggested that the
tourism committee could apply for the City.
Upon Kevin Nott’s
request for gravel in the new overflow area at Krodel Park Campground, Mayor
Woomer advised that it has been dressed up twice and they will continue to
build it up to prevent camper’s trailers from sinking lower into the ground.
requested hauling gravel to the Harmon Park parking area (off Monroe Avenue)
for a little league tournament. Mayor
Woomer advised that this area has been inspected and needs work done on the
drainage before applying gravel.
received a call about the bottom between Lincoln and Madison Avenues and
spraying for mosquitoes. Mayor
Woomer advised that the City has been spraying every Monday and Friday and the
packets were started three months ago.
Mr. Kapp requested
repairs to the sidewalk next to City Hall. Upon Mayor Woomer’s request, Councilman Kapp will check with the
contractor replacing the gas lines along Route 62 in front of the Mason County
Library and inquire about repairing the damaged sidewalk/curb.
In reference to the
Medal of Honor Park, Ronald Kapp reported that the flag pole will be
installed, the marker is due to arrive tomorrow, and invoices have been
submitted to the State for payment. Harriett
Nibert advised that the State has received the City’s extension request for
the Medal of Honor Park grant money and they have assured her that they see no
As Chairman of the
Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta, William Wallace reported that the festival
is scheduled for July 3-5, 2003:
a) Wednesday, July 2, 2003, 7:00 P.M., the Regatta Queen Pageant will
be held at the State Theatre with Heather Wood as Chairman.
b) Thursday Night is the Annual Gospel Sing
at 6:00 P.M. The entertainers for the evening are Charley Lily and Poor Side,
followed by R&B Station.
c) Friday, Fourth of July, is special with
the Country Music Association Bluegrass Band of the Year (last year) performing
at Tu-Endie-Wei Park and then the fireworks. Jack Mayes is the organizer for additional acts.
d) Girls Night Out is Saturday Night’s
entertainment featuring local singers C. C. Tench and Ashton Ernst, and two
performers who recently cut CDs in Nashville, Nina Sharp and Kara Click. To complete the regatta after dark will be a laser show on a 30-foot
screen staged by Laser Image Pro.
A company in Clarksburg wants to get its name
out here and will have a carnival midway on Main Street of inflatable toys for
bouncing, crawling, climbing, mountain climb, obstacle course, bungee run and
bounce house; and a tent with toys to purchase. Funds are being raised for the event; sponsors have been
generous and former Senator Oshel Craigo had previously increased the regatta
budgeted funds from $3,000 to $5,000. The
events planned for the Fourth of July weekend are for the Mason County
residents to enjoy.
presented Robert Doeffinger with a Certificate of Appreciation for his
experience and expertise in the architectural design for the Tourism
Center/Water Office which was dedicated on Wednesday, May 28, 2003.
On a motion made by
Kevin Nott and seconded by Leota Sang, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 P.M.