CITY OF POINT
February 9, 2004
(This copy of the
minutes were recreated by scanning the printed copy on file in the
City Clerk’s Office, therefore some formatting may be different from
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 February 9,
member M. Leota Sang led Council in prayer. The meeting was called to
order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Wilson opened the meeting by introducing Carolyn Hartenbach of the
Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club. Ms. Hartenbach explained that the club would
like to buy hanging flower baskets from Bob's Market to be placed along
Main and Sixth and Streets in the City. Jane Coles explained further
that Bob's Market would be responsible for the watering and maintenance
of the baskets this year. She added that 5 more baskets needed to be
purchased to complete the project and also the club would need
assistance in hanging the baskets. Mayor Wilson stated that the City
could help with the installation of the baskets. Brian L. Billings made
a motion for the City to buy 5 baskets at a cost of $120.00 each to help
complete this project. William H. Wallace added the second and the
motion passed unanimously.
Wilson then introduced Valerie Bernard speaking on behalf of the
committee endorsing the upcoming school bond issue. Ms. Bernard
presented information on the project. She also introduced Gary Mitchell
of the school board. Ms. Bernard asked the Council to adopt a resolution
endorsing the upcoming school bond issue relating to upgrades in school
building facilities in 2/9/2004
Robert A Messick made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Brian L.
Billings added the second. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Billings
added that he applauded the efforts of those working so hard to help
improve the facilities in the County.
Wilson then introduced Jerry Bain who spoke about work he had been doing
in getting the Vietnam Veterans Moving Memorial to come to Point
Pleasant. He explained that the Memorial would be at the Battle Monument
State Park (Tu-Endie-Wei Park) October 29 thru November 4, 2004. He stated
that this was an enormous project and many volunteers would be needed.
He added that it could draw thousands of visitors to the City. The Mayor
thanked Mr. Bain for his work on this project and asked him to keep the
City informed as to what the City could do to help him accomplish this
Mayor Wilson introduced Darlene Haer of the Riverfront Park Committee.
She then introduced Claudia Staley, Troy Samson and Jim McGraw of the
Alan Stone Co., Inc. They were attending the meeting to find out the
status of payments that were due their company for work done at the
riverfront park. Ms. Haer explained that it could take 3-6 weeks for the
City to get the money from the different funding sources. Ms. Haer then
presented Revised Pay Applications #16 and #17 from Alan Stone Co., Inc. to be approved for payment. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve the
payment of the applications and William H. Wallace added the second.
After all discussions, the motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then
thanked the representatives from Alan Stone Co., Inc. for their patience
and said that the City would look forward to working with them on the
next phase of the project.
Million Disbursement Resolution
City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette presented a Resolution authorizing the
Mayor to sign documents regarding the Disbursement Requests asking for
payments from the $1.2 Million WVEDA Project #36 Grant. This money would
be used for alternates and additions at the Riverfront Park and in part
to pay bank loans and pay applications still outstanding. (Alan Stone
Co., Inc.) Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to adopt the Resolution and
Robert A. Messick added the second. The Resolution was adopted
Wilson then asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular
Council meeting of January 12,
2004, Consolidated Income (Financial)
Statement and the Outstanding Obligations for the month of January 2004.
Robert A. Messick made a motion to approve and Ronald R. Kapp seconded.
The motion passed unanimously.
on the agenda was City Attorney James M. Casey. Mr. Casey had to be out
of town but Municipal Judge Jeremy Vickers was present to answer any
questions. Mr. Vickers presented a report
from the attorney's office. Upon questions from Council, Mr. Vickers stated that the attorney was working on legal documents
pertaining to any money left in the Suncrest Cemetery account before the
money could be transferred to the City.
on the agenda was the City Clerk, Stanton D. Burdette.
presented invoices for the River Museum totaling $55.00. M. Leota Sang moved to pay the invoices and Ronald R. Kapp
added the second.
The motion passed unanimously. He added that Mr. Fowler had been working
very hard recently on getting the elevator installed. The Mayor added
that Mr. Fowler had asked that the City pay approximately $250.00 for a
deterrent system that should keep the pigeons from landing on the roof
of the building and making a mess of the awning that was about to be
installed on the museum. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to pay up to
$300.00 for such a system. William H. Wallace added the second and the
motion passed unanimously. The Mayor added that the River Museum Grand
Opening would be May 1ST.
on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. The Mayor asked that all committees meet
to prepare for the upcoming budget workshops. After discussion, it was
decided that there would be a budget workshop on Monday February 16TH at 6:00 P.M.
Mayor then brought up the subject of applying for a Small Cities Block
Grant for a sewer system for the Kingtown area. An engineering firm had
told the Mayor that they would do a study and help put the grant
together but it would cost an additional $3,900.00 to for this work.
After a lengthy discussion, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to appropriate
up to $2,000.00 for the Architectural and Engineering study involved
with the project. The mayor stated he would talk to the firm and try to
negotiate the price down or look for another firm. Robert A. Messick
added the second and the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor stated that he had spoken with the WVDOH about changing 3rd Street
back to 2-way to better accommodate businesses in the downtown area. He
said since the street was previously 2way, a public hearing was not necessary and the City could simply return
it to 2-way if the WVDOH agrees with the request. Upon questions by
council, he stated that a public hearing would be necessary to change
the traffic flow on 27Th street.
Park Rules/Regs Fees
The Mayor then
presented the proposed Riverfront Park Rules, Riverfront Regulations, and Rental Fees. After discussion, Brian L. Billings
made a motion to adopt the Riverfront Park Agreement and Robert A.
Messick added the second. After a discussion regarding liabilities and
cleaning deposits, the motion passed unanimously. The mayor added that
Denny Bellamy would be the contact and scheduling person and he could be
reached at the water office.
mayor then presented proposed changes of the rental rates at the Center. The new rate would lower the fee
on Monday thru Thursday from $80.00 to $50.00 with charitable or
non-profits getting a 50% discount. The Friday thru Sunday rate would
remain unchanged at $80.00. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to adopt the
proposed changes and Robert A. Messick added the second. The motion
Mayor then brought up the status of the grant application creating a
walking trail from the Riverfront Park passing thru Kingtown and
connecting to Krodel Park. The Mayor stated that the engineering firm
was working on the design and should be ready to submit to the State
soon. The engineering firm did tell the Mayor that it may have to be
done in phases because the cost of the walking bridge over Crooked Creek
would be in excess of $56,000.00. The Mayor added that no action was
necessary by Council at this time.
committee reports, the Mayor stated that the finance committee had not
met. M. Leota Sang stated that the beautification committee had met but
only 2 members were present.
Council concerns, William H. Wallace stated that he felt it was time to
get started on the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project, even if only a
small portion could be done so the citizens could see what the drainage
ditch or waterway would look like. Mr. Wallace added that he had spoke
to Darlene Haer of the Riverfront Park Committee and reminded her that a
portable stage had been requested by the regatta committee. This was to
be funded from the $1.2 million bond money. Mr. Wallace also added that
the County Ministerial Association would be sponsoring a patriotic
musical program at the riverfront park Sunday July 4TH during regatta.
W. Fetty requested that the signs at Krodel Park pertaining to
ice-fishing and walking on the ice be repaired or replaced. He stated
that several people had been skating, walking or fishing on the ice and
this created a liability to the City.
Leota Sang stated that she had been talking with individuals involved
with the "Save the State Theater Committee". She added that
anyone wanting to become involved should contact Nancy Mayes. Robert A.
Messick said that citizens of his ward had asked about the possibility
of getting some streets paved. The Mayor noted the request and expressed
financial concerns. Ronald R.
Kapp stated the Planning, Zoning, and Council workshops were making
progress in revising some of the zoning ordinances.
G. Hunt stated she was also approached about getting the City involved
with the State Theater Project. Ms. Hunt asked if the Jackson Foundation
might be able to help with the project. Ms. Hunt also voiced concern
about the many potholes in the streets. She also asked if there had been
any major concerns with the employees regarding the new sanitation
schedules. The Mayor stated that the schedule would reduce overtime
wages and added the employees probably would not like it. Ms. Hunt added
that if saved money, we should look at other departments also. She also
asked if transporting the prisoners to the regional jail had caused any
Mayor then spoke about the problems associated with yard sales within
the City. He stated that the City staff had been working to update the
existing ordinance (705.01) regulating yard sales. The updated ordinance
would require a fee of $5.00 to get the permit. Ronald R. Kapp made a
motion to approve with right to amend the 1ST reading of an
ordinance to amend ordinance (705.01). Robert A. Messick added the
second. The motion passed unanimously after a short discussion. William
H. Wallace added that it might be a good idea to have a weekend when no
fees would be charged.
no other business, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to adjourn. M. Leota
Sang seconded and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at