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Council Minutes



January 12, 2004





Mayor James H. Wilson X  
City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette X  
City Attorney James M. Casey   X
Finance Director Ron Siders X  
Executive Secretary Harriett Nibert X  
Municipal Judge Jeremy T. Vickers X  
At Large Brian Billings X  
At Large Kevin R. Nott   X
First Ward James W. Fetty   X
Second Ward Robert C. Doeffinger, Jr. X  
Third Ward M. Leota Sang X  
Fourth Ward Robert A. Messick   X
Fifth Ward Elaine Grimm Hunt X  
Sixth Ward Ronald R. Kapp X  
Seventh Ward William H. Wallace X  
Eighth Ward Carol L. Jones X  


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January 12, 2004

Prior to the Council meeting, Ed Lowe of the Main Street organization presented a pictorial review of events in Point Pleasant during the year of 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 January 12, 2004.Council member M. Leota Sang led Council in prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.Mayor Wilson opened the meeting by informing Council that 3 employees had recently retired. Freda Wolfingbarger, Dillie Roach, and John Sallaz all retired in December. John Sallaz was the only retiree able to attend the meeting and he was presented a certificate of appreciation by the Mayor. The meeting then recessed for a short reception honoring the retirees.Mayor Wilson then introduced Ed Lowe of the Main Street organization. Mr. Lowe stated that he had been working with Finance Director Ron Siders in setting up a business website for City. The address for the website is www.ptpleasantwv.org. He explained that the public would be able to view or download business forms, ordinances and other pertinent information from this site. He added that there is a promotional website also with the address of www.pointpleasantwv.org. In closing, Mr. Lowe stated he welcomed comments or additions from Council. Mayor Wilson added that Mr. Lowe did this work on a voluntary basis for the City and thanked him for that. Council members also thanked him and added the City was fortunate to have a volunteer with this type of experience and expertise.Mayor Wilson then asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of December 8, 2003 and Special Council meeting of December 29, 2003. Carol L. Jones stated, (in regards to the Carla Whalen zoning change request of the December 8, 2003 meeting), that she wanted to include the number of people from the neighborhood signing petitions for and against the zoning change. Carol L. Jones made a motion to include:Carol L. Jones stated that she only counted 5 names on the petition in favor of the zoning change that lived in the neighborhood. Wilma Withers then added that the petition in opposition to the zoning change contained 62 names of residents whom lived within a 2 block radius.Robert C. Doeffinger seconded the motion. After all discussions, the motion passed unanimously. Carol L. Jones also questioned the address of the zoning change as recorded in the minutes. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to table the minutes until the address could be clarified by listening to the tape of the meeting. M. Leota Sang seconded the motion. After Council listened to the tape and reviewed the paperwork involved for clarification, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to amend the minutes to read:Brian billings made a motion to honor Miss Whalen’s request and rezone the property from R-2 to B-2 with conditional usage.William H. Wallace seconded. After all discussions, the motion was approved 6-1 with Carol L. Jones voting against.Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to approve the Consolidated Income (financial) Statements of the general, water and sewer, and coal severance funds for the month of December. Brian L. Billing added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve the Outstanding Obligations for December 2003. William H. Wallace added the second and the motion passed 6-0-1 with Brian Billings abstaining. M. Leota Sang stated she would like to see as much business as possible kept in the city.Next on the agenda Finance Director Ron Siders updated the council that Business and Occupation taxes had brought in approximately $23,000.00. Elaine G. Hunt asked Mr. Siders if money had been set aside from the sewer rate increase for the North Point Pleasant store drainage project. Mr. Siders explained that the money had been deposited into the general fund and not specifically marked storm drainage. Mr. Siders also stated that he had spoken with the public service commission about the problems with the phone service at the City building. The phone company has straightened out the problems and offered to give the City a discount rate for a period of three months.Next 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. Mayor Wilson added that a local business had paid their B & O taxes that were past due and some of the figures used previously for calculations were incorrect.Next on the agenda was the City Clerk, Stanton D. Burdette. He presented invoices for the River Museum totaling $1,190.40. Ronald R. Kapp moved to pay the invoices and M. Leota Sang added the second. The motion passed unanimously.Mr. Burdette then asked for a motion to approve the third an final reading of an ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE ASSIGNMENT OF NAMES TO STREETS ADB ROADWAYS AND IMPLEMENTATION AND MAINTENANCE OF T THE MAPPING ABD POSTING OF STREET SIGNS AND BUILDING NUMBERS IN POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE COOPERATION OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT WITH THE MASON COUNTY COMMISSION FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 9-1-1 ADDRESSING AND MAPPING WITHIN THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA, IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEST VIRGINIA STATEWIDE ADDRESSING AND MAPPING PROJECT. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to adopt the ordinance and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. Mayor Wilson added in discussion that this would allow the City to name or rename City streets and possibly allow the City to be reimbursed for some of the associated costs. Being no other discussion, the motion was approved unanimously.Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. The Mayor reported that he had been in discussions with the architects of the riverfront park. They explained that one contractor (JD&E) had presented a change-order in the amount of $8,400.00 as credit for the costs of the park benches that were not installed at the park. After discussion, Ronald R. Kapp moved to accept the change-order and Brian L. Billings added the second. The motion passed unanimously.Mayor Wilson stated that work had been started on the 26TH street paving project. It is in the first stage and work would resume when the weather improved in the spring. He added that the City has been named in 3 lawsuits in the past 2 years and he had notified the City Attorney and he would proceed accordingly. The Mayor also pointed out the need to keep better records to verify any actions the City had taken to minimize the liability risks.The Mayor then brought up the subject of the fireworks for the 4Th of July. The Mayor asked William H. Wallace for comments on what the Regatta Committee wanted to do. Mr. Wallace suggested having the firework display on July 3RD for several reasons. After open discussion, William H. Wallace moved to have the fireworks display on Saturday July 3, 2003. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then added that the fireworks would cost approximately $10,000.00 and the City needed to pay $5,000.00 up front in order to receive a discount from the fireworks vendor. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to pay the $5,000.00 in order to get the discount and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion was approved unanimously.The Mayor then discussed the possibility of getting new signage for the City and its attractions. The mayor provided a sample with costs estimates that could be used to replace the Welcome Center sign. He added that space might even be sold to businesses to direct travelers if Council would wish to do so. The Mayor then presented a proposal to approve rental rates, rules and policies for the Youth Center, Krodel Park shelters and clubhouse. He explained that he would like to at least recover the cost of cleaning and upkeep of the facilities. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve the proposal as written and William H. Wallace added the second. Carol L. Jones stated she hated to see schools or other non-profits charged to use the facilities. The Mayor added the City had no written policy on the facilities and one needed to be put in place so it could be administered. After discussion, the motion passed unanimously.William H. Wallace made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss Business & Occupation Tax matters. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to come out of Executive Session and Brian L. Billings added the second. The motion passed unanimously.In committee reports, the Mayor stated that he had been approached by the Mason County Commission to see if the City would be interested in taking over the Camp Conley water and sewer systems. He told them that the various committees would start looking over that possibility. The Mayor informed Council that they needed to start thinking about this as it would probably come up again in the future. Council members aired concerns over taking over any debt the systems may have as it could impact the citizens of the City.In Council concerns, William H. Wallace asked about the river gauge that had been located at the 4th Street landing. The Mayor informed Mr. Wallace that a surveyor would have to come in and help with elevations. The Mayor added that the Corps. Of Engineers suggested locating it at the 3rd street entrance.Robert C. Doeffinger commented on the good job the City employees had done on cleaning up the Crooked Creek diversion ditch. M. Leota Sang stated the Beautification Committee needed to have a meeting soon. Also, she informed Council that the City-Wide Clean-Up would be sometime between April 19- May 2nd. It was decided that April 24th would be the date for the City Clean-Up. In closing, Ms. Sang added that the markers had been ordered for the Historic District and may be able to get put up in March or April.Carol L. Jones stated that there is still a problem with dogs running loose in the City. The Mayor stated he had been in contact with the County as the City has no dog- catcher. The Mayor added that the City may start issuing citations to the owners. Elaine G. Hunt questioned if the city was making any progress with the Pantasote wells. The Mayor stated that progress was moving slowly.

Being no other business, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to adjourn. Brian L. Billings seconded and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 10:47 pm.


_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 




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