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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

May 10, 2004

WARD

NAME

PRESENT

ABSENT

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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REGULAR MEETING CITY COUNCIL CITY OF POINT PLEASANT May 10, 2004 Prior to the Council meeting, a reception was held at City Hall recognizing participants of the City-Wide Clean-Up and the winners of the poster contest that was sponsored by the Beautification Committee of the City. Over twenty people attended and were treated to refreshments. An attendance list is attached to the minutes.  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 May 10, 2004. M. Leota Sang led Council in the Lords Prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson. Members of a local Boy Scout troop led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.     Mayor Wilson opened the meeting and thanked M. Leota Sang for organizing the April City-Wide Clean-Up and those present who participated in the event. Mayor Wilson then introduced Darlene Haer of the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park Committee.  Ms. Haer stated she had received an invoice from WOOLPERT, LLP for Professional Services in the amount of $3,250.00. She added 50% would be paid from 3RD year TEA-21 money and 50% from the local account. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to pay the invoice and M. Leota Sang added the second. Being no discussion, the motion was approved unanimously. Ms. Haer added bids were opened for a portable stage and entrance gates for the Riverfront Park and they would be presented to the Riverfront Park Committee on May 17 at 7:00 P.M. Mayor Wilson then introduced Mr. Greg Harrick of Burgess and Niple, Inc. Mr. Harrick was presented council an update on the water well fields located near the old Pantasote (Gencorps) property. He stated that Gencorps had hired a consultant to do a cost evaluation and preliminary report on the project and it was to be turned in to West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVVDEP) by May 14TH. The WVDEP has 60 days to review the report and return it to the consultant for their final review and comment. The final report would be due back to WVDEP approximately in October and be followed by a public hearing 30 days later. Mr. Harrick added that he had not seen the report but assumed that it would call for continued blending of the water or relocating the well fields as there appeared to be no other options. Next, Mayor Wilson introduced John Sang and Homer Preece of the Mason County Tourism Committee. Mr. Sang explained that the committee was working hard to bring tourism to Point Pleasant and Mason County. He added that the committee has an advertising campaign for this season of about $20,000.00. Mr. Sang stated that the committee would like for the City to partner with the Committee on a fundraising project to help fund the advertising campaign. Mr. Preece then described the fundraising project as a pictorial book that would be composed of photos and information about the Farm Museum, Fort Randolph and Battledays. A final chapter would be dedicated to other tourist attractions in the City and County. Mr. Preece asked Council to partner with the committee on this project and donate $3,900.66 for the down payment to get the project started. Finance Director Ron Siders asked if any of the other entities had been approached on this project. Mr. Preece added that the other entities had donated on various fund raising projects in the past. After a lengthy presentation and many questions by Council, Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to donate the $3,900.66 for the project. Kevin R. Nott added the second and the motion was approved unanimously. Mayor Wilson added that the money was not budgeted and had to be taken from another line-item in the budget. Mayor Wilson then asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of April 12, 2004 and Special Council meeting of April 20, 2004. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The motion to approve passed unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Consolidated Income (Financial) Statement of the General, Water and Sewer and Coal Severance Funds for the month of April 2004. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve and J. Glenn Long added the second.  After discussion, the motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of April. Robert C. Doeffinger made the motion and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. In discussion, Carol L. Jones asked why some bills were paid before Council approval. Mr. Siders explained that there was no difference in how the bills were being paid, only that now he was showing all bills that had been paid since the previous Council meeting. Carol L. Jones said she felt like no bills should be paid without Council approval. City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette added that only the bills that would become delinquent before the next Council meeting were being paid. After all discussions, the motion to approve paying the Outstanding Obligations was passed by majority vote with M. Leota Sang abstaining and Carol L. Jones voting against. Finance Director Ron Siders informed Council that he had attended a 3 day seminar on municipal accounting and audit standards. He stated that audit costs would probably increase due to the more stringent reporting standards. In closing, he stated that the City was going to be audited by the IRS in June. Next on the agenda was City Attorney James M. Casey. Mr. Casey stated that he had received notification of mediation that the City would have to enter into with a contractor that did work that is in dispute at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. When questioned, Mr. Casey stated that the mediation was not binding and likely would not settle the issue but might help to make the issues more clear to both parties. Mr. Casey stated the City had been approached by Hartley, Hartley and Hartley Inc. about the possibility of buying or leasing some land that adjoins their property. They would like to expand an office building that presently sits on the site. Presently, the City property has a street that leads to the floodwall office. The attorney stated that he had reviewed the new City of Point Pleasant Employee Handbook and saw no problems with it. In closing, Mr. Casey stated that he felt a policy should be adopted on how to handle funding requests from delegations that come before Council. He added that typically a request should possibly be brought before the finance committee and they could make a recommendation to Council. Next on the agenda was the City Clerk, Stanton D. Burdette. He presented invoices for the River Museum totaling $516.79 from Thomas Do-it Center ($56.39), Big River Electric ($11.05), Williamsons Pallets($247.00), Point Pleasant Hardware ($86.60) and WV Electric ($115.75).   Ronald R. Kapp moved to pay the invoices and Carol L. Jones added the second. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Burdette then presented the 3RD reading of Article 705 Yard/Garage Sale Ordinance that was tabled from the previous meeting. He offered some amendments that came from suggestions from the public hearing and previous council meeting. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to untable the ordinance and William H. Wallace added the second. The motion passed unanimously. After discussion, J. Glenn Long made a motion to table the motion for consideration and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The motion was passed unanimously. J. Glenn Long made a motion to return to the formal order of business and Kevin R. Nott added the second. That motion also passed unanimously. J. Glenn Long made a motion to adopt the Ordinance with amendments limiting when signs could be posted and that the City would provide a sign to be posted in the yard of the sale location. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the ordinance was adopted by majority vote of 6-2. Carol L. Jones and Kevin R. Nott opposed. Clerk Burdette then presented the 3RD reading of an amendment to Article 739 General License Taxes that would raise the fee from $10.00 to $20.00 for all professionals not otherwise listed in the ordinance. William H. Wallace made a motion to adopt the ordinance as written. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the ordinance was adopted by majority approval of 7-1. Carol L. Jones was opposed. Finance Director Ron Siders answered questions about the different types of licenses and the costs of each. Next, Clerk Burdette presented the 2ND reading of revisions and amendments to ARTICLE 953 of the Codified Ordinances, GARBAGE AND TRASH DISPOSAL. The amendment included a 30% increase in fees for all garbage services. The Mayor stated that the increase was discussed in the budget workshops. The Mayor added that he had been working with the garbage routes to increase efficiency.  Kevin R. Nott made a motion to vote on the ordinance and J. Glenn long added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to advance to the 3RD reading with right to amend and Kevin R. Nott added the second. After discussion, the motion was approved by majority vote and advanced to the 3RD reading with right to amend. Elaine G. Hunt voted against. Lastly Clerk Burdette presented the 2ND reading of revisions and amendments to ARTICLE 747 of the Codified Ordinances, MUNICIPAL SERVICE FEES. The revision would increase the monthly fee from $7.00 to $10.00. The $3.00 increase would be distributed into the police, floodwall, and street maintenance budgets. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to advance with right to amend to 3RD reading. J. Glenn Long added the second and the ordinance was passed by majority vote with Elaine G. Hunt voting opposed.    Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. The Mayor presented a bid from the Cool Shack for a lease agreement for the concession stand at Krodel Park. The mayor added that another party had expressed interest but did not provide a bid. Kevin R. Nott made a motion to accept the bid on the lease agreement and J. Glenn Long added the second. The motion passed unanimously. The mayor added that a public hearing and resolution would be forthcoming. Mayor Wilson stated that the Mason County Emergency Ambulance Authority had contacted him in regards to the City needing to appoint a representative to serve a three year term on the Authority’s Board of Directors. Council expressed gratitude for the job Elaine G. Hunt presently does on the board. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to appoint Councilwoman Hunt to another term. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Mayor Wilson presented Council with the Employee Handbook. Kevin R. Nott made a motion to adopt the Employee Manual and M. Leota Sang added the second. The motion was passed by majority vote of 7-1 with Carol L. Jones opposed. The Mayor discussed events planned for the Riverfront Park and asked for a motion to provide $1,000.00 for entertainment. J. Glenn Long made the motion and Carol L. Jones added the second. The motion was approved unanimously. He added also that there was a contractor coming to look at ways to try to fix the leak at the Harmon Park Pool. Next, Mayor Wilson asked for a motion to appoint Jane Martin to a vacancy on the Point Pleasant Housing Authority and Charles Garland for re-appointment to his present position on the board. Kevin R. Nott made the motion to appoint and J. Glenn Long added the second. The appointments were approved unanimously.                 Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss financial matters and Kevin R. Nott added the second. Kevin R. Nott made a motion to come out of executive session and J. Glenn Long added the second. The Mayor presented samples of new signage that was being proposed for the City. He stated that a proposal would be made later with all costs included. The mayor stated that Ohio Valley Bank was going to permit the City to erect a Welcome Sign on their property. In Council Concerns, Robert C. Doeffinger stated that holes needed to be repaired where a utility company had replaced poles. Mr. Doeffinger also suggested Buster Riffle for appointment to the Cemetery Committee. M. Leota Sang asked if it were possible to use inmates to help do work at the cemetery. She also wanted to know the status of the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project. She added that she had received many good comments on the work the City employees were doing at the cemeteries.  William H. Wallace stated that manholes needed raised on Lewis Street and that Parrish and Chandler Streets needed some concrete replacement. Kevin R. Nott added that some of the campers would like to have cable and phone hook-ups at the Krodel Campground. Carol L. Jones thanked Council for sponsoring the Donnie Jones Basketball Camp in the past. She stated that Donnie had to cancel the camp due to difficulty arranging for Liability Insurance and only had a 3 day window in which to conduct the camp. She added that he was a Point Pleasant native and recently was inducted into the Pikeville College Hall of Fame. In closing, Ms. Jones stated that it was more than just a basketball camp. It encompassed drug education and lessons for living a good life. Robert C. Doeffinger added that it had been a great program for the youth of the City. Elaine G. Hunt stated that she had many of the same concerns as others including the drainage project and the problems associated with mosquitoes.  She also requested that gravel be put on the lower end of Madison Avenue. In closing, she added that she had concerns about the need for a new well field. Being no other business, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Kevin R. Nott added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 10:45 pm.  

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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