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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

  November 8, 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 J Glen Long 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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J. Glenn Long led Council in the Prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Wilson recognized Darlene Haer of the Riverfront Park Committee. Ms. Haer updated Council on the recent activities at the park. She stated that a letter needed to be sent to the appropriate agency stating that the City had met its obligation regarding the Wildlife Mitigation and the subsequent installation of the required wildlife habitat area. Ms. Haer reported that eight dead or sub-standard trees at the park had been replaced and would be paid for with the grant committee money. She also stated that the entrance gates and handrails had been installed and would be paid for with one-half each from TEA-21 and WVEDA grant funds. The Mayor reported that Police Chief Ronnie Spencer had provided information for Council to review regarding changes to the police department vacation policy and the costs associated with the change. The Mayor stated that Council should feel free to contact Chief Spencer with any questions before the next Council meeting. He added that the policy change would be on the December meeting agenda.  The Mayor then recognized Jerry Bain of the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial committee. Mr. Bain reported that there were in excess of 22,000 visitors to see the Memorial. Mr. Bain thanked Council and the City for helping with the project. The Mayor responded that it was the City and the residents who needed to thank Mr. Bain for his efforts. The Mayor stated that the event was well organized and an excellent opportunity for all the citizens who might not be able to visit the permanent memorial in Washington. The Mayor added that it was an excellent educational opportunity for the school children as well.  Mayor Wilson then recognized Jeremy Rose. The Mayor stated that Mr. Rose had previously appeared before the Planning Commission requesting permission to set up his camper as a temporary residence on the Wesleyan Holiness Bible College Campus on Lincoln Avenue. The Mayor stated that the Planning Commission made no recommendation. Mr. Rose explained to Council that he had been approached by City officials and told that it was against City Ordinances to live in a camper within the City limits for a period longer than forty-eight hours. He added that he had come before Council to ask that they relax the Ordinance until a room became available at the college. He stated that he had previously stayed at Krodel Campground but because his wife now worked at the Bible College, they needed to live closer to the campus. Ronald R. Kapp stated that the Planning Commission could give no recommendation as there was no variance that could be granted. Carol L. Jones stated that the City needed to follow the Ordinance and enforce it fairly. She added that the City had recently asked another person staying in a camper to leave. The Mayor told Council that he had advised Mr. Rose of his right to appear before Council to ask for some type of relief. After a long discussion, Carol L. Jones made a motion to offer Mr. Rose a camping space at Krodel for special summer rates due to hardship reasons. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Mayor Wilson asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of October 12, 2004. J. Glenn Long made a motion to approve and Ronald R. Kapp 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 October 2004. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve and J. Glenn Long added the second. Being no discussion, the motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of October. Robert C. Doeffinger made the motion and Brian L. Billings added the second. Being no discussion, the motion passed by majority of vote 6-0-1 with M. Leota Sang abstaining. Finance Director Ronald E. Siders stated that it was time to make a decision with respect to the Christmas Bonus.  Mr. Siders explained that the bonus was $550.00 for full-time employees and $250.00 for part-time employees and that the bonus was budgeted. J. Glenn Long made a motion to approve the bonus and Brian L. Billings added the second. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Siders also informed Council that the garbage truck was paid for in full and that the City had received the title for the truck. Next on the agenda was City attorney James Casey. Jeremy Vickers was present representing Mr. Casey’s office. Mr. Vickers stated that he would address questions concerning the new and amended ordinances as they arose under the clerks agenda. Next on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Clerk Burdette presented invoices totaling $5,089.90 for work done at the River Museum. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to pay the invoices and M. Leota Sang added the second. The motion passed unanimously. Clerk Burdette presented the third reading of the proposed replacement of Section 13, Chapter 3, Article 1345; Sexually Oriented Businesses (Adult Entertainment Ordinance). Jeremy Vickers answered various questions from Council members. M. Leota Sang stated there were some changes and several corrections that needed to be made before the final reading. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided to table the 3RD reading for further review, consideration and corrections. The City Clerk then presented the 2ND reading of Section 13, Chapter 3, Article 1346; Video Lottery Ordinance. Kevin R. Nott made the motion to adopt the second reading and advance to third reading with right to amend. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The motion to advance with right to amend was approved unanimously. After discussion, Brian L. Billings made a motion to amend the ordinance to include the restriction of a 1000 foot straight-line distance from a proposed lottery establishment to the nearest existing lottery establishment, school, religious institution, public park, child care center or residentially zoned area. M. Leota Sang added the second. The motion failed 3-5 with Kevin R. Nott, Ronald R. Kapp, Robert C. Doeffinger, William H. Wallace and J. Glenn Long voting against. After further discussion, Kevin R. Nott made a motion to amend the ordinance to make it unlawful to operate a limited video lottery or Keno establishment within 150 feet of an existing lottery or Keno establishment or within 300 feet of a religious institution, school or child care center. J. Glenn Long added the second. After all discussions, the motion to amend the ordinance with the distance restrictions was approved 7-1 with M. Leota Sang casting the dissenting vote. In closing, Clerk Burdette presented Council with the 2003-2004 Annual Police Pension Report. Mr. Burdette stated that the WV Treasurers Office had reviewed the report and found it to be satisfactory. Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson informed Council that legal fees associated with the ongoing Riverfront Park Mediation-Arbitration were mounting and probably nearing the $10,000.00 area. It was decided that the legal fees should be paid for with Riverfront Park funds if there was any money available. The City Clerk suggested the City Attorney review the legal documents regarding the funds to see if this was possible. The Mayor informed Council that the Halloween party at the Riverfront Park was a huge success. Mayor Wilson commended Denise Scarberry for her hard work in organizing the event. The Mayor commented that there are many volunteers that help make all the events possible.  The Mayor reported that with regards to the North Point Pleasant Drainage project, a meeting was held with Council to interview the three architectural/engineering firms that had expressed interest in working on the project. WOOLPERT, LLP, Burgess & Niple, Inc., and Environmental Design Group were the firms present with presentation/proposals on the project. The Mayor stated that those present at the meeting were most impressed with Burgess & Niple, Inc. Brian L. Billings made a motion to negotiate a fee for services with Burgess & Niple. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the motion passed unanimously. The Mayor stated that Zambelli Fireworks had notified the City that in order to receive the 10% discount, they had to be notified prior to November 15. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to purchase the fireworks from Zambelli Inc. and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion passed unanimously. The Mayor informed Council that the City would like to hold a surplus auction on Thursday November 18, 2004. He added that Rick Pearson would be the auctioneer and all the items to be sold were no longer used by the City. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion that the City conduct the auction and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The motion passed unanimously. The Mayor stated that the Christmas Parade would be held on Friday November 19, 2004 with the Krodel Fantasy Light opening immediately afterward. The Mayor asked for a motion to declare November 15-19 as Mason County Homeless Shelter Week. M. Leota Sang made the motion and J. Glenn Long added the second. The motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to declare November 21-27 as Christian Heritage Week in the City. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and M. Leota Sang added the second. The motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then asked Council to approve a proclamation declaring November as National Home Health Care Month. Brian L. Billings made the motion and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion was approved unanimously. The Mayor asked to change the December meeting from Monday December 13 to Tuesday December 14 due to scheduling conflicts. Brian L. Billings moved to change the meeting date and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion passed unanimously. In Council concerns, Carol L. Jones said some residents were requesting that some stop signs be erected in Meadowbrook. The Mayor informed Council that such requests had to go through the Street Committee and that there also had to be public hearings. The Mayor asked William H. Wallace to schedule a Street Committee meeting as soon as possible to look at that request as well as other requests that had been made recently. Ronald R. Kapp thanked Jerry Bain for the work involved with the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial and the Haer Bears 4-H group for planting trees and flowers at the Medal of Honor Park.   William H. Wallace stated that leaves needed picked up along Monroe Avenue. The Mayor added that the leaf machine had been repaired and was in good working order. Robert C. Doeffinger reminded the Mayor about the utility pole holes in the sidewalk that needed grouted on Main Street. M. Leota Sang commented that she hoped the new doctor offices on Jefferson Avenue would be properly landscaped. She stated that some residents had raised concerns about the landscaping and parking fronting Jefferson Avenue. Ms. Sang commented that she was happy to see increased police coverage in her Ward since the last meeting. In closing, she commented that the City employees had done a wonderful job in keeping the Riverfront Park clean. There being no other business, Kevin R. Nott moved to adjourn the meeting and J. Glenn Long added the second. The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 P.M. by unanimous vote.  

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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