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 April 11, 2005.
Glenn Long led Council in Prayer.
The meeting was called to order by
Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council
meeting of March 7, 2005 and Special Council meeting of March 17, 2005.
Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve and J. Glenn Long added the
second. The motion was approved by a vote of 6-0-1 with Brian L.
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 March 2005. J. Glenn
Long made a motion to approve and Ronald R. Kapp 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 March
2005. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and Brian L. Billings added the
second. Being no discussion, the motion was unanimously approved.
Director Ron Siders reported that the State Auditor had approved the
2005-2006 Levy Estimate (budget) and Council would have to meet on April
19, 2005 for the Laying of the Levy.
on the agenda was City attorney James Casey. Jeremy Vickers was present
to represent Mr. Casey. Mr. Vickers stated that the Riverfront Park
Arbitration had been rescheduled and would take place May 31st thru June 2nd in the City Council Chambers. He stated that he had reviewed the procedure as to how to change
the traffic flow on 3rd street from one-way to two-way. He
stated that the Ordinance making it a one-way street could be amended to
make it a two-way street or a Resolution could be passed making it a
two-street. Mr. Vickers suggested that the Ordinance be amended. The
Mayor stated that residents in the area of the proposed Farmers Bank
location wanted to close an alley in order that the facility could be
set back away from the street. Mr. Vickers stated if Council chose to
close an alley, it could be done by passing a Resolution.
on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Clerk Burdette
presented an invoice for a Walker Display System that the River Museum
purchased to display exhibits. Clerk Burdette explained that funds from
the Jackson Foundation would be used to pay the invoice. J. Glenn Long
made a motion to pay the $3,044.70 invoice and Ronald R. Kapp added the
second. The motion passed unanimously.
Burdette then asked for a motion to allow him to open a Sewer
Depreciation Fund Account. He explained that it was the same type of
account as the Water Depreciation Fund and the Accountant suggested that
it be set up. Elaine G. Hunt made a motion to open the account and Brian
L. Billings added the second. The motion was unanimously approved.
Finance Director Ron Siders stated that the fund would be used for
purchases in the sewer department. He added that any money taken from
the account would have to be paid back.
Burdette presented the 1st reading of Article 747: Municipal
Service Fee increase. Mr. Burdette stated that the increase was one
dollar ($1.00) for fire protection, fifty cents ($0.50) for parks and
fifty cents ($0.50) for cemeteries. Kevin R. Nott made a motion to adopt
the first reading with right to amend. J. Glenn Long added the second.
In discussion, Jim Blake of the fire department was present to answer
questions from Council. He explained that his figures were based on
billing all water customers including all those outside the City
boundary. The first reading was adopted by a vote of 7-1. M. Leota Sang
Burdette then presented the first reading of Article 953: Garbage Fee
increase. Mr. Burdette stated that the increase was two dollars ($2.00)
for residential customers only. The total garbage fee would then be
fifteen dollars ($15.00) per month. J. Glenn Long made a motion to adopt
the first reading with right to amend. Kevin R. Nott added the second
and the first reading was adopted 5-3 with Brian L. Billings, Elaine G.
Hunt and M. Leota Sang opposed.
Clerk Burdette presented the first reading of Article 731: Business and
Occupation Tax rate increase. Mr. Burdette explained that all categories
that could be raised would be increased fifteen percent (15%). J. Glenn
Long made the motion to adopt the first reading with right to amend.
William H. Wallace added the second and the first reading was adopted
6-2 with Elaine G. Hunt and M. Leota Sang voting in opposition.
on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson informed Council that he
had several proclamations to present.
The Mayor presented a Proclamation
declaring the month of April as National Organ Donation Month. Ronald R.
Kapp made a motion to adopt the Proclamation and J. Glenn Long added the
second. The proclamation was adopted unanimously.
Mayor then presented a Proclamation declaring the week of May 6th as National Nurses Week. Brian L. Billings made the motion to adopt the
Proclamation. William H. Wallace added the second and the proclamation
was adopted unanimously.
Mayor presented a proclamation naming the week of May 1-6 as the Week of
Prayer. Brian L. Billings made a motion to adopt the proclamation and M.
Leota Sang added the second. The proclamation was adopted unanimously.
Mayor was then asked to sign a proclamation recognizing the month of May
as National Bone Marrow Transplant Month. J. Glenn Long made the motion
to adopt the proclamation and Brian L. Billings added the second. The
proclamation was adopted unanimously.
Mayor then presented Council with a contract from Waste Management
Services for industrial waste services (dump fees). The contract was for
three years with an option to extend. The Mayor explained that the fees
would increase approximately one dollar ($1.00) per ton per month.
Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve the contract with the
recommendation of Council and J. Glenn Long added the second. The motion
was approved unanimously.
the Mayor stated that the City-Wide Clean-Up would take place on
Saturday April 16, 2005 at 9:00 AM at the Youth Center.
Council Concerns, Ronald R. Kapp complimented Denny Bellamy and anyone
else that helped with the Boy Scout Jamboree at Krodel Park. Mr. Kapp
stated that he would also like to recognize the Haer Bears Girl Scout
Troop for the work they have done in the Medal of Honor Park.
H. Wallace asked what the status was on the North Point Pleasant
Drainage Project. The Mayor stated that the engineering firm would be
meeting with him soon to discuss some financing options.
Leota Sang said she would like to commend the Happy Hustler 4-H group
for the work they have done in cleaning up Pioneer Cemetery. She also
stated that there was a temporary lighted sign in the City that was in
violation of the Sign Ordinance.
Glenn Long stated that he wanted to commend Point Pleasant River Museum
Director Jack Fowler for the outstanding work he has done at the museum
especially with the special events. Mr. Long also commended those
associated with Boy Scout Jamboree at Krodel Park.
being no other business, Kevin R. Nott moved to recess the meeting until
April 19, 2005 at 7:00 PM and J. Glenn Long added the second. The
meeting was recessed at 8:15 P.M. by unanimous vote.