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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

August 8, 2005

WARD

NAME

PRESENT

ABSENT

Mayor James H. Wilson X  
City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette X  
City Attorney James M. Casey   X
Finance Director     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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     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 August 8, 2005.

    J. 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.

The Mayor stated that June Price, Kingtown Area resident, was on the agenda but not present. He stated that Ms. Price had concerns that a property owner in Kingtown was building on City property. The Mayor informed Council that the property owner had contacted a surveyor and that the property would be surveyed as soon as the surveyor could schedule it. The Mayor then recognized Alan Pearson of 410 Parrish Avenue. Mr. Pearson stated that he had some property and right-of-way issues with regards to Parrish Avenue. Mr. Pearson stated that his neighbor had recently had landscaping work done and he felt that the neighbor had encroached upon the street right-of-way thus hindering egress to his property. Mr. Pearson presented Council with a survey of his property and various maps and plats. He said that he had spoken to the Mayor and City Inspector about the issue during construction. Mr. Pearson asked Council that the 26 foot right-of–way of Parrish Avenue be enforced. The Mayor stated that the property owner who did the landscaping maintains that the property was hers and not that of the City. She informed the Mayor that she would get the property surveyed if need be. An in-depth discussion followed. The Mayor added that Council would discuss the matter further and try to reach some kind of conclusion. The Mayor then introduced Blair Taylor of the West Virginia State Treasurers Office. Mr. Taylor had been asked by the City Clerk to appear before Council to give a brief overview of the Police Pension Plan and answer any questions that Council may have. Mr. Taylor explained that the State put an insurance surcharge into effect to help municipalities fund the pension plan. He explained that in order for the municipalities to qualify for the state distribution, the City must contribute their share (Normal Cost) or percentage thereof as determined by an Actuarial Soundness Report. Furthermore, it was noted that the employees (policemen) had contributed to the plan but the City did not actually contribute until August of 2004.   Mr. Taylor stated that for the City to receive the full State allocation ($56,319.00), the City would need to contribute $65,853.00 (Normal Cost). He added that the City would receive a percentage of the distribution if the City could not make the full Normal Cost contribution. Mr. Taylor entertained many questions from Council and urged Council to apply for the State Funds should they decide to contribute funds. Mayor Wilson then recognized Kathy Elliott of the Region II Planning and Development Council. Ms. Elliott stated that with the completion of the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park, the Final Performance Report and Drawdown Application needed to be approved. She spoke briefly of the forms that needed to be completed and signed. J. Glenn Long made a motion to approve, sign and submit the Final Performance Report and the Final Drawdown Application (#15). Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion was approved unanimously. Next, Mayor Wilson recognized Greg Herrick and Tom Mignery of Burgess and Niple Inc. Mr. Herrick explained that they were present to provide follow-up information on grant applications for the study of Brownfield’s. Mr. Herrick explained that the old Malleable Iron property might be a viable project for which to seek funding. Mr. Herrick introduced Mr. Mignery who specializes in Brownfield remediation.  Mr. Mignery explained what Brownfield’s were and what could be done to make those properties an asset to the community again. He stated that Brownfield’s were typically abandoned industrial or chemical facilities with either real or perceived contamination issues. He explained that there was Federal Environmental Protection Agency Grant money available to do site assessment work to determine what remedial work would need to be done to the property. He stated that the assessment grants were designed to identify hazards and the remediation grants were for the actual site clean-up. He added that once all remediation work was done under federal guidelines, the property would then be given a clean certificate from the EPA.  He stated that the Site Assessment Grant was a $200,000.00 grant that required no matching funds from the City. Mr. Mignery answered questions from Council and asked that Council consider Burgess and Niple Inc. to assist the City with the grant application process should the City chose to apply for funding. The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of July 11, 2005. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The minutes were approved 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 July 2005. J. Glenn Long moved to approve the statement and Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion was unanimously approved.  The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of July 2005. J. Glenn Long made the motion and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion was unanimously approved. Next on the agenda was City Attorney James Casey. Jeremy Vickers was present to represent the attorney’s office. Mayor Wilson explained that Mr. Casey had presented an invoice in the amount of $17,310.00 for legal fees associated with the arbitration of the dispute involving contractor issues at the Riverfront Park. Mayor Wilson stated that he would set up a Finance Committee meeting to discuss the invoice and other issues. Clerk Burdette explained that the City had contributed $20,000.00 to the Police Pension Fund thus far since September of last year (2004). Mr. Burdette explained that the State Funds for Fiscal Year 2002 would expire at the end of August. He asked Council if the City would want to contribute any additional funds to the Pension Plan in order to capture additional State funding. M. Leota Sang made a motion to contribute an additional $10,000.00 for a total of $30,000.00. William H. Wallace added the second. Clerk Burdette explained that the City would then be entitled for a percentage of State matching funds in the approximate amount of $25,656.69. After a short discussion, the motion was unanimously approved. Clerk Burdette the presented the 2nd and final reading of an Ordinance to rezone 2807 Jackson Avenue from R-2 to B-3. J. Glenn Long made a motion to adopt the Ordinance and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. In discussion, M. Leota Sang stated that she would like for the City to have a plan for the future of the City. She added that she was not comfortable with spot-zoning businesses in the City. The motion passed 4-1 with M. Leota Sang casting the opposing vote. Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson presented a Proclamation declaring August 16, 2005 as Ed Lowe Recognition Day. Mayor Wilson read the Proclamation and informed Council of the many hours that Mr. Lowe had volunteered to help make the City a better place to live and work. The Mayor referred to Mr. Lowe as a “Super Volunteer”. He added that the City, in conjunction the Main Street Committee, would host a ceremony and reception at noon on the 16Th of August at the Riverfront Park. The Mayor stated that the Riverfront Park Committee had met and was working on getting Phase II of the project started. The Mayor stated that he had met with the Battle Days Committee and they asked that vendors providing educational or entertainment oriented services not be required to get a business/ vendor license. The committee felt that the cost of the license was a deterrent to participation at the event. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion that vendors providing an educational or entertainment function for one of the City non-profit groups not be required to get a business/vendor license. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the motion was approved unanimously. The Mayor then presented an agreement to extend the contract with Mason County Public Service District (MCPSD) for additional six months. The Mayor explained that the agreement was for the City to provide contracted technical services for the MCPSD Camp Conley Sewer System for a fee of $600.00 per month. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to approve the extension and William H. Wallace added the second. The motion was unanimously approved. The Mayor informed Council that the City Enforcement Agency had met and had completed paperwork and sent notices to address two distressed properties. One property is located along Viand Street and the other is situated along 22nd Street. The Mayor stated that the WV Department of Natural Resources had contacted him about the possibility that funds might be available to pave the boat launch facility. He presented a letter from the Corps of Engineers that indicated they had no objection to the paving as long as the lease agreement was adhered to. The Mayor informed Council that he had been notified that the City should receive $35,000.00 Budget Digest Funding in the upcoming year for a new roof on the Krodel Clubhouse, transportation vehicle for use at Riverfront Park and other improvement at Krodel Park. William H. Wallace added that Senator Charles Lanham was able to secure Budget Digest Funds for the upcoming 2006 Sternwheel Regatta also. In Council Concerns, William H. Wallace stated that he had been observing the traffic flow in the Third Street area since the street returned to two-way traffic. He stated there were some problems that needed to be addressed. He added that it may be necessary to install stop signs at the intersection of Third and Main Streets. The Mayor asked Mr. Wallace to have a Street Committee meeting to address the issue along with the Parrish Avenue dispute. The Mayor added that he would have a temporary stop sign installed to further study the traffic-flow in the area. M. Leota Sang stated that Mr. Jim Wood of the WV State Planning Commission would come to the City and provide a training seminar regarding municipal planning in exchange for travel expenses. She added that she was upset at the condition of the cemeteries especially since a cemetery fee was now being charged. J. Glenn Long stated that if the City wanted to address the Malleable Iron property, a decision should be made as soon as possible. After a lengthy discussion, Mr. Long made a motion to hire Burgess and Niple Inc. to assist the City in preparing an EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant for the Malleable Iron and adjacent properties. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the motion was unanimously approved.

            There being no other business, J. Glenn Long moved to adjourn the meeting and William H. Wallace added the second. The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 P.M. by unanimous vote.

_______________________________James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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