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
that there were only five members of Council present, M. Leota Sang
asked that there be a clarification on what was considered a quorum.
City Attorney James Casey stated for the record that a quorum was
considered a majority of Council. He stated that according to Section 12
of the City Charter, the Mayor is considered a member of Council and
therefore, Five Council Members and the Mayor would constitute a quorum.
Wilson recognized Darlene Haer of the Riverfront Park Committee. Ms.
Haer reported that two quotes were received for core drillings necessary
to design the picnic shelter for the park. Ms. Haer reported that TRIAD
Engineering, Inc. submitted a bid of $5,676.00 and H.C. Nutting Co.
submitted the low bid of $3,850.00. She added that the proposal from the
company met the requirements of the architect, WOOLPERT,LLC. J. Glenn
Long made the motion to approve the contract with H.C. Nutting Co. and
to approve payment of the invoice when received. Ronald R. Kapp added
the second and the motion was approved unanimously. Ms. Haer added that
WOOLPERT,LLC had been working with the Corps of Engineers to design a
more feasible floodwall opening for Sixth Street. The First design was
Mayor then introduced Krodel Campground Director Pat Sallaz. Ms. Sallaz
explained that the campground was receiving free advertising in a major
campground magazine. To meet the requirements of the magazine, the
campground would have to designate at least 5 pull-thru campsites for
travelers not wanting to unhook for overnight camping. She added that
she had selected 5 campsites that could be utilized if there was some
gravel spread for a roadway.
Wilson then excused himself from the next portion of the meeting due to
having personal financial involvement. He turned the meeting over to
City Clerk, Stanton D. Burdette. Mr. Burdette stated that the issue
before Council was the denial of a previous zoning change request of
property owned by CWF,LLC. The request was recommended by the Planning
Commission and asked that the property located at 1716 Jefferson
Boulevard and the adjacent lots be rezoned from R-2 to B-2. That
petition was denied at the January 11, 2005 Council Meeting. Clerk
Burdette stated that he had been advised by City Attorney James Casey
that pursuant to WV Code 8-24-22, “should the City Council deny a
recommendation by the Planning Commission, the Council must reply to the
Commission as to why the petition was denied”. The Clerk further
stated that the City Attorney approved the letter (reply) to be sent to
the Commission with a copy sent to Council Members. The Clerk stated
that he then received a letter from the Planning Commission that asked
Council to reconsider their action and approve the zoning change
request. There was some discussion as to whether the Clerk should have
sent the letter to the Planning Commission without a formal motion by
Council. The City Attorney stated that the clerk was performing an
administrative duty in sending the letter. M. Leota Sang stated that she
felt the letter should not have been sent without the Council’s
approval. Mr. Casey stated that if a member of Council disagreed with
the content of the letter, a motion could be made to rescind the letter.
City resident Ms. Wilma Withers asked to be recognized. She stated that
in an earlier, unrelated zoning request, she was told that the vote of
Council was final and definite. She asked why the law had changed so
much in a year’s time. Mr. Casey stated that there was no reply
necessary for an approval of such a request. He added that the time
period for any type of appeal in that matter had expired and that it was
not the issue before Council at this time. M. Leota Sang asked exactly
where the issue was going next. Ronald R. Kapp stated that he understood
the WV Code to say that Council had 45 days from the present (2-7-2005)
meeting date to take action on the second recommendation from the
Planning Commission on the request. City Attorney James Casey agreed
with Mr. Kapp and added that Council could address the issue at the
March meeting and still fall within the time allowed by the law. After a
short recess, Mr. Burdette asked if there was anyone who wanted to make
a motion to take action on the matter. Mr. Casey added that if no action
were to be taken, a motion should be made to lay the recommendation over
until the next Council meeting. M. Leota Sang made the motion to table
the recommendation pursuant to section 12 of the Charter and Elaine G.
Hunt added the second. (No vote required)
Wilson asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council
meeting of January 11, 2005. J. Glenn Long made a motion to approve and
Kevin R. Nott added the second. Ronald R. Kapp noted that on page 41,
the name Mr. Lieving needed to be changed to Mr. Groves. The motion to approve the minutes 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 January 2005. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve and
Kevin R. Nott 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 January 2005. Kevin R. Nott
made the motion and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. Being no
discussion, the motion passed unanimously.
Director Ron Siders reported that the Auditor had been in the City and
was working on the Audit. He reported that everything was going smoothly
and Council should have received letters to sign from the Auditor.
on the agenda was City attorney James Casey. Mr. Casey stated that the
Riverfront Park Arbitration was tentatively scheduled for February 24
& 25, 2005. Mr. Casey stated that J.D. & E. wanted a hearing at
the end of the month but he wanted to delay the hearing until the
deficiencies with the electrical system at the park could be exposed. He
added that he had been in contact with Woolpert,LLC and Progressive
Electric. Progressive Electric was the company that did the study
highlighting some of the deficiencies in the system. Mr. Casey also explained that he was continuing to work with the
City of Charleston on a program offering a driving class to individuals
with Municipal traffic violations. Mr. Casey stated that violators would
be allowed to attend a one-hour driving class and pay the City for the
class. The City would not turn the violation in to the Department of
Motor Vehicles and therefore the citizen would have no points added to
his driving record.
on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Clerk Burdette stated
that the River Museum invoices were still under the previously approved
$1,100.00 and that this would finish up the River Museum Grant Funding
through the Department of Transportation. Clerk Burdette reminded
Council that the proposed budget would have to be completed prior to
next Council meeting. A budget Workshop was set for Thursday February 24
at 6:00 P.M.
on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson informed Council that he
had received a letter from the Mason County Public Service District
informing him that the District’s Board had met and passed a motion to
formally extend an offer to transfer the Camp Conley Water and Sewer
Infrastructure to the City of Point Pleasant. The Mayor advised Council
that the Sewer and Water Committees would meet to discuss the matter.
Mayor then said that employee pay raises had been discussed by the
Finance Committee and that he would present the plan at next Council
Mayor informed Council that the Point Pleasant River Gauge was not
working. He was informed that a new gauge could be installed at no
charge but it would cost approximately $5,000.00 per year to maintain.
He added that he was looking for other agencies to partner with the City
to help defray costs.
Mayor informed Council that he would send a letter to Senator Charles
Lanham congratulating him on his recent appointment to the State Senate.
Mayor stated that “WV-Make It Shine Day” was set for April 16, 2005
and that he was going to use part-time employee Jacob Hill to organize
Mayor announced that the local National Guard Unit was to return home
from Iraq soon. He stated that he had been in contact with the local
office and that the City would try to help in some event showing support
for the troops.
the Mayor introduced the proposed Krodel Park Campground rate increase
that Ms. Pat Sallaz had earlier in the meeting discussed before Council.
Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve the proposed increase and J.
Glenn Long added the second. In discussion, Kevin R. Nott stated that he
agreed with the proposed increase but would not be in favor of raising
it again in the next 2-3 years. The motion to approve the rate increase
was approved unanimously.
Mayor then stated that appointments needed to be made to fill a vacancy
on the Planning Commission and that also the City needed a Floodplain
Manager. The Mayor stated that in order for the City to receive
assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)
Program, that the City had to have a Floodplain Manager. The Mayor
stated that John Bryant was the County Floodplain Manager and had served
unofficially in that capacity for the City in the past. Now, the City
would be required to have an official Floodplain Manager. The Mayor
stated that Mr. Bryant had the credentials and necessary training to
qualify for the position. Kevin R. Nott made a motion to appoint John
Bryant to be the City Floodplain Manager and follow the recommendation
of the Finance Committee as to what he should be paid. Elaine G. Hunt
seconded the motion and it passed by majority approval with J. Glenn
Mayor then reported that Bruce Dennis had resigned from the Planning
Commission due to health reasons. The Mayor recommended Brian Wedge to
fill the vacancy with an expiration date of October 2006. Elaine G. Hunt
made the motion to appoint Brian Wedge to the Commission and J. Glenn
Long added the second. The appointment was approved unanimously.
being no other business or concerns of Council, Kevin R. Nott moved to
adjourn the meeting and J. Glenn Long added the second. The meeting was
adjourned at 8:50 P.M. by unanimous vote.