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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

January 11, 2005

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 Prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor 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 a zoning issue that had been tabled at the December Council Meeting. Clerk Burdette then asked City Inspector Greg Walker to review the proceedings surrounding the zoning change request. Mr. Walker explained that CWF,LLC was the property owner of 1716 Jefferson Boulevard and the adjacent lots and that it was presently zoned R-2. The petition asked that the property be rezoned to B-2 so that it could be sold to Farmers Bank and Savings Company who would then construct a bank on the property. Mr. Walker stated that the Planning Commission had met since the last Council Meeting to hear input from the citizens and make a recommendation to Council. He explained that the Planning Commission had given its approval of the zoning change request. Ronald R. Kapp then made a motion to accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the zoning change of the property owned by CWF,LLC in order that the property may be sold to Farmers Bank for the purpose of building a new bank. William H. Wallace added the second to the motion. In discussion, Robert C. Doeffinger asked if this would be an Ordinance change that would require three readings. City Attorney James M. Casey stated that it was a modification upon recommendation by the Planning Commission. William H. Wallace stated that he felt a bank would be less intrusive than building several small low-income housing units. He added that he thought the bank would be a good thing for the City because of job creation and construction taxes. Carol L. Jones stated that a decision should not be taken lightly as many residents’ lives could be adversely affected. Robert C. Doeffinger asked if the bank would absolutely not consider other properties. Mr. Groves, of Farmers Bank, stated that the bank had not found any other suitable properties within the City. Ronald R. Kapp stated that he was definitely against spot-zoning in residential neighborhoods. He added, however, that there was a business on this particular property for several years. Also, he stated that if the City was to grow and promote a business atmosphere that the City would have to allow businesses to locate along the main thoroughfare through the City. M. Leota Sang stated that the previous business was a greenhouse that was on the rear of the property. She added that she felt this would just be the beginning of many zoning change requests along this highway. Robert C. Doeffinger stated that if a bank were constructed on the property, it could substantially change the whole structure of the neighborhood. He stated that it would be a high volume drive-thru type of business similar to a convenient store. He added that he felt zero-lot line high density housing, similar to upscale condos, was the most suitable use of the property. Gary Cotton, one of the property owners, answered stating that they had pursued the multiple dwelling option but no interest was shown. Robert Crush, neighboring property owner, stated that the zoning change would substantially affect his daily life especially with regards to noise and traffic congestion. Gary Cotton, property owner, stated that there would not be any more traffic as there would have to be a population increase to create more traffic. As there was no more discussion and no others wishing to be heard, Clerk Burdette called for a vote on the motion before Council to accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the zoning change of the property owned by CWF,LLC in order that the property may be sold to Farmers Bank for the purpose of building a new bank. The vote was 5-5 with Nott, Fetty, Kapp, Long, And Wallace voting in favor of the request. Those voting in opposition to the request were Billings, Doeffinger, Sang, Hunt and Jones. Clerk Burdette stated that all parties involved had valid points to their argument. Further, he stated that the City would like to have Farmers Bank locate in the City and that the City would help the bank if at all possible. He added however, that he would like to see the bank exhaust all options and possibly rehabilitate or improve an existing business location before disrupting a residential area. Clerk Burdette then cast the deciding vote denying the request with final vote of 6-5. The Mayor was asked to rejoin the meeting. Mayor Wilson asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of December 14, 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 December 2004. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to approve and Brian L. Billings 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 December 2004. Robert C. Doeffinger made the motion and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. Being no discussion, the motion passed with a vote of 9-1 with Carol L. Jones opposed. Next on the agenda was City attorney James Casey. Mr. Casey stated that the Riverfront Park Arbitration was tentatively scheduled for February 24 & 25, 2005. The Mayor stated that Woolpert,LLC had been talking to the Alan Stone Co. about letting them start working to correct electrical deficiencies with their portion of the contract. This might also expose some of the problems that are alleged to be present in The J.D.& E. Co.’s electrical portion of the contract. Mr. Casey also explained that he had been in contact with the City of Charleston about a program offering a driving class to individuals with traffic violations. Mr. Casey stated that if a person had a municipal traffic violation, they 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. Next on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Clerk Burdette stated that work was continuing on the outside stairway at the River Museum. Mr. Burdette asked for a motion to pay the museum invoices up to a maximum of $1,200.00 as some invoices had not yet been received. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to pay the invoices and M. Leota Sang added the second. The motion was approved unanimously. The Clerk stated that the proposed budget was due by March 7. He encouraged Council to attend the budget workshop scheduled for January 27th at 7:00 P.M. The Mayor stated that reminders would be sent out. Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. The Mayor reported that inquiries had been made to the City in regards to renting out the mobile stage. William H. Wallace stated that he would check with the manufacturer to try to get an idea of what the stage should rent for. The Mayor stated that he had been in contact with the Law Firm of Steptoe & Johnson regarding the sale of bonds to finance street paving. He said their representatives would be willing to meet with Council to look at the finances to decide which may be the best way to fund the projects. The Mayor then presented a Resolution to Authorize Application for $10,000.00 in Local Economic Assistance Grant Funds for construction/installation of outside stairs at the Point Pleasant River Museum. J. Glenn Long made the motion to approve the Resolution and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The Resolution was passed unanimously. The Mayor stated that plaques had never been installed at the River Museum, Medal of Honor Park, Riverfront Park and Oshel B. Craigo Amphitheater. He added that the cost of the plaques would be approximately $3,000.00. Brian L. Billings moved to purchase the plaques and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then reported that the fireworks display was previously scheduled for July 2nd with a rain date of July 3rd. He explained that another rain date would have to be chosen as the July 3rd date was not available. After some discussion, William H. Wallace made a motion to have Labor Day as the rain date for the display. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the motion was passed unanimously. The Mayor stated that the Annual Sleighbell Ball would be held on January 29th at the Moose Lodge and the City had $1,500.00 in the budget for the annual donation. The Mayor added that he had complimentary tickets for the function if members of Council would like to attend. The Mayor then recognized Scott Perfater of the Burgess & Niple engineering firm. Mr. Perfater was present to present information on the North Point Pleasant Drainage project. Previously, Council had selected Burgess and Niple to do preliminary work on the project. Mr. Perfater presented a Professional Agreement for services rendered on the project. Mr. Perfater explained that there had been studies done previously on this project but little was addressed as far as how to fund the project. He explained that the best choice for funding the project was by classifying it as a combined sewer/water separation project. He added that the City could also start a Storm Water Utility which would allow the City to charge a Storm Water Fee to all citizens within the watershed. He added that some other municipalities have done this and charge approximately $1.50 per month to pay for such projects. Mr. Perfater explained that the fee charged by Burgess & Niple for services rendered through Section II (Storm Water Utility Development Assistance) would be $8,900.00. He added that Burgess & Niple would be flexible on how and when the City would make payment. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the agreement in the amount of $8,900.00 to get the project moving forward. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion passed unanimously. In closing, the Mayor stated that Council would have to make some decisions as to how some of these projects were going to be funded. He stated that fees charged for services were the only way that the City had to generate income and that raising fees was the only way to increase revenue. He added that with increasing costs facing the City, he felt there would have to be some rate increases proposed. In closing, the Mayor urged every Council Member to participate in the upcoming budget workshops to help plan for the upcoming fiscal year. In Council concerns, J. Glenn Long added that there were potholes on Maxwell and Mason Boulevards that needed to be repaired. Robert C. Doeffinger stated that the new car wash needed to remove their temporary sign. Also, he stated that he had heard several complaints about the water draining out on Viand Street. He stated that the old Yeager House was still in a state of complete disrepair. He added that there was a rat problem developing in the Main Street area also. The Mayor stated that he would contact the Health Department about the problem. In closing, Mr. Doeffinger reminded the Mayor about the utility pole holes in the sidewalk that needed to be grouted on Main Street. Elaine G. Hunt asked that the Health Department also be notified as to the condition of the old bowling alley property. She stated that she felt it is a real health concern especially with the close proximity to schools and day-care centers. Ms. Hunt also asked if the City’s water had been tested for the contaminant C-8 produced and released into the waters by a chemical company. Ronald R. Kapp stated that the 911 Center was looking at relocating into a new facility. Mr. Kapp made a motion that the Mayor be authorized to send a letter to the County Commission requesting that the emergency vehicles still be housed within the City to better serve the residents. Carol L. Jones added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Carol L. Jones asked why the camper had not been moved from Lincoln Avenue. The Mayor stated he would check with City Inspector as to what the Codified Ordinance said in regards to camper storage. Kevin R. Nott stated that there was a car parked in the ditch on Neal Road. The Mayor stated that he would have police department check out the car. There being no other business, J. Glenn Long moved to adjourn the meeting and Brian L. Billings added the second. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 P.M. by unanimous vote.  

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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