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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

July 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 (Open)   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 July 11, 2005.

M. Leota Sang 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 introduced Krodel Campground Director Pat Sallaz. Ms. Sallaz presented the year-end campground report. She stated that the campground had visitors from as far away as California and Alaska. She reported that total receipts for the year were $66,387.50. She added that the City would be adding three additional pull-thru overnight camping spaces. Ms. Sallaz presented Council with the new campground brochure that she and Mr. Sallaz designed. In closing, Ms. Sallaz stated that the mowing at the campground had improved and looked nice. Carol L. Jones stated that the City may need to look at adding additional restroom facilities to the campground. Elaine G. Hunt added that there were picnic tables in need of repair at the park. Also, she stated that the lifeguards at the paddle boats should patrol around the lake to watch the boaters as well as children fishing. The Mayor recognized June Price, Kingtown Area resident, who had concerns that a property owner in Kingtown was building on City property. She stated that she was a previous owner of the property in question and the present owner was building an addition to a church on City property. The Mayor said that he had looked at the property in question and suggested that the party building the structure have the property surveyed to make sure they were not building on City property. The Mayor instructed the City Attorney to send a formal letter to the property owner to resolve the matter. There were also concerns raised that the party was building in a floodplain and it may not meet code thus making the County ineligible for Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) funding. Carolyn Denny, also a Kingtown resident, asked if the area was going to get City sewer service and  more street lights. She also raised concerns about City employees using City vehicles for personal use. She also asked about the installation of speed bumps in the area to control speeders. The Mayor stated he would check into the issues. The Mayor then recognized Ronald R. Kapp who spoke on behalf of the Planning Commission. Mr. Kapp presented a request from Amy Baena to rezone 2807 Jackson Avenue from R-2 to B-3. Mr. Kapp stated that the Planning Commission approved the request and recommended Council rezone the property. Carol L. Jones stated that she was not against business but the application did not state what kind of business was going in. Mr. Kapp stated that the owner wanted to rezone the property in order that she could sell it as a business property. Janet Hartley of Homestead Realty was present and stated that there was a sales contract on the property contingent on the property being rezoned. Potential buyer, Joey Wilcoxen, stated that he was informed by the City Inspector that the property was zoned for  business. He stated that he was informed later that it was zoned residential.  Robert C. Doeffinger stated that he thought the request was an Ordinance change and needed two readings. After a lengthy discussion, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and approve the first reading of an Ordinance to rezone the property at 2807 Jackson Avenue from R-2 to B-3. William H. Wallace added the second the first reading was approved 5-1 with Carol L. Jones casting the opposing vote. Ms. Jones stated that she was not against business but felt as if the property should be purchased and the new owner apply for the zoning change. Ronald R. Kapp then presented a request from Charles Roush to rezone his property at 3312 Franklin Avenue from R-2 to B-2 for the purpose of building storage units. Mr Kapp stated that the Planning Commission denied the request and recommended Council do the same as there was not enough space to do what Mr Roush wanted. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion that Council accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and deny the request to rezone. William H. Wallace added the second and the request to rezone was denied unanimously. Mayor Wilson then introduced Scott Perfater of Burgess and Niple Inc. Mr. Perfater gave Council a brief overview of where the City was with respect to the North Point Drainage Project. He presented preliminary funding information that indicated that the sewer rates would need to be increased in order for the City to qualify for low-interest loans to fund the project. He added that the figures were tied to the median-income of the residents living in the City. It was decided that Mr. Perfater would attend the next meeting of the Sewer Committee. The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of June 13, 2005. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The minutes were approved by majority with M. Leota Sang abstaining. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Council meeting of June 6, 2005. William H. Wallace added the second and the motion met with majority approval with M. Leota Sang abstaining. Ronald R. Kapp then made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Council meeting of June 29, 2005. Carol L. Jones added the second and the motion was unanimously approved. 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 2005. William H. Wallace moved to approve the statement and Carol L. Jones added the second. In discussion, it was noted that the statements were in a different form from the ones in the past. The new statements are generated directly from the accounting software that the City uses. After discussion, the statements were approved unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of June 2005. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and William H. Wallace added the second. The motion was unanimously approved. Next on the agenda was City Attorney James Casey. Mr. Casey stated that Jeremy Vickers went with the Mayor to Philadelphia to attend a meeting regarding the old landfill near the WV Ordinance Works (TNT) area. The Mayor explained that the City leased a parcel of property from the County between 1974 and 1984 for the purpose of operating a landfill. He explained that during the EPA Superfund clean-up of the old Ordinance Works, it was discovered that there were contaminants in the old landfill. The Mayor stated that it was a preliminary meeting between major parties that were involved or dumped material in the landfill. He added that the EPA was looking for an entity to take charge and oversee clean up of the area. Next on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Clerk Burdette presented the second and final reading of an Ordinance approving the new Codified Ordinances of the City of Point Pleasant. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to Adopt the second and final reading and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The motion was unanimously approved. Clerk Burdette then presented information on the Police Pension Fund. He stated that the City had contributed $20,000.00 to the fund since last September when it was voted on to contribute $2,000.00 per month. Mr. Burdette stated that although the City was not contributing the amount designated in the Actuary Report, the City would still be eligible for a percentage of State Funds. Clerk Burdette reported that the Actuarial Study showed that the City needed to contribute approximately $85,000.00 per year for the next 28 years to fully fund the pension plan. Mr. Burdette stated that there would be a representative from the WV State Treasurers office available for the August Council meeting to explain in more detail the pension plan funding and to answer any questions Council may have. In closing, Clerk Burdette stated that it would have to be decided how much the City would contribute to the plan this year at that meeting in order for him to meet the deadline to apply for the State funds. Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson informed Council that the WV Municipal League Conference would be in August and he needed to know how many Council members would be attending in order to make hotel reservations. Mayor Wilson then asked for a motion to approve the yearly $300.00 donation to the Farmers Market for the Chilifest. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the donation and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The donation was unanimously approved. In Council Concerns, Elaine G. Hunt stated that the Police Committee had met with the Police. She stated that the Police Department had addressed most of the issues that the committee had. She added that the evening of the meeting, there was a man working on the computer system in the City Building with no other City Official or employee present. William H. Wallace stated that Whitney Scarberry was crowned the 2005 Point Pleasant Regatta Queen. Mr. Wallace thanked Council, City Officials, employees and anyone who helped with the Regatta. He added that with the kind of help he receives from the City, it makes his job as Chairman of the Regatta Committee a lot easier. Robert C. Doeffinger stated that there were still holes in the sidewalk on Main Street from utility pole replacement that needed to be repaired.  The Mayor stated that he had tried to contact Verizon about the matter. Mr. Doeffinger also asked if any estimates had been gotten for the paving of Main Street. The Mayor stated that he had applied for Budget Digest money for the project but had received no information thus far. M. Leota Sang presented copies of a letter she had written in response to a letter from the Board of the Point of Hope transitional living house that was presented to Council in June. Also she had copies of letters she had sent to the City Inspector regarding problems in her Ward that needed to be corrected. She stated she had no response from the Inspector regarding the status of the issues. She added that with the recent “Letters to the Editor” regarding the drug problem and other issues in the City, she felt that maybe an open meeting with the Police Department and the public would be helpful. The department would be able to have direct interaction with Council and the community. Ms. Sang also expressed concern over the juveniles loitering in the City. Regarding the controversy over recent rezoning issues, Ms. Sang stated that the City needed a legal ruling as to how Council could correctly rezone property. She added that the same problems would arise again and she wanted to do what was right. Carol L. Jones added that she would like the WV planning Commission to clarify the issue. There being no other business, William H. Wallace moved to adjourn the meeting and M. Leota Sang 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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