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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

June 13, 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 June 13, 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 the first order of business was to adopt a Proclamation recognizing the U-19 “POINT” Soccer Team from Point Pleasant. Mayor Wilson introduced the team coach, Lester Errett, who explained that the team had recently won the Open Cup Championship. Mr. Errett introduced team members Kenny Durham, and Co-Captains Steven Walker and Dusty Taylor. He added that the young men on the team competed against older and more experienced players but overcame the odds to win First Place. The Mayor added that he was proud of how the young men represented the City. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to adopt the Proclamation recognizing the soccer team. J. Glenn Long added the second and the Proclamation was unanimously adopted. Next on the agenda were residents concerned over the proposed “Point of Hope” transitional living house for recovering substance abusers to be located at 2005 North Main Street. City Resident Jean Casto stated that she was told at the previous Council meeting that a meeting would be arranged with the Point of Hope Board and the concerned residents. The Mayor stated that the Point of Hope Organization was still in the formative stages and was not yet ready to meet with the citizens. She again stated that she was not opposed to these types of facilities but she felt it was in the wrong neighborhood. The Mayor stated that he would keep her informed and that was all he could do as the organization was not a City entity. The Mayor stated that June Price, Kingtown Area resident, had expressed concern that a property owner in Kingtown was building 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. Mayor Wilson then introduced Betty Ohlinger of Pleasant Valley Apartments. She reported that she had talked with the police department and that police calls to the complex had tripled since 2003. She stated that the police department did a good job and thought they needed a raise. She added that she thought a curfew would be helpful in getting the juveniles off the street and cutting down on crime. The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of May 9, 2005. William H. Wallace moved to approve and Brian L. Billings added the second. In discussion, Ronald R. Kapp stated that he thought the wording on page 75 of M. Leota Sang should be changed to reflect that it was her opinion. The Mayor stated that the comments were her opinion. The motion was approved 5-2 with Elaine G. Hunt and Ronald R. Kapp voting against. The Mayor then stated that the computer system had been down and there was not a Consolidated Income (Financial) Statement of the General, Water and Sewer and Coal Severance Funds for the month of May 2005. He reported that it would be presented at the next meeting. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of May 2005. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and J. Glenn Long added the second. In discussion, Brian L. Billings stated that he would like to see anything that could be purchased within the City be purchased here. The motion was unanimously approved. Next on the agenda was City Attorney James Casey.  Jeremy Vickers was present representing Mr. Casey. Mr. Vickers presented the second and final reading of: AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE AND AMEND PART THREE-CHAPTER ONE, ARTICLE 305(TRAFFIC CONTROL), SECTION 305.01 (ONE WAY STREET) The Ordinance would the dissolve one way traffic on Third Street from Main Street to Viand Street and revert back to two way traffic. He added that the Ordinance would become effective August 1, 2 005. J. Glenn Long made a motion to adopt the Ordinance and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The Ordinance was unanimously adopted. Next, Mr. Vickers presented the second and final reading of: AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE DEDICATED ALLEYWAYS WITHIN THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, PART THREE-CHAPTER ONE, ARTICLE 305(TRAFFIC CONTROL), SECTION 305.07 (VACATED ALLEYWAYS) The Ordinance would vacate the alley between Sixteenth and Eighteenth Streets on the Eastern side of Jefferson Boulevard. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to adopt the Ordinance and J. Glenn Long added the second. The Ordinance was unanimously adopted. Next on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Clerk Burdette reported Presented a Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the Collateral Agreement authorizing Sunguard Wealth Management Systems Inc. to collateralize funds in Excess of F.D.I.C. insured funds. J. Glenn Long made the motion to approve the Resolution and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The Resolution was unanimously approved Clerk Burdette presented the third and final reading of: AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE AND AMEND PART SEVEN - CHAPTER THREE - ARTICLE 747 (MUNICIPAL SERVICE FEES), SECTION 747.01(b.). OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA. 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. J. Glenn Long made a motion to adopt the third and final reading. Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The final reading was approved by unanimous vote. Clerk Burdette then presented the third and final reading of: AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE AND AMEND PART NINE - CHAPTER FIVE, ARTICLE 953.01a GARBAGE (Individual Family Unit) OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA 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 third and final reading and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The Ordinance was adopted by a vote of 5-2 with Brian L. Billings and Elaine G. Hunt opposed. Clerk Burdette then presented the third and final reading of: AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE AND AMEND PART SEVEN - CHAPTER THREE, ARTICLE 731 (BUSINESS AN OCCUPATION TAX), SECTION 731.03, 731.04, 731.05, 731.06, 731.08, 731.09, 731.10, 731.11 AND 731.12 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA Mr. Burdette explained that Business and Occupation Tax rates would increase fifteen percent (15%) in all categories that could be raised. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to adopt the third and final reading. J. Glenn Long added the second and the final reading was adopted 5-2 with Elaine G. Hunt and Brian L. Billings voting in opposition. Lastly, Clerk Burdette presented invoices from Progressive Electric totaling $11,356.89 for work done at the Riverfront Park. He added that this was work done to correct electrical problems at the park.  Clerk Burdette stated that he had spoken with Darlene Haer of the Park Committee and she stated that there was grant money available to pay the invoices. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to pay the invoices from Riverfront Park funding and not use any City funding. J. Glenn Long added the second and the invoices were approved unanimously. Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson informed Council that in July, all full time employees would have to start paying a portion of their WVPEIA Health Insurance. The Mayor added that in discussing this with the employees, he told them that he would ask that Council approve their twenty-five cent (2005-2006) pay raise effective July 1, 2005. Brian L. Billings asked when the last pay raise was given. The Mayor stated that the employees were not given their last raise (2004-2005) until February or March because of financial concerns. Kevin R. Nott moved to approve the pay raise and J. Glenn Long added the second. The pay raise was unanimously approved. Mayor Wilson then asked for a motion to approve the purchase of a new diving board for the swimming pool. The Mayor stated that the cost of the new board would be less than two-thousand dollars. Brian L. Billings made the motion and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The purchase was approved unanimously. Lastly, the Mayor stated that the Mason County Chamber of Commerce would be having their annual fundraiser on Thursday June 16, 2005. He asked for a motion to approve the yearly contribution of $200.00. William H. Wallace moved to approve the contribution and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The contribution was unanimously approved. The Mayor reported that twelve summer employees had been hired thus far excluding lifeguards. In Council Concerns, Kevin R. Nott asked who was in charge of the Arts in the Park held at Tu-Endie-Wei Park. The Mayor stated that he would try to find out and report back to him. Brian L. Billings reported that there were low hanging tree limbs hanging over Second Street at Twin River Towers. Mr. Billings also asked about some holes in the Highway along Viand Street. With regards to the proposed Farmers Bank rezoning issue, Ronald R. Kapp read a letter from Donna Davis, Planning Director of the City of Parkersburg, a copy of which is attached to the minutes. This letter stated how the City of Parkersburg would deal with rezoning which would be an amendment to the comprehensive plan. Mr. Kapp also presented the Supreme Court Case of the Lower Donnally Association vs. Charleston Municipal Planning Commission. A copy of the court decision is attached to the minutes. Mr. Kapp stated that he felt that Council had acted appropriately in voting a second time on the rezoning issue for the proposed bank. Elaine G. Hunt brought up concerns about the mosquito problem from the North Point area. William H. Wallace stated that the Regatta was ready and there was a full schedule of entertainment July 1-July 4. He added that the parade would be on Saturday July 2 at 11:00 a.m. He stated that there would be sternwheel cruises along with many other activities. He added that fireworks show will be held on Saturday night. In closing, the Mayor added that the City would be sponsoring day camps for basketball, football and golf. He stated that this was a part of the City Recreation Program to give the youth something to do. The Mayor asked for a motion for the City to sponsor the day camps. J. Glenn Long made the motion for the City to sponsor the camps and William H. Wallace added the second. the motion was approved unanimously. There being no other business, Kevin R. Nott moved to adjourn the meeting and J. Glenn Long added the second. The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 P.M. by unanimous vote.  

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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