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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.