||James H. Wilson
||Stanton D. Burdette
|| James M. Casey
||Kevin R. Nott
||James W. Fetty
||Robert C. Doeffinger, Jr.
||M. Leota Sang
|| J Glen Long
||Elaine Grimm Hunt
||Ronald R. Kapp
||William H. Wallace
||Carol L. Jones
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Common Council of the City of Point Pleasant, a Municipal Corporation in
Mason County, West Virginia, met in Regular Session at City Hall, 400
Viand Street at 7:00 p.m. on Monday November 7, 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
Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council
meeting of October 10, 2005. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve and M.
Leota Sang added the second. The minutes were approved unanimously. The
Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Financial Statements of the
General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of October
2005. William H. Wallace moved to approve the statements and Ronald R.
Kapp added the second. The Financial Statements were unanimously
approved. The Mayor
then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the
month of October 2005. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and William H.
Wallace added the second. The
motion was passed unanimously.
Attorney James Casey stated that Howard Yeager had been in contact with
him concerning the counter-proposal the City had made in reference to
properties Mr. Yeager owned in the City. Mr. Casey stated that Mr.
Yeager would only donate those properties to the City if the City would
agree to make each individual property a municipal park. Mr. Casey added
that the Main Street property was suitable for a Municipal Park and that
it was home to a distressed structure. After a long discussion, Kevin R.
Nott moved to allow Mr. Casey to do a Quit-Claim Deed to acquire the
Yeager property on Main Street. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the
motion was unanimously approved.
The Mayor stated that he had received a report from the property
survey that was done in Kingtown. The property was surveyed because of a
boundary dispute. He asked the City Attorney to review the information
and make a recommendation on any necessary at the next Council meeting.
The City Attorney then discussed the proposed City Police Traffic
School. The Attorney explained that for minor traffic violations, a
person could attend the local traffic school and the payment would stay
in the City. Also, if a person attended the school, there would be no
points issued against his/her driver’s license.
In closing, Mr. Casey said that he and the Mayor had been looking
for an agreement between the Volunteer Fire Department and the City. He
stated that he thought the entities had been operating without an
agreement and that a formal agreement should be drawn up to clearly
define the working relationship.
Clerk Stanton D. Burdette explained that the State Auditor had approved
the contract between the City and Bassett and Lowe for the 2004-2005
Audit in the amount of $5,550.00. Mr. Burdette added that the State
Auditors fee would be approximately $444.00. In closing, Mr. Burdette
stated that delinquent tax notices had been sent out and those failing
to make a return would be called to Municipal Court.
on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson reminded Council that it
was time to decide if they wanted give the yearly Christmas Bonus to
employees. The Mayor stated that it was in the budget to give full-time
employees $550.00 and part-time employees $250.00. Kevin R. Nott moved
to approve the bonus and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion was
Mayor then stated that a revised bid came in from the Alan Stone Co. for
the construction of a picnic shelter at the Riverfront Park. The Mayor
added that the Riverfront Park Committee would meet and decide upon
project priorities in the near future.
Mayor informed Council that Krodel Park Campground would be open for
hunters during deer season. He asked that a $15.00 per night fee be
approved for overnight camping with electricity only. William H. Wallace
moved to adopt the fee and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The fee was
Mayor informed Council that a new roof had been put on the Krodel
Clubhouse with grant funding. He stated that there were going to be
other improvements at the park. He added that the City would be
purchasing a utility vehicle in the near future with $8,000.00 the City
had received in grant funds.
Mayor then asked Council to pass a resolution to apply for $15,000.00 in
grant money to build a cabin or make other improvements at Krodel Park.
M. Leota Sang moved to adopt the Resolution and Kevin R. Nott added the
second. The Resolution was approved.
Mayor the presented Council with a Resolution with the intent to apply for a Transportation Enhancement Grant in
Conjunction with the River Museum in the Amount of $165,000.00. the
Mayor stated that the funds would be used to construct a 2,400 square
foot addition to the museum. The grant would require a local match of 20
percent which would be funded by the Point Pleasant River Museum
Foundation. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to adopt the Resolution.
William H. Wallace added the second and the Resolution was unanimously
Mayor then presented a Resolution allowing employees to participate in
the “Peoples On-Line Direct-Deposit” program with their payroll
checks. The Mayor explained that this was an added benefit for the
employees that would cost the City very little money. He stated that it
would cost approximately $104.00 per year for 20 employees. Robert C.
Doeffinger made the motion to adopt the Resolution and Kevin R. Nott
added the second. The resolution was unanimously approved.
regards to the old Point Pleasant Landfill that was located near the
fairgrounds and operated by the City between 1974 & 1984, the Mayor
explained that he had been involved in a conference call with the EPA
and other Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP). The Mayor added that
not much came out of the call.
Mayor reported that grant money applied for two years ago had been
received. He stated that it was discussed at the time of the application
that half of the funds would go to the Main Street Committee and half to
the Mason County Tourism Committee. The total funding would be for
$60,000.00 over two years. The Main Street Committee would receive
15,000.00 per year and the Tourism Committee would receive $7,500.00 per
year for two years. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to distribute the
$15,000 and $7,500 respectively to the Main Street Committee and the
Tourism Committee for the present year. Kevin R. Nott added the second
and the motion was approved.
Mayor Wilson proposed raising the returned check fee to the State
maximum. He added that the State maximum was $25.00 at the present time. Ronald R. Kapp moved to adopt the
maximum returned check fee as defined by State Policy. Kevin R. Nott
added the second and the fee was unanimously approved.
Mayor then presented a Resolution allowing the City to apply for a
Brownfield’s Grant for the old Malleable Iron and adjacent properties.
Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve the Resolution and J. Glenn Long
added the second. the Resolution was unanimously adopted.
Mayor Wilson presented a proclamation naming November 12-18 as Community
Foundation Week. Kevin R. Nott moved to approve the Proclamation and
William H. Wallace added the second. The Proclamation was unanimously
Mayor then presented Council with a request from the Homeless Shelter
for a donation to help with the costs of a new furnace which was
estimated to cost $5,000.00. The Mayor explained that the City usually
donated $500.00 per year to the shelter. William H. Wallace moved to
donate $500.00 to the shelter for the new furnace and J. Glenn Long
added the second. The donation was unanimously approved.
Mayor stated that the gas company had sent a letter offering to make a
one-time lease payment of $20.00 per square foot totaling $2,880.00 to
erect a gas regulator station on a 12 square-foot parcel. It was
suggested that the gas company have the property surveyed to see how the
structure would be situated on the lot.
Council concerns, M. Leota Sang wanted to thank Denise Scarberry for her
dedication and hard work to make the Halloween Block Party such a
success. Ms. Sang stated that the event gets bigger and better every
year. She reminded Council that the Christmas Holiday Parade would be on
November 18, 2005 at 6:30 pm to coincide with the opening of the Krodel
Park Fantasy Light Show. In closing, Ms. Sang stated that she thought an
early warning system in the City for tornados or other impending
emergencies might be worth looking into.
G. Hunt asked if the City had done work at the Lutton Horse Park. The
Mayor stated that the City had done some work there and had been
reimbursed for the work. He added that the City had done some work there
also as their contribution in preparing for and sponsoring the Circus.
Ms. Hunt added that 27th Street needed paved. She asked that
a leaf pick-up schedule be published. In closing, Ms. Hunt asked what
the status of the North Point Drainage Project was. Councilman
Doeffinger stated that the Sewer committee would need to meet with the
engineer to discuss the amount of money needed to do the project. He
stated that it would be up to Council and the citizens if they wanted to
raise rates to finance the project.
H. Wallace echoed the need for paving and pot-hole repair. He also asked
that the Bellemeade area see an increased police presence.
Glenn Long stated that Jack Fowler, Director of the Point Pleasant River
Museum, was to be commended for the work and accomplishments that have
been made at the Museum.
being no other business, J. Glenn Long moved to adjourn the meeting and
Kevin R. Nott added the second. The meeting was adjourned at 8:22 P.M.
by unanimous vote.