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Council Minutes

 

Special MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

March 17, 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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The Common Council of the City of Point Pleasant, a municipal corporation in Mason County, West Virginia, met in Special Session at the City Building, 400 Viand Street at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday March 17, 2004.

Council member J. Glenn Long led Council in prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. A Waiver of Notice is attached to this set of minutes. The purpose of the meeting was to:             1. APPROVE THE 2005-2006 GENERAL AND COAL SEVERANCE FUND LEVY ESTIMATE (BUDGET) CONTINGENT ON WV STATE AUDITOR APPROVAL.             2. DISCUSS AND TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION ON ADDITIONAL LIBRARY CONTRIBUTION. The Mayor turned the meeting over to Finance Director Ron Siders to explain the proposed budget and answer questions from Council. A lengthy discussion followed with many questions from Council. Mr. Siders explained that the figures and suggestions from the budget workshop were used to prepare the document. He explained that the document reflected a five-cent increase in the Business and Occupation Tax Rate, employees’ bearing costs of health insurance increases, a one-dollar fire fee, a two-dollar residential garbage increase, a fifty-cent parks fee and a fifty-cent cemetery fee. Mr. Siders explained that the five-cent raise in the B&O tax rate would generate the approximate fifty-thousand dollars needed as discussed in the workshop. Ronald R. Kapp explained that the five-cent raise was not an equal percentage raise for all businesses and unfair to retailers in particular. William H. Wallace stated for the record that the B&O Tax was repressive to business and industry and that it was a shame that the State tied the City’s hands in taxing on gross revenue. After further discussion, it was decided to raise all B&O rates fifteen percent in all categories that could be raised. J. Glenn Long made the motion to raise all B&O Fees that could be raised fifteen percent and include the additional four dollar municipal fees in the budget document. William H. Wallace added the second and the changes to the document were approved 5-1 with M. Leota Sang opposed. After the voted upon changes were made to the budget document, Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to a APPROVE THE 2005-2006 GENERAL AND COAL SEVERANCE FUND LEVY ESTIMATE (BUDGET) CONTINGENT ON WV STATE AUDITOR APPROVAL. William H. Wallace added the second and the motion was approved 5-1 with M. Leota Sang voting against. After an in-depth discussion about the health insurance increases, William H. Wallace made a motion to cap the amount the City pays for health insurance at the present rate starting in July. The employee would be responsible for any increases in health insurance and charges related to tobacco usage. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and the motion passed 5-1 with J. Glenn Long voting in opposition. The Mayor stated that due to cut-backs in funding from the County, the library had requested an additional two-thousand dollars in funding for the present fiscal year. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve the two-thousand dollars in additional funding and Robert C. Doeffinger added the second. The funding was unanimously approved. The Mayor stated that the audit had been completed and he had sent a letter to the prosecutor dealing with the findings. Finance Director Ron Siders stated that the findings were basically the same as every year. Being no other business, J. Glenn Long made a motion to adjourn. Robert C. Doeffinger added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.  

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

_____________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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