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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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Council Minutes


August 7, 2006





Mayor James H. Wilson X  
City Clerk     X
City Attorney James M. Casey X  
Finance / Human Resources Heather Moore X  
Executive Secretary Harriett Nibert X  
Municipal Judge Jeremy T. Vickers   X
At Large Glen Long 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 William E. Park 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 City Hall, 400 Viand Street at 7:00 p.m. on Monday August 7, 2006. 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.


Darlene Haer did not appear on behalf of the Riverfront Park Project; however, Council was updated with the following information:  the drill was delivered to the Riverfront Park earlier today and work should begin Tuesday, August 8, 2006, with an expected finish date of two to three weeks for the marina.  The expected finish date for the pavilion (picnic shelter) is October 4, 2006.     


Minutes of the regular council meeting of July 10, 2006 were approved. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and Dr. William E. Park seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  The financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of July 2006 were approved.  Ronald R. Kapp made the motion.  J. Glenn Long seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


Distressed Properties - Yeager

City Attorney Casey will be arriving late; therefore Mayor Wilson updated council on Yeager distressed property.  The asbestos inspection is completed.   We are obtaining bids for the asbestos removal.  The high bid received to date is $12,000 to $13,000.  The low bid received to date is $9100.  Auctioneer Rick Pearson has been hired by Howard Yeager to remove his personal property from the premises.   After the personal property is removed, steps will be taken to demolish the residence. 

Municipal League Ordinance Attorney Casey arrived and advised council on the Municipal League Ordinance of collection of outstanding B & O tax collection.  Council members had been provided a copy of the proposed ordinance.  J. Glenn Long made the motion to adopt the Ordinance approving the Participation Agreement with the WVML Municipal Revenue Enhancement Program.  Ronald R. Kapp seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

HOTEL/MOTEL TAX Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve the second reading with right to amend with technical revisions to establish a 6% hotel/motel tax.  J. Glenn Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.



            Heather Moore advised Council there were two items of note:

            1.            City does not have enough staff to separate duties recommended by the Auditor.  Specifically mentioned was collecting cash, recording cash transactions and depositing cash are not separated.  In the past thirty to forty days, efforts have been made to separate those specific duties.             2.            City had expenditures that exceeded the budget.  In prior years budget revisions were performed about every three months.

              A letter of response will be forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney. BROWNFIELDS GRANT UPDATE

            Necessary paperwork for the brownfields grant has been submitted.  From October 30, 2006 to September 30, 2009, we can expect funds to be disbursed under the grant. WVHDF LOAN PROGRAM             This is a loan program designed to assist cities and non-profits in tearing down distressed properties and recovering some of the monies expended.  This may or may not be tailored exactly to fit the needs of Point Pleasant.  The loan must be repaid in the same fiscal year as it is borrowed.  It is simple to put a lien on record against the property owner; however, it can be difficult to recover monies expended on the project.  This loan procedure will be researched further.


Fort Randolph Invoices Approve the outstanding obligations for Ft. Randolph. Motion by Robert C. Doeffinger, seconded by Ronald R. Kapp, motion passed unanimously. Main Street Baptist Church  100 Year Celebration

            A notice of the Main Street Baptist Church 100 Year Celebration was furnished to council members.  The church desires to rent the City’s portable stage for October 28, 2006.  Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to rent the stage to the Main Street Baptist Church for the sum of Five Hundred ($500.00).  Robert C. Doeffinger seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Wilson noted a public hearing needs to be scheduled regarding the closure of the alley behind the Main Street Baptist Church.  


RIVERFRONT PARK Marina – the drilling work should begin on Tuesday, August 8, 2006, and concrete work should be finished in two to three weeks.  The pavilion should be finished by October 4, 2006.  The decorative gate at the floodwall at Ninth Street cost approximately $1500.  No bill has been submitted.

MAIN STREET PAVING We have received the paperwork on the Main Street Paving Project.   We need to put out bids for the work and discuss the layout of the bricks for the paving job.   Asphalt will be removed from the entire street and the condition of the original underlying bricks will be assessed.  Underlying utility lines will affect some of the original brick in the parking lanes.  Paving project includes third to twelfth Street and should begin in September.

MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CONFERENCE The Municipal League Conference begins Wednesday, August 9, 2006, at Chester, WV.  The number of rooms  needed was confirmed at four. HAROLD RIDENOUR RECOGNITION Councilman J. Glenn Long made a motion to Proclaim Wednesday, August 9, 2006, as

“HAROLD RIDENOUR RECOGNITION DAY” in honor of the late Harold Ridenour and his dedication and service to the community.  Dr. William E. Park added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

WV RURAL WATER MEETING Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to authorize Danny Rodgers as the voting delegate for the West Virginia Rural Water Meeting on September 11, 2006, with alternate voting delegate Steve Gardner.  J. Glenn Long added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. It was noted the Family Resource Network teen back to school dance will be held at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park on Friday, August 18, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.  Music will be provided by Rockin Reggie.  Councilwoman Carol L. Jones made a motion to support the teen dance with a contribution of $150.00.  Ronald R. Kapp seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


Councilwoman Carol L. Jones suggested extending the swimming pool season next year and advised a resident was inquiring whether city workers were mowing and dragging property owned by the City or another landowner adjacent to the City in the Kingtown area.  Mayor advised he would check on this matter but had been informed grading work was being performed on the encroachment area which would be leased to the adjacent landowner. Councilman J. Glenn Long was recognized as returning “new” member of council.  He mentioned that the tennis courts at Harmon Park had a coating of dust on them from the ballfields and needed cleaned and that the weeds around the courts needed to be cut.  He said it nice to be back as a member of council. Councilwoman Elaine G. Hunt reported a street light that needs repaired.

            Councilman Robert C. Doeffinger noticed a grave marker had been pushed over onto the sidewalk at the Pioneer Cemetery.  He was informed by a neighbor to the cemetery that a young man fighting with his girlfriend shoved it over onto the sidewalk.  The marker should be patched and put back in place. Councilman Dr. William W. Park mentioned the campaign signs at Mt. Vernon and Jefferson hindered some drivers.  Mayor was informed today that the signs were removed by the street department. Mayor Wilson read a letter to Council members from Inspector Greg Walker, wherein he advised he was resigning from his position effective September 2, 2006.  Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to accept Walker’s resignation.  Dr. William E. Park seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

Executive Session

Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a personnel issue.  Councilman J. Glenn Long seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Councilman Kapp made the motion to abate the executive session and return to regular meeting.  Councilman Long seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


Being no other business, Councilman J. Glenn Long made a motion to adjourn.  Councilman Dr. William E. Park added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

__________________    Harriett Nibert Acting City Clerk             

______________________ James H. Wilson Mayor             





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