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
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,
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.
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
A letter of response will be forwarded to the Prosecuting
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
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
Mayor Wilson noted a public hearing needs to be scheduled
regarding the closure of the alley behind the Main Street Baptist
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
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
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
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
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
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
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