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Council Minutes


February 13, 2006





Mayor James H. Wilson X  
City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette   X
City Attorney James M. Casey X  
Finance Director     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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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.


HARRISON ROE-STOP SIGN The Mayor recognized Harrison Roe who was present representing the Church of God located at 2401 Jefferson Avenue. Mr. Roe stated that the Church was asking that the intersection of the 2400 Block of Jefferson Avenue be changed from a two-way to a four-way stop. He explained that the church had recently opened a parking lot across the street from the church and members of the congregation had to cross the street to attend services. He noted that several members of the church had witnessed speeders in that area and had safety concerns. The Mayor explained that there had to be two readings and a public hearing before a stop sign could be put in place. M. Leota Sang moved that the intersection at 24th and Jefferson be made a four-way stop with the right to amend at second reading. Carol L. Jones added the second and the motion was unanimously approved.

FORT RANDOLPH COMM. CRAIG HESSON The Mayor then introduced Craig Hesson of the Fort Randolph Committee. Mr. Hesson thanked the Mayor and Council for making the fort an integral part of the tourism movement in Point Pleasant. Mr. Hesson explained that there had been many changes at the fort and with the committee over the years. He stated that the committee had met and unanimously voted to become a restructured organization in order to qualify for additional grants and funding.  He added that it was discovered that the committee had no by-laws. He asked that Council make interim committee appointments to write the by-laws and help restructure the committee. J. Glenn Long moved to approve the committees’ recommendation to appoint Craig Hesson, Lowell Cook, Barbara Kemper and Denny Bellamy to the interim committee. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion was unanimously approved. J. Glenn Long thanked Mr. Hesson and the committee for the work they do supporting the City through their volunteerism at the fort.

MASON COUNTY PSD RANDY GRINSTEAD Mayor Wilson recognized Randy Grinstead of the Mason County Public Service District (MSPSD). Mr. Grinstead stated that the MCPSD had approached the City approximately two years ago asking that the City take over the Camp Conley Sewer System. He noted that the City already sells water to the Camp Conley area and the City presently does contractual sewer technical services. He added that the time was right to look at the possibility of the City taking over the sewer system. When questioned, Mr. Grinstead stated that he was coming before Council on behalf of the Board of the MCPSD to ask that the City look into the possibility assuming the sewer system.  Robert C. Doeffinger added that it appeared as if the MCPSD had done a substantial amount of work to the system and moved that the City investigate the possibility of taking over the Camp Conley Sewer System. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion was unanimously approved.

Main Street Baptist Church Floodwall Murals Mayor Wilson introduced Robin Jones of Main Street Baptist Church. Ms. Jones explained that she had appeared at a previous Council meeting and requested permission to paint a mural on the floodwall in honor of the church’s one-hundredth year anniversary celebration. She stated that she was present to answer any questions that Council may have. Mayor Wilson stated that he had received information from the church pastor and he turned the matter over to the City Attorney James M. Casey. Mr. Casey stated that he felt letting the church paint a mural on the floodwall may leave the City vulnerable to a lawsuit. Ms. Jones asked that the Council make a decision soon so the project could go forward in a timely fashion or be dropped. She also asked to be provided with a map of the historic district. Pastor Sargent recommended that Council develop a policy regarding painting on the floodwall. He added that the separation of church and state was confusing as the Supreme Court was not consistent in their rulings. The Mayor suggested the street committee research the request and develop a policy regarding floodwall usage and report back to Council at the next meeting to answer the Church’s request.


The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of January 9, 2006. J. Glenn Long moved to approve and Robert C. Doeffinger 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 January 2006. Brian L. Billings 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 January 2006. William H. Wallace made the motion and J. Glenn Long added the second.  The motion passed unanimously. M. Leota Sang abstained.


REAFFIRM STREET CLOSING City Attorney James Casey informed Council that a business wanted to purchase property and locate within the City. He stated that the property in question had originally been mapped with a street right-of–way. Current deeds show that no right-of-way presently exists but City records can not be found of the street closing. Mr. Casey recommended that Council have two readings of an Ordinance reaffirming the action taken by previous a Council to close the right-of-way of Windsor Court (street) between Jackson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve the first reading and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The reading was unanimously approved.                                                                               

DISTRESSED PROPERTY Mr. Casey informed Council that his office had spoken with Howard Yeager about the distressed property on Main Street. Mr. Casey stated that Mr. Yeager did not agree to the terms in the Quit-Claim deed that the City had sent to him. Mr. Casey felt that the terms were reasonable and suggested Council pursue other means of dealing with Mr. Yeager and the distressed property. MUNICIPAL TRAFFIC SCHOOL The second reading of the Traffic School Ordinance was not prepared with all amendments. The 2nd reading will be held in March. KINGTOWN PROPERTY DISPUTE Mr. Casey stated that the property owners had built part of a structure (church) on City property and the simplest solution to the situation would be to lease the property to the church. Mayor Wilson added that the church had made a proposal to lease the property from the City for $500.00 per year. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to lease the property to the church for $500.00 for the remainder of the term of the present Council. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the motion was unanimously approved. CITY CHARTER CHANGES Mr. Casey stated that there had been some discussion about changing the City Election day to coincide with State’s Election Day. He stated that this could save the City approximately $30,000.00 every election. He stated that the City’s ward boundaries would have to match the County precinct boundaries in order for this to be possible. He stated that changing the Ward boundaries and extending the next office holders term to 5 years would have to be voted on in the 2007 City election. He added that no office holders’ term could be shortened. Extending the term to 5 years would put the City and County in the same election cycle in 2012.


EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK-RETIREMENT As a follow-up to the previous meeting regarding joining the State pension plan, Finance / Human Resource Director Heather Thabet-Moore explained that she had gotten answers from the West Virginia Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) regarding the pension plan.  Ms. Moore explained that the State guaranteed the defined benefit to the retirees. The City would contribute 10.5% of full-time employee payroll. The employees would have to contribute 4.5% of their gross earnings and PERS would require all employees participate. She added that employees could buy time with the plan but that it would be very expensive to the employee. It was noted that the plan was presently 70% funded. In discussion, several items were discussed at length including vacation leave, sick time leave and accrual and a sick leave bank. After all discussions, Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the Employee Handbook amendments and Benefit Package including joining the WVPERS effective July 1, 2006 with right to amend. William H. Wallace added the second and the motion was passed unanimously. Ronald R. Kapp then made a motion to adopt a Resolution allowing the City to become a member of the WVPERS. J. Glenn Long added the second and the Resolution was unanimously adopted.


AUDIT City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette was not present but Mayor Wilson reported that the Accounting Firm of Bassett & Lowe had been working on the audit and that it would be completed soon.                                                                                                

FORT RANDOLPH INVOICES Mayor Wilson presented Fort Randolph Invoices totaling $935.40 from Thomas Do-It Center for materials used in fireplace construction at the Fort. The funds would be paid from grant money. Ronald R. Kapp moved to pay the invoices and Brian L. Billings added the second. the invoices were approved unanimously.


KRODEL CAMPGROUND Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. Mayor Wilson stated that Campground Director Pat Sallaz had presented a request to raise camping fees. Carol L. Jones stated that the campground needed a lot of clean up and thought it would be a good idea to have a specific person to be in charge of mowing, maintenance and clean-up of the campground. The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the rate increase with the exception of leaving the winter rates the same. J. Glenn Long moved to adopt the new rates and Brian L. Billings added the second. The rate increase was unanimously approved. BUDGET WORKSHOP The Mayor stated that he, Heather Moore and Stanton D. Burdette had been to the State Auditors Budget Workshop Seminar. He added that City Accountant Jeff Feamster would be in the City next week to help prepare for the budget workshop. He said a workshop would be scheduled for March 6th. FIREWORKS The Mayor asked William H. Wallace of the Regatta Committee to report on the status of the Regatta and any fireworks recommendations. William H. Wallace moved that the fireworks display be held on Saturday July 8th to coincide with Regatta activities. Carol L. Jones added the second. The Motion was approved by a majority vote. INSPECTOR REPORT The Mayor presented a report from City Inspector Greg Walker on properties that have been renovated or demolished within the City. The Mayor stated that not all the properties in the report were properties that were targeted by the City for action. MEADOWBROOK MAIL DELIVERY The Mayor presented a letter from a resident in the Meadowbrook area asking the City to send a letter to the Post Office supporting mail delivery to each residence. The letter stated that presently mail is delivered to cluster postal boxes and it is difficult for some residents to get to those locations. J. Glenn Long moved to send a letter to the Post Office supporting the home delivery and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion passed unanimously.


Brian L. Billings asked that as soon as funds are available that the road around the Krodel Park be repaired. Ronald R. Kapp asked when the City would be purchasing vehicles. The Mayor stated that the City was presently receiving bids. William H. Wallace stated that the Regatta Parade could be held on the Fourth of July. He stated that the parade might boost the July 4th Celebration. He added that Denise Scarberry had joined the Regatta Committee and that she would be an asset to the Committee because of her experience with the Halloween Celebration. Robert C. Doeffinger asked about the status of paving on Main Street. He also questioned about a burned out home on Ohio Street. The Mayor stated that the Fire Marshall had been investigating the fire. In closing, Mr. Doeffinger asked if the City was caulking the joints in the floodwall. The Mayor stated that the City reacted to whatever recommendations the Army Corps. Of Engineers had in their inspection report. M. Leota Sang asked the City Attorney if there were any developments in the Legislature that the City should be made aware of. She also asked about a Video Lottery Bill presently in the Senate. RESIGNATION J. GLENN LONG J. Glenn Long stated that he had moved from the Fourth Ward to another part of the City. Mr. Long submitted his resignation effective the end of March. He stated that he would like to remain on Council during the budget process as he was a member of the Finance Committee. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to accept the resignation effective the end of March 2006. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the resignation was unanimously approved.


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 10:04 P.M. by unanimous vote.

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 






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