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Council Minutes
 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

June 12, 2006

WARD

NAME

PRESENT

ABSENT

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 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 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 JUNE 12, 2006. Mayor Wilson led Council in Prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Wilson welcomed new councilman, Dr. William E. Park, who was sworn in at 6:30 p.m. June 12, 2006. Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to appoint Harriett Nibert to act as City Clerk and take minutes of the meeting.  Councilwoman Carol L. Jones added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS:

ACCEPT CITY CLERK/TREASURER RESIGNATION Councilman Robert C. Doeffinger moved to accept the resignation of Stanton D. Burdette as City Clerk/Treasurer effective June 1, 2006.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. As Council Members Hunt and Wallace had previously notified they may arrive late for the meeting, the issue of appointing an interim City Clerk/Treasurer was delayed until later in the meeting.

OUTSIDE DELEGATION

DARLENE HAER – RIVERFRONT PARK PROJECT Darlene Haer appeared on behalf of the Riverfront Park Committee.  She presented Council with the Financial Report of Funds Available as of June 13, 2006.    Ms.Haer informed Council that Funding for the Riverfront Park Project must be allocated by June 30, 2006, in order to avoid losing funds.  Robert C. Doeffinger made the motion to enter into a contract with Alan Stone Co., Inc. for the construction of the picnic shelter at the Riverfront Park.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. JANE COLES – BLUE STAR MARK TO HONOR VETERANS Jane Coles appeared on behalf of the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club to obtain permission to place a Blue Star Marker in honor of all veterans and asked the City to make a contribution toward the monument.  Cost of the marker is One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).  Ms. Coles was informed the club should choose a spot for such marker, determine whether it is affected by any state road rights-of-way, present a drawing of the proposed location to Council, solicit funding from other sources and request funding help from Council if needed. CEBRIDGE CABLE Patrick Barclay appeared on behalf of Cebridge Cable to advise that Charter Communications Cable System is being sold to Cebridge Acquisitions, LLC, doing business as Cebridge Connections and asked Council to approve assignment of the franchise by resolution.  Brian L. Billings made the motion to pass, adopt and approve a Resolution Approving the Assignment of the Cable Television Franchise.  Elaine G. Hunt added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Prior to addressing the business matters of the meeting, Mayor Wilson welcomed new councilman, Dr. William E. Park, who was sworn in at 6:30 p.m. June 12, 2006. Councilman Brian L. Billings stated that he would like to be the next City Clerk.  He inquired if he would be required to resign as councilperson in order to seek the position of interim City Clerk.  He was informed he would be required to resign as councilman if he was appointed as interim Clerk.

MONTHLY BUSINESS

The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of May 8, 2006. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve with correction made to change a typographical error on first page of the minutes (change name of Jacob Miller to Jacob Hill).  Robert C. Doeffinger added the second, and the motion passed 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 May 2006.  Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve and James W. Fetty added the second. It was noted that such statements were not in the packets forwarded to Council.  Councilman Kapp rescinded the motion to approve.   The statements were copied and presented to Council, whereupon Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve and Brian L. Billings added the second. The motion was unanimously approved.   The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of May 2006. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve, Brian L. Billings added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

CITY ATTORNEY

DISTRESSED PROPERTY - YEAGER Jeremy Vickers was present representing the City Attorney. After discussion concerning the steps that have been taken to date by City Council and the Enforcement Agency,   Robert D. Doeffinger made a motion that City hire an independent agency to remove the personal property from the Yeager residence at 703 Main Street, Point Pleasant, WV, place the same in storage for a period of ninety (90) days, notify Howard L. Yeager Jr. of such action and that Yeager will be responsible for storage fees.  Brian L. Billings added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. CASTO PROPERTY An Agreement has been prepared by property owner Casto and presented to the City  wherein the City may enter upon property owned by Casto at 913 Viand Street, Point Pleasant, WV, to raze, demolish, remove and dispose of the structure situate thereon, and City may for the duration of the term of office of the current administration use Casto property adjacent to and abutting the real estate upon which the municipal building is located for parking vehicles and equipment.  Robert D. Doeffinger made the motion to enter into said Agreement between the City of Point Pleasant and Casto.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

FINANCE-HUMAN RESOURCES

PAY INCREASE FOR CITY EMPLOYEES FOR 2006-2007 Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to grant a current consumer price index cost of living raise of 3.4% to all regular fulltime employees.  Brian L. Billings added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

CITY CLERK

FORT RANDOLPH Carol L. Jones made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations of Fort Randolph for the month of May 2006.  Brian L. Billings added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. MAIN STREET MURAL MONEY The Main Street Program has requested the sum of $15,000.00 under a Riverfront Park Grant for murals (Total amount of grant was $45,000.00 and $15,000.00 was previously paid to Main Street) Carol L. Jones made a motion to make second payment of $15,000.00 to Main Street.  Robert C. Doeffinger added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Councilwoman Jones informed Council that she noticed some of the Main Street Christmas decorations were still behind the metal building at Krodel Park, the grass is grown up around the decorations, some of the decorations are rusted and it is a snake pit.  Mayor informed Council he has asked Charles Humphreys of Main Street Program to determine which decorations can be thrown away and which decorations should be stored. WATER AND SEWER BUDGETS Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to accept the proposed Water and Sewer Budget Reports for the year ending June 30, 2007.  Robert C. Doeffinger added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. INSURANCE BID The insurance bid from Jim Lively Insurance/Village Insurance Agency for property and liability insurance shows a premium decrease of $6,056.00 with increases on property values and equipment values.  Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to accept the insurance bid for property and liability insurance coverage from the St. Paul Travelers (Jim Lively Insurance/Village Insurance Agency)for the annual renewal premium of One Hundred Seventeen Thousand Eight Hundred Eleven Dollars ($117,811.00).  Carol L. Jones added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

MAYOR

RESOLUTIONS Main Street Grant Carol L. Jones made a motion to adopt a resolution to enter into an agreement with the West Virginia Development Authority to accept a Governor’s Community Partnership Grant in the amount of $1,333.00 to enable Main Street Point Pleasant to promote and develop the City through capital improvement projects.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Statue Grant Carol L. Jones made a motion to adopt a resolution to make application for a West Virginia Local Economic Assistance Grant in the amount of $10,000.00 for the Tourism Destination Program for extension of tourist attractions, including the Point Pleasant Outdoor History Museum.  Brian L. Billings seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Murals Grant Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to adopt a resolution to authorize application for a Governor’s Community Partnership Grant in the amount of $50,000.00 for the extension of tourist attractions, including painting the mural of the “Battle of Point Pleasant”.  Carol L. Jones added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Paving Grant Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to adopt a resolution to authorize application for a West Virginia Local Economic Assistance Grant in the amount of $125,000.00 for street paving.   Robert C. Doeffinger added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Krodel Cabin Grant Brian L. Billings made a motion to adopt a resolution to authorize application for a West Virginia Local Economic Assistance Grant in the amount of $15,000.00 for a cabin and/or other improvements at Krodel Park.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.   Brownfield Grant The City has received a grant in the amount of $200,000.00 to assess potential brownfield sites for cleanup and revitalization.  Mayor Wilson and Heather Moore will be attending a meeting on June 27, 2006, for instructions on how to proceed in obtaining the funding for this project.  The City is one of three municipalities in the State which received such a grant. Cabin at Krodel The $15,000.00 grant funds will probably be sufficient to build a cabin shell.  It will probably take another $5,000 to $7,000 to complete plumbing, electric, etc.  The City is looking at potential sites at Krodel for the cabin.  A letter will be written to West Virginia Development Authority to request an extension beyond June 30, 2006 for this project. New Garbage Truck Bids The City received two bids for garbage trucks:  one from McNeilus for $124,852.00 and two from Cavalier for $113,082.00 and $115,120.00 (different options on these two bids).  Council tabled action on this matter and asked that it be re-bid with specifications for heavier gauge steel and large hopper. Rental of Stage to Town of Mason The Town of Mason requested to rent the portable stage owned by the City to use during their 150th Anniversary Celebration.  Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to enter into an agreement to rent the stage for the sum of $1,000.00 to the Town of Mason for a period of two days.  Carol L. Jones added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Purchase New Lawn Mower for Floodwall Brian L. Billings made a motion to purchase a new mower for the floodwall for the sum of up to $18,000.00.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Swimming Pool – New Pump In order to open the swimming pool for the 2006 season, it was necessary to purchase a new circulation pump.  The cost of the pump was $5,000.00.  Hotel/Motel Tax Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to establish a hotel/motel tax of 6% and to hold a first reading of an ordinance with right to amend at the Council Meeting on July 10, 2006.   William H. Wallace added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Municipal Court Fines, Costs, Fees Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to adopt the Municipal Courts ASSESSMENT OF FINES, COST, FEES set by the West Virginia Legislature.  Dr. William E. Park added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Storm Drain on Kathnor Lane At some time in the past the City put in place a storm drain on Kathnor Lane, which crosses under the driveway at property currently owned by Charles E. Adkins, 512 Kathnor Lane.  Councilman Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to enter into an appropriate easement agreement to assess the problem and make the necessary repairs to the storm drain that crosses the property at 512 Kathnor Lane in Point Pleasant.  Dr. William E. Park added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM CITY CLERK Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss applicants for City Clerk vacancy.  Ronald R. Kapp added the second, and the motion passed unanimously. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to reopen the meeting after Executive Session.  William H. Wallace seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Councilman Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to hold a Special Council Meeting on Monday, June 19, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. to interview the individuals who are interested in the City Clerk vacancy and to conduct any other business determined necessary at that time.  Robert C. Doeffinger added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

COUNCIL CONCERNS

Carol L. Jones: Jones suggested that the City add additional lots at Krodel Park with all the construction that is coming into the county.  Mayor Wilson said there is grant funding available through the USDA which could be used to hire an expert to lay out plans for expansion at Krodel Park.  If the grant application is unsuccessful, then perhaps the Council could designate up to $5,000.00 to hire such an expert if city funds are available in the future.  Jones stated the City could make some extra dollars from construction workers coming to the county to work and needing a place to stay.  Jones also noticed that the Watterson fellow was doing a fantastic job on the cemetery mowing.  Jones also said several trees at Krodel are bad and need removed.  A lot of the trees need trimmed back.  Councilwoman Hunt commented about the dead fish in the lake.  Mayor informed Council he had talked with a representative from DNR. DNR took samples for analysis and believe one species of fish is affected.   DNR will advise us when they have an answer to the problem. Brian L. Billings: Sidewalk in front of cemetery right beside new construction site of Jackson Avenue Baptist Church needs repaired. Ronald R. Kapp:            Noticed two concrete slabs had fallen on Kathnor Lane. 1400 Block of Ohio Street needs mowed.  Mayor indicated that street department has a schedule for mowing, some lots are mowed once a week, and some are mowed every two weeks. Elaine G. Hunt: Roads are in need of repair:  Ohio Street between 14th and 15th Streets.  Big trucks still traveling on that street.  Need patrolled for speeding.  Would like to see a curfew activated because kids are running around town after midnight.  Asked about setting a meeting with the Fifth Ward on the sewer project.  Mayor informed we are waiting for the EPA to meet with us on the combined sewer project and actually see the site locations.  Residents are expressing concern with the water problem and mosquitoes.  Mayor informed that City had been spraying for the mosquitoes. William H. Wallace: Informed Council members of the scheduled events for Regatta weekend, July 7 and July 8, including parade on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., a Kid’s Day with entertainment and games, live entertainment, a Regatta Queen Pageant, sternwheeler cruises, events at the River Museum and fireworks on Saturday.  The Regatta Committee has received funding from Culture & History Grant with assistance of Senator Lanham. Robert C. Doeffinger: The park benches that have been put in place at the Riverfront Park need to be framed in and dressed up a bit – might use stainless steel bolts. Mr. Doeffinger read an article in the Charleston Gazette on water rates showing the highest and lowest rates in the state.   Point Pleasant’s rates are inexpensive compared to other municipalities.  Our city is probably at 30% of the cost of some other municipalities. Mr. Doeffinger referred to a letter Councilwoman Sang had written with her concerns for Council, including amending the employee handbook. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to change references to “Director” in the employee handbook to “Department Head”, to change references to “City Manager” to “Mayor”, and vacation carryover days will remain the same at fifteen days.  Brian L. Billings added the second, and the motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Ronald R. Kapp moved to adjourn the meeting and William H. Wallace added the second. The meeting was recessed at 9:47 P.M. by unanimous vote.  

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Harriett Nibert  Acting City Clerk                 James H. Wilson, Mayor

 

 

 

 



 

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