CITY OF POINT PLEASANT
May 8, 2006
James H. Wilson
Stanton D. Burdette
James M. Casey
Finance / Human Resources
Kevin R. Nott
James W. Fetty
Robert C. Doeffinger, Jr.
M. Leota Sang
Elaine Grimm Hunt
Ronald R. Kapp
William H. Wallace
Carol L. Jones
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The Common Council of the City of
, a Municipal Corporation in Mason County, West Virginia, met in Regular
Session at City Hall,
400 Viand Street
Monday May 8, 2006
M. Leota Sang
led Council in Prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H.
Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
CITY CLEAN-UP AWARD WINNERS
Jacob Hill, Event Coordinator for the City of
Clean-up, announced winners of contest held in local schools in
conjunction with the clean-up. Award winners are as follows:
Slogan Contest: Tyler Miller
Poster Contest: 1st Bekah Darst
3rd Evan Potter
T-Shirt Contest:1st Jessica King
2nd Joshua Freeman
3rd Katelyn Hipes
The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes
of the Special Council meeting of
April 12, 2006
and the Regular Council meeting of
April 10, 2006
. Ronald R. Kapp 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 April 2006. Ronald R.
Kapp moved to approve the statements and Brian L. Billings 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 April 2006. Robert C.
Doeffinger made the motion and Brian L. Billings added the second.The motion was approved 5-1 with
M. Leota Sang
was present representing the City Attorney.
The Mayor informed Council that the City Attorney had
sent a letter to Mr. Yeager concerning the status of the distressed
Yeager property on
. The Mayor stated that Mr. Casey was following an emergency clause
found in the Enforcement Code. The clause states that the City can take
immediate action in cases of danger or health hazards. He added that Mr.
Casey thought this was the quickest way to resolve the matter.
BURGESS AND NIPLE
NORTH POINT DRAINAGE PROJECT
Tim Utt of Burgess and Niple presented Council with results of
the Phase I contract for Engineering Services associated with the North
Point Pleasant Drainage project. The project would be classified as a
combined sewer and storm water separation project. Mr. Utt stated that
the information presented included results from engineering and
architectural work from previous studies as well as additional work from
Burgess and Niple with direction from Council. Mr. Utt presented Council
with some design alternatives that included a grassed versus partial
concrete channel. Total cost of the project was estimated at
$3,824.000.00. (Complete estimate attached to minutes) Alternatives such
as the concrete lined channel would add additional costs to the project.
At the conclusion of Mr. Utt’s presentation, Robert C. Doeffinger
moved to allow Burgess and Niple to move on to Phase II of the
Engineering Services contract for an amount of $9,100.00. Phase II would
be identify funding sources and address the necessary rate increases to
qualify for grants or low interest loans. William H. Wallace added the
second and the motion was approved unanimously.
The City Clerk presented invoices for
of $9.79 from
Thomas Do-It Center
. Clerk Burdette stated there was also a request for $195.00 to be used
as matching funds for a tourism advertising grant. Ronald R. Kapp moved
to pay the invoices and Carol L. Jones added the second. The motion was
REVISED POLICE PENSION REPORT
Ronald R. Kapp moved to accept the revised 2005-2006
Annual Police Pension Report and Carol L. Jones added the second. The
report was unanimously approved.
SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS
FOURTH WARD COUNCIL VACANCY
The Mayor reminded Council that at the previous
meeting Terri Thomas and Dr. William Park were nominated for the
vacancy. He stated that a nominee needed a majority vote of all Council
members to win the seat. Terri Thomas received 2 votes. Dr. William Park
received 5 votes. Mayor Wilson declared Dr. Park appointed to the Fourth
Ward Council seat. Mayor Wilson added that both nominees were good
citizens and would have been good councilors.
Heather Moore informed Council that the Return to
Work Program outlined on the handbook and forwarded to the Workers
Compensation Commission would save the City $3,400.00 premiums in the
upcoming year. Ms. Moore provided Council with handbooks to review
before the June meeting. There was some discussion and the Mayor asked
Council to review the material and call Ms. Moore with any questions in
order that she may be able to provide answers at the next meeting.
Ms Moore asked Council if she should continue to
pursue uniform purchases. Ms. Moore stated that the employees would be
provided with 11 shirts and 2 jackets that would be laundered by the
vendor. The Mayor stated that if the shirts were purchased, it would be
mandatory that the employees wear them. Brian L. Billings moved to enter
into a uniform agreement and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The
agreement was approved unanimously.
DONNIE JONES PROCLAMATION
Mayor Wilson read a proclamation declaring
May 9, 2006
as Donnie Jones Day in
. Mr. Jones was honored for his accomplishments including being
Assistant Coach for the NCAA Champion Florida Gators. Mayor Wilson
presented the Key to City and the Proclamation to Councilor Carol L.
Jones. Ms Jones is the mother of Donnie Jones.
KRODEL CONCESSION STAND LEASE
The Mayor stated there were individuals interested in leasing the
concession stand at
for the summer. However, nobody responded to the invitation to place a
bid in the newspaper.
The Mayor stated that Gencorps had been in contact with the City
about the relocation of the waterwells. He stated there was no new
information to report.
The Mayor stated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
had requested various types of records regarding the City and the old
landfill that was owned by the City. He added that the information had
been forwarded to the EPA.
Mayor Wilson informed Council that the City hired approximately
30 summer workers in 2005. he added that he would like to keep it at
that number or less during the summer of 2006. William H. Wallace moved
to hire approximately 30 summer employees giving preference to
employees’ children and past summer employees and others at the Mayors
discretion. Carol L. Jones seconded the motion and it was approved
The Mayor informed Council that if the swimming pool was in
working order, he planned to open it June 2nd and keep it
open through July 29th. He added that applications for
lifeguards were slow coming in.
Mayor Wilson reported that the West Virginia Jobs Foundation had
donated a fountain to the City. He added that the fountain had been
and that it was a beautiful attraction.
Per recommendation of the Point Pleasant Housing
Authority, Ronald R. Kapp moved to re-appoint John Sauer to the
housing Authority Board. Carol L. Jones added the second and the
appointment was unanimously approved.
The mayor informed Council that the State had contacted him about
placement of a sign memorializing the original
. The Mayor suggested that the sign should be put near the site of the
Carol L. Jones thanked council for their thoughtfulness in
recognizing the accomplishments of her son, Donnie Jones. She added that
he would be very thrilled and thankful for the consideration given him.
Brian L. Billings reported that residents on
were having problems with rodents. The Mayor stated that the Mason
County Health Officer had authority to handle the situation.
Ronald R. Kapp stated that the workers were doing a good job
mowing the cemeteries.
Elaine G. Hunt reported residents using the tennis courts were
being harassed. Mayor Wilson told her to call 911. He added that he was
going to instruct the police to do increased patrols at the parks and
recreational facilities. Ms. Hunt expressed her continued concern about
the mosquito and water problem in the Madison Avenue area.
Robert C. Doeffinger expressed his gratitude to Farmers Bank for
fulfilling the promise made to Council regarding the construction of the
new banking facility located along
. Mr. Doeffinger stated that the facility was professionally designed
and minimized the aesthetic impact on the immediate neighborhood. He
added that the facility should be an example for other businesses. Mr.
Doeffinger stated that when the grant money was received to pave
, he would like to see it done professionally also and possibly
integrate the historic brick into the project. Mr. Doeffinger stated
that he was satisfied thus far with the work that Mr. Utt of Burgess and
Niple had done on the North Point Drainage Project.
M. Leota Sang
stated that she had received complaints from residents because of
excessive dust coming from the ball fields at
. The Mayor stated that it had been very dry which added to the problem
but steps were being taken to minimize the amount of dust generated. Ms.
Sang added that
, Kanawha, Hogg and Lewis needed paved also.
In conclusion, Mayor Wilson stated that Water and Sewer
Superintendent Danny Rodgers had retired but would be working part time
until his replacements were satisfactorily trained.
Ronald R. Kapp moved to adjourn the meeting and Carol L. Jones
added the second. The meeting was recessed at
by unanimous vote.
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