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Council Minutes


May 8, 2006





Mayor James H. Wilson X  
City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette 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     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 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.



Jacob Hill, Event Coordinator for the City of Point Pleasant


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
 2nd Nevada Harris

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 opposed.


DISTRESSED PROPERTY             Jeremy Vickers 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 Main Street . 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.


FORT RANDOLPH The City Clerk presented invoices for material/services at Fort Randolph 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 approved unanimously. 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.


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. 


WORKERS COMPENSATION 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. UNIFORM PURCHASE 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 Point Pleasant . 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 Krodel Park 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.
LANDFILL             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 unanimously.


            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 installed in Krodel Lake and that it was a beautiful attraction. APPOINTMENT Per recommendation of the Point Pleasant Housing Authority, Ronald R. Kapp moved to re-appoint John Sauer to the Point Pleasant 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 Silver Bridge . The Mayor suggested that the sign should be put near the site of the old bridge.


            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 26th Street 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 Jefferson Avenue . 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 Main Street , 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 Harmon Park . 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 North Main , 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 10:00 P.M. by unanimous vote.

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayo

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 






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