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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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Council Minutes


MARCH 06, 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 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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Council member J. Glenn Long led Council in prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. A Waiver of Notice is attached to this set of minutes. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and take any necessary action with regards to: MADISON COAL CO.--OHIO RIVER MITIGATION BURGESS AND NIPLE—NORTH POINT DRAINAGE PROJECT ACCUFUND REPORT WRITER SEMINAR—HEATHER MOORE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SUPPORT REQUEST EMPLOYEE UNIFORMS CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP---$1000.00 ALLOCATION 2006-2007 GENERAL AND COAL SEVERENCE BUDGET

MADISON COAL CO.--OHIO RIVER MITIGATION Mayor Wilson introduced Eddie Hammock of Madison Coal and Supply and Mike Spoor of the Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Hammack explained that he was present requesting approval of the construction of Wildlife Mitigation Area along the bank of the Ohio River between Fourteenth Street and extending downstream to the railroad bridge. The project would satisfy the Wildlife and Environmental Mitigation requirements of a Madison Coal customer as well as provide some erosion protection to the riverbank. Mr. Spoor stated that he was working closely with Madison Coal to find suitable locations for mitigation areas. He stated that he was familiar with the area in question as the Corps had done remedial work adjacent to the area. He added that the riverbank was eroded to within seventeen feet of the floodwall and that the dike placement would help to stabilize the base of the bank. After a lengthy technical discussion and questions by Council, J. Glenn Long moved to grant the request from Madison Coal to construct dikes along the riverbank from Fourteenth Street to the railroad bridge. Ronald R. Kapp added the second the request was unanimously approved.                   

BURGESS AND NIPLE—NORTH POINT DRAINAGE PROJECT Mayor Wilson then introduced Greg Herrich and Scott Perfater of Burgess and Niple Engineers. Mr. Herrich introduced Mr. Perfater who had been working on the preliminary study of the North Point Drainage Project. Mr. Perfater presented Council with a technical summary of the study and stated that for the City to qualify for low or no interest loans, the monthly sewer bill for 4000 gallon usage would rise from $17.40 to $28.15. Mr. Perfater stated that the interest rates for loans and grant fund availability were tied directly to the Median Household Income (MHI) of the City. The MHI of the City as reported in the 2000 Census is $27,022. He explained that the rate for 4000 gallons would have to be equal to 1.25 percent of the MHI. (($27,022 x .0125)/12)= $28.15 per month for sewer service. He stated that preliminary studies estimate the costs of the project to be between two and four million dollars depending on the design. He added that the design choices were a grassed waterway or a concrete waterway. In closing, Mr. Perfater informed Council that it was now in their hands to decide the future of the project. Council engaged in a long discussion and all agreed that the mosquitoes were a health hazard as well as sanitary sewer leaks. No action was taken.

ACCUFUND REPORT WRITER SEMINAR—HEATHER MOORE The Mayor then informed Council that there was an upcoming ACCUFUND Training Seminar in Boston, MA. He stated that Finance Director Heather Moore had informed him that it would be a beneficial seminar to the City. The City presently uses the ACCUFUND Accounting Software for all City Finances and as questions arise, the City must call the Vendor and pay for their services. Ms. Moore explained that the training would eliminate calls to the vendor and the associated costs. The Mayor stated that the cost of the seminar (expenses not included) was approximately $1,400.00. William H. Wallace moved to approve sending Ms. Moore to the Seminar and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion was approved unanimously.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SUPPORT REQUEST The Mayor informed Council that any action on financial support to the Community Foundation would be held over to next meeting to provide Council the opportunity to review the request.

EMPLOYEE UNIFORMS The Mayor then informed Council that he had gotten prices on shirts and jackets for City employees. Ms. Moore informed Council that a company would provide, launder and repair shirts for 35 employees at a cost of approximately $202.00 per employee per year. The Mayor stated that the shirts would make City employees readily identifiable as well as providing laundered shirts for the employee. Council discussed the option of entering into the contract but no action was taken.

CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP---$1000.00 ALLOCATION The Mayor then informed Council that the City-Wide Cleanup was approaching and asked Council to approve up to a $1,000.00 allocation for expenses associated with the event. J. Glenn Long moved to approve the allocation and William H. Wallace added the second. The motion was unanimously approved.

2006-2007 GENERAL AND COAL SEVERENCE BUDGET Lastly, the Mayor opened up the meeting for the 2006-2007 general and Coal Severance Budget. Ms. Moore provided a rough draft of the budget. She explained that the draft contained some changes that were known to be coming in the next fiscal year. She pointed out many items in the draft that were left as in previous years. She added that she needed direction from Council as to how to budget the changes in health insurance, retirement benefits, liability insurance, vehicle purchases, uniforms, etc. Ms. Moore asked that Council call with any questions or changes that needed to be made. After a long discussion on the budget, the Mayor asked Council to review it and call with questions. He stated that an updated draft would be sent out in the upcoming Council packet.  

ADJOURNMENT Being no other business, J. Glenn Long made a motion to adjourn. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 pm.

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 






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