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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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October 09, 2007





Mayor Marilyn McDaniel X  
City Clerk Brian Billings X  
City Attorney R F Stein, Jr. X  
Accountant Shannon Johnson X  
Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley X  
At Large Gary Cotton   X
At Large Joe Supple X  
First Ward Marshall Bonecutter 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 Linda Smith X  
Seventh Ward Sam Juniper X  
Eighth Ward Barbara Brown X  


The minutes posted to these pages are the exact words contained in the official minutes on file in the City Clerks office. The format has been changed to make the information easier to read when presented in an Interned browser. Every effort is made to insure accuracy in transferring the information to these pages.  In all cases, the document on file at the City Building will be considered the official document.


The meeting was called to order by Mayor Marilyn L. McDaniel who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Tim Utt/Burgess & Niple - Bob Doeffinger shared with council that Tim Utt would not be attending the meeting.

Jeff Roush/RB Electric - Spoke with council on phase 2 of the Krodel Park electrical upgrade.  The report reflected findings of electrical not to code and unsafe.  Correcting the improper wiring will make the park safer and should be cost savings for the future.  Mr. Roush said the savings comes with less maintenance and insurance cost when the risks of liability are reduced.  Upgrading and correcting the wiring will make it more flexible for events now and in the future.  Roush presented each council member with a complete list of his findings and corrections that need to be made.

Jack Fowler/River Museum – Mr. Fowler gave an update on the expansion plans for the River Museum.  He outlined plans for the addition of a two story, 2,300 square foot building, which will include an interactive pilot house, giant aquarium and conference room.  Mr. Fowler said the project will go to bid soon, and expects the work to be done by next spring. He discussed the funding cost that will be needed to complete the project.  Over 10,000 people have visited the museum and they have received over $52,000 in donations to date. 

Jeremy Bryant/City Inspector – The Franklin building that the city owns (422 Main Street) is in need of much repair.  Bryant gave council members a budget estimate from Astar Abatement, Inc.  This would be for the removal of asbestos containing materials and the remediation of mold.  The city inspector told council to keep in mind that the roof must be replaced prior to any of the other work being completed or we will be defeating the purpose.  Bryant spoke with Tim Double about the roof on the building and he gave a general estimate of less than $100,000 to replace.  Carol Jones and Barbara Roush were also on hand to speak about the condition of the building.  Mrs. Roush is the manager of the Wallpaper Outlet store which is located beside the Franklin building.  Both Jones and Roush said that two buildings are divided by a plywood wall.  Roush told council that there is a strong smell and bugs on the Wallpaper Outlet side.  Carol Jones told council that while she was a council member that she thought a mold count was to be taken.  She also said she spoke with Charles Humphrey’s about the situation and was in hope that the city could apply for grant money for the purpose of helping to pay for the removal of mold and the necessary work that will be needed to the building.  Jones said her concern was for the safety of the employees of the Wallpaper Outlet in which her daughter is employed and the customers of the store.  Robert Doeffinger made a motion to have the mayor or the city inspector find a testing company to come in and take a test of the mold etc, and to advise council of the findings.  Linda Smith added the second and the motion passed (8-1) with Sam Juniper voting no, stating he feels the building should be torn down.

Jacob Hill/Regatta Committee - The 2008 Regatta will be held on July 3 – 8.  Hill said that the Regatta committee would like to have the fireworks display on Saturday, July 5.  After discussion on the date for the fireworks Councilman Joe Supple made a motion to have the fireworks on July 4th, Linda Smith secured the second and the motion passed.  The next Regatta meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall on October 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. and invited all to attend.  Mayor McDaniel advised council that Mr. Hill had presented to her a bill from the Regatta Committee on the electrical work done before and during the event.  The bill from RB Electric was in the amount of $1,817.01.  Mayor McDaniel felt this was the responsibility of the Regatta Committee and they should pay the invoice.  Sam Juniper made a motion not to pay the invoice and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion passed. 

Jerri Howard – Spoke to council on “America in Bloom” a national contest and the committee that is forming to improve and beautify the city.  She gave each council person a hand out on the judging.  The city will be judged on the efforts in management, planning, maintenance, improvement, and innovation in (8) different areas.  She asked for endorsement, involvement and financial support from the city.

Herb Harmon - Told council members he is here because of the Ordinance that was passed on September 10, 2007 on the Quitclaim deed to vacate and abandon a portion of Viand Street for Hartley, Hartley & Hartley Inc.  A motion by Sam Juniper to rescind the passage of the ordinance was seconded by Linda Smith and the motion passed (7-2) with Robert Doeffinger and Bill Park casting the two no votes.  City Attorney R.F. Stein will research the issue to determine if ownership can be proved and report back to council.         


Keith Sargent – Advised council of the constant speeding on MT. Vernon Ave where he lives.  He wants to know what can be done and if increased police patrol could be given to that area. Mayor Marilyn McDaniel told Mr. Sargent that she would discuss the matter with Police Chief Watterson.

Lawrence Butler – Thanked all for the painting of the curbs and the street sweeper being seen in his neighborhood.

Pat Sallaz – Krodel Park had over 400 tourist and brought in$12,000.00 so far this year.


Sam Juniper made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, September 10,2007 a second was given by Marshall Bonecutter and the motion passed.  A

motion by Sam Juniper and seconded by M. Leota Sang to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of September 2007, was approved by council (8-0-1) with Sang abstaining. Sam Juniper made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of September 2007, and Joe Supple gave the second and the motion was approved.


City Attorney R.F. Stein updated council on the seized property (vehicle) that an offer to settle had been rejected and will continue to negotiate with Mrs. Fetty’s attorney Matt Clark and will keep council updated on the matter.  Stein discussed the House of Praise and Worship lease with council members.  Joe Supple made a motion to lease the property to the church for a $1.00 per year which will automatically renew each year unless a 30 day notice of termination is given before the lease expires.  Sam Juniper added the second and the motion passed (8-0-1) with Councilman Marshall Bonecutter abstaining.  The city attorney will prepare the lease agreement on the property for the city and church.   


City Clerk Billings asked for a motion for the final reading of the city’s codified ordinances.  Sam Juniper made the motion for the second and final reading and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion unanimously passed.  Billings explained that he still researching the Police Pension / PERS for the hiring of new police officers.  The city clerk advised council the Procurement Committee had met and selected Lisa Thornburg CPA to do the city audit for the next (2) years.  Four firms had submitted bids for the (2) year contract.  Those firms along with Thornburg included David L Howell CPA, Matheny Pauley & Associates and Teed and Associates.  Thornburg will be paid $4,500.00 per year for the audit services of 6/30/07 and 6/30/08.  Billings will meet with Lisa Thornburg on Monday, October 15, 2007 to sign the contract and then send the contract and all other information to the West Virginia State Auditor’s office.  The city clerk then asked for a motion to pay the Fort Randolph bills in the amount of $213.82 for materials needed at the fort.  Linda Smith made the motion to pay and Barbara Brown seconded and the motion passed.


Mayor Marilyn McDaniel updated council on Brownfield and told them Joe Novack will be here on October 25, 2007 to go to Krodel Park and look at the city’s old landfill site.  McDaniel asked for a motion to give the Battle Day’s Committee the annual donation of $1,500.00.  Robert Doeffinger made the motion and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed.  Council was advised by the mayor that the bids were in for the trailer mounted high pressure sewer jetter cleaner.  McDaniel explained that she had met with Bruce Chapman from the sewer department and the low bid of $45,672.46 was from Drier and Maller Inc, from Parkersburg, WV.  McDaniel asked for a motion to purchase the equipment for the city.  Marshall Bonecutter gave the motion to buy and Barbara Brown secured the second and the motion unanimously passed.  Also bidding was O’Brien Manufacturing from Marietta, Ohio, submitting a bid of $48,076.00.  The mayor explained to council the need for a new snow plow and salt spreader for the street department.  Upon the mayor’s recommendation, Sam Juniper made the motion to purchase and Bob Doeffinger added the second and the motion passed.  Mayor McDaniel asked for the approval of a resolution urging Congress to provide permanent exemption of the Delta Queen from provisions of the Safety of Life and Sea Act of 1966.  Barbara Brown made the motion and Sam Juniper gave the second and the motion passed.  Council was advised by the mayor that the city employee’s evaluations had been completed.  McDaniel asked for a finance meeting to discuss this and other matters to come before the committee.  A finance committee meeting will be held on October 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. along with a scheduled water and sewer meeting.  Mayor McDaniel asked council to proclaim October 14 – 20, 2007 as Teen Driver Safety Week.  Upon the mayor’s request Barbara Brown made the motion and Sam Juniper added the second and the motion passed. 


Robert Doeffinger – Asked about the swimming pool test results that were recently completed. Mayor McDaniel said she had not received the results back. Doeffinger asked about the Yeager Property and where we stand with this on going issue.  City attorney Stein advised that he had talked with attorney Jeremy Vickers on this. Stein said at this time a hearing had not been scheduled and he will keep council informed.  Joe Supple - Enquired about the double line being painted again on Third Street.  He asked that this be done to remind motorists that the once one-way street is now open to traffic traveling in both directions.  Leota Sang – Reminded council about the Neighborhood Watch meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Youth Center.  She also expressed her appreciation for those who have attended meetings and are asking questions.  Sang also said that the “America in Bloom” is a great program and urged all to get involved.  Elaine Hunt – Wanted to thank all who had comments or asked questions at the meeting.  She said she hopes to see more of this from area residents.  Linda SmithMentioned the parking on both sides of the street at 27th, street by the Intermediate School.  She has had comments on this and is concerned about school children darting out in front of cars from both sides of the street. She stated that perhaps parking should be allowed on only one side of the street.  Smith brought up for discussion her thoughts on a citywide curfew for juveniles.  She suggested that council look at other city curfews and perhaps adopt one for Point Pleasant.  Sam Juniper – Asked the city clerk to provide to council at the next regular scheduled meeting a list of employees full and part time and what they would receive for the annual Christmas Bonus.  He asked council to develop a policy on spending and the amounts allowed with or without bids.  He also mentioned the home by the railroad trestle on Viand Street selling numerous motorcycles, and that he has noticed some police officers not wearing uniforms while on duty on several occasions here at the city building. 


Being no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn. Sam Juniper added the second and being

unanimously approved, the meeting was adjourned at 10:53 p.m.



Marilyn McDaniel, Mayor


Brian Billings, City Clerk 






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