meeting was called to order by Mayor Marilyn L. McDaniel who led
Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Utt/Burgess & Niple - Bob Doeffinger shared with
council that Tim Utt would not be attending the meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sallaz – Krodel Park had over 400 tourist and brought
in$12,000.00 so far this year.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Smith – Mentioned
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.
no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn. Sam
Juniper added the second and being
approved, the meeting was adjourned at 10:53 p.m.
Marilyn McDaniel, Mayor