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, August 13, 2007.
L. McDaniel led Council in prayer.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Marilyn L. McDaniel who led
Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
SHAWN ROSS – Spoke to council on a pay raise for each officer
of the Point Pleasant Police Department. He asked for a
$5,000.00 increase and that it pay out in increments of $2,500.00 this
year and $2,500.00 in 2008. A motion by Robert C. Doeffinger and
seconded by Elaine G. Hunt to send the request to the Police Committee
and Finance Committee passed. Mayor McDaniel will set up a day
and time for the committees to meet.
KAMMER – Advised council that the Harmon Park Pool has had a
super summer. A food can drive for the Homeless Shelter is
scheduled and she reminded council that the pool will close on Sunday,
August 19, 2007.
W. Smith made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, July 9, 2007 a second was given by Barbara Ann
Brown and the motion passed. A motion by Robert
C. Doeffinger and seconded by Linda W. Smith to approve the financial
statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for
the month of July 2007, was approved by council. Sam Juniper made a
motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of July
2007, and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion was
Vaughan of Vaughan Consulting spoke with council on ward changes (new
alignment) for the city. Vaughan expressed that the current
wards do not represent equal population. She also shared with
council that this should have been done after the 2000 census report.
Vaughan left council with information and maps on the proposed alignment
of the city wards. The second reading of the Quitclaim Deed with
the City of Point Pleasant and Hartley, Hartley & Hartley, Inc. was
discussed in detail on whether the city does own the 0.18 acre and can
allow the abandonment of the portion of Viand Street to Hartley, Hartley
& Hartley, Inc. Upon passage this abandoned lot shall be conveyed to
the adjacent landowner by deed. A motion by M. Leota Sang and
seconded by Linda W. Smith passed to allow the second reading with Sam
Juniper voting against. Upon passage councilman Juniper under
chapter 12 of the city charter made a motion to table the reading with
Councilman Gary Cotton giving the second. City attorney R.F. Stein will
discuss and review all legal matters on this issue with Richard Rowe the
attorney representing the Hartley’s and will advise council at the
McDaniel asked council to approve the appointment of new members to the
Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.
Commission – Kip Hartenbach, term expires (10/2009), Jack Coles,
term expires (10/2009), Jack Sturgeon, term expires (10/2009),
Sam Juniper, council representative, term expires (6/2012). Board
of Zoning Appeals – Leonard “Buster” Riffle, term expires
(10/2009), and Tim Scarberry term expires (12/2008). Robert C.
Doeffinger made the motion to approve and M. Leota Sang added the
second and the motion passed (Sam Juniper) abstained. McDaniel
shared with council that she along with City Clerk Billings, Teka
McCauley and Shannon Johnson will meet with representatives on the
Brownfield grant on Wednesday, morning (8/15/07) in the council
chambers. The mayor informed council that she would like for all
members to attend a 2:00 P.M. meeting on the same date with
representatives of Burgess & Niple on the Brownfield Assessment
Grant. This meeting will be a learning seminar which will give a better
understanding of the Brownfield grant process. City attorney Stein
updated council on the seized property (1994 Camaro) and told council
that he had received a letter from Gayla Wallace’s attorney Matt
Clark. Stein said we have 30 days from July 19, 2007, to respond.
A motion by Sam Juniper to allow the city attorney to negotiate up to
$5,000.00 on the vehicle and reach a settlement was seconded by Robert
C. Doeffinger and passed unanimously. Mayor McDaniel then
introduced Steve Gardner to give an update on the road slippage.
Gardner shared that the project had been completed and the approximate
cost would be $40,000.00 to $45,000.00. Council was told that the
road was 12 foot wide prior to the work and that it is now 21 foot wide.
A discussion was held on other businesses that use the road for various
reasons. City attorney Stein will check with those who use the
road to see if they could help defray some of the cost for the repair of
the slippage. McDaniel asked Marshall (Butch) Bonecutter Jr., to
speak on behalf of the House of Praise and Worship. Bonecutter
told council that the church sits on 20 foot of city property in
Kingtown. The lease agreement with the City of Point Pleasant has
expired. The church wants to renegotiate the lease.
Bonecutter was told that the finance committee will look into the lease
agreement and will report back. Mayor McDaniel asked council for a
$300.00 donation for the Rodders Car Club, for their annual car show to
be held this month. Robert C. Doeffinger made the motion and
Barbara Ann Brown gave the second and the motion passed.
Cotton asked about the electrical needs at Krodel Park
now and for the upcoming holiday light show.
Supple advised that he would like to meet with Jeff Feamster to
gain a better understanding of the city finances. Supple also
asked that council allow city attorney Stein to contact Nextel and
demand help towards the payment of the repair of the road slippage.
Nextel has heavy trucks that travel the road to their tower site.
Bonecutter asked that we have a city crew to take care of and
clean the parks (Krodel and Harmon) in the city.
Leota Sang said she still sees many signs (yard sale etc.,)
hanging from poles and stated we have an ordinance against signage
being placed on poles in the city limits. Sang, also asked about the
Yeager property, commented on the good job the street department did
on the guardrail on Shore Street, and replacing the sidewalk by the
Primary School. She asked Chief of Police Watterson about the
next neighborhood watch meeting. Chief Watterson advised he is
still working on the next meeting for the neighborhood program and
will get back with council as soon as possible.
Juniper shared his concern about the bush at 6th and
Viand Street by McDonald’s. Juniper submitted a list of
streets throughout the city that are in need of repair to the mayor
and city clerk. He advised council he regrets his vote to dismiss
Richard Smith a former employee, when the city still had summer
no other business, Linda W. Smith made a motion to adjourn. Sam Juniper
added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting was
adjourned at 9:47 p.m.
Brian L. Billings
Marilyn L. McDaniel