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,
March 10, 2008.
Bonecutter led Council in prayer. The meeting was called to order by
Mayor Marilyn L. McDaniel who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Haer / Riverfront
Park – Appeared
before council about an invoice and letter sent to City Clerk Brian
Billings from Troy Sampson/Estimator for the Alan Stone Company.
The invoice was for $12,004.09, in reference to Invoice #22 – revised
on the Riverfront Park Contract 2 Phase 2. Invoice #22 was
originally submitted to show the B&O taxes and the balance of
Contract 2 Phase 2 monies due. The monies due for work have been paid,
but the monies for the B&O tax have not been. Preparing for a
year end audit, showed that not all of Invoice #22 was paid, therefore,
Invoice #22 – Revised was created to clarify the invoice to close out
the project. According to Mr. Sampson’s letter former Mayor
James Wilson called him and stated that the Alan Stone Co., Inc. will
need to pay the B&O taxes on monies received and just bill the City
of Point Pleasant accordingly.
The letter further stated that the Alan Stone Co., Inc. has paid all
B&O taxes due and therefore request consideration for Invoice #22
– Revised. Darlene explained to council the Riverfront
Park checking account had a balance of $4,121.63. She asked the
council to make up the difference for the revised Invoice #22 in the
amount of $7,882.46. Upon the recommendation Robert Doeffinger
made the motion to pay the difference and Leota Sang added the second
and the motion passed. Sam Juniper then made a motion to table
with Gary Cotton securing the second. Councilman Juniper stated he
wanted to review the issue and the obligation of the city to pay.
Haer also advised council of the “2007 Physical Year Community
Participation Grant” of $25,000.00. This is to continue
development of the “Battle of Point Pleasant” mural at the
Riverfront Park. Finally Haer asked the City of Point Pleasant to
pass a final resolution accepting the conditions of the contract and
authorize the mayor to sign it.
Pleasant in Bloom” – Advised
council of colors they would like to use and upcoming plans to plant
flowers in various locations. Council members were advised that
the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club also has decided to sponsor a Business of
the Month similar to their current Yard of the Month.
McCoy/Movie – Spoke
to council on the filming of the independent movie “Diamond in the
Sky”, that will have some scenes filmed in the city and the county.
McCoy asked for usage of (2) city police cruisers because of the retro
look. All expenses for use of the cruisers and officers will be
paid by the filming company. Marshall Bonecutter made the motion
for the usage of (2) cruisers and all expenses paid by the filming
company and was seconded by Elaine Hunt and the motion was unanimously
– Chief Watterson appeared before council asking to purchase (2)
camera’s for inside the cruisers and (2) in car computers.
Watterson said the department had received two grants that would pay for
the equipment. The cost for the camera’s was $7,790.00, and the
cost of the computers $3,600.00. The grants were from the
Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Robert Doeffinger made the
motion to purchase and Elaine Hunt gave the second and the motion was
approved. Watterson also asked council for a recommendation to the
Point Pleasant Police Civil Service Board.
Juniper made a recommendation for Ronald Kapp (D) to serve on the board
and his motion was seconded by Linda
Smith and the motion was approved.
Request – Mr.
Hern and his daughter Erma Young appeared before council on the request
to have their property at 2407 Lincoln Avenue rezoned from R-2
(Residential) to B-2 (Business). Jack Coles of the Planning
Commission spoke and advised that the commission had voted against the
rezoning. After much discussion Sam Juniper made a motion to table the
rezoning request and have the city attorney research the issue and
report back to council.
Fuel Company/Rezoning Request – No action was taken on this request. The public hearing prior to
the council meeting was canceled.
Doeffinger made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, February 11,2008 a second was given by Linda
Smith and the motion passed. A motion by Sam Juniper and seconded by Joe
Supple to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal
Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of February 2008, was
approved by council. Gary Cotton made a motion to approve the
outstanding obligations for the month of February 2008, and Marshall
Bonecutter gave the second and the motion was approved.
Attorney Stein spoke to council on the First
Street property that (Hartley,
Hartley & Hartley Inc.) have been interested in.
Stein went over the upcoming auction for the property and advised
council that he would like to have the auction published in the paper
this week. He also asked if council had any changes or comments on
the auction to get with him by Wednesday. Discussion was held on
the lease agreement with the Lowe
Hotel and the Mothman Museum regarding the Royal Business
Enterprise Grant. After discussion the mayor was advised to speak
with Lowell Wilks to see if we can pay Jeff Wamsley $4,800.00, from the
grant and then allow Wamsley to obtain the lease with the Lowe Hotel.
The city attorney advised that he is still researching the 15th Street
property that Sam Rayburn and inquired about.
Johnson discussed the PEIA
10% rate increase with council and went over the various options on the
increase that is scheduled to go in effect July
1st 2008. Currently the city is paying 90% of the
employee’s health insurance, and the employee pays 10%. Johnson
along with City Clerk Billings asked about increasing the amount for
those who are on the Opt Out Insurance. Council was asked to
consider a $500.00 a year increase for those on the Opt Out.
Billings shared with council that there were other employee’s who may
be interested in the Opt Out and the end result would be a greater
savings to the city on the monthly insurance premium.
Clerk Billings called for the third and final reading of the Municipal
Service Fee increase. Robert Doeffinger made a motion
to accept the final reading and Marshall Bonecutter added the second.
By a show of hands the motion passed (5-4) with Gary Cotton, Linda
Smith, Elaine Hunt and Leota Sang voting against. Councilmen Sam Juniper
then made a motion to table the final reading until council can further
evaluate the budget. Robert Doeffinger gave the second and the motion
passed. The second and final reading of the Toy
Vehicles on Streets reading was called by clerk Billings.
Sam Juniper made the motion for the final reading and Barbara Ann Brown
added the second and the motion passed. Billings then read the
Ordinance 305.5 – Stop Streets. AN
ORDINANCE TO REVISE AND AMEND PART THREE – CHAPTER ONE, ARTICLE 305
(TRAFFIC CONTROL) SECTION 305.5 (STOP STREETS) OF THE CODIFIED
ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA; Adding a three
way stop at 23rd Street and Washington Avenue. Sam
Juniper made a motion to approve the first reading and Gary Cotton added
the second and the motion passed. The City Clerk then asked for a
motion to approve the 2008 – 2009 City of Point Pleasant Budget
and Coal Severance Budget. Councilmen Juniper made a
motion to table the approval with Linda Smith giving the second to the
motion. A budget workshop will be set up as soon as possible to go over
McDaniel shared with council that two bids were received on the Floodwall
Office/Garage roof repair project. Tri State Roofing
and Sheet Metal bid was $12,899.00 and Dan Hill Construction
submitted a bid of $21,003.59. After much discussion on the needed
repairs to the building Councilman Bonecutter told fellow council
members that he could repair the roof with two men from the street
department. There would be no charge to the city but asked that
all materials needed be purchased through the city. Council
allowed Bonecutter to go ahead and pursue his offer and report back to
council. Mayor McDaniel told council that April was “Fair
Housing” month and asked council for a motion to proclaim
as such. Marshall Boncecutter made the motion and Gary Cotton
added the second and the motion carried. Council unanimously
approved purchasing one table for $300.00 at the Mason
County Chamber of Commerce’s
annual dinner on April 11, 2008. Barbara Ann Brown made the motion
and Linda Smith added the second. McDaniel asked council about the
appointments to the Historic Landmark
Commission. After discussion the mayor asked that the appointments
be presented at the next meeting. The mayor briefly mentioned the Governor’s
Community Participation Grant that Darlene Haer shared with
council earlier in the meeting. A letter was read by McDaniel from
the Mason County Board of Education
in regard to council’s offer to purchase the Point Pleasant High
School football field. The board declined the cities offer and the
mayor advised that an auction will be held on May 10, 2008. Mayor
McDaniel told council that she would like for accountant Shannon Johnson
to attend the Microsoft Excel
seminar May 8th through May 9th in Huntington, W.V.
Sam Juniper made the motion and Joe Supple added the second and the
Cotton – Advised council that he located four external infa red camera’s at
a cost of $2,995.00. This would be for the Riverfront Park area for
security measures. Joe Supple
- Spoke to council on the recent finance meeting and concerns he has on
revenue and spending. Discussion was held on the issue of less
revenue being generated. In past years with special construction
projects being done with in the city extra revenue was secured. To
help offset the deficit facing the city, councilman Supple asked the
mayor to seek avenues to trim $12,000.00 per month. With the
motion by Supple to trim the spending by $12,000.00 per month Sam
Juniper secured the second and the motion passed. Marshall
Bonecutter – Shared with council members the work that has
been done to the Krodel Park campground. Bonecutter
showed pictures of before and after work that had been done
to the electrical boxes for the camp site. Robert
Doeffinger – Spoke to council on turning over a report done
by Burgess and Niple on the city’s wastewater treatment plant to the
Mason County Public Service District. After a lengthy discussion
Robert Doeffinger made a motion to turn
the report over and Elaine Hunt added the second. The motion passed
(8-1) with Sam Juniper opposing. Leota
Sang – Spoke to council on several issues of concern.
She asked the mayor when the fire hydrants were last checked in Ward 3.
She advised that she has had calls on a Black Lab running loose through
her ward. She spoke on the city wide clean up day of Saturday,
April 12th and discussion was held on sponsorship for the
T-shirts to be given to those who participate. Sang asked council
to review the video lottery ordinance. She feels we need to revise
the distance allowed to have a video lottery business in the city.
The city attorney asked Sang to provide information on the changes she
would like to see and that he would draft the language necessary for her
to present to council. Sang told council about the above ground
pool ordinance that the city has. She feels that the city should
enforce the ordinance and if it is not going to be enforced, eliminate
it. Elaine Hunt – Reminded
council that it is soon to be mosquito time. She asked about the
packets being placed to kill the eggs. She said that this a major
issue in the bottoms of Ward 5 and in other areas throughout the city. Linda
told council members that we should have a city curfew in effect.
The city attorney has been instructed to draft the language and will get
with Linda as soon as possible so that it can be presented. Advised council that the recreation committee had met
recently and discussed several items that needed to be brought to the
attention of council. Smith said that the rental fees at the
campground should be raised. The new rates will be $225.00 per
month for senior citizens and $250.00 per month for non-seniors and
should take effect on April 1, 2008. Smith made a motion to
increase and Joe Supple added the second and it passed. She told council
that the committee will be seeking ways to fund a proposed skate park
for the area through grants, business and private donations. Smith
added that the skate park should be built at Harmon Park. A motion
by Robert Doeffinger to seek bids on the project was seconded by Joe
Supple and it passed
unanimously. The recreation committee did meet with and had
information on a skate park provided by the American Ramp Company.
A motion by Smith to keep the swimming pool open for one more year at a
cost of $16,000 – $20,000.00 and decreasing cost by eliminating the
diving boards and not repainting the liner was seconded by Gary Cotton
and passed. Council was also advised that the committee would like
to see an above ground pool built which would open in the summer of
2009. The committee will be searching for funding for the above
ground pool in the next several months. Sam
Juniper - Asked the city attorney to research the truck that
was purchased for the street department and to see if council could be
held liable. Juniper asked about the Franklin
property and if we had heard anything from the attorneys in Huntington
who are working on this for the city. He asked the mayor about the
operators of the water department and stressed to her that we are going
to need more operators in the near future. Juniper told council
members that the assessor’s office was going to provide the city with
a list of property owners who have rental property for the collection of
B&O taxes. Shared with council about the problems the water
office had been experiencing with the computer system. Juniper
made a motion to proceed with measures to have the system upgrade done.
Robert Doeffinger added the second and the motion passed. Shannon
Johnson will report back to council on the issue and the cost for the
upgrade. Juniper shared his concerns with reports that the rental
fee for the Youth Center had been waived for some groups. Barbara
Ann Brown – Asked again about the vacant lot in her ward
that Dr. Shah owns. Residents in that area had contacted her about
the lot and its appearance. Sam Juniper then made a motion to go
into executive session at
10:33 P.M. with Linda Smith giving the second to discuss personnel and
the motion passed. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to come out
of executive session at 11:38 P.M. and the motion passed. Sam
Juniper made a motion to have a special meeting on Monday, March 17,
2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss personnel. Marshall Bonecutter gave
the second and the motion passed.
no other business, Sam Juniper made a motion to adjourn. Marshall
Bonecutter added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting
was adjourned at 11:43
Marilyn McDaniel, Mayor