The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F.
Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Juniper / Planning Commission – Advised council that the planning
commission had denied the request to G&M Fuel Company to rezone 101
South Park Drive from R-2 to B-2 by a 3-2 vote.
Park / Point Pleasant in Bloom – Spoke to council on forming a
tree commission that a community can take to create and sustain an urban
forestry program. She advised that the commissions are either
advisory or administrative and may have various responsibilities.
Mayor Riffle asked council person Leota Sang if she would work with the
committee and the city to begin the process.
Howard / Point Pleasant in Bloom – Told council that the committee
would like to landscape the southern ends of each of the (8) islands on
Mt. Vernon Ave. Also would like to plant some small trees on the islands
at a later time. Shared with council members
that various areas in the city need to be cleaned up. She suggested that
we should publish our ordinances and enforce them.
Cotton made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, April 7, 2008, and a second
was given by Robert Doeffinger and the motion passed. A motion by Bill
Park to approve the minutes of the special council meeting on Tuesday,
April 15, 2008, was approved with Barbara Brown adding the second. A
motion by Bill Park and seconded by Gary Cotton to approve the financial
statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the
month of April 2008, was approved by council. Robert Doeffinger made a
motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of April
2008, and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion was
approved (9-0-1) Leota Sang abstained.
Attorney Stein gave the first reading of the PROPOSED
ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA TO VACATE AND
ABANDON A PORTION OF AN ALLEY SITUATED BETWEEN JACKSON AVENUE AND
JEFFERSON AVENUE, BEGINNING AT SAID ALLEY’S INTERSECTION WITH 24TH STREET AND EXTENDING NORTH 200 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE
NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF LOT NUMBER 4. The City of Point Pleasant does
hereby vacate and abandon a portion of the alley situated between
Jackson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. Said portion to be vacated
and abandoned shall begin at the intersection of said alley with
Twenty-Fourth (24th) Street and extend in a northerly
direction a distance of approximately two hundred (200) feet, to the
northerly boundary of Lot Number 4. Provided, however, the
provision shall be made by the property owner of said Lot Number 4 to
provide public access from the remaining portion of said alley to
Jefferson Avenue. During discussion of the issue councilman Gary Cotton
left the room (one of the owners of property). Robert Doeffinger
made a motion to accept the first reading with the right to amend and
Leota Sang gave the second and the motion passed (9-0-1) Gary Cotton
Johnson went over the PEIA increase with council that will take
effect on July 1, 2008. Discussion was held on the amount the city
could pay (90%) and the amount each employee could pay (10%).
Mayor Riffle asked the Finance Committee to meet and discuss the
increase and give council a recommendation at the June meeting.
Clerk Brian Billings called for the second reading to revise and
amend Part Thirteen – Chapter Three, Article 1331 (Special Residential
Use) Section 1331.04 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of
Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The amended ordinance will read if
passed, as follows:
FENCES AND PLANTING SCREENS
Fences, (see through – no slats), plant material and similar screening
devices up to four (4) feet in height are permitted in front yards from
the street property line back to the closer projection of the house or
garage. Privacy fences, screening devices up to six (6) feet in
height are permitted in the remaining yards. Any portion on a
street is considered a front yard.
motion by Leota Sang to accept the second and final reading was seconded
by Bill Park and the motion passed (8-2). Councilmen Marshall Bonecutter
and Sam Juniper opposed. Billings then read a letter on the city
participating with the Mason County Commission in the Hazard
Mitigation Plan at a cost of $500.00. The plan has to be
updated every five years, and if the city were to update the plan alone,
it would cost as much as $3,500.00. The city has to have a plan in
place in order to receive any federal monies or grants. Elaine
Hunt made the motion to approve the $500.00 to update the plan and
Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion unanimously passed.
Riffle asked council to approve the city’s $1,000.00
contribution to the Mason County Health Department. Robert
Doeffinger made the motion and Elaine Hunt added the second and the
motion passed (9-1) with Sam Juniper opposing. The mayor then
asked council to approve the appointment of himself Joe Supple and Gary
Cotton to serve on a committee and work with representatives of the U.S.
General Services Administration. The committee will work with
the Mason County Commission and the Mason
County Development Authority to see what can be done regarding the navy
yard property. Barbara Brown made the motion to accept the
recommendation and Robert Doeffinger added the second and the motion
passed (8-0-2) with Supple and Cotton abstaining from the vote.
Mayor Riffle asked council to approve the reappointment of Steve
Carpenter to the Point Pleasant Housing Authority.
Gary Cotton made the motion for approval and Bill Park secured the
second and the motion passed. The mayor then told council members
that the source of the leak at the swimming pool that has cost
the city thousands of dollars in lost water was found, adding that a 20
foot pipe had burst into numerous pieces and could be compared to a 2
inch hole in the bottom of the pool. Riffle then asked if there
was any action to be taken on the rezoning request that the
Planning Commission had turn down at 101 South Park Drive. Council
took no action on the request made by G&M Fuel Company.
Cotton – Thanked Marshall Bonecutter for the good job that he had
done at the floodwall building in replacing the roof and saving the city
money. Cotton asked City Clerk Billings about the B&O
collections and who has not paid. M. Leota Sang - Made a
motion with the right to amend to revise the video lottery ordinance to
increase the distance allowed between video lottery establishments and
other structures within the city. Linda Smith added the second and
the first reading was approved (6-4) with Gary Cotton, Bill Park, Sam
Juniper and Joe Supple opposing. The revised ordinance will
increase from 150 feet to 300 feet the distance between new video
lottery establishments and similar existing establishments. The
revised ordinance also will increase from 300 feet to 2,000 feet the distance between a video lottery establishment and any existing
religious institution, school, child care center, a boundary of any residential area or perimeter of a public park.
ORDINANCE TO REVISE AND AMEND PART THIRTEEN – CHAPTER THREE, ARTICLE
1347 (LIMITED VIDEO LOTTERY AND KENO ESTABLISHMENTS), SECTION 1347.03
(LOCATION OF LIMITED VIDEO LOTTERY AND KENO ESTABLISHMENTS) OF THE
CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT,
LOCATION OF LIMITED VIDEO LOTTERY AND KENO ESTABLISHMENTS
It shall be unlawful to operate a limited video and/or Keno
establishment within 300 feet of an existing
that all ready provides limited video lottery
within 2000 feet of an
existing religious institution, school
child care center, a boundary of any residential area, or
the perimeter of a public
HUNT – Advised the mayor that the mosquito packets needed to put
out in the city. Sam Juniper – Spoke on the mowing that
the city does on lots throughout the city. Presented the mayor and
city clerk with a list of items that needed to be done and have it
recorded in the minutes. Juniper asked the city attorney about the
Franklin property on Main Street. Councilman Juniper made a motion
to allow the mayor to seek an attorney to evaluate the property.
Robert Doeffinger gave the second and the motion passed. Juniper
made a motion to stop the city practice of buying coffee and creamer for
city employees. Gary Cotton added the second and motion failed
(6-4) with Juniper, Cotton, Elaine Hunt and Barbara Brown voting for the
motion. Joe Supple – Asked council for approval to join
in a lawsuit as a plaintiff in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to require EMC
Mortgage Corp/Deutshce Bank Nation Trust Company to foreclose upon and
demolish the structures on 1312 Ohio Street and or 1309 Viand Street or
to secure the properties to conform with the ordinances of the city of
Point Pleasant. After discussion Supple made a motion to pursue
the issue and Linda Smith gave the second and the motion carried. Robert
Doeffinger – Spoke to council again on the Yeager property on Main
Street. Doeffinger stated that he has asked the city for many
years about ridding the area of this property. He also spoke about
abandon buildings and vacant property and the owners being charged the
proper city fees. Bill Park – Appreciated the meetings
moving forward in a timely fashion. Linda Smith – Applauded
Pat Sallaz on the great job she is doing at Krodel Park. She spoke
to council on recreation meetings, the work being done at the city pool,
the skate park and grant dollars needed. Asked the city attorney
about the curfew language she has spoke to council on. Smith made
a motion at 8:48 p.m. to go into executive session to discuss
personnel. Sam Juniper secured the second and the motion passed.
Linda Smith then made a motion at 9:06 p.m. to come out of executive
session with Sam Juniper giving the second and the
passed. Barbara Brown – Advised the mayor that some
street signs (Pine and Elm) were down in the Meadowbrook area. She
shared that a street light on Wake Field and English Court were burnt
out and that the city needs to look at the standing water around the
entrance of English Court.
no other business, Linda Smith made a motion to adjourn. Joe
Supple added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting
adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor