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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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Council Minutes



May 17, 2008





Mayor Leonard "Buster" Riffle 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


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The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Sam 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.

Molly 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.

Jerrie 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.   


Gary 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.


City 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 abstained.


Shannon 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.


City 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, (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.

A 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.       


Mayor 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.


Gary 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. 



c) It shall be unlawful to operate a limited video and/or Keno
    establishment within 300 feet of an existing establishment
    that all ready provides limited video lottery and/or Keno
  within 2000 feet of an existing religious institution, school
     or child care center, a boundary of any residential area, or
     the perimeter of a public park.

ELAINE 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

motion 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.  


Being 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


Brian Billings, City Clerk 






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