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Council Minutes

 

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF POINT PLEASANT

June 09, 2008

WARD

NAME

PRESENT

ABSENT

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

 

 
The minutes posted to these pages are the exact words contained in the official minutes on file in the City Clerks office. The format has been changed to make the information easier to read when presented in an Interned browser. Every effort is made to insure accuracy in transferring the information to these pages.  In all cases, the document on file at the City Building will be considered the official document.

 

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, June 9, 2008.

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

OUTSIDE DELEGATION

Dennis Rayburn – Read his concerns from a handout that he presented to each council member.  Rayburn spoke on Melody Gibbs and her loss of vehicles on Main Street, the second reading of the current video lottery changes and the sewage treatment issues facing council. 

Alanna Slack/Burgess & Niple – Spoke to council on providing professional services necessary for the preparation of a Long Term Control Plan based on the understanding the city’s combined sewer system experience six or less combined sewer overflow (CSO) events per year on an average annual basis. The plan shall be prepared in accordance with requirements of the WVDEP’S Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO).  Burgess & Niple will provide general information about the wastewater collection and treatment system as required by the CSO Long Term Plan Policy.

Robert Doeffinger made a motion to authorize Mayor Riffle to enter into a contract with Burgess & Niple at a fee of $16,500.00 as compensation for the professional services.  Elaine Hunt added the second and the motion passed.

Tim Utt / Burgess & Niple – Spoke regarding agreement with PSD.  The city was to request a copy of the report from the PSD and Mr. Utt and Bruce Chapman are to meet and go over the report.  Sam Juniper then made a motion to table the agreement with PSD’s joint project with the city until the north sewer project is complete (due to the water problems of last week).  Gary Cotton gave the second to the motion and after discussion by council the motion failed (7 – 2) with Juniper and Marshall Bonecutter voting for.  Robert Doeffinger then made a motion to proceed with Burgess & Niple and to organize a meeting with the DEP, PSD and any others and to report to council there merits and demerits of the study.  Linda Smith added the second to Doeffinger’s motion and it passed (8 – 1) with Juniper opposing.

 MONTHLY BUSINESS

Linda Smith made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, May 12, 2008, and a second was given by Barbara Ann Brown and the motion passed. A motion by Bill Park and seconded by Elaine Hunt to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of May 2008, was approved by council. Sam Juniper made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of May 2008, and Joe Supple gave the second and the motion was approved.

CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Stein advised he had been contacted by attorney Mark Hunt, whose firm represents Howard Yeager.  Attorney Hunt faxed a copy of a letter written by previous City Attorney James Casey wherein Mr. Casey proposed that the city would drop the case and fines against Mr. Yeager if he (Yeager) would execute a quitclaim deed of the property to the city.  Hunt inquired as to whether or not this was still the position of council.  Attorney Stein inquired as to whether council is currently willing to extend this previous offer to Mr. Yeager.  Mayor Riffle said that he would attempt to get estimates on removal of asbestos and/or demolition of the house so that council could determine whether it was in the city’s best interest to accept the property from Yeager and then demolish same or if it would cost more to demolish than the property is worth, thereby making it economically infeasible for the city to accept the property.  Council was then updated on the Franklin property on the possible procedures to follow to get the previous deed from the Franklins to the city set aside.  Stein has consulted with councilman Supple and an attorney for other municipalities on this matter.  In addition, the city attorney has performed legal research on this issue.  Council was also advised that there is potential liability for the city if it merely executes a deed conveying the property back to the Franklins.  The better alternative is to initiate a civil action asking the court to set aside the previous deed from the Franklins to the city.  Councilman Juniper then made a motion to have the city attorney initiate the process and Linda Smith added the second and the motion passed.  Councilman Sam Juniper stated that he would like to pursue action against the previous city attorney, but had been advised that such action was not possible.  Mayor Riffle then asked Stein about the agreement with the Mason County Public Service District.  The agreement is to be signed for a 10 year period and renew every 10 years.  The city will be assisting them with the shutting off of water for collection of non paying sewer accounts. Robert Doeffinger then made a motion for a one year renewable agreement with the PSD and Gary Cotton gave the second and the motion passed.    

ACCOUNTANT

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 would pay (70%) and the amount each employee would pay (30%).  Mayor Riffle shared that this had been discussed in the finance meeting held last week.  Sam Juniper then made a motion to approve the recommendation from the finance committee of the 30/70 split.  Joe Supple added the second and the motion passed (8-0-1) with Gary Cotton abstaining.   

CITY CLERK

City Clerk Brian Billings called for the second and final reading of the Ordinance 1347.03 – Video Lottery.  Gary Cotton made a motion to amend the changes and to have it read - all new locations are to be a dual business or a business within a business and to return to city regulations.  Sam Juniper gave the second and the motion passed (6-3) with Marshall Bonecutter,

Linda Smith and Barbara Ann Brown voting no on the motion.  Robert Doeffinger then made a motion to kill the changes of 1347.03 with Gary Cotton adding the second and the motion unanimously passed.  Gary Cotton then asked to form a lottery committee/commission to review and explore changes.  Mayor Riffle then appointed M. Leota Sang, Gary Cotton, Joe Supple and Linda Smith to serve on the committee.  Billings then asked council to approve the projected Water Fund Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.  Sam Juniper made the motion to accept and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion passed.  The clerk then asked council to approve the Sewer Fund Annual Operating Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.  Joe Supple moved to accept and Robert Doeffinger secured the second and the motion passed.  Billings then asked council to approve the budget revision presented for the 07/08 budget.  A motion by Bill Park to approve the budget revision of 07/08 was seconded by Marshall Bonecutter and was unanimously approved.  The net increase in Fund 1 was $591,927.00 and in Fund 2 $30,450.00.

MAYOR

Mayor Riffle asked council for approval to pay off the 2007 GMC Truck that was purchased in December 2007.  Marshall Bonecutter made the motion and Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed.  Riffle then updated the council on the progress at the Harmon Park Pool.  Council members decided to table the city auction until the mayor can find out more details on the items that were presented by the street department.  Mayor Riffle discussed with council the cost of living adjustment for the city employees.  Riffle advised council that the finance committee was recommending a 4% increase for all employees effective July 2008.  Robert Doeffinger made the motion to accept the 4% increase Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed (8-0-1) with Cotton abstaining.  City Clerk Billings added that the increase would be seen on the July 18, 2008 pay.  Riffle then asked Clerk Billings to read the Resolutions presented for the 2008 PPHS Lady Knights Softball Team who were crowned West Virginia State AA Champions and the PPHS Big Blacks Baseball Team who were the 2008 Class AA Runners – up.  Sam Juniper made the motion to accept the resolutions and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed.  Mayor Riffle then asked council to reappoint John Sauer to the Housing Authority.  Upon the mayor’s recommendation Sam Juniper made the motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown secured the second and the motion was approved.  The mayor asked council for approval to allow the Jackson Ave Baptist Church to use the vacant lot that the city owns as an over flow parking area.  Bill Park made the motion for approval for the church and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed.  Mayor Riffle advised council on the van that AEP is giving to the River Museum.  Riffle explained that he had spoken to Jack Fowler of the River Museum and our insurance agent Ellen Potter and is asking the city attorney to draw up an agreement on the use of the van.  Joe Supple made the motion to accept the van and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion passed (8-1) with Juniper opposing.  Mayor Buster Riffle then spoke on the proposed area of annexation on Jackson Ave.  Each council person received a packet with information and a map of the area that the mayor was presenting.  Sam Juniper made a motion to move forward and start the process.  Gary Cotton gave the second to Juniper’s motion and it passed unanimously.     

COUNCIL CONCERNS

Elaine Hunt – Showed pictures of flooding from the heavy rain fall that the city encountered last week.  Sam Juniper – Presented a list of items to the mayor and city clerk for the minutes.  Juniper also asked if the clerk and city inspector have a proper way of making sure all contractors have a city license and are paying B&O taxes on the work that they are doing in the city.  The councilman also asked about the Police Pension Plan and PERS.  City Clerk Billings advised he would get back with Juniper once he has found information on this matter. 
Joe Supple – Asked council to allow the Point Pleasant in Bloom committee for use of the Pavilion at the Riverfront Park for having a picnic for the judges who will be in the city on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. 
Robert Doeffinger
– Shared his thoughts on the city sewer rates and the CSO project and the firm Burgess & Niple. 
Linda Smith – Explained concerns from Pat Sallaz at Krodel Park.  Smith received the language on the proposed curfew for the city from attorney Stein. She asked council members to look over the information and to discuss at the next meeting.  

Linda Smith then made a motion for council to go into executive session at 9:24 p.m. with Sam Juniper adding the second and the motion passed.  Council came out of the executive session at 9:49 p.m. on a motion by Linda Smith and a second by Sam Juniper with the motion passing unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Being no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn.  Linda Smith added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

 

_______________________________ 

Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor

______________________________

Brian Billings, City Clerk 

 

 

 

 



 

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