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, July 7, 2008.
Bonecutter led Council in prayer. The
meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council
in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Heib / Roger Heib – Bellemead – Presented
to council a petition signed by area residents on the street conditions
in the Bellemead area. Charles Heib spoke on the storm sewer on
Lewis and Howard Ave that appears to be stopped up. He asked that
the city inspector check out the home on 3210 Howard Ave that is vacant
and ready to fall down and expressed the need for more police patrol in
the area. Roger Heib – Spoke on the bad condition of the
streets and that was the main issue facing the area.
Wright / Mason County Board of Education – Asked for help from council on opening the section of road that is
blocked on English Road and 30th Street. He advised he
was not here to create a “fire storm”. Wright expressed the
need to open the area due to the problem of not having enough room to
turn the 50-foot bus around on 30th Street. Currently
the bus is dropping the students off in front of Village Pizza Inn on
Jackson Ave. Several of the children go to the Early Education
Station after school that is now open on 30th Street. Wright
stated that by opening the section of road that is blocked the children
could be dropped off at the Early Education Station and would avoid
traffic and the long walk. Residents Janet Hartley and Mike
Terry also expressed that they were not in favor of seeing that
section of the street opened. Jane Haddox owner of the
Early Education Station stated that children come to the center after
school and she would send a staff member to meet the children at the end
of 30th Street if nothing changed.
Butler – Spoke
on the recent heavy rains and that his home received some water damage.
Also shared his thoughts on the water draining from the doctors offices
located on Jefferson Ave.
Bonecutter made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, June 9, 2008, and a second was given by William Park
and the motion passed. A motion by Gary Cotton and seconded by Marshall
Bonecutter to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal
Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of June 2008, was
approved by council. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to approve the
outstanding obligations for the month of June 2008, and Gary Cotton gave
the second and the motion was approved.
Clerk Brian Billings shared with council that he and the mayor had met
with Ellen Potter of Jim Lively Insurance who represents (Travelers
Insurance). Billings advised that the city would see a
decrease in the (property, auto, liability etc.,) insurance premium.
The previous premium was $126,184.00 (plus tax) and the new premium will
be $113,986.00 (plus tax) for 08/09. The clerk then advised that Brickstreet (Worker’s Compensation) premium showed a decrease for the policy
period of (07/01/08 – 07/01/09). The new premium will be $46,135.00.
Billings told council that the city would pay $11,533.75 per quarter.
The previous premium was $71,199.00 for the policy period.
Leonard F. Riffle spoke to council on the Mason County School Board
Lunch Program that was held at the pool last year and that they
want to continue the program. After discussion a motion was made
by Elaine Hunt to allow the school system to serve the lunches outside
the pool area. Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed.
Mayor Riffle presented council (4) pictures to look at on the English
Road / 30th Street area. Riffle said he had the
street commissioner to go and look at the area and provide a cost to
have the work done to open the street. Riffle advised the cost
would be around $6000.00 to complete the opening. Council took no
action on the matter. Council was made aware that Jackie
Richardson was interested in renting the concession building at
Krodel Park. After discussion on how to handle the rental of
the building a motion was made by Robert Doeffinger to have a lease
drawn up for a month to month rental agreement for $200.00 and that
insurance and utilities be paid by the renter. Marshall Bonecutter
gave the second to the motion and it passed unanimously. The mayor
advised council about the West Virginia Municipal League Conference to be held August 13 – 16 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown,
WV. Mayor Riffle told council the he had received the Lakin –
Camp Conley – Sandhill Road Wastewater Facility Plan that was prepared
for the Mason County Public Service District by Cerrone Associates.
Bonecutter – Advised
council the hand rails need to be painted at the Riverfront Park.
He also suggested to council about building a stage and fixing up the
area around the old ferry landing along the Kanawha River.
M. Leota Sang – Thanked the mayor, street commissioner, and
city employees who worked diligently on the American In Bloom project.
Sang commented on the great clean up job that the city employees did
during and after the Regatta.
Elaine Hunt – Asked about the length of dog leashes. She
has had some complaints about dog owners walking their dogs and letting
them walk in yards.
Sam Juniper – Presented the mayor with a list of items that
need looked into. Juniper also asked about the price we are
charging to mow lots for area businesses and landowners. He asked
the mayor about a request he made (2) months ago on the names of the
company’s involved in the building of the 911 Center and paving.
This request was in reference to securing a building permit and paying
B&O taxes. Juniper asked if the mayor was aware of the city
being cited by the DEP. Mayor Riffle told Juniper that he was not
aware of this. Councilman Juniper told the mayor that he would
provide him with the information.
Wanted to go on record and apologize to councilperson Linda Smith for
not attending a recreation meeting that was held a month ago.
Supple told council that no one showed up and that Smith had an out of
town guest to speak. Supple asked that Smith reschedule the
Doeffinger – Asked
if the city attorney was still moving in the direction of getting the
Yeager property matter resolved. City attorney Stein advised that
he is still proceeding with the Yeager issue. Doeffinger spoke on
the Ohio Street property that was brought up in a recent council
meeting. Joe Supple told council that a lawsuit was filed in
Federal Court (3) weeks ago (Ref. the Ohio Street property).
Park - Asked
about camper on Ohio Street and if any anyone was staying in it.
Mayor Riffle advised that it is being watched and at this time no one
was staying in it.
Smith - Spoke on the great job that Pat Sallaz is doing at Krodel Park.
She shared with council on the super job Joe Doeffinger is doing as the
pool manager. Smith asked that Doeffinger be paid mileage for his
trips that he makes while working. She advised that letters have
been sent out to businesses and others in seeking donations for the
skateboard park. Smith expressed her concern and the concerns of
residents in her ward about the video lottery establishment going in the
former Hockenberry building on the corner of 26th Street and
Jackson Ave. Councilman Gary Cotton advised that he only owns the
building and has nothing to do with the proposed video lottery
establishment. Cotton does not know if a license to operate the video
lottery has been granted by the state. Finally Smith asked if
everyone had looked over the proposed “curfew” ordinance that the
city attorney passed out at a previous meeting. After a brief
discussion Smith made a motion to accept the proposed “curfew”
ordinance presented with the right to amend. M. Leota Sang secured
the second to the motion and the first reading passed (9 – 1) with
Gary Cotton voting against. Sam Juniper then made a motion for
council to go into executive session at 8:49 p.m. for legal
matters, personnel and pay. Gary Cotton added the second and the
motion passed. Council came out of the executive session at
9:06 p.m. with a motion made by Sam Juniper and the second given by
Linda Smith and the motion passed unanimously. M. Leota Sang then
asked where the city was on the video lottery changes. Following a
discussion on the matter Sang then made a motion to make it illegal to
operate a video lottery establishment within 600 feet of an existing
religious institution, daycare center, school, public park or
residential area. The motion was seconded by Linda Smith. By
a show of hands the motion failed on a (3-5-2) vote. Sang along
with Smith and Barbara Ann Brown voted for the changes, with Joe Supple,
Sam Juniper, Robert Doeffinger, Marshall Bonecutter and Bill Park voting
against and Gary Cotton and Elaine Hunt abstained. The changes included
increasing the distance from 300 feet to 600 feet and adding the
restrictions of a public park and residential area.
no other business, Gary Cotton made a motion to adjourn. Barbara
Ann Brown added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting
adjourned at 9:23 p.m.
Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor