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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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Council Minutes



August 11, 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  


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, August 11, 2008. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Ronnie Lively – Spoke to council on a right of way at 205 Poplar Street.  Shared with council pictures of his property and brought a copy of his deed showing ownership of (205 Poplar Street).  He advised that he feels the area in question belongs to him.  Robert Doeffinger asked Mr. Lively if he had the property surveyed.  Council suggested Mr. Lively should check with the Assessor’s office at the courthouse.  Mayor Riffle then advised he would ask the street committee to look at the issue.


Dennis Rayburn – Presented council with a hand out and spoke on the actions of council on the discussions of service for the Public Service District of Mason County.  He said that the public has not been involved in the discussion of the project. Rayburn stated that council has not addressed the issue only discussed. He requested that the council reject this project and dismiss it from any future agenda.   
Keith Biggs –
Spoke on the recent heavy rains and blowout from rain on August 4 and 5 behind the Thompson property at Roseberry and 28th Street. He presented Mayor Riffle with a picture of a man hole.


Marshall Bonecutter made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, July 7, 2008, and a second was given by Barbara Ann Brown and the motion passed. A motion by M. Leota Sang and seconded by Linda Smith to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of July 2008, was approved by council. M. Leota Sang made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of July 2008, and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion was approved.


Councilman Robert Doeffinger asked the city attorney about the Yeager property.  Stein advised that he is drafting the lawsuit and that it has not been filed.  He will bring the draft before council for approval once he has it finished.


City Clerk Brian Billings read the second and final reading of the new curfew ordinance 501.10.  Mayor Riffle advised that the public hearing was held prior to the council meeting and that there were no comments made.  After a brief discussion Linda Smith made a motion to accept the second and final reading.  M. Leota Sang added the second and the motion passed (8 – 2) with Gary Cotton and Marshall Bonecutter opposing.  Billings then shared with council that he had just received a letter by fax prior to the meeting from Lisa Thornburg CPA.  The clerk was prepared to advise council that the audit process would begin with the Thornburg firm within the month.  The city clerk read the letter to council which stated that the Thornburg CPA firm deeply regrets that they will not be allowed to complete any further audit work for the city.  This is not our choice, but rather a mandate from the West Virginia Board of Accountancy and the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office.  The city clerk told council that he would contact Stuart Stickel of the State Auditor’s Office and find out what options the city has on obtaining a new CPA firm to handle the upcoming audit for the FYE June 30, 2008. MAYOR Mayor Leonard F. Riffle spoke to council on the Lakin - Camp Conley - Sandhill Road Wastewater Plan.  He asked council to decide what direction they want to pursue with the project.  Council decided after a brief discussion to have the Planning, Sewer and Finance Committee to meet and discuss the options.  Sam Juniper made the motion to have the various committees to meet and it was seconded by Robert Doeffinger and the motion passed.  Mayor Riffle advised council on the DEP inspection report and response.  Each council member had a copy of the report and Mayor Riffle advised the response was on the last page of the hand out.  The mayor asked Robert Doeffinger to speak with the street department on the replacement mowers that are needed in the street department.  Riffle told council members about the scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m. with the Department of Highways at city hall.  The meeting is to discuss the replacement of the bridge on Jefferson Blvd.  Also council was informed of the meeting with URS on Tuesday, August 19th at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the city water wells.  Mayor Riffle had a request made to restrict the parking on the south side of Camden Ave.  Council took no action on the matter.  City Council members were then advised that Patriotic Foods Inc. will be collecting donations on Saturday, August 16, 2008, for the Make a Wish Foundation.  Joe Doeffinger manager of the city pool asked that half of the admissions to the pool on August 16th be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.  Activities are planned at the pool in conjunction with the Saturday event.  A motion by Elaine Hunt to allow the donation was seconded by Linda Smith and the motion passed unanimously.  Robert Doeffinger then made a motion at 8:33 p.m. to go into executive session to discuss personnel and salary. M. Leota Sang gave the second and the motion passed.  Robert Doeffinger made a motion at 8:51 p.m. to come out of executive session.  Joe Supple added the second and the motion passed.


Gary Cotton – Shared with council that he had asked the city clerk for an active list of businesses in the city.  He shared that roughly 1,500 people work within the city limits.  He said that other cities have a user fee (Charleston/Huntington) and collect a dollar amount possibly ($2.00) per week.  This would not be charged to the unemployed or those that were retired.  The income from this could possibly generate up to $150,000.00 per year.  These dollars could then be used toward much needed street repair throughout the city as well as equipment purchases.  
Joe Supple
– Spoke on Gary Cotton’s idea of the user fee and how the city would approach doing this.  He also advised that a speed limit sign was laying in the yard of his office.  
M. Leota Sang
– Asked about the property on Ohio Street and if the lawsuit had been filed.  She asked about the (6) water shut offs in the city inspectors report and if the Health Department should be notified.  
Linda Smith
– Shared that she had complaints on smoking at the Riverfront Park.  She asked that an area be designated for smoking.  Smith also spoke on the great job that the summer employees have done at the pool and that she was not able to have her letter to the editor in the Point Pleasant Register published that dealt with a recent front page article on the city.   
Sam Juniper – Advised council that someone is still living in the camper on the weekends around Ohio Street in the alley.  Juniper spoke on the broken concrete on McNeil Ave, and a pot hole at the intersection of Lincoln Ave, 28th Street and Chandler Drive.  In the Bellmead area the need for more police patrol and to have the city inspector to see Charles Heib on the house that is vacant at 3210 Howard Ave that Mr. Heib had asked to have looked into at the July city council meeting.  Also Juniper wanted to know about trash pick up at the Pat Brown residence that he had spoke on at the July meeting and when the street department will be cleaning up the area where the former miniature golf course was located at Krodel Park.


Being no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn.  Linda Smith added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.



Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor


Brian Billings, City Clerk 




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