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, September 8, 2008.
meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council
in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bonecutter made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, August 11, 2008, and a second was given by Elaine G.
Hunt 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 August 2008, was
approved by council. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to approve the
outstanding obligations for the month of August 2008, and Elaine G. Hunt
gave the second and the motion was approved. M. Leota Sang
Attorney Stein spoke on the Ron Lively issue from the August 11th,
meeting but no action was taken due to the fire that destroyed his home.
Discussion was held on the Yeager property with the city attorney
telling council that he will set a hearing date. Stein gave
council a copy of the draft for the Franklin property law suit. He
asked that council contact him with feed back on the draft and then he
will file the suit in Circuit Court.
Clerk Brian Billings told council that the Thornburg CPA firm will be
doing the FYE June 30, 2008 audit. Billings spoke with the state
auditor’s office which confirmed the go ahead for the audit. The
clerk advised council of the need to change the Monday, October 13th,
meeting to Tuesday, October 14th. The city building will be closed on
October 13th, in observance of Columbus Day. Marshall
Bonecutter made the motion to change the October meeting date with Linda
Smith adding the second and the motion was approved.
Leonard F. Riffle asked council for approval of the CSO project with
Burgess & Niple. Approval by council is needed on the long
term plan and then the project will be sent to the state for approval.
Robert Doeffinger made the motion to approve with M. Leota Sang adding
the second and motion unanimously passed. Mayor Riffle then asked
Robert Doeffinger to explain the funding by the city. Doeffinger
explained that an increase in the sewer fee will be needed. Then
75% of the increase will go to the CSO plan and 25% of the increase will
go to the sewer account. During a recent financial/sewer committee
meeting Sam Juniper asked that the increase be shown by a line item on
the monthly water sewer bill. Mayor Riffle advised that he had
spoke with Jeff Feamster and that a line item for the CSO account will
be on the monthly bill designating the (75%) amount of money collected
from the increase.
Riffle shared with council that the city was in need of a new Zero Turn
Mower. The oldest mower that the city has is in need of much
needed repairs and the cost would be over $1000.00 to fix. Riffle
said that bids
for a new mower are due in by Thursday, September 11th, at
10:00 A.M. Robert Doeffinger made a motion to allow the mayor at
his discretion, up to $5,000.00 to choose the best mower for the city.
Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed.
city is in need of a motor for one of our trash trucks. The mayor
said that a rebuilt motor would cost around $15,000.00. Sam
Juniper made the motion to accept and Robert Doeffinger secured the
second and the motion passed. Council agreed to pursue the issue
of the Lakin, Camp Conley waste water plan. Councilman Doeffinger
said many legal questions remain unanswered and council should find a
utility attorney to help answer questions. Doeffinger presented
the mayor with a list of (3) attorneys out of Charleston, WV that had a
background in this area. Doeffinger made a motion that the mayor
along with councilman at large Joe Supple set up a time and contact the
(3) attorneys and report back to council. Barbara Ann Brown gave
the second and the motion passed.
then asked council to approve the annual $1,500.00 donation to the
Battle Days Committee. M. Leota Sang gave the motion to approve
the request with Elaine G. Hunt adding the second. Sam Juniper
opposed and the vote was (9 – 1).
Riffle then asked council to declare October 7, 2008 as Delta Queen Day.
The Delta Queen will be making its last stop to the city on that day.
M. Leota Sang made the motion and Elaine G. Hunt gave the second and the
mayor then asked the city clerk to share with council the date and time
for Trick or Treat, Block Party and the annual donation of $300.00.
Billings advised he had talked with Denise Scarberry (Block Party
Committee Member) on setting a date and time. Trick or Treat and
the Block Party will be held on Thursday, October 30th. Trick or
Treat will be from 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. and the Block Party from 6:00
P.M. – 8:00 P.M. M. Leota Sang made the motion to approve the
recommendation and Linda Smith added the second and the motion passed.
Riffle shared that two former employees Heather Moore and Brook Kapp
have been added as plaintiffs to the pending law suit against the former
mayor and City of Point Pleasant.
members were updated on the well fields and recommendations on behalf of
GenCorp, Inc., and URS. Mayor Riffle explained that URS is
developing a well field north of our present well field. This well
field will produce up to 1.2 million gallons of water per day
Supple – Advised that the property at 1312 Ohio Street and 1309
Viand Street has been purchased. The buyers will tear down the
properties once everything is final. Supple also shared on behalf
of Trinty United Methodist Church that they are interested in building a
multi purpose building. This would be behind the church which an
alley is located and the area of the church parking lot. Mayor
Riffle said that a major gas line goes through the alley way.
Discussion was held on the issue and council recommended that this go
through the Planning Committee.
Leota Sang – Spoke on the curfew ordinance in reference to a call
she had and the fine or punishment on disobeying the curfew ordinance.
Smith – Spoke on the proposed skate park wording for the new bids.
She told council that she had talked with Pat Sallaz on various issues
at Krodel Park. Smith advised that the park had taken in
$56,000.00 from March through August.
Juniper – Asked the mayor if the railroad inspector had responded
to him. Juniper asked the mayor to go with him at his convenience
and look at a sink hole on McNeil Ave. Also Juniper would like a
copy of the employee handbook and shared that John Thompson of the
seventh ward was very upset over the back water and the trouble he is
having at his residence.
no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn.
Joe Supple added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting
adjourned at 8:28 p.m.
Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor