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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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Council Minutes



September 8, 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 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.

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




Marshall 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 abstained(9-0-1)vote.


City 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.    



City 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.


Mayor 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.  

Mayor 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. 

The 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.  

Riffle 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).  

Mayor 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 motion passed.  

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.  

Mayor 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.  

Council 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


Joe 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.  

M. Leota Sang – Spoke on the curfew ordinance in reference to a call she had and the fine or punishment on disobeying the curfew ordinance.  

Linda 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.  

Sam 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.        


Being 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


Brian Billings, City Clerk 






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