meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council
in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sallaz – Spoke to council on the need for signs on RT 2, RT 62 and RT
35 that advise travelers that we have a camping facility at Krodel Park.
The camping rates will stay the same for 2009 and camping groups are
already booked for the fall of 2009.
Knight – Asked council to abandon the old right of way on Poplar
Street. Mrs. Knight and her sister own the property that burned
recently. They are going to rebuild on the property. Mr.
Knight presented the mayor a copy of the deed and the recent survey.
Mayor Riffle along with Leota Sang and Gary Cotton will look at the
situation and come back to council with a recommendation.
Cotton made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, September 8, 2008, and a second was given by Marshall
Bonecutter and the motion passed. A motion by Marshall Bonecutter and
seconded by Linda Smith to approve the financial statements of the
General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of
September 2008, was approved by council. M. Leota Sang made a motion to
approve the outstanding obligations for the month of September 2008, and
Joe Supple gave the second and the motion was approved (9-1). Sam
Juniper voted against.
Attorney Stein advised that he had filed the civil action on the
Franklin property and is waiting a response. Currently the
attorney is working on the documents for the Yeager property.
Leonard Riffle asked council members if they had looked over the
proposed sewer tariff increase that he and the city clerk had prepared.
Mayor Riffle then asked Robert Doeffinger to read the proposed ordinance
that the city clerk Billings had worked on. The proposed changes
read by Doeffinger are as follows – (all other language will stay the
Rates – All usage Per 1,000 Gallons used per month.
Present $4.35 - Proposed $6.35
Charge – No bill will be rendered for less than the
Minimum Bill Present $13.05 Per Month - Proposed $19.05
Charge – For each new connection to the system, providing such
connection is less than ten (10) feet from the customer’s property
line and the ditch line is unobstructed above and below the surface by
any object natural or manmade, including but not limited to rocks,
building and DOH easements. In cases where such obstacles exist,
additional fees to cover costs associated with overcoming such obstacles
shall be assessed.
Present $300.00 - Proposed $400.00.
Doeffinger made a motion to accept the first reading with the right to
amend with 75% of the increase going to the CSO projects and 25% to go
to the General Sewer Fund. Joe Supple added the second and the
motion passed. Mayor Riffle and Joe Supple interviewed attorneys upon
council requests to answer questions and give advice on the Lakin
project. The recommendation to council was to accept Mike Spiker
from Goodwin & Goodwin attorneys at law. The rate
will be $200.00 per hour. Bob Doeffinger made the motion upon the
recommendation with Barbara Ann Brown adding the second and the motion
passed. Mayor Riffle then shared with council that the #2 and #7
water wells were in full production. He also advised council the
#2 water well had been cleaned. Riffle further stated that the new
well pipe line is being laid and it is not wired and we are waiting on
the pump. An update on the Lottery Commission (Uptown Carryout)
was given to council by the mayor. Riffle shared with council the
research that had been done on the “Medal of Honor Park” located
along Jackson Ave which lay’s between 26th and 27th Street. The mayor said the park is under city control and
dedicated as a street with no name. He shared that he had attended
a hearing in Charleston, WV and that a judge will make a decision on the
issue. Council was shown a copy of his various findings in a letter
addressed to the Lottery Director John C. Musgrave. A new Variable
Drive Pump is needed for the sewer plant. The pump regulates the
water flow. The cost for the purchase the mayor advised is
$4,500.00. Sam Juniper made the motion to purchase and Linda Smith
added the second and motion passed. Council discussed the issue of
allowing city employees to have Friday, December 26, 2008 off as a paid
holiday. Sam Juniper made the motion to allow the paid holiday
with Joe Supple securing the second and the motion passed (9-0-1) with
Gary Cotton abstaining.
COMMISSION REPORT - Sam Juniper gave the report of the recent Planning
Commission meeting. Juniper advised council that the Planning
Commission voted (3-1) not to take the sewage from the PSD. The
recommendation was that it shows no advantage to the city.
Committee members Jack Coles, Kip Hartenbach and Sam Juniper voted
against with Jack Sturgeon voting for. Committee member Bill
Rhodes was absent from the meeting.
Juniper – Spoke to council members about an anonymous letter he
received. Juniper also asked about the CSO project with Burgess
and Niple and where we are. Juniper stated he felt things were
moving very slow. Juniper discussed the traffic situation on
Parrish Ave, along with the heavy bus traffic. He asked Mayor
Riffle about a section of pavement to be replaced on McNeil Ave.
Linda Smith – Discussed the changes she would like to see in the Video
Lottery Ordinance 1347.03.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND REINACTMENT OF PART THREE, CHAPTER THREE,
ARTICLE 1347.03 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF POINT
PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA. 1347.03
LOCATION OF LIMITED VIDEO LOTTERY AND KENO ESTABLISHMENTS
c. It shall be unlawful to operate a limited video lottery and/or Keno
establishment within 300 feet of any existing establishment that
already provides limited video lottery and/or Keno or within 600 feet
of an existing religious institution, school, child care center, the
perimeter of a public park or a structure primarily used as a
then made a motion to accept this as the first reading of the change to
the Video Lottery Ordinance 1347.03 and M. Leota Sang gave the section
and the motion passed (7-2-1)with Gary Cotton and Joe Supple abstaining
and William Park voting no.
Leota Sang – Spoke on the signs that have been placed on utility
poles throughout the city. Sang mentioned the signs for the
Fashion Bug in Gallipolis, Ohio that have been placed on poles.
She asked that we send a letter informing this is not allowed by city
Doeffinger – Praised the city employees on the great job that they
have been doing at the Riverfront Park and throughout the city.
Bonecutter - Advised he would like to see signs for “camping”
that Mrs. Sallaz spoke on earlier. This would alert travelers that we
have a camping facility. Spoke on more police patrol in the
Kingtown area in which he lives and represents. Bonecutter advised
the mayor of some destruction in the area.
Supple - Shared with council that the Mason Development Group closed
on the homes located at 1309 and 1312 Viand Street. Supple said he
hoped the homes would be demolished soon.
Cotton – Thanked Teka McCauley for her help in getting a street
light fixed in his ward. Spoke on closing, repairing etc, Harmon
Park Pool due to the continued water loss. Mayor Riffle
advised that the city was able to repair several areas of leaks prior to
the opening this past season and has a handle on the areas of leakage
around the pool joints that will be fixed this spring. Cotton also
spoke on the leasing of the building he owns to Uptown Carryout and the
issue of the video lottery license they are trying to obtain.
Park – Advised council on the great game the PPHS football team
played last Friday and that City Clerk Billings was announcing the games
and did a fine job.
Juniper then made a motion to go into executive session to discuss
personnel. Linda Smith gave the second and the motion passed at
8:39 P.M. A motion by Linda Smith and second by M. Leota Sang to
come out of executive session passed at 9:04 P.M. After discussion
on an issue of a 75 cent an hour increase for Bruce Chapman a motion by
Linda Smith and seconded by Marshall Bonecutter was given to officially
accept the increase and council agreed to make it retroactive to August
12, 2008. The motion passed unanimously.
no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn.
Joe Supple added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting
adjourned at 9:09 p.m.
Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor