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Council Minutes


October 14, 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 meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. OUTSIDE DELEGATION

Pat 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. 


Rick 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.


Gary 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.


City 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.



Mayor 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 same)Meter Rates – All usage Per 1,000 Gallons used per month.             

Present $4.35 - Proposed $6.35

Minimum Charge – No bill will be rendered for less than the following amount.

Minimum Bill  Present $13.05 Per Month - Proposed $19.05

Connection 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. 

Bob 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.


PLANNING 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.


Sam 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.  


      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 residential dwelling. 

Smith 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. 

 M. 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 ordinance.  

Robert Doeffinger – Praised the city employees on the great job that they have been doing at the Riverfront Park and throughout the city. 

Marshall 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.  

Joe 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.  

Gary 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.  

William 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.  

Sam 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.       


Being 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


Brian Billings, City Clerk 






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