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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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Council Minutes



November 10, 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, November 10, 2008. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.


  • Jerrie Howard / Point Pleasant in Bloom – Spoke to council on the cities participation and the judge’s remarks.  Point Pleasant received (3) Stars out of five.  Howard presented the city with a copy of the portfolio on the project.   

  • Tim Scarberry – Asked council to vote against the sewer increase.  He gave various reasons why council should vote against the increase.  He spoke on our cities declining population and asked the administration to review all possible sources of funding before raising rates.


Barbara Brown made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, and second was given by Linda Smith and the motion passed. A motion by Joe Supple and seconded by M.Leota Sang to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of October 2008, was approved by council. Sam Juniper made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of October 2008, and Joe Supple gave the second and the motion was approved.


City Clerk Brian Billings asked for a motion to accept the second reading of the sewer tariff increase.  Robert Doeffinger made the motion to accept the second reading and Marshall Bonecutter added the second.  This motion was then withdrawn after some discussion regarding an amendment to the ordinance.  Sam Juniper made a motion to amend the ordinance to add 75% of the collection would go to the CSO Project and 25% of the collection would go to the Sewer General Fund. M. Leota Sang added the second and the motion passed (9-0).  Robert Doeffinger then made the motion to accept the second reading and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed (9-0). The city clerk then asked for a motion on the second and final reading of the Video Lottery 1347.03 change.  M. Leota Sang made the motion to accept and Linda Smith added the second.  The motion passed (7-1-1) with Bill Park voting no and Joe Supple abstaining. Billings then asked council to approve the Employee Performance Bonus that has been given to employees over the past several years.  Sam Juniper made the motion to approve and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed.  The Performance Bonus will be given to the employees on December 5, 2008. The City Clerk then shared with council that the Regatta Committee had asked that council approve the fire works date for the 2009 Regatta.  Billings stated that the Regatta Committee would like to have the date of Saturday, July 4, 2009.  Barbara Brown made the motion for the date of the fire works and Joe Supple added the second and the motion passed. 


Mayor Leonard Riffle shared with council that he along with Gary Cotton and M. Leota Sang had looked over the alley off of Poplar Street.  The committee concluded that the city should abandon the 10 foot alley.  Mayor Riffle will get with the city attorney to draw up the proposed ordinance for abandonment.  Mayor Riffle reported on the meeting with Burgess & Niple on the long term Combined Sewer Overflow plan.  After discussion council decided to call for a meeting with Burgess & Niple prior to the next council meeting so that the project can further be discussed.  Riffle then discussed the Lottery Commission Report with council members.  The mayor then read number 9 of the findings on page 8.  West Virginia Code provides that municipalities shall by ordinance provide for any public improvements.  W.Va Code 8-11-3.  The Ordinances and Resolutions for the Municipality of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, cross reference West Virginia Code Section 8-11-3 for actions which are “required to be by ordinance” in the city.  Point Pleasant Codified Ordinances, Article 113.  A city park is a public improvement, the creation of which requires a municipal ordinance, pursuant to West Virginia Code Section 8-11-3.  The Municipality of Point Pleasant has not, by ordinance, created a public park at the “Medal of Honor Park” Memorial location on the median located at Jackson Street/WV Route 62.  W.Va. Code 8-11-3; Point Pleasant Codified Ordinances, Article 113.  Riffle then advised that the new well field should be in operation next week.  All of the pipe line has been laid and we are now waiting on wiring and the control panel to be installed.


Robert Doeffinger – Asked about the Main Street properties and where we stood on the two issues.   M. Leota Sang – Wants to make sure that the owners of all vehicles that are parked along the streets when the city has a parade have been advised to move.  She also said that the “Holiday Parade” will take place on Friday, November 21, 2008.  Sang would like for the city to send Jerrie Howard a note thanking her for the hard work and time she has given to the American in Bloom project.  
Bill Park –
Advised the mayor of a camper on Ohio Street and a possible health issue with a large number of cats in the Yeager house.  
Elaine Hunt –
  Would like the city to check on a street light for the area of 2402 Madison Ave.  Also requested more police patrol in the 5th Ward.  
Sam Juniper –
A resident spoke to him about grass clippings and leaves being swept in and along the city streets.  
Linda Smith –
Asked council to allow city employees to use the Youth Center or Krodel Park clubhouse or shelter at no charge one time per year.  The employee must pick up the key, return it and be present when using one of the facilities.  Smith made the motion and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed.  Smith also advised she would like to have a recreation committee meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.     


Being no other business, Sam Juniper made a motion to adjourn.  Linda Smith added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.



Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor


Brian Billings, City Clerk 






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