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 7:10 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2008.
Mayor Leonard F.
Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
- ALANNA SLACK / BURGESS & NIPLE –Present
but did not speak to council at this time. Mayor Riffle
mentioned that she had given her presentation on the “Long Term
Control Plan “, at the public hearing held earlier.
TIM MEAD – Spoke on the impact the increase would
have on his business (car wash) and asked council to seek or find
ways of helping to off set some of the cost of the increase.
- JACOB HILL / REGATTA – Reported
to council that the Gallipolis River Festival will be setting off
fireworks on July 4, 2009, which is the same day council had
approved for the city display of fireworks at the November meeting.
After discussion council agreed to keep the date
of July 4,2009 for
the fireworks display. Council discussed the various pricing for
fireworks. Mayor Riffle advised that Zambelli had increased
from $11,500.00 (2008) to $13,250.00 for (2009). Premier
Pyrotechnics Inc had submitted a price of $7,684.00 for the same
amount of fireworks that have been displayed over the past several
years. Council decided to table the issue and have the
recreation committee come back with a recommendation.
Juniper made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, November 10, 2008, and a second was given by Barbara
Brown and the motion passed. A motion by Bill Park and seconded by
Robert Doeffinger to approve the financial statements of the General,
Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of November 2008,
was approved by council. Sam Juniper made a motion to approve the
outstanding obligations for the month of November 2008, and Linda Smith
gave the second and the motion was approved (8-0-1) M. Leota Sang
Attorney Stein submitted language for an Ordinance vacating and
abandoning an alley at Poplar Street.
ORDINANCE VACATING AND ABANDONING AN ALLEY BEGINNING AT ITS INTERSECTION
WITH POPLAR STREET AND EXTENDING NORTHEAST AND PARALLEL WITH B&O
RAILROAD TRACKS TO SOUTH LOT LINE OF PARCEL 58 ON POINT PLEASANT TAX MAP
9 IN THE CITY OF POINT PLEASANT. Being
a 10 foot wide alley beginning at its intersection with Poplar Street;
thence running in a northeasterly direction and parallel with the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks along the easterly side of a lot
designated as Parcel 71 on Point Pleasant Tax Map 9, situate on the
corner of Poplar Street and Madison Avenue, and now or formerly owned by
Ronnie Lively and Elaine Lively (DB371 Pg77): thence continuing in a
northeasterly direction and running parallel with the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad tracks along the easterly side of parcels fronting on
Madison Avenue, the same being designated as Parcels 72, 72.1, 73, 74,
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 and 81 on Point Pleasant Tax Map 9, and ending at
the south lot line of Parcel 58 on said Point
Pleasant Tax Map 9. M. Leota Sang made a motion to accept
with the right to amend, thus this being the first reading. Gary
Cotton secured the second and the motion passed unanimously. The
city attorney also discussed establishing, designating, dedicating and
recognizing city parks throughout the city.
Clerk Brian Billings asked for a motion to accept the third and final
reading of the sewer tariff increase. Robert Doeffinger
made the motion to accept the third reading and Linda Smith added the
second. The motion passed with Elaine Hunt abstaining (8-0-1).
Billings then asked for a motion to approve the 2009 city calendar.
Linda Smith made the motion for approval of the calendar and Barbara
Brown added the second and the motion passed.
Leonard Riffle shared with council that the city employee Christmas
party will beheld on Monday, December 15, 2008 from 11:00 A.M. –
1:00 P.M. at the Krodel Club House and invited all to attend. Council
was then updated on the purchase of an engine for the leaf
picker. The engine had to be replaced last week and the street
department found a 1960 Jeep engine in Milton, WV for $250.00. The fire
works were discussed under outside delegation and the mayor reminded
the Recreation Committee to discuss the two offers and then report back
at the next regular council meeting.
Cotton – Spoke to council members on the expense of the Krodel Park Light Show.
He would like to have a meeting with the Main Street Committee on this
issue. Cotton also mentioned that a letter should be sent by the
mayor to the West Virginia State Road Department on the condition of the
back side of their fence and weeds that face Ward 6. Robert
Doeffinger – Discussed with council the contract that we have with
Burgess & Niple for professional engineering services with potential
sewer system improvements
in the North Point Pleasant area. The city will pay for
basic professional services rendered under SECTION II subsection A.4 a lump sum fee of $25,700.00. The city will pay for basic
professional services rendered under SECTION II, subsections A.5 and
Appendix A, SECTION II, subsection B a lump sum fee of
$38,400.00. A copy of the agreement with Burgess &
Niple is included in the minutes. Robert Doeffinger then made a motion
to accept the agreement with Burgess & Niple and to have Mayor
Riffle sign the contract. Sam Juniper added the second and the
motion passed. Bill
Park – spoke on the trailer that had been moved on Ohio Street. M.
Leota Sang – Asked the city attorney about the progress on the
Yeager property and the Franklin property. The city attorney
advised there was nothing to report on the Yeager property and the
Franklin property was sold on the courthouse steps for unpaid taxes.
Stein explained that this could take up to 18 months to finalize and
this does not mean that the city is clear from the property.Linda
Smith – The Recreation Committee has about one third of the money
needed for the Skate Park. Donations have come in to the city from
various businesses and individuals. Smith said she hopes the first
phase (pouring the concrete pad) can be done in the spring of 2009.
The committee will now begin the process of applying for grant money. Sam
Juniper – Also spoke on the Krodel Park Light Show and the
expense that the city has incurred. Juniper stated that the City
Inspectors report noted the need to form a committee to update the city
ordinances. He also asked why the annual water and sewer reports
had not been submitted. City Clerk Billings advised that Jeff
Feamster completes the sewer and water forms. Juniper asked the
city attorney why he was the only council person called to give a
deposition on the case of Nibert vs City of Point Pleasant. Stein
advised how the process began and that he would contact the attorney
representing the city and relay his findings. Barbara
Brown – Told council members that she had also been asked by
others (citizens) about the account that was to have been set up by the
former council for the last sewer increase. Mayor Riffle assured
her that the account for the $1.50 increase per thousand gallons used
will go to the CSO account.
no other business, Linda Smith made a motion to adjourn. Sam
Juniper added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting
adjourned at 9:08 p.m.
Leonard F. Riffle, Mayor