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City of Point Pleasant, WV

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December 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  


The minutes posted to these pages are the exact words contained in the official minutes on file in the City Clerks office. The format has been changed to make the information easier to read when presented in an Interned browser. Every effort is made to insure accuracy in transferring the information to these pages.  In all cases, the document on file at the City Building will be considered the official document.


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 7:10 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. 


Sam 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 abstained.


City Attorney Stein submitted language for an Ordinance vacating and abandoning an alley at Poplar Street.


AN 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. 


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.


Mayor 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. 


Gary 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.   


Being 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


Brian Billings, City Clerk 







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