January 12, 2009
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle; who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
CHARLES HUMPHREY – Updated council on the accomplishments that have been made by Main Street from 2002 – 2008. He said all buildings on Main Street should be occupied by the end of 2010. Hopes to have 5 to 10 tour buses should be stopping per day in the city with in the next year. He discussed the millions of dollars that Main Street has brought to the city and the amount that the city of Point Pleasant has contributed to the Main Street program.
KIETH BIGGS – Shared his disappointment that he and other property owners were not notified or given an agreement of some kind to allow the engineer firm to enter their property to do the work on the long term control plan. He spoke on the need of public participation and listening to their ideas and keeping them informed.
DENNY BELLAMY – Representing the Kanawha Gateway Committee said they want to develop tourism from Point Pleasant to Nitro along the Kanawha River. The committee hopes to have RT62, RT2 and RT87 declared scenic highways. Through grant dollars for the project this would provide restrooms, scenic over looks, trails etc, along these routes. Bellamy asked council for a letter of support for the pending project. A motion to have the mayor sign a letter of support representing the city and council was made by Sam Juniper and seconded by Marshall Bonecutter. The motion passed unanimously.
Gary Cotton made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, December 8, 2008, and a second was given by Bill Park and the motion passed. A motion by Sam Juniper and seconded by M. Leota Sang to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of December 2008, was approved by council. M. Leota Sang made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of December 2008, and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion was approved.
City Clerk Brian Billings asked for a motion to accept the second and final reading of the Ordinance 305.07 vacating and abandoning an alley at Poplar Street. M. Leota Sang made the motion to approve and Sam Juniper added the second. Billings then advised council that the Point Pleasant River Museum wants to submit an application for a $100,000.00 grant to the Department of Transportation (Enhancement Grant) to design and install hardware and software for the interactive pilot house in the new addition. Robert Doeffinger made the motion to allow and M. Leota Sang added the second and the motion passed.
Mayor Leonard Riffle shared with council the need to have two trees removed from Pioneer Cemetery that, if they fall, could cause damage to some of the older monuments there. Fetty’s Tree Service will remove and cleanup the area for $3,000.00. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to approve and Robert Doeffinger secured the second and the motion passed. Riffle asked council to raise the bulk water rate. Currently the city is selling bulk water for $1.49 per thousand gallons. Council member Robert Doeffinger said that there had not been a raise in the bulk water rate since 2002. The PSD is selling water for $2.50 per thousand gallons that we sell to them for $1.49. A motion by Marshall Bonecutter to pursue the increase was seconded by Joe Supple and the motion was approved. The mayor shared with council that the city has hired Mitchell Waugh to join the Point Pleasant Police Department. Waugh will begin his duties with the police force on Monday, January 19. With the current street department leaf blower needing repair and a cost of $17,500.00 to purchase a new one, Mayor Riffle asked for $800.00 to purchase a piece of equipment from Dave Rollins. This equipment will be refurbished and used as a backup to the leaf blower. Linda Smith made a motion to purchase and Bill Park added the second and the motion passed. The mayor explained to council that a protest had been filed against the city on the increased sewer rates. Riffle said that City Clerk Billings had been notified by an email then by letter from the Public Service Commission that Mayor Jack McCoy of Henderson had made the protest. The mayor asked council to retain attorney Mike Spiker to represent the city in the legal matter. Robert Doeffinger made a motion to retain Spiker and Sam Juniper added the second and the motion passed with Marshall Bonecutter casting the lone no vote (8-1). Mayor Riffle then advised council that the water department is in need of a new truck and would like to seek sealed bids as soon as possible. Sam Juniper made a motion to seek sealed bids for the truck with Gary Cotton giving the second and the motion passed. Robert Doeffinger then made a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel.
Joe Supple gave the second and the motion passed at 8:15 P.M. A motion by Robert Doeffinger and seconded by Bill Park to come out of executive session passed at 8:30 P.M. Robert Doeffinger then made a motion on the recommendation of the water and sewer committee to allow the mayor to raise the salaries of the water plant and sewer plant employees. The various hourly increases come from the yearly $12,000.00 salary of Danny Rodgers who retired recently. Gary Cotton gave the second to the motion and it passed unanimously.
Gary Cotton – Asked if grant dollars are received for the skate board park and the project is not completed do we have to payback the grant. Teka McCauley who is handling many of the grant projects for the city will check into this.
Robert Doeffinger – Asked the city attorney on the status of the Yeager property on Main Street. After discussion on the issue the city attorney will report back at the next meeting.
Linda Smith – Presented the mayor with a copy of work that needs to be done a Krodel Park prior to the spring opening.
Sam Juniper – Asked about the December monthly police report that was submitted. Juniper also asked why the city inspector gives the name of the person making a complaint or inquiring about a complaint out.
M. Leota Sang – Advised that the citywide “Clean Up” day will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Reduced rates for trash pickups will be offered by the city and handled by the street department. A motion by M. Leota Sang to approve the date for the citywide “Clean Up” day and reduced trash pickup rates for the week of (3/30/09 – 4/3/09) with rates being the same as 2008 was seconded by Robert Doeffinger and the motion passed.
Being no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn. Sam Juniper added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 9:09 p.m.
Brian L. Billings
Leonard F. Riffle