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, April 13, 2009.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fred Angel and Paul Richardson / Aflac – Spoke to council on supplemental insurance for city employees and council members. This would be through payroll deduction and on a volunteer basis for employees. Aflac offers various insurance products and they would like to set up a time to talk with city employees.
Greg Fowler / Family Resource Network – Explained to council about Teen Court a rapidly expanding alternative to the juvenile justice system for teenagers who have committed first time, non-violent offenses. Youth volunteers, under the supervision of adult volunteers, work as attorneys, bailiffs, clerks and jurors questioning the offender, debating and imposing sentences. The goal of the program goal is to increase the awareness of the youth of their mistakes, rehabilitate them through the system and drastically reduce re-occurrences. Mr. Fowler stated that Teen Court is currently in operation in a number of West Virginia counties. The Teen Court of Mason County already has the approval of the Mason County Commission and the circuit judge. Funding support for this program has been provided by the West Virginia Senate, in Senate Bill 114, Article 5 (4) (d). In this Bill, it allows for counties and cities to fund a Teen Court program by adding $5.00 to the court costs incurred for written violations in the county. Elaine Hunt made a motion to approve the request by Fowler and Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed.
Denny Bellamy – Per Councilman Sam Juniper’s request Bellamy appeared before council to explain why the River Barge Excursions had not paid the money owed the City of Point Pleasant. Bellamy advised council that he had tried on numerous occasions to contact the company by phone and email and had not received any communication from them. Bellamy went on to explain that the company owed not only the city but the River Museum, Fort Randolph, Mothman Museum and the Mason County Tourism Center. After discussion council authorized City Attorney R.F. Stein to write a letter on behalf of each entity requesting payment of what was owed.
Craig Hesson / Fort Randolph – Hesson spoke to council on the ($49,433.77) check that the city had received from the insurance company for the fire damage at the fort. Mr. Hesson said that Dan Davies had submitted the estimate for repairs that the insurance company agreed to pay minus ($1,000.00), deductible. Mayor Riffle advised that he and City Clerk Billings spoke to the insurance agent from Travelers and had received the check. The mayor also told council that we would be receiving another check for the loss of the personal contents. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to accept the insurance check and the future check for the loss of contents and give to the Fort Randolph committee for the necessary repairs that need to be made. Linda Smith secured the second and the motion passed.
Bill Park made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, March 9, 2009, and a second was given by Marshall Bonecutter and the motion passed. A motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting held on March 23, 2009, was made by Gary Cotton and seconded by Marshall Bonecutter were approved and passed. A motion by Marshall Bonecutter and seconded by Gary Cotton to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds
for the month of March 2009, was approved by council. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of March 2009, and Barbara Ann Brown gave the second and the motion passed.
Council person Linda Smith then asked that she be allowed to address council on limiting the time for discussion on items brought before council. Smith made a motion that all council members are limited to 10 minutes or less on discussion per item each meeting. Prior to voting Sam Juniper advised that it was illegal to vote on this because it was not on the agenda. Juniper further stated he would contact the Secretary of State on this issue. Elaine Hunt gave the second to the motion and the motion passed (9–1) with Juniper voting against.
City Attorney R.F. Stein shared with council that a Status Hearing with Judge Evans will be held on May 4, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. on the Yeager property.
City Clerk Brian Billings read the (NOTICE OF APPROVAL OF THE LEVY ESTIMATE / BUDGET) he had received from the office of the State Auditor Glen B. Gainer III. Billings read that in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 11, Article 8, of the West Virginia Code, as amended, the State Auditor of West Virginia hereby approves your Levy Estimate (Budget) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009.
Mayor Riffle advised council of the letter submitted on the Stimulus Package for Route 62, and went on to advise council on the preliminary plan of the possible water drainage plan on Jackson Ave.
The mayor then advised council of the need for a vehicle for the police department that Chief Watterson spoke to them about at the last meeting. A motion by Robert Doeffinger to allow Police Chief Watterson to proceed with the state bid on a patrol car was seconded by Elaine Hunt and passed. The new patrol car would not be officially purchased until the new budget begins in July.
Riffle then spoke on the U.S. Department of Justice grant. He reminded council that Chief Watterson at the last meeting expressed the need for an additional police officer. Under this grant, (3) years of employment would be paid for through the grant and the city would have to make a commitment to pay for (1) year. Any training required for the officer would have to be paid by the city. Linda Smith made a motion to allow Chief Watterson to apply for the grant with Robert Doeffinger adding the second and the motion passed (9-1)with Sam Juniper voting no.
Mayor Riffle then advised council that Jack Lee owner of Paint Plus had made a donation to the city. Lee along with Pittsburgh Paint donated 16 (5) gallon cans of yellow striping paint. The total cost of the paint donated was $1,537.12. Council members applauded Lee and Pittsburgh Paint for the generosity given to the city.
The mayor then asked council for approval of some committee changes due to the departure of council member Joe Supple and the appointment of James Bowles. Riffle asked that Bowles be place on the Sanitation, Parks and Recreation, Water and Sewer Committees and that Gary Cotton be appointed to the Finance Committee. Barbara Ann Brown made the motion to approve and Bill Park added the second and the motion passed.
James Bowles – Told council members that he was grateful to be here and to serve the city.
Marshall Bonecutter – Spoke on the pay raise for the street and sanitation department employees. Mayor Riffle advised that he would call a finance committee meeting to go over the figures that were presented to each council person. Riffle explained that a committee from the street department submitted the proposed increase for each employee.
Robert Doeffinger – Spoke on the recent trimming of the trees on Main Street.
Leota Sang – Spoke on the success of the city wide clean up that was held recently. Sang also invited all council members to attend the reception recognizing winners of the poster contest and T-Shirt design. The “Yard of the Month”, for 2009 will soon begin in each of the eight wards.
Linda Smith – Made a motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters at 8:30 P.M., Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed (9-1)with Sam Juniper voting against. Council came out of executive session at 8:42 P.M. on a motion by Barbara Ann Brown and seconded by Robert Doeffinger. The motion passed on a (9-1) vote with Juniper voting no.
Sam Juniper – Expressed his concern on the condition of many of the streets in the Bellmead area and throughout the city. Juniper inquired about the report showing the number of monthly gallons of water being pumped, meter testing, and not receiving a notice on the cancellation of the sewer meeting.
James F. Bowles was sworn in as councilman at large by Mayor Leonard Riffle at 6:58 P.M.
Bill Park moved to recess the meeting until Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Gary Cotton added the second. The meeting was recessed at 8:48 P.M. by unanimous vote.
Brian L. Billings Leonard F. Riffle
City Clerk Mayor