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, June 8, 2009.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Marshall Bonecutter made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, May 11, 2009, and a second was given by James Bowles and the motion passed. A motion by William Park and seconded by Marshall Bonecutter to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of May 2009, was approved by council. Gary Cotton made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of May 2009, and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second and the motion passed (9-0-1)with M. Leota Sang abstaining.
City Attorney Stein spoke on the Teen Court issue. Concern was raised on the motion that was made. Stein advised the he didn’t believe that it had to be done by an ordinance. Councilman Robert Doeffinger asked about the Yeager property. The city attorney advised that a hearing had been scheduled for June 15, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Circuit Court with Judge Evans. Stein spoke to council about a complaint that had been filed in the prosecuting attorney’s office. The complaint was in reference to a past executive session that was held by council on April 13, 2009. The attorney advised that the prosecutor had requested tapes of the April meeting and minutes.
City Clerk Brian Billings asked for a motion to accept the second and final reading of the zoning change at the former PPMS property. Leota Sang made the motion to accept the second reading and James Bowles added the second and the motion passed. Billings advised council of the public hearing that was held on the zoning change prior to the meeting. Billings, asked for a motion to approve Robert Doeffinger and Bill Park to serve on the Procurement Committee. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Billings then asked council to approve the budget revision presented for the 08/09 budget. A motion by Robert Doeffinger to approve the budget revision of 08/09 was seconded by Linda Smith and was unanimously approved. The city clerk then asked council to approve the projected Water Fund Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. Marshall Bonecutter made the motion to accept and Bill Park gave the second and the motion passed. Billings then asked for approval of the Sewer Fund Annual Operating Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. Gary Cotton moved to accept and Marshall Bonecutter secured the second and the motion passed.
Mayor Riffle asked for the approval of the PEIA increase that was discussed in the recent finance meeting. The overall increase of 12% will take effect July 1, 2009. The city employees would pay 6.2% and the city would pay 93.8% of the increase. Riffle told council that the city pays over $400,000.00 per year for the insurance. Robert Doeffinger made the motion to approve and James Bowles added the second and the motion passed. Riffle advised the city received one bid for the metal building for the sewer department. The bid of $3,537.00 was from T-N-T Carports Inc. Marshall Bonecutter made the motion for approval of the purchase and James Bowles added the second and the motion passed 9-1 with Sam Juniper voting against. Mayor Riffle then discussed the findings of the PSC and the approved sewer tariff. Riffle then asked council for approval of the tariff. Linda Smith made the motion for approval and Elaine Hunt added the second and the motion passed. A motion to waive rights for an objection was passed by council members. Robert Doeffinger moved to waive and Bill Park added the second and the motion passed. Mayor Riffle then had the city clerk read the proposed ordinance change for a four way stop at Lincoln Ave, 28th Street, Roseberry Lane and Chandler Drive. Riffle said that he and Chief Ernie Watterson had gone to the area that had been requested for the four way stop. Riffle cited that with the Intermediate School, traffic and cars parked on Lincoln Ave the need for the four way stop was necessary. James Bowles made the motion for approval and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed for the first reading. Mayor Riffle then told council that he would like for James Bowles and Marshall Bonecutter to serve on the Floodwall Committee. This newly created committee would work with Street Commissioner Willie Call. The mayor and street commissioner had recently met with representatives of the Corps of Engineers. Trees that are along the area of the floodwall are going to have to be removed and other issues will need to be addressed. Bill Park made the motion for Bowles and Bonecutter to serve on the committee and Leota Sang added the second and the motion passed. The mayor then announced that the Harmon Park Pool will open on Wednesday, June 10th. Riffle applauded the work that had been done by Joe Doeffinger and Butch Bonecutter in preparing the pool for opening day.
Mayor Leonard F. Riffle then announced that he will be resigning from the office of mayor effective Saturday, June 13, 2009. Riffle told council members that he had enjoyed his 15 months serving as mayor and it was time to move on. Council members expressed their best wishes and thanked him for doing an outstanding job.
Gary Cotton – Shared with council that he along with the city attorney had penned a new proposed ordinance. Each council member was given a copy of the proposed “User Fee” Ordinance for review. Cotton expressed that those that were unemployed and retired would not be affected by this fee.
Leota Sang – Asked that the city inspector explain and give more detail on his monthly report. Sang advised that the “Bloom” judges will be in town on June 24th and 25th. She asked that the streets be swept a day or so prior to the judges arrival.
Elaine Hunt – Spoke on the May police report and applauded the police department for the work that they had done.
Sam Juniper – Asked the mayor who had trimmed the trees in the downtown area and if they had been paid. Juniper was advised that Fetty’s Tree Service did the work and had been paid $600.00. Juniper spoke on the drains on the state right of ways and asked that state help in the cost of the sewer project. Councilman Juniper asked that the fire hydrants be tested and if they are not working they should be painted black. Juniper asked about the water office up-grade on the computers and when they will be fixed. He advised council that the trustee’s of the New Hope Bible Church would like to meet with the mayor, the two council at large members and himself on the condition of Robinson Street in the Bellmead area.
James Bowles – Spoke on the condition of Robinson and Burdette Streets in the Bellmead area. He also reported that the basketball court on First Street was in bad shape and needed to be repaired and the grass mowed.
Robert Doeffinger - Had a request for a street light to be placed on Main Street between the Presbyterian Church and Dr. Park’s office. Doeffinger advised that there were three poles that did not have any lights on them.
Mayor Riffle then called for a “Special Council Meeting” to be held on Thursday, June 11, 2009.
Being no other business, Bill Park made a motion to adjourn. Linda Smith added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Brian L. Billings Leonard F. Riffle
City Clerk Mayor