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, July 13, 2009.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Brian L. Billings who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rick Handley and Bob Baird / Mason County Commission – Advised council of a resolution passed last month in support of the sewer project. Handley noted that the commission is in total support and if any further assistance is needed to contact them.
Warden Adrain Hoke / Lakin Correctional Center – Spoke on the K.I.D.S program (Keeping Infant Development Successful). The program is designed with both the needs of the mother and infant in mind. The mothers will be provided with both Educational and Transitional Programs that will enable the offender to build skills that allow them to transition with their infants and re-enter society successfully. Warden Hoke advised that the benefits outnumber the risks. Studies have shown that the developmental bond between incarcerated mothers and their infant child reduces the recidivism rate of the mother and allows for an attachment to be formed between the two.
Lois Sheppard and Jean Casto / North Main Street – Both spoke on a wide variety of issues affecting them in the neighborhood that they live in. Mayor Billings has a list of the complaints presented and will meet with the city inspector, chief of police and street commissioner.
William Park made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, June 8, 2009, and a second was given by James Bowles and the motion passed. Linda Smith made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Council meeting on June 11, 2009, and a second was given by William Park and the motion passed. Robert Doeffinger made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Council meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, and a second was given by Marshall Bonecutter and the motion passed. A motion by Leota Sang and seconded by Marshall Bonecutter to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of June 2009, was approved by council. Leota Sang made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of June 2009, and Barbara Ann Brown gave the second and the motion passed.
City Attorney Stein spoke on the ordinance that cites WV Code 16-13A. The ordinance cites a section of the WV code to give authority to the municipality for the operation of a sewer system. The ordinance cites 16-13A, which pertains to the Public Service District. This may need to be amended to cite 16-13. Stein advised council that a local resident had brought this matter to the attention of then City Clerk Billings. Billings contacted Stein on the ordinance.
Stein advised that Lawrence Harbrecht wants to purchase (3) lot’s, one of which fronts on Lincoln Ave. Mr. Harbrecht wants to gain access to the rear lots by using an undeveloped portion of Monroe Ave. After discussion council took no action on the issue of gaining the right of way to the property.
Stein updated council members on the Yeager property hearing, Franklin property and a medical
claim submitted to Travelers that was denied to David Sword.
Mayor Billings told council members that he had talked with Bruce Chapman on the sewer issue in reference to some of the Henderson residents. Also that Jeff Feamster has been contacted on the sewer increase approval.
Mayor Billings explained to council that the public hearing was held on the final reading for the four way stop at Lincoln Ave, 28th Street, Roseberry Lane and Chandler Drive. Sam Juniper advised that placing the stop sign will take away 30 feet of parking for residents on Lincoln Ave and 28th Street. Linda Smith made a motion to approve and James Bowles added the second and motion passed 8-1 with Sam Juniper voting against.
Mayor Billings read a resolution for the Point Pleasant High School Big Blacks baseball team. The Big Blacks were runner ups in the State AA Baseball Championship game. James Bowles made the motion to approve and William Park added the second and the motion passed.
Gary Chapman of Am vets had met with the mayor on the possibility of honoring all vets with a statue and wall listing names of area veterans. Mr. Chapman has contacted the local post office on the possibility of using the area of ground located by the Point Pleasant Post Office. Post Master George Smith will contact the federal postal officials to seek permission. James Bowles made a motion to approve the request, upon approval granted by the post office. Barbara Ann Brown added the second to the motion and it passed unanimously.
A motion to give the annual donation of $300.00 to the Rodder’s Car Club was granted. Marshall Bonecutter made the motion and William Park secured the second and the motion passed 8-1, with Sam Juniper casting the lone no vote.
The procurement committee selected Lisa Thornburg, CPA firm to do the city’s audits for the next 2 years. Robert Doeffinger made the motion to approve and William Park added the second and the motion passed.
Mayor Billings then asked for a motion to appoint City Clerk Amber Tatterson Treasurer for the City of Point Pleasant. James Bowles made the motion to approve Tatterson and Linda Smith added the second and the motion passed.
The mayor then explained the paving of the alley that runs from 26th Street to 27th Street behind R&R Repair.
Billings told council of the meeting that was held on July 6, 2009 at the New Hope Bible Baptist Church. The meeting was in regards to the paving of Robinson Street in the Bellmead area. Robinson Street being a heavily traveled street by the church membership as well as the residents of Bellmead is in need of much repair. Street Commissioner Willie Call has provided the church with the cost of doing the work. Billings told council members that he will update them as soon as he hears from the church.
Mayor Billings spoke to council on a possible reading for a four way stop at Robinson Street and Howard Ave. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to accept as a first reading. Mayor Billings called for a second to the motion and it died for a lack of a second.
Billings read the Resolution to authorize application for West Virginia Governor’s Community Grant Program Funds. This would give authorization to the mayor to make application for ($1,800.00) in Community Participation Program funds for Main Street Point Pleasant, Inc., and that he is empowered to sign the application and any agreement necessary to obtain these funds. Barbara Ann Brown made the motion for approval and William Park added the second and the motion passed.
Billings then asked council for approval to change the date of the August 2009 council meeting from Monday, August 10, to Monday, August 17, 2009. Billings stated his involvement with the Mason County Fair and his duties on opening day. Robert Doeffinger made the motion to change the date and Linda Smith added the second and the motion was approved.
James Bowles – Advised of a hole on the right side of the road by the railroad crossing by Hogg’s Greenhouse that needs fixed.
Marshall Bonecutter – Expressed the need for speed limit signs to be placed in the King town area.
Leota Sang – Addressed some of the issues that were expressed earlier in the evening by residents of North Main Street.
William Park – Shared his concerns of area clubs, groups or organizations that solicit donations from the public standing in the middle of the road at various locations in the city. He had been made aware of young people standing in the road collecting donations without adult supervision.
Elaine Hunt – Shared the need for some paving that needed to be done in Ward 5.
Sam Juniper – Asked the mayor to have on next months agenda the “Alcohol and Drug-Free Work Place Policy” that was passed out to council members. Juniper asked who was in charge of the floodwall and if he had some involvement with the floodwall issues that the committee reported on at the last meeting. He also spoke on the need to have our fire hydrants checked, street repair in Bellmead, Madison and 26th Street near the Navy yard. Advised of concrete work that needs to be done at the corner of Parrish and McNeil Ave. Also, a three inch drop, in the pavement on McNeil towards the main highway. Juniper gave Mayor Billings, a copy of the recent city “Water Report” that was published in the newspaper by Steve Gardner. The highlighted area of the report stated that we have “Water Board” meetings the first Monday of each month. Juniper concluded by advising the council that Jeff Feamster is not a licensed certified public accountant in the state.
Barbara Ann Brown – Shared that the Mason County Public Library was in hopes that the city could contribute a larger amount of money to the library next year.
Note: Amber Tatterson was sworn in as Point Pleasant City Clerk at 6:05 P.M. Monday, July 13, 2009, by Mayor Brian Billings.
Being no other business, Linda Smith made a motion to adjourn. James Bowles added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Brian L. Billings