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 10, 2006.
M. Leota Sang led Council in Prayer. The meeting was called to
order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of
BURGESS AND NIPLE; NORTH POINT DRAINAGE PROJECT
Tim Utt of Burgess and Niple presented Council with a contract
for Engineering Services associated with the North Point Pleasant
Drainage project. The project would be classified as a combined sewer
and storm water separation project. Councilman Doeffinger asked that the
contract be restructured to estimate the project cost at an earlier
phase in order to identify funding sources. Mr. Utt stated he would
restructure the contract services to meet Councils needs and present the
revised contract at the next Council meeting.
The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes
of the Special Council meeting of March 6 and the Regular Council
meeting of March 13, 2006. Brian L. Billings moved to approve and Ronald
R. Kapp added the second. The minutes were approved unanimously. The
Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Financial Statements of the
General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of March
2006. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the statements and Brian L.
Billings added the second. The Financial Statements were unanimously
approved. The Mayor
then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the
month of March 2006. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion and Robert C.
Doeffinger added the second. The
motion passed unanimously.
FOUR WAY STOP 24TH & JEFFERSON
Mr. Casey stated that a public hearing was held immediately prior to Council Meeting to hear comments on amending
the Codified Ordinances changing the Intersection of 24th Street and Jefferson Avenue to a four-way stop. Mayor Wilson added that
there were no persons at the meeting in opposition to the amendment.
Harrison Roe (representing a local church) was present and in favor of
the amendment. Ronald R. Kapp moved to adopt the second and final
reading of the Ordinance and M. Leota Sang added the second. The
Ordinance was unanimously approved.
Mr. Casey informed Council that Howard Yeager had
sent a letter to the Mayor regarding the distressed property that Mr.
Yeager owns on Main Street. The Mayor stated that Mr. Yeager had some
personal belongings removed from the property. Robert C. Doeffinger had
concerns that the situation had existed too long. Mr. Casey stated that
the City was trying to follow the correct procedure in the event that
the dispute ended up in court. Mayor Wilson added that Council had voted
to accept the property earlier and Mr. Yeager refused the offer. After
declining the offer, the City Attorney felt it best to start the process
Mr. Casey informed Council that when the ward
boundaries are changed, it is the responsibility of the County to align
precinct boundaries with ward boundaries. He added that this would need
to be done before the City and primary elections could be held on the
same date. Mr. Casey added that for the elections to coincide, the
Charter would have to be changed by vote in the next City election. The
ward boundaries could be changed by Ordinance.
The City Clerk presented invoices of $1733.92 and
$132.50 from Thomas Do-It Center and Cains Outdoors respectively. M.
Leota Sang moved to pay the invoices and Ronald R. Kapp added the
second. The motion was approved unanimously.
REVISED POLICE PENSION REPORT
Brian L. Billings moved to accept the revised Annual
Police Pension Report and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The report
was unanimously approved.
STATE CONSOLIDATED FUND
The Clerk then presented a Resolution enabling the
City to invest in the WV State Consolidated Fund. Clerk Burdette
informed Council that Jeff Feamster (City Accountant) had recommended
putting the Certificates of Deposit in the Consolidated Fund as the
Certificate matured. Mr. Burdette added that the Fund paid comparable
interest and allowed flexibility in using the funds. Robert C.
Doeffinger moved to adopt the Resolution and Ronald R. Kapp added the
second. The Resolution was unanimously adopted.
2005-2006 BUDGET REVISIONS
Clerk Burdette presented the Budget Revisions for
Fiscal Year 2005-2006 for the General and Coal Severance Funds. Brian L.
Billings moved to approve the General Fund Budget Revision for
2005-2006. Ronald R. Kapp added the second and the revision was
Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the Fiscal 2005-2006 Coal
Severance Budget Revision. Carol L. Jones added the second and the
revision was unanimously approved.
Mayor Wilson informed Council that the Riverfront Park Committee
would be meeting with The Alan Stone Co. to discuss updated price quote
for the marina and picnic shelter.
CONCESSION STAND LEASE
The Mayor stated there were individuals interested in leasing the
concession stand at Krodel Park for the summer. There were no objections
from Council. The Mayor stated he would place an invitation to place bid
in the newspaper.
The Mayor stated that Gencorps had been in contact with the City
about the relocation of the waterwells.
The Mayor stated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
had requested various types of records regarding the City and the old
landfill that was owned by the City. He added that once the information
had been gathered he would forward it to the EPA.
The Mayor stated that a vendor had brought a new garbage truck to
the City to look at and test drive. Carol L. Jones made a motion to
solicit bids for a new garbage truck. Ronald R. Kapp added the second
and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mayor Wilson asked if there were any nominations for
the Fourth Ward Council vacancy. M. Leota Sang nominated Terri Thomas
for the vacancy. Elaine G. Hunt seconded the nomination. Ronald R. Kapp nominated Bill Park. Robert C. Doeffinger
seconded the nomination. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to close the
nominations and continue the vote at the next meeting. Brian L. Billings added the second and the nominations were
unanimously closed and the vote is to be held at next meeting.
Carol L. Jones stated that the Police Report was interesting to
read and study the number of citations issued.
Brian L. Billings stated that one of the police cruisers had no
hubcaps. He asked that hubcaps be installed as the cruiser did not look
professional. Mr. Billings recommended that the City do something to
recognize City native Donnie Jones for his accomplishments. Mr. Jones is
an assistant coach at the University of Florida which recently won the
National Collegiate Basketball Tournament.
Elaine G. Hunt asked for a report from the Mayor about the Bird
Flu Summit and the Homeland Security Summit. The Mayor gave a short
report. He stated that plans were being made on the Federal and State
levels and the summits were encouraging the local entities to develop a
strategic plan to deal with such emergencies.
Robert C. Doeffinger agreed with Mr. Billings that Donnie Jones
should be recognized. He stated that the asphalt had been removed from
on top of brick on Main Street in front of the River Museum. He added
that the project turned out very nicely and the City should look into
brick paving as well as asphalt paving for Main Street. Mr. Doeffinger
also had concerns of bench installation and vegetation and tree removal
at the Riverfront Park.
M. Leota Sang stated that there were several street lights not
burning in the City. She suggested that the City Police check the lights
in the evening as they patrol. Ms. Sang asked and Council agreed to
participate in the Yard-of –the- Month Award.
Robert C. Doeffinger moved to recess the meeting until Tuesday
April 18, 2006. Brian L. Billings added the second. The meeting was
recessed at 8:45 P.M. by unanimous vote.