The Common Council of the City of Point Pleasant, a Municipal
Corporation in Mason County, West Virginia, met in Regular Session at
the City Building, 400 Viand Street at 7:00 p.m. on Monday September 13,
J. Glenn Long led Council in the Prayer. The meeting was
called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge
Being no outside delegations wishing to speak, Mayor Wilson
asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting
of August 9, 2004. Ronald R. Kapp made a motion to approve and J. Glenn
Long added the second. The motion to approve passed unanimously. The
Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Consolidated Income
(Financial) Statement of the General, Water and Sewer and Coal Severance
Funds for the month of August 2004. Brian L. Billings made a motion to
approve and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. Being no discussion, the
motion passed unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve
the Outstanding Obligations for the month of August. Ronald R. Kapp made
the motion and Kevin R. Nott added the second. Being no discussion, the
motion passed unanimously.
Finance Director Ronald Siders informed Council that it was
time to start making payments on the fire truck. He stated that there
was money budgeted for this payment. Elaine G. Hunt made a motion to pay
the fire department a total of $4,338.00 in quarterly payments. J. Glenn
Long added the second and the motion passed unanimously. Mr. Siders
added that the fire department would have to present an invoice to
receive the payment.
Next on the agenda was City Attorney James M. Casey. Mr.
Casey presented the first draft of an ordinance regulating adult
entertainment within the City. He stated that the draft was similar to
the ordinance enacted in Beckley, WV and that it was court tested. He
added that video lottery establishments could be added to the ordinance.
An in-depth discussion followed as to how the ordinance would regulate
the establishments. Mr. Casey stated that an ordinance could not legally
ban such establishments. He added however, that the criteria that had to
be met to satisfy the ordinance could be such that the establishment
would probably want to locate elsewhere. After discussions, Kevin R.
Nott made a motion to adopt the 1ST reading of the Ordinance
with right to amend. Ronald R. Kapp added the Second. The motion to
adopt passed 6-1 with Elaine G. Hunt voting in opposition.
Mr. Casey updated Council on the continuing mediation with
respect to one of the contractors who worked on the riverfront park. He
stated that the City, WOOLPERT LLP., and the contractor were still
gathering and sharing information.
Mr. Casey then spoke about the new Wireless Tower Siting
Ordinance. The Mayor informed Council that they would have to decide
upon the actual locations that the towers would be permitted to be
located in before the final reading. After discussion, Ronald R. Kapp
made a motion to adopt the 2ND reading of the Ordinance with
the right to amend. J. Glenn Long added the second and the motion passed
Next on the agenda was City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette. Mr.
Burdette presented the 3RD reading of the amendments to the
Codified Ordinances with respect to Article 1309.01(b) (48), Home
Occupation. Ronald R. Kapp made the motion to adopt the 3RD and
final reading and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The motion was
Clerk Burdette reported that the City had made a contribution
to the Police Pension Fund for FY 2001 and the State had processed that
contribution. Additionally, he reported that the State had contributed
$44,304.30 to the fund. Further, Mr. Burdette reported that the Police
Pension Board had decided to invest their funds with the Merrill Lynch
Agency from Charleston.
Clerk Burdette reported that three bid proposals were
received for the FYE 6.30.04 Audit and that the Audit Selection
Committee had met and recommended that Imre Pentek, CPA be awarded the
contract in the amount of $4,795.00. J. Glenn Long made the motion to
award the contract to Mr. Pentek and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The
motion was approved unanimously.
Next, Clerk Burdette presented three resolutions allowing the
Mayor to sign the necessary paperwork for the City to receive Budget
Digest Funds. First, Mr. Burdette presented a resolution supporting
$12,000.00 in funding for a “Transporter” to be used during events
at the City. Kevin R. Nott made a motion to adopt the resolution and M.
Leota Sang added the second. The motion was approved unanimously.
Secondly, Clerk Burdette presented a resolution supporting
$15,000.00 in funding for improvements at Krodel Park. Ronald R. Kapp
made the motion to adopt the resolution and J. Glenn Long added the
second. The motion passed with unanimous approval.
The last resolution supported funding of $8,000.00 to be used
for equipment purchases. J. Glenn Long made the motion to adopt the
resolution and Kevin R. Nott added the second. This resolution was also
In closing, Mr. Burdette stated that invoices had been
received and funding applied for with regards to the Wildlife Mitigation
Area and Architectural-Engineering work done the riverfront park.
Next on the agenda was Mayor Wilson. The Mayor reported that
three architectural/engineering firms had expressed interest in working
on the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project. WOOLPERT, LLP, Burgess
& Niple, Inc., and Environmental Design Group responded to the
advertised request for expression of interest. The Mayor stated that the
sewer committee had not met to evaluate the firms. He stated that the
committee would meet soon.
The Mayor reported that he had been in contact with Zambelli
Fireworks Co. to resolve the issue of payment for the sub-par fireworks
display during Regatta. Previously, the general consensus of Council was
that the Mayor should negotiate to get a full fireworks display during
Battle Days Celebration before paying the balance of the invoice
($5,000.00). The Mayor stated that Zambelli Inc. agreed to put on
another full fireworks display during the Battle Days Celebration in
exchange for the remainder of the fee owed them. Kevin R. Nott made a
motion to enter into a contract with Zambelli Inc. for a fireworks
display during Battle
Days and Brian L. Billings added the second. The motion met with
The Mayor announced that the Medal of Honor Park dedication
ceremony held on Saturday August 28Th was a great success.
The Mayor added that photographs of the park taken by Ed Lowe were
available should any members of Council want one.
The Mayor stated that the River Museum had made a formal
request for $480.00 per month in additional funding to help pay the
salary of the employee. The Mayor stated that the City could probably
find the funding but it would require cutting the budget in another
area. It was decided by Council to refer the request to the finance
The Mayor informed Council that in the past, the City had
donated “I Love Pt. Pleasant” lapel pins to be given to tourist
getting off of the excursion boats stopping at the riverfront park. He
stated that several boat tours were stopping during the month of October
and more pins were needed should Council wish to continue the practice.
The Mayor suggested that it would be a good way to continue to promote
tourism. J. Glenn Long made a motion to purchase and distribute the pins
and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The motion was approved
Next, Mayor Wilson asked for a motion to appoint Jane Martin
to the Point Pleasant Housing Authority. William H. Wallace made the
motion and Brian L. Billings added the second. The appointment was
In closing, Mayor Wilson asked for a motion to officially set
Trick-or-Treat Night in the City. After discussion, Kevin R. Nott made a
motion to set Trick-or-Treat for Thursday October 28Th from
5:30-6:30. J. Glenn Long added the second and the motion was unanimously
approved. The Mayor added that Denise Scarberry of the Main Street
Merchants had made a request for funding to help with expenses
associated with the Halloween Block Party held on downtown. It was noted
that the party was a huge success last year. The funding request was
turned over to the finance committee.
In Council concerns, J. Glenn Long asked that the street
sweeper be run on 22ND Street.
Elaine G. Hunt stated that a resident had concerns about the
hiring of retired police officers. The City Attorney addressed the
concern and stated that the law had changed with regards to hiring
practices and that municipalities were now allowed to utilize retirees
to staff the police departments.
Ronald R. Kapp extended a thank-you to the Tu-Endie-Wei
Garden Club for weeding and cleaning the flower beds (in the rain) prior
to the Medal of Honor Park Dedication. He added that the park looked
very nice thanks to clubs hard work.
M. Leota Sang commented on how nice the Medal of Honor Park
Dedication was. She also stated that Council had not received a police
report for several months. She also asked about the status of the old
bowling alley on 22ND Street.
Brian L. Billings asked that the storm drains be cleaned on
26TH and 27TH Streets. The Mayor added that the
catch basins should be checked regularly and cleaned as necessary.
The Mayor added that a firm had come into the City to look at
grant possibilities to assist property owners in clean up of the old
Malleable Iron Property. He stated that the firm had done some work in
Parkersburg to help clean up contaminated properties.
There being no other business, Kevin R. Nott moved to adjourn
the meeting and J. Glenn Long added the second. The meeting was
adjourned at 8:26 by a unanimous vote.