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 9, 2007.
L. McDaniel led Council in prayer. The meeting was called to order by
Mayor Marilyn L. McDaniel who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Herrick – (Burgess & Niple) spoke to council on projects
that his company is working on or have finished with the city. Mr.
Herrick along with Tim Utt presented a list of the projects and a brief
Harmon – Shared with council that the city ordinances should be
enforced or remove them if we are not going to enforce. He also advised
of a problem he has with a neighbor’s tree that is pulling away from
the ground and leaning towards the back of his home. Mr. Harmon
stated he has talked with the city inspector.
Cotton made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council
meeting on Monday, June 11, 2007 a second was given by Marshall
Bonecutter and the motion passed. A motion by Robert
C. Doeffinger and seconded by Sam Juniper to approve the financial
statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the
month of June 2007, was approved by council. Robert C. Doeffinger made a
motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of June
2007, and Marshall Bonecutter gave the second (M. Leota Sang
abstained) and the motion was approved.
Rowe an attorney representing Hartley, Hartley & Hartley, Inc,
presented to council the information on the Quitclaim Deed for the
property on Viand Street. This parcel containing 0.18
acres, more or less, excepting and reserving for the City of Point
Pleasant the right to use the 10 foot easement, designated by the City
as an abandoned portion of Viand Street. This being the first
reading, a motion to accept was given by Robert C. Doeffinger and
seconded by Joe Supple and the motion unanimously passed. Billings
presented to council the BrickStreet premium invoice of $71,199.00 to be
paid for 07/01/2007 – 07/01/2008. A motion by Sam Juniper
to pay the total payment was seconded by M. Leota Sang and the motion
passed. Council was advised of the Travelers Insurance premium
($127,517.08) and it will be paid quarterly ($31,879.27). The Fort
Randolph invoices of ($564.57) were presented to city council for
payment. Robert C. Doeffinger made the motion for approval to pay
with a second by Gary Cotton and the motion passed. The City of
Point Pleasant Sewer Fund annual operating budget for the fiscal year
ending June 30, 2008 was presented to council for approval and to be
submitted to West Virginia Water Development Authority. Robert C.
Doeffinger made a motion for approval with Sam Juniper giving the second
and the motion passed. Robert C. Doeffinger made a motion to give
all city employees a 2.6% cost of living raise retroactive to July 1,
2007 and Marshall Bonecutter added the seconded and the motion
unanimously passed (Gary Cotton abstained). Council also asked Mayor
McDaniel to form a committee and go over each employee’s salary and
meet with their supervisor of each for possible merit raises based on
their job performance. Mayor McDaniel is to do this within 90
to the approval of appointed and new employee’s councilman Dr. William
Park said he was approached by two employees who wanted to know why
council approved some employee firings. He said he knew nothing
about it and that the council had not met for any such approval.
He also stated that he was distancing himself from the letters that were
given to those employees.
McDaniel asked for a motion for the appointment of R.F. Stein as city
attorney. Sam Juniper made the motion to accept the motion of
Stein and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed.
Mayor McDaniel asked for a motion that Brian L. Billings be approved to
serve as treasurer for the city. Linda W. Smith made the motion
and Dr. William Park secured the second and the motion passed.
Mayor McDaniel asked for a motion for the appointment of Paul
“Ernie” Watterson as chief of police. Robert C. Doeffinger
made the motion to accept and Gary Cotton added the second and the
motion passed. Mayor McDaniel asked for a motion for the
appointment of Ernest “Willie” Call to serve as street commissioner. M. Leota Sang made the motion to accept and Sam Juniper added the
second and the motion passed. The mayor then gave all (4) appointments
McDaniel then asked for a motion to eliminate the position of
finance/human resource director and to hire Shannon Johnson as an
accountant for the city. Gary Cotton made the motion to accept and
Linda W. Smith added the second and the motion passed. Mayor
McDaniel asked for a motion to eliminate the executive secretary
position and approve Louise Hudson as administrative assistant
who she had hired but had to resign due to health issues. Mayor McDaniel
then asked that Teka McCauley be hired for that position and she can
begin her duties on July 23, 2007. Sam Juniper made the motion to
accept and Marshall Bonecutter added the second and the motion passed.
Mayor McDaniel then asked for the elimination of the water office
manager position and to hire Elva Cotton as a water office employee.
Sam Juniper made the motion to accept and Linda W. Smith added the
second and the motion passed. Mayor McDaniel then asked for a motion to
accept the elimination of the street department coordinator job but
allowing the individual who held that position to stay on as a street
department employee. Marshall Bonecutter made the motion to accept
and M. Leota Sang added the second and the motion passed. Mayor
McDaniel asked for a motion to eliminate the municipal judge/assistant
city attorney position. M. Leota Sang made the motion to accept
and Sam Juniper added the second and the motion passed. Mayor
McDaniel asked for a motion to eliminate the park/recreation
supervisor’s position. Sam Juniper made the motion to accept and
Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed. Chief of
Police Watterson shared with council the he is continuing the
Neighborhood Watch program and would like to meet with those who make up
the police committee and other members of council at a later date.
Mayor McDaniel advised council of an emergency concern facing the city.
McDaniel asked Ernie Watterson to share with council about the slip in
the road that leads to the city’s water tank and communications towers
for a radio station and emergency services. Watterson said there
is a 40 foot cut into road and underneath it lie’s a 16 inch water
line. Should the slip continue and break the water line, it could
cause a major disaster by flooding the neighborhood that is below it.
Watterson along with Steve Gardner of the water department inspected the
area on Monday, July 11. The mayor will make the proper contacts
on how to correct the problem.
Sang shared with council yard of the month information and how it
is handled with the garden club, yard sale signs hanging on poles, and
swimming pools throughout the city without having a fence to keep them
secure according to the ordinance that the city has. She also
would like the city inspector to write an article for the paper along
with the code being printed to help educate area citizens. Sam
Juniper told council that he had several questions that he needed an
understanding of – water system (loss of 98 million gallons of water),
recreation expenses, over spending of some budget line items, revenues
with the police department and the rental income dollars.
no other business, Linda W. Smith made a motion to adjourn. Marshall
Bonecutter added the second and being