CITY OF POINT PLEASANT
February 9 2009
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, February 9, 2009.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
- PAM THOMPSON – MASON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – Spoke to council on funding for the library. Shared that the library is in need of funding and hopes that the city will continue to support them. Annual funding has been $2,000.00.
- MATT MUSGRAVE / MASON COUNTY LITTLE LEAGUE – Shared with council the needed improvements for Harmon Park. Musgrave presented council with a hand out of the needs for the park. The proposed renovations and improvements include labor and or materials for new restrooms, they are in need of a backhoe and operator and council approval to submit applications for grants and seek funding from the private sector. Musgrave will report back to the mayor on these needs for the park.
Marshall Bonecutter made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, January 12, 2009, and a second was given by Linda Smith and the motion passed. A motion by M. Leota Sang and seconded by Bill Park to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of January 2009, was approved by council. Sam Juniper made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations (Expect for the $1,500.00 payment to the Sleighbell Ball Committee) for the month of January 2009, and Gary Cotton gave the second and the motion failed (3–6) with Sam Juniper, Gary Cotton and Marshall Bonecutter voting for the motion. Joe Supple, Robert Doeffinger, M. Leota Sang, Bill Park, Linda Smith and Barbara Ann Brown voted against. Joe Supple made a motion to approve all the outstanding obligations for the month of January 2009, and Robert Doeffinger gave the second and the motion passed (6-3) with Joe Supple, Robert Doeffinger, M. Leota Sang, Bill Park, Linda Smith and Barbara Ann Brown voting for the motion. Sam Juniper, Gary Cotton and Marshall Bonecutter voted no.
City Attorney R.F. Stein shared with council that he along with the mayor and city clerk had a conference call with attorney Michael Spiker on the sewer rate protest that had been filed. Attorney Stein will represent the city on this matter and at the scheduled hearing on Thursday, February 26th at 10:00 A.M. in the council chambers. Stein also said that he had researched the Yeager property from 2007 until now. He is in hopes to have something in motion by the next meeting.
City Clerk Brian Billings told council members that a Budget/ Finance meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 18th at 5:30 P.M. This meeting is being called to prepare the 2009 – 2010 annual budget. Jeff Feamster will be here to help prepare the budget and answer any questions council may have. Billings advised that the 2009 Budget Preparation Workshop will be held on Friday, February 13th in Charleston. The city clerk, Shannon Pearson and Teka McCauley will be attending. Billings spoke on behalf of Chief Ernie Watterson on the hand out that they had received at the meeting. In Watterson’s letter to council he mentioned the grant awarded to the Police Department from Homeland Security in the amount of $53,000.00 for the purchase of car radios to replace three older models, night goggles and camera equipment for surveillance and for the purchase of a security camera system for the Riverfront Park.
Mayor Riffle shared with council that the bids had been received for the purchase of the truck for the water department. Before discussion and announcing the winning bid the mayor asked M. Leota Sang to excuse herself from council chambers during the discussion on the truck (John Sang Ford Lincoln Mercury had submitted a bid). Mayor Riffle then announced the low bidder for the truck was John Sang Ford with a bid of $20,895.00. For the record two other bids were received (Smith Superstore $24,670.00 and Mark Porter Super Center $24,817.98). Sam Juniper made a motion to accept the Sang bid of $20,895.00 and Bill Park added the second and the motion passed.
Riffle presented council with an update from Burgess & Niple on the North Drainage Project. Council was briefed on the PSC report and the upcoming issues facing the city.
Mayor Riffle then asked council to approve Resolutions for (4) four different Community Participation Grant Programs and (1) one Transportation Enhancement Grant. Mayor Riffle had City Clerk Billings read each resolution.
Tourism $5,000.00 – For the purpose of promotion and expansion of tourism in Point Pleasant. Robert Doeffinger made a motion to accept and Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed. (CPGP)
Municipal Building $4,000.00 – For repairs and/or new equipment to the City Municipal Building. Bill Park made a motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed. (CPGP)
Skate Park $15,000.00 – For the promotion of recreation for our youth. Linda Smith made the motion to accept and Joe Supple added the second and the motion passed. (CPGP)
Main Street Committee / A.F. Kiser House/Margaret Kincaid Memorial Park - $18,000.00 – For economic development by adding a heating/cooling system. M. Leota Sang made the motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed. (CPGP)
Main Street Committee / A.F. Kiser House $160,000.00 – To execute all documents associated with the roof replacement of the Kiser house. M. Leota Sang made the motion to accept and Bill Park added the second and motion passed. (TEG)
Mayor Riffle then announced he would like to have a work session on the sewer issue (Lakin to Point Pleasant) on Thursday, February 19th at 6:30 P.M. Michael Spiker will be here to answer questions and discuss any legal issues.
Gary Cotton – Shared with council that he had been checking into ways of obtaining funding through grants that could possibly help with the long standing Yeager property issue on Main Street.
Leota Sang – Thanked the street department for the super job they all did during the recent ice and snow storm that the city experienced.
Linda Smith – Discussed the skate park and would like to have a recreation meeting soon.
Sam Juniper - Advised council of the article in the State Journal about the money that needed to be collected on the boats that had docked in Point Pleasant. Juniper asked why the tourism director who attended last months meeting did not advise council of this. He also spoke on the PSD newsletter that the MCPS had submitted a letter and that the pending project had been approved.
Being no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn. Barbara Ann Brown added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 8:19 p.m.
Brian L. Billings Leonard F. Riffle
City Clerk Mayor