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, May 11, 2009.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard F. Riffle who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sam Juniper – Ask the city clerk about executive sessions and if minutes were kept and who attended. Juniper advised that he will be contacting the Ethics Commission and will seek legal advice and ask for damages. This is in regards to an executive session held at the regular council meeting in April.
Police Chief Ernie Watterson - Chief Watterson advised that he his seeking a grant for $10,000.00, for the police department. This grant is a DUI grant for overtime reimbursement during the months of July 1, 2009 – September 27, 2009. Elaine Hunt made a motion to allow the chief to proceed with the grant. Linda Smith secured the second and the motion passed.
Dennis Rayburn - Advised council members that during the April 13, 2009, council meeting the city council did violate its authority under Chapter 8 Article 11 of the West Virginia code. Specifically, a motion made by councilwoman Elaine Hunt and a second given by councilman Gary Cotton to, accept Mr. Greg Fowler’s recommendation and to approve his request. This was out of order with respect to its purpose and method of action. The motion does not meet requirements set forth in Section 8-11-3 (1) or (3) and is therefore void of authority and should be rescinded by council action. A motion by Elaine Hunt and seconded by Gary Cotton was passed to have the matter turned over to City Attorney Stein for legal review.
Roger Heib - Spoke to council on the road conditions, pot holes and smell in the Bellmead area. Heib advised that he along with others residents want something done. He stated that he has contacted various council members as well as the street department on this issue. Mayor Riffle will look into the matter and report back at the next meeting.
Barbara Ann Brown made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting on Monday, April 13, 2009, and a second was given by M. Leota Sang and the motion passed. A motion to approve the minutes of the Reconvened Meeting held on April 21, 2009, was made by M. Leota Sang and seconded by William Park were approved and passed. A motion by Gary Cotton and seconded by William Park to approve the financial statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of April 2009, was approved by council. William Park made a motion to approve the outstanding obligations for the month of April 2009, and Linda Smith gave the second and the motion passed (9-0-1)with M. Leota Sang abstaining.
City Attorney R.F. Stein shared with council that the hearing on the Yeager property will be held on June 15, 2009. The judge has ordered that Mr. Yeager or his attorney must be present on this date. Mr. Yeager was not present on the past court date and his attorney spoke to the judge by phone. The city attorney advised that the PSC complaint is a mute point at this time. The PSC issued a dismal order for the city on the complaint that was filed by a concerned citizen.
Shannon Pearson announced that the PEIA 12% increase will go into effect on July 1, 2009. Mayor Riffle announced that this will be discussed at the financial meeting that will be held this month.
City Clerk Brian Billings called for a motion allowing AFLAC representative Fred Angel to speak to city employees that are interested in supplemental insurance. Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to accept with James Bowles adding the second. The motion failed (6-4). James Bowles, Marshall Bonecutter, Linda Smith and William Park voted for the motion. Robert Doeffinger, M. Leota Sang, Gary Cotton, Elaine Hunt, Sam Juniper and Barbara Ann Brown voted against.
Mayor Riffle spoke to council about continuing Mayors Night Out on Friday’s beginning in June. Riffle advised that this would be held on (11) different Friday’s at a cost of $200.00 per each event. Gary Cotton made a motion to accept and Marshall Bonecutter added the second. The motion passed (9-1) with Sam Juniper voting against. The mayor asked for approval by council to seek bids for a metal building (12 x 26 x 11 feet) for the sewer department. The metal building will be used to house the sewer jetter (green machine). Robert Doeffinger made the motion and James Bowles added the second and the motion unanimously passed.
Mayor Riffle then asked council to approve Resolutions for two (2) Community Grant Programs.
Main Street Riverfront Park Murals / $50,000.00 – That the mayor be authorized to make application in local economic assistance program funds and that he be empowered to sign the application and any agreements necessary to obtain these funds. Elaine Hunt made a motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed.
Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau / $5,000.00 – That the mayor accepts the contractual agreement with the West Virginia Development Office to receive and administer grant funds pursuant to provisions of the program. M. Leota Sang made a motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown added the second and the motion passed.
Riffle announced that the DEP had approved the LTCP. The mayor asked council for a motion to reappoint Charles Garland to the Point Pleasant Housing Authority. Barbara Ann Brown made the motion and Linda Smith added the second and the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Riffle asked council for approval of a Bocce Ball Court at Krodel Park for the Special Olympics. This court would be in the area of the former putt putt golf course. Linda Smith made the motion to accept and Barbara Ann Brown secured the second and the motion passed.
The PSC hearing on the rate increase that was held Thursday, May 7th was discussed with council members. Riffle said the city had no objections to the recommendations and now we wait on the decision.
Sam Juniper / Planning Committee - Spoke to council on the recent Planning Commission meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to consider a request by the Mason County Board of Education to change the zoning of the property at the former Point Pleasant Middle School. This request was to change the zoning of the former Point Pleasant Middle School, gymnasium, football field, maintance buildings, and bus garage from S-1 Special to B-3 Highway and General Business. Sam Juniper made a motion to accept the proposed zoning changes with this being the first reading. Gary Cotton added the second and the motion passed. Mayor Riffle advised that a public hearing will have to be held before the June council meeting.
Robert Doeffinger – Advised of the need of street lights on Main Street between the Presbyterian Church and Dr. William Park’s office.
M.Leota Sang – Asked about the survey crew around the bridge scheduled for replacement on Jefferson Blvd. Sang said she appreciates the city inspector’s monthly reports but it still doesn’t tell her what is being done. She mentioned the charges for brush etc, pick up fees and people soliciting in the area and the status of the swimming pool for the upcoming summer season.
Elaine Hunt – Had a request about a stop sign on 28th Street and Lincoln Ave. She would like to see a water report from Steve Gardner and asked if the sewer lines were being flushed. She advised the need to have the mosquito packets out especially in the bottoms.
Linda Smith – Shared with council the fear of losing the $15,000.00, grant for the skate board park. The deadline is May 31, 2009 and an extension for the money will not be granted.
Sam Juniper – Asked the mayor about the street sweeper being out at 2:50 A.M. on April 23rd at the gas station at 22nd Street. Commented on the Class I, II and IV Real Estate tax’s from the recent budget. Juniper also asked about property on McNeil Ave and Tim Scarberry’s term expiring on the Zoning Committee.
James Bowles – Shared his concern about the water that is laying at Harmon Park and the smell. He spoke about the children playing ball at the park and the need to have something done for the safety of all.
Being no other business, James Bowles made a motion to adjourn. William Park added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 8:41 p.m.
Brian L. Billings Leonard F. Riffle
City Clerk Mayor