CITY OF POINT PLEASANT
October 21, 2010
The Common Council of the City of Point Pleasant, a municipal corporation in Mason County, West Virginia, met in Special Session at the City Building, 400 Viand Street at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2010.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Brian L. Billings who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
A Waiver of Notice is attached to this set of minutes. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and take any necessary action with regards to:
- FINANCING FOR THE DUMP TRUCK PURCHASE
- SKATEBOARD PARK LOCATION
- TREE/VEGETATION REMOVAL
- ROUTE 35 TOLL
Mayor Brian Billings advised Council that the Route 35 Toll would be discussed first since a guest was in attendance to speak. Mike Criste addressed Council about the Mason County Commission’s recent 2-1 vote to approve the toll. He indicated he had served on the Route 35 Committee for fifteen years and he was disappointed when it was changed to a two person advisory council of Charles Lanham and Lynn Fruth. Mr. Criste feels the Commission was not given the information in a timely manner necessary to make an informed decision. He advised Council they need to take action because the toll of Route 35 is not good for the City of Point Pleasant, Mason County, or the State. He told Council he wanted them to be well informed about what the toll road will mean to all in Mason County. Economic development is going to be cut off for the county and city. People will not pay the toll to come to festivals or other activities that support the community. Not all residents in Mason County will be able to pay for the toll, so they are going to be forced to drive the unsafe road. Truckers will also divert from traveling the toll road, so at some point, those roads could be cut off if money is not being generated to pay for the new road. The City is going to have to step up and represent themselves since they do not have any local representatives to standing up for them. Robert Doeffinger wrote a proposed resolution to address the toll road and read it to Council. (A copy is attached to official minutes). He made a motion to adopt the resolution and send it to the Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito, Senators, Delegates, Chamber of Commerce and County Commissioners. Gary Cotton added the second motion, which passed 7-0. Attorney Stein offered his opinion concerning the Route 35 tolls. He felt the decision should have been made by the legislatures, not the County Commissioners. He also stated that if a lawsuit were filed, it could hold the project up until a more reasonable decision can be made. Many Council members stated that perhaps the Chamber could work with local businesses to pursue a suit to fight this issue since businesses may have more input of how it affects them and, in turn, the economy.
Gary Cotton spoke concerning the Skateboard Park location. He indicated the Harmon Park location was voted and approved. He made a motion to place the skate pad to the left of the Youth Center as indicated by John Bibbee, skateboard park chairman. James Bowles added the second motion which passed 7-0. Mayor Billings indicated that he had received one call from a resident who was concerned about the proposed location. After speaking with the Mayor that individual was able to clarify the location and had no objections. Councilman Doeffinger still advised it would be necessary to get the ditch alignment.
Mayor Billings told Council he misunderstood Mr. Call when speaking at the regular Council meeting pertaining to tree and vegetation removal at the Riverfront Park. Billings advised that Mr. Call was suggesting clearing some trees and vegetation from four areas along the river bank from the picnic shelter to 14th Street that would allow visitors to be able to have a view of the river and for boaters to see the murals. The estimates previously received are $4,500 from Fetty’s Tree Service and $2,500 from Johnson’s Tree Service. Billings advised there is not a time constraint on doing this, it is only a suggestion made by the street commissioner. Councilman Doeffinger indicated that he likes to see the trees when walking along the flood wall on the trail. If the intention is to just trim, that is fine, but he hates to see the trees removed. Sang and Doeffinger advised perhaps there would be a way to mark and keep the good trees. The Mayor called for a vote to clear trees and vegetation from four areas from the picnic shelter at the Riverfront Park to 14th Street. Marshall Bonecutter made the first motion while Barbara Brown added the second. The motion failed 3-4 with Cotton, Juniper, Doeffinger, and Sang casting the no votes.
Mr. Doeffinger advised to Council that Burgess and Niple called and stated the cost for cleaning and surveying of the sewer lines were $24,000. The original estimate was for $21,000, but more was involved than originally thought.
City Clerk Amber Tatterson advised Council she received financing information for the purchase of a dump truck for the sewer department. Tatterson stated that she was unable to contact Comvest, a company previously used to do a lease purchase for the garbage truck. According to the West Virginia Municipal League, Comvest is no longer in business. The Clerk contacted local banks in an effort to received bids for the purchase. Tatterson advised Council Peoples Bank submitted a quote for a loan of 3.49% for up to five years. Farmers Bank submitted their quote for a Capital Lease Agreement at a fixed rate of 3.5% for sixty months. Ohio Valley Bank was unable to offer a lease agreement locally, but able to secure a quote from United Bank for 3.99% for sixty months. Tatterson also mentioned that Matheny Motors recommended Toyota Financial for a lease agreement; however they were unable to provide a quote in the time requested. Tatterson asked how Council wished to proceed with the purchase. Councilman Doeffinger made a motion to accept the rate from Farmer’s Bank, but asked for the City Attorney to review the agreement and approve. Juniper asked Dave Snowden, outside accountant, if this type of agreement prevents the City from obligating beyond the term. Snowden advised this type of agreement allows the City to back out at any time. He also stated that he spoke with the Prosecuting Attorney and he advised the agreement needs to include a clause that allows the City to back out anytime during the fiscal year. Tatterson called for a final vote which passed 7-0.
Barbara Brown advised the Mayor that she was recently told by several residents that the City has respectful sanitary workers and they all really appreciate the hard work of the employees.
Being no other business, Marshall Bonecutter made a motion to adjourn. James Bowles added the second and being unanimously approved, the meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.
Amber D. Tatterson-City Clerk
Brian L. Billings-Mayor