City approves floodwall inspection bid


September 12, 2012

POINT PLEASANT — The latest federal mandate concerning maintenance and upgrades to the Point Pleasant floodwall system are set to begin soon.

At its most recent meeting, Point Pleasant City Council approved a bid from Pipeline and Drainage Consultants from Burlington, Ky., for $16,080 to do a pipeline inspection of the floodwall system in Point Pleasant. The work is just the latest mandate which grew out of the failure of levees in New Orleans, La. after Hurricane Katrina.

The inspection work will be performed on the levee and floodwall system at Point Pleasant and will be conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will consist of a detailed documentation and photos of each line location. Phase 2 will consist of a video inspection (CCTV inspection utilizing state of the art laser measurement and profiling technology) of the main storm drain lines, sanitary sewer lines, pump lines and Toe Drains. Phase 3 will consist of report consolidation and final reporting.

If the city fails to do this inspection, it could result in residents no longer being offered flood insurance in the area.

Also at the most recent meeting, council approved the first of three required readings to update some of the city’s charter - this will be an ongoing process. Sections of the charter which were approved for update dealt with wards, officers, conduct of elections, and the duties, bonds and compensation of appointed officers. Council passed this first reading with the right to amend though the vote was not unanimous, with Councilman Allen Moran voting no. Several sections of the city charter have long been outdated, including a section dealing with officers which says there shall be two councilpersons from each ward - the update reflects there is to be one councilperson per ward.

Before the vote on the first reading of the charter changes, Councilman Bob Rulen asked City Attorney RF Stein if council could vote on the changes or if the public had to vote on them. Stein said council could indeed vote on the changes and cited West Virginia Code Section 8-4-8.

Charlie Huber, secretary of the Point Pleasant Lions Club, spoke to council about the club’s work providing eye glasses and eye exams to those who can’t afford them. Huber said one of the club’s main fundraisers is standing outside the city building, collecting donations from passing traffic. Recently, council has discussed what it should or shouldn’t, or can or can’t, do, regarding limiting these types of fundraisers in the streets due to liability issues. No action was taken on this topic Monday night.

Other action:

Rescheduled next regular meeting for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 due to Columbus Day Holiday.

Announced the annual Halloween Block Party in downtown Point Pleasant will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

Approved trick-or-treat time in Point Pleasant from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

Approved annual $1,500 donation to Battle Days celebration. This item is included in the annual city budget.

Approved a resolution acknowledging Suddenlink’s sale to new corporation Nepresso. The city, like many municipalities, has a franchise agreement with Suddenlink. This franchise agreement brings the city around $15,000 per quarter in revenue.

City Clerk Amber Tatterson reported the city has turned in losses from the June storm to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and could possibly be eligible to recoup around $60,000.

Approved seeking bids to pave a portion of Neal Rd. Funds for this will be paid from the Coal Severance Fund which currently has a balance of around $68,000.

Appointed Bernie Riddle to Point Pleasant Housing Authority Board and Jack Coles to Historic Landmark Commission.

Approved purchase of new radios to comply with federal narrowbanding mandates from Lloyds Electronics for $5,702.16. Lloyds had the lowest of two submitted bids.

Heard from a delegation from Main Street Point Pleasant headed by Sandy Dunn. Dunn said members of Main Street Point Pleasant wanted to meet with the new council to introduce themselves and continue a “good, working relationship” with the city.

She then spoke about what the organization does, saying in the past 24 years, Main Street Point Pleasant had brought in $8.3 million in outside money into the city. She also said the organization was funded by grants, individuals and the city. She also spoke about the organization’s work to develop the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park and other projects.

Councilman Bob Doeffinger also asked members of Main Street Point Pleasant to possible develop a set of standards and guidelines on how buildings should look in the downtown, historic district.

Present at this week’s meeting were, Councilperson-At-Large Janet Hartley, Council members Rulen, Linda Smith, Elaine Hunt, Rick Simpkins, Keith Sargent, Moran, Doeffinger, Doug Tawney.