Extra crew brought in for drain project

Beth Sergent

August 20, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — An additional crew is scheduled to be brought in this week to help expedite work on the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project (NPPDP).

Mike Davis of Burgess and Niple, the NPPDP’s engineering firm, brought council members up to speed on the project at the most recent meeting of Point Pleasant City Council.

Davis said so far, crews have installed three of the four eight-inch diameter storm manhole covers on Kanawha St. In addition, 700 feet of 60-inch culvert pipe has been placed along Kanawha St. Plans for this month and September are to continue to install this 60-culvert piping on Kanawha St. and to begin installing a sanitary sewer at the nearby lift station.

In other council news:

New Police Chief Joe Veith formally introduced himself to council in his new capacity as chief. Veith told council he planned to stay active and patrol the streets as he’d done when an officer, and he let them know he had an open door policy for council members and their concerns. Veith also told council he’s attempting to get an anonymous drug tip hotline in place where residents can phone in tips about drug activity anonymously.

City Attorney RF Stein said the city was granted a “right of entry” in Mason County Circuit Court regarding those properties in the NPPDP area where property owners had not granted a right-of-way. Currently, city officials and those property owners are negotiating for the use of their property to avoid further court proceedings.

Stein also reported in regard to some dilapidated properties, the city will be utilizing the service of the New Haven Municipal Judge to hear a few cases in Point Pleasant due to a conflict of interest with the current Point Pleasant Municipal Judge. Stein said the city was also currently working with Burgess and Niple about a recommendation concerning what approach to take on the adjoining Franklin Building and Ferrel property on Main St.

The floodplain ordinance passed. This was an ordinance required by all municipalities to maintain good standing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and maintaining flood insurance for residents.

Council approved the low bid from Jeff Feamaster of $6,500 to do its annual sewer and water PSC reports.

Council approved the mayor advertising for bids for paving in the area of 12 St. and Hogg St. Council also approved a bid for the heating and cooling unit for the building where Main Street Point Pleasant, the Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce and economic development rest. The bid was for $6,800 not exceeding $7,800 from Mid Valley Heating.

Council agreed to be a sponsor, in name only, for a $9,000 grant the new Point Pleasant High School wrestling facility is pursuing. Council will have no financial contribution to this grant.

The city has done some minor repair to pipes in the area behind the Department of Motor Vehicles’ office.

The city approved a bid of $61,000 to replace one of its UV units at the sewer plant. The bid is from Enaqua Grundfos in Vista, Calif. and the unit will have to be custom built. The city must have the unit to avoid major fines and ensure the operation of the sewer plant. This bill will be paid with money in the sewer depreciation fund which has $124,000 in it right now but is only used for sewer system maintenance.

Mayor Brian Billings reported work on the floodwall mandated by FEMA is on track for an Oct. 30 completion. This week a two-week process of installing the necessary pipe was to begin.

In other news: Councilman Charles Towner reported residential complaints about the noise in the parking lot near Tudor’s Biscuit World, after business hours.

Councilman Allen Moran said he’d heard compliments about the work on Mt. Vernon Ave. to try and fix some of the pavement. Billings reminded this will be a process which will take place over time as the city has money to fund the project.

Councilwoman Elaine Hunt asked if the mosquito truck was running with Billings saying it was and typically headed out around 4 a.m.

In addition, Kathy Elliot of Region II Development spoke about a project underway to better understand the needs of local people in terms of their ability to access broadband, high-speed internet service. The project will determine who has gaps in coverage and how to alleviate this problem. Surveys are available at the city building.

Council members attending the meeting were Janet Hartley, Moran, Hunt, Bob Rulen, Towner, Bob Doeffinger, Keith Sargent, Linda Smith, Rick Simpkins. Also attending, Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, City Accountant Shannon Pearson, Stein and Del. Jim Butler.