Point Council passes license fee


By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council has voted to enact a driver’s license reinstatement fee.

Council unanimously approved the second reading on the ordinance at its most recent, regular meeting.

As previously reported, the $25 reinstatement fee will be assessed in Point Pleasant Municipal Court and be imposed upon a person whose driver’s license is reinstated after having been suspended for failing to timely pay fines and costs in municipal court; and/or defaulting on a payment plan for fine and court costs; and/or failing to appear in court.

City Attorney R.F. Stein, Jr. had previously told council members the ordinance was similar to the one passed by the town council of Mason. The city does make payment plans for those who are having trouble paying their tickets to prevent licenses from being suspended.

In other business:

Council unanimously approved the hiring of Michael Shaw, Jr. as the city’s new attorney. Shaw will replace Stein who will become the next prosecuting attorney for Mason County on Jan. 1, 2017. Joe Supple was unanimously approved as the city’s municipal court judge.

Council approved placing an advertisement to solicit bids for the city’s trash dumping service. Mayor Brian Billings informed council its current landfill provider was increasing fees 2.5 percent in the coming year. To avoid placing a financial burden on the city, Billings and Street Commissioner Randy Hall, spoke to council about possibly moving the city’s business to a landfill and trash service provider in Meigs County, Ohio which had a lower price quote than the current provider located in Gallia County, Ohio.

Mayor Brian Billings updated council on continued efforts to finance the city’s spray park at Krodel Park, saying American Electric Power’s River Division had recently donated $1,000 to the fund. Billings and Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley also reported, though the city applied for a Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation grant for the project, it was turned down. Both stated they were told to reapply, as the foundation had funded several large projects in its latest round of awards.

More on the recent council meeting in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.