POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council has approved a cost of living pay raise for its full time employees.
The vote to approve the raises was unanimous at Monday’s regular meeting of city council.
All full time employees currently not on a probationary hiring period will receive a 25 cent per hour raise. This is the first cost of living raise for city employees since 2014. City Clerk Amber Tatterson said the raises are estimated to cost the city an additional $32,963.55 a year. Excluded from the raises are any elected or appointed officials. Raises go into effect July 1.
In other council news:
Council approved the engineer’s design for the proposed splash pad at Krodel Park. Councilwoman Leigh Ann Shepard said City National Bank’s current “rain drops” campaign had raised over $300 for the project as of last week and Teka McCauley, administrative assistant for the city, said over $200 was raised for the project from concession sales at Mayor’s Night Out on Friday. Many on council donated all of the supplies which helped increase the profits.
Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to place a stop sign at the intersection of Poplar Street and Madison Avenue to slow traffic. A resident voiced concerns to Tatterson about children in the area near what they believe is a hazard with some speeding vehicles. Another reading and public hearing is required to place the sign.
The city plans to hold a public auction for the lot at 703 Main Street at 10 a.m., June 24. The lot is the former location of the Yeager house. The city is asking a minimum bid of $5,000.
Two residents spoke to council about reported drainage problems at their homes which they feel are being caused by a drainage issue related to the business complex at 2807 Jackson Avenue, with one of the residents calling it a “hardship” causing damage to her property. Mayor Brian Billings said the city would contact the complex’s owner to find out more information about the issue. One of the homeowners also asked council to consider an ordinance requiring businesses to put up privacy fences in areas which were traditionally zoned as residential.
Delegate Joshua Higginbotham (R-13th) visited with council, speaking about recent issues with the state budget and expanding broadband coverage.
Chris Rizer, with the Mason County Historical Preservation Society also spoke to council about historic properties in town and the value in preserving them if possible. Both he and Councilwoman Jerrie Howard brought up the subject of a property owner who has requested permission from the Historic Landmark Commission to tear down two buildings in the 300-block of Main Street. There is concern if too many historic buildings are torn down, the city could lose its historic charter.
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