POINT PLEASANT — Two vacant seats on Point Pleasant City Council have been filled.
At last night’s regularly scheduled council meeting, Elizabeth Jones and Charles Garland, were unanimously approved for the seats. Jones will represent ward one while Garland will represent ward six. Jones is also a business owner in ward one and Garland formerly served on council. Former Councilman Doug Tawney of ward one resigned due to health reasons and former Councilwoman Linda Smith resigned due to relocating to Columbus, Ohio. Both Jones and Garland will attend the February council meeting.
Mike Davis, engineer with Burgess and Niple, reported crews are nearing the end of the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project and a “walk through” with city officials will take place Feb. 10. This “walk through” is meant to inform those on the tour of what has been done and what is left to do, such as seeding and landscaping work and repaving - obviously, the paving and seeding can’t take place until spring. However, Davis said in the meantime, work will be done on repairing sidewalks and other miscellaneous items. Mayor Brian Billings commended residents for being patient with this process.
A resident who did not formally identify himself to council, asked council to look into putting up a guardrail at a place along 22nd St. where excavating work had been done. He also asked the city to maintain the grass in the area.
Resident Tim Clendenen also asked if plans had changed to repair Mt. Vernon Ave. Billings and council said the plan remains to put out bids for both asphalt and concrete repair in the spring. Councilmen Rick Simpkins and Keith Sargent also asked that some kind of gravel or other material be placed on Mt. Vernon to help give motorists a smoother ride until the repair can be made.
City Attorney R.F. Stein said he was reviewing a draft agreement of the lawsuit settlement between the property owner of the old Wallpaper Outlet and the city - this agreement is still in draft form and was not presented. Council agreed to allow the mayor to seek bids to repair the parapet on the old Franklin building for safety purposes - the Franklin building is attached to the old Wallpaper Outlet building.
Stein also said he was looking into an ordinance to regulate golf carts and other utility vehicles on city streets. He said it was his understanding another county was recently told by the W.Va. Department of Motor Vehicles municipalities and county commissions don’t have the authority to develop a decal system for these vehicles to regulate their operation. Stein said he would contact the DMV to see what, if anything else, the city could do regarding this issue.
Council heard and passed the first reading to repeal traffic court.
Council agreed to a request from the Point Pleasant River Museum to raise its coverage for contents regarding insurance from $50,000 to $300,000 in coverage. This will raise the city’s insurance policy of which the museum is included upon. In addition to providing insurance coverage, the city also pays the museum a donation of a little over $200 a month and pays for its utilities. Some members of council felt the museum officials should be asked if it was possible to get some kind of monetary help with paying the additional insurance cost.
City Clerk Amber Tatterson said an application for grant funds for demolition funds for dilapidated properties has been submitted.
Tatterson, who is also on the committee to raise funds for Krodel Park’s playground, said fundraising efforts were happening, including a vendor’s fair on Jan. 25 at the Youth Center. In addition, on Feb. 7, the design firm representatives for the playground will go into a local school with members of the committee to ask kids what they want to see at the playground. After this, a design will be settled upon and revealed to council at its March meeting followed by a public reveal at the Youth Expo this spring.
Council approved the operations and maintenance manual for the floodwall for submission to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Present at last night’s meeting, Council members Charles Towner, Bob Doeffinger, Allen Moran, Sargent, Simpkins, Elaine Hunt, Bob Rulen, Billings, Tatterson, Stein, City Accountant Shannon Pearson, Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley.