POINT PLEASANT — The North Point Pleasant Drainage Project (NPPDP) is basically done until the weather improves and seeding and paving can be completed.
Mike Davis, with the city’s engineering firm Burgess and Niple, gave an update on the project at Monday’s Point Pleasant City Council meeting. Davis said the NPPDP was “rapidly wrapping up” with crews likely finishing up what can be done in the next week, such as working on replacing curbs and pouring concrete. When the weather warms up, seeding and paving of affected streets will take place and then the project will finally be done. Council agreed to replace pine trees for a resident that were mistakenly removed and Mayor Brian Billings requested guard rail go up on 22nd Street in an area where there is a steep drop-off.
Kathy Elliot, from the Region II Development Authority, asked for the project’s ninth payment in the amount of $446,797 — this included payments to Burgess and Niple, Mike Enyart and Sons, and Region II for administration fees.
Elliott also reported though it wasn’t a hopeless cause, the city’s application for a state grant to repair the municipal building’s roof was not looking good. The project is estimated to cost $115,000. She said the city should approach their legislators to advocate for the funding.
Davis also said advertisements would begin running in March to get bids for the repair and repaving of Mt. Vernon Avenue. The city will request bids for both concrete and asphalt repairs to compare pricing. The bids will likely be discussed at the April meeting but that project is moving forward.
Davis was also instructed to get the bid process moving on fixing the parapet wall on the old Franklin building which currently has caution tape around its entrance.
Councilman Bob Rulen brought up the electric bills for the youth center, which was around $700, and Point Pleasant River Museum at $840. He was told the amounts are normal for this time of year in comparison to last year. Billings said the city will have a budget meeting soon to look at those expenses. City Clerk Amber Tatterson will attend training in Charleston on the budget, and a budget finance committee meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the municipal building.
The second reading to repeal traffic school was approved with no comments during the public hearing prior to the council meeting.
City Attorney RF Stein was asked to look into developing an ordinance to prohibit and address panhandling in the city. Stein said currently there was not one on the books. The city already has an ordinance to regulate ATV use and Stein is amending that ordinance to include golf carts and utility vehicles. He should have a first draft prior to next month’s meeting. Stein said he’d heard a distressed property at the corner of Viand and 10th streets was to be torn down by the family who owns it. Billings also said the city is addressing taking action on a distressed property on Mt. Vernon, which is currently owned by a financial institution.
Councilwoman Janet Hartley thanked Billings, Tatterson and city crews for taking care of calls she’d received from citizens about pot holes and snow. Rulen and Councilman Allen Moran also chimed in on the work city crews had done in harsh weather from the trash pickup, street cleaning and water repair.
Moran also brought up people asking for donations in front of the municipal building, particularly on a weekday with the heavy traffic. Billings said it’s an issue the city has been debating for a while and one it doesn’t have the answer to because that stretch of road is a state route — therefore, it’s the state’s jurisdiction. Still, Billings said there’s the argument that it’s happening in town and therefore the city should be able to regulate it some way. Rulen asked a record be kept of all the complaints and compliments given regarding the issue.
Council adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel in the street department. It was not known at press time if any action was taken afterwards.
Attending Monday’s meeting were council members Hartley, Rulen, Charles Garland, Elaine Hunt, Keith Sargent, Moran, Bob Doeffinger and Elizabeth Jones, as well as Billings, Tatterson, Stein, Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley and City Accountant Shannon Pearson.