City to work with Day Report Center
POINT PLEASANT Mason County Day Report Center clients are set to help with various city projects.
During Mondays City of Point Pleasant council meeting, Amanda Tarbett, director of the local Day Report Center, discussed the possibility of center clients working to help the city with various projects, including maintenance of city parks and cemeteries.
Council agreed to allow this, and according to Mayor Brian Billings, the Day Report Center clients will work free of charge.
In other business:
Lin Gullet of the Cintas Corp. addressed council regarding the city employee uniforms, which are used by employees in the street, water and sewer departments. Since 2006, the city has had a contract with Cintas for employee uniforms. The contract will expire this May. Council agreed to get employees opinions on whether or not to renew the contract with Cintas.
Brad Sang, chairman of the Neighborhood Watch Program, addressed council regarding the programs progress. According to Sang, several neighborhood watch meetings have been conducted. Meetings have been held at various local churches as well as at the Marshall Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC). Sang encouraged all council members to attend the upcoming neighborhood watch meetings. Also, on Tuesday, the neighborhood watch program met at the Mason County 9-11 Center the purpose of this meeting was to show the behind the scenes required protocol of emergency situations.
Council unanimously approved the financial statements of the general, coal severance, water and sewer funds for the month of February.
City Attorney R.F. Stein reported that he has drafted a letter that will be sent to those who have not paid their municipal service fees.
Council unanimously approved the second reading of Ordinance 505.11, which prohibits the feeding of water fowl within city limits.
Stein discussed the amendment to Ordinance 905, which concerns street trees. The amendment states that assistance is required from either an arborist or botanist when trimming or cutting trees within city limits. Council voted 8-1 to approve the amendment, with Councilman Marshall Bonecutter casting the opposing vote. Councilman Bill Park was absent.
Council discussed Ordinance 305.07, which calls for the closure of the 14th St. railroad crossing. According to City Clerk Amber Tatterson, CSX recommended that the city close the crossing. However, before the crossing can be closed the ordinance must have a second reading and a public hearing must be held. Council agreed to hold the public hearing prior to the start of the upcoming April 11 council meeting.
Council tabled discussion of Ordinance 107.06, which concerns nominations, nominating conventions and certification of candidates.
Council unanimously approved to renew the Accufund contract.
Council unanimously approved the 2011-2012 budget for general/coal severance.
Council unanimously approved the re-appointments of Jack Lee and Tom Vance to the Historic Landmark Commission. Council also approved the appointments of Charles Rhodes and Sharon Stapleton to the Historic Landmark Commission.
Council unanimously approved the resolution for the West Virginia Community Participation Grant, which will give $1,000 to use for the implementation of an automated library system at the Point Pleasant River Museum.
To coincide with the West Virginia Make It Shine campaign, council set the city-wide clean-up day for April 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. Also as an effort to support the city clean-up, from April 4-8 the city will offer reduced garbage pick-up prices. Prices will be $35 per dump truck load and $25 per pick-up load.
Billings discussed the need for a stop sign beside the Wendys restaurant in town. Council agreed that the stop sign was needed. Council will have a public hearing to discuss getting the stop sign prior to the April 11 council meeting. A second reading regarding the issue also will be held during the upcoming meeting.
Council approved the proclamation to recognize the Point Pleasant High School Wrestling Team for their accomplishments.
Council approved the hiring of a part-time employee for the sewer department.
Council discussed the issue of water rate increases. Council agreed to look further into the issue and discuss other options at the upcoming council meeting.
The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, April 11.
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