Point council looking at raising police fee

By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — Residents in the City of Point Pleasant may soon be paying more in municipal fees.

This week, council passed the second of two required readings of a proposed ordinance amendment which would raise the police fee and is contained within the municipal fees, from $3.18 per month, to $10.18 per month. This proposed increase of $7 in the police fee would mean the total charge residents pay for all municipal fees would go from $15 to $22 per month. These fees appear on monthly water bills.

In addition to the police fee, the city currently charges the following monthly municipal fees: Flood wall fee, $1.91; street maintenance, $5.72; street lighting, $1.91; fire protection fee, $1; parks, 64 cents; cemeteries, 64 cents.

The police fee provides funding for the continued operation of the department, which is a full-time police department and like many full-time departments, is dealing with rising costs and issues with retention. The fees will continue to fund items like equipment, salaries, pension payments, academy training expenses (to pay for one new officer to attend training is $1,500, whether the officer stays with the department or not), uniforms and more.

According to city officials, the last time total municipal fees were raised was eight years ago in 2008, when they went from $12 total per month (a rate set in 2005) to $15 total per month, where they currently rest.

In order for this increase in the police fee to pass, a public hearing on the matter will be 6:45 p.m. Nov. 7, prior to next month’s regular meeting, which is at 7 p.m. that same night. The hearing allows for public comments for council to consider when considering a final vote on the amendment during the Nov. 7 regular meeting.

In other business:

Council unanimously voted to add a four-way stop sign at Ohio Street and 14th Street and a two-way stop sign in the 2600 block of Jefferson Avenue. This ordinance amendment passed after two prior readings and a public hearing.

By Beth Sergent


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

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