Point looking at license reinstatement fee

By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council has taken steps to enact a driver’s license reinstatement fee.

Council unanimously approved the first reading on the ordinance at its regular meeting this week.

The $25 reinstatement fee would be assessed in Point Pleasant Municipal Court and be imposed upon a person whose driver’s license is reinstated after having been suspended for failing to timely pay fines and costs in municipal court; and/or defaulting on a payment plan for fine and court costs; and/or failing to appear in court.

City Attorney R.F. Stein, Jr. told council members the ordinance was similar to the one passed by the town council of Mason. Councilwoman Jerrie Howard had concerns that if people were already behind on fines, that the reinstatement fee would be too costly. City Clerk Amber Tatterson said the city does make payment plans for those who are having trouble paying their tickets to prevent licenses from being suspended.

In other business:

Approved a one-time employee incentive which will be paid out on Nov. 23, near the Christmas season. Full-time employees will get $250, part-time employees with get $125 and other part-time employees will get an incentive ranging from $25-$75, depending on how long they have been on the job. These incentives will cost $8,750, total. Tatterson said many organizations no longer give out these incentives at Christmas and this “could be” the last year for the city to do so, as well. Tatterson did add, the city is looking at giving employees some sort of pay raise next year, but in order to do that, the incentives at Christmas may be gone.

Approved paying for the fireworks for the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta, agreeing to pay by Dec. 1 and get a 15 percent discount. This meant the city would pay $6,800, as opposed to $8,000, for paying early. The city will be using the same company which has supplied the fireworks for the past several years.

Approved John Tatterson to the housing authority board.

Hired Richard Holland of Point Pleasant, as the new campground manager at Krodel Park. There were six applicants who applied. Holland will officially start March 1, 2017.

The public hearing for the increase in the police fee has been delayed to 6:40 p.m., Dec. 12, just prior to the next council meeting that takes place on that same night at 7 p.m. The delay was due to the legal advertisements for the hearing not making the required publication dates. City officials say they sent the legal ad multiple times but Ohio Valley Publishing states they did not receive it. The issue has since been resolved with the advertisements scheduled to run.

As previously reported, council passed the second of two required readings of a proposed ordinance amendment which would raise the police fee which 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.

Approved a proclamation recognizing Christian Heritage Week, Nov. 20-26.

It was announced the city’s Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony will be 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 or 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9. The second date was added due to the Point Pleasant High School football team making the playoffs, as the PPJ/SHS bands and choir will be in the parade and performing at the tree lighting ceremony which immediately follows the parade at Gunn Park. When the permanent date is decided, it will be announced in the Point Pleasant Register.

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.