Committee formed to deal with eyesore properties

Point Council looks at creating list of dilapidated sites

By Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — The City of Point Pleasant is attempting a fresh approach to an old problem – dilapidated properties.

At Monday’s regular council meeting, Councilwoman Jerrie Howard suggested forming a committee of council members to discuss reviewing existing city ordinances dealing with eyesore properties to “put teeth into our ordinances” where applicable. Howard said revising the ordinances may assist in preventing properties from getting into dilapidated states as well.

Howard further suggested creating a listing of dilapidated properties in each ward and then prioritizing them in terms of taking action. Volunteering to be on the committee with Howard were, Council Members Elizabeth Jones, Gabe Roush, Olivia Warner and Brad Deal.

Mayor Brian Billings agreed the city could not afford to continue to pay for demolition of dilapidated structures and an alternative needed to be found.

Billings also reported work was ongoing on the former Point of Hope property near Heights UM Church. Council requested new City Attorney Michael Shaw, Jr. file court proceedings to have a special commissioner appointed to the property. Billings and Roush discussed reaching out to Heights Church to see if it would be interested in the property if the city could get the deed.

Shaw was also asked to file liens on properties in the city where city workers had done nuisance mowing of grass due to unkempt lawns. Mayor Billings said there were less than 10 properties this applied to and certified letters had been sent to the owners prior to this request to file liens for the work the city had done.

In other business:

Councilwoman Leigh Ann Shepard reported cars had been broken into in her ward (the fourth ward) and requested more patrols. Warner also reported similar, suspicious activity in the sixth ward. It was reported the City of Point Pleasant Police Department was investigating these incidents.

Kevin Fooce was appointed to an open seat on the Historic Landmark Commission.

Billings and Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley reported, after paying the $5,581 to get the design done on the proposed splash park at Krodel Park, there was now around $1,200 in the project’s account. Back in October, it was reported the splash pad only was estimated to cost around $68,000.

Shepard reported from September through December, around $6,900 was raised to complete the final phase of the Krodel Park playground upgrade – the final phase is estimated to cost $25,000. Donations were made by City National Bank and the Point Pleasant Rotary Club.

Point Council looks at creating list of dilapidated sites

By Beth Sergent

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