Point looking for Harmon Pool solution

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — Though the summer is ending, the City of Point Pleasant is looking ahead to summer 2016 and possible solutions to repairing or replacing Harmon Pool.

At the most recent council meeting, Mayor Brian Billings said plans are in the works to have personnel from a swimming pool repair outfit and a company which builds spray parks to address council members about viable options. Getting information from these professionals will help council make a decision on whether to repair Harmon Pool (if that is even possible); or to fill in a portion of Harmon Pool to make a smaller pool; or to build a smaller pool at a different location; or to place a spray park within the community.

Billings said he hopes to have more information at September’s meeting.

Also, council passed the third of three required readings of an ordinance regarding a cost of living increase for various positions in city government. As previously reported, these cost of living raises will not take effect until July 1, 2016, after the city’s next municipal election and are as follows: City Clerk, current salary $35,000, proposed new salary $37,468; Water/Sewer Manager, current salary $44,500, proposed new salary $47,638; City Attorney, current salary $23,088, proposed new salary $24,716; Street Commissioner, current salary $34,216, proposed new salary $36,629. Police Chief, current salary $37,518, proposed new salary $40,164.

There were also two prior readings for the ordinance and a public hearing with no comments made. The last cost of living wage increase for these positions was made in 2011 for the administration which took office in 2012. Municipal officials cannot vote to increase or decrease wages while they are in office and, again, these wage increases will go into effect when the new administration takes over on July 1, 2016.

Billings also reminded council of Tribute to the River on Sept. 4-5 at Riverfront Park. The city helps support the festival with facilities and staff.

The last performance of Mayor’s Night Out is also this Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. with Mason Dixon and Backwoods Brotherhood (country). Billings said this year’s free concert series appears to have been well attended.

Also, it was reported the security cameras at Riverfront Park were being updated and upgraded.

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.