Point searching for spray park funding

Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council continues to move forward with plans to put a new spray park facility at the Harmon Pool site.

Mayor Brian Billings reported Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley was researching available grants to help fund the project. The city has already been in contact with the Emerald FX company which designed and installed the spray park in Hurricane, receiving a proposal for the facility.

The proposal includes filling the deep and shallow ends of the pool with the center filled to some extent and the spray park built upon this area. There would be only one water line going from the pump house into the park as opposed to the multiple lines under the existing pool, which makes finding a leak difficult.

The old pumps would be taken out and replaced with new pumps and tanks. There would be no lifeguards required to be on duty and the water would operate with motion senors so if no one is at the park, the water would not be running. The water, when it does run, will continually circulates through the stations.

The proposal was for more than $300,000 with Councilman Bob Rulen asking Billings to go back to the company and request a breakdown of the costs, as some of the work could possibly be done by city workers. The park will have a river theme.

A new garbage truck and paving streets were also discussed at the latest meeting.

Council agreed to accept the lowest bid from West Virginia Tractor Supply Company from Charleston for a garbage truck at $153,600. Council voted to spend an additional $1,000 with the company to get special lights attached to the vehicle to promote visibility. The city recently paid off two vehicles to free up some funds to pay for the much needed truck, according to city officials who are shopping around for lease agreements to make the purchase.

Council received bids for paving both half, and all of, North Main St. To pave it all would be $27,000 and to pave half would be $14,300. Council voted to pay for paving half of the street with the understanding the city would revisit the area in 2016 to pave the rest of the street. Council rejected a bid to pave in the area of 24th Street, feeling it was too high for the work.

Council approved a one time employee incentive of $300 for full time employees and $100 for part time employees. These incentives are paid out once a year, typically around the holidays and are not paid to any elected or appointed officials in the city.

At this week’s meeting, Billings, McCauley, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, City Accountant Shannon Pearson, Council members Janet Hartley, Charles Towner, Elizabeth Jones, Bob Doeffinger, Keith Sargent, Elaine Hunt, Charles Garland, Rulen, Rick Simpkins.

Beth Sergent


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