POINT PLEASANT — The Silver Bridge Memorial mural is finished and a dedication ceremony is tentatively set to be held on the anniversary of the bridge collapse on Dec. 15.
Mayor Brian Billings explained he has met with the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club, as well as students from the Mason County Career Center and they are continuing their planting work in the plot of trees.
City Inspector Randy Hall shared additional landscaping will be done around the mural. The plans for right now are approximately six feet out from the mural a two block high castle stone border wall will be installed and the space between will be filled with river gravel, so cars will not be able to park directly in front of the mural.
Billings said the total cost of the project was $8,000 with $2,500 from both the City of Point Pleasant and the Mason County Commission and the rest of the funding came from engineering firms, Stan Tech and ASCEWVAESCE and a personal donation from Eric Tarr.
In other business, the council discussed the possibility of hiring someone to mow the city’s cemeteries. This will be discussed further after the first of the year. Also, the council discussed the possibility of purchasing swans for Krodel Park.
Updates were given on the 4th of July Celebration and the Point Pleasant Splash Pad. The splash pad has had its safety surface applied and in approximately two weeks the splash pad will be prepared for winter. An opening ceremony will be held in the spring.
The council discussed utilizing Riverfront Park for a city event to help raise money for the city and discussed marketing the Battle Days Festival more next year as the festival celebrates Point Pleasant’s history. Council members explained they would like to see the same the numbers the Mothman Festival brings in.
The council accepted the end of season paving bid of $28,200 from Myers Paving.
The council approved phase one and phase two of the project for the Point Pleasant River Museum’s roof repair.
The council approved the Gypsies of Recovery group to hold its Saturday evening meetings at a shelter in Krodel Park during the winter months.
The council approved to reschedule the next regularly scheduled council meeting to Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., prior to the meeting at 6 p.m., a special meeting will be held to discuss certain ordinances in need of possible revisions.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.