Planning continues for Point Fourth of July celebration

By Erin Perkins -

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council recently met discussing plans for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

Council members in attendance were Janet Hartley, Patricia Sallaz, Jerrie Howard, Gabe Roush, Olivia Warner, and Rick Simpkins along with Mayor Brian Billings and City Clerk Amber Tatterson.

Hartley, chairwoman of the Fourth of July Committee, said fireworks have been reserved for the event as well as two bouncy houses for the children. Also, she would like to have a face painting station for the children.

She shared OSR Winery is interested in having a wine tent at the event, pending state approval and food vendors are still being booked. A few interested vendors include a hibachi food truck and Bear Wallow Barbecue.

Billings reported Denny Bellamy, Mason County tourism director, will be in charge of the evening parade. Main Street going south from 5th Street to 3rd Street will be closed down prior and during the parade and Billings suggested having the Riverside Cloggers perform prior to the parade. Roush suggested the performance take place in Hartley Square.

Billings also reported performers are booked to perform beginning at 6 p.m. at the Riverfront Park including Blue Moves, Paul Doeffinger, and Flatrock Revival.

Council approved the estimated budget for the Fourth of July Pageant.

In other business, a recreation collection is tentatively set for Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-noon outside of the Point Pleasant City building. Billings shared the funds will be going to Krodel Park to be used as needed.

Billings informed the council a public meeting regarding the possibility of bringing a public transportation system to the area will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. at the Mason County Courthouse.

Billings along with the council members decided to make a new committee, the Christmas Decoration Committee. This committee will be in charge of the decorating plans for Christmas time in the city. Hartley and Howard will be co-chairs of the committee and they will be asking a member of Main Street Point Pleasant to join the committee as well. The council discussed revamping the Christmas decorations on the light poles down through Main Street and Billings shared his interest in expanding the stretch of the lights down to the river museum. Also, Howard suggested the city follow a Christmas theme for their decorating style each year.

Billings reported he is still looking to fill two vacancies on the Board of Zoning Appeals as well as one vacancy of non-voting members for the Fort Randolph Board. Roush volunteered to be a non-voting member of the Fort Randolph Board and the council approved with yes votes from Hartley, Sallaz, Howard, Warner, and Simpkins with an abstain from Roush.

Billings shared he was approached by a representative from the West Virginia Department of Highways to see if the city would be interested in possibly obtaining the building on Jackson Avenue after the workers at the department of highways move to their new building north of the city. Though discussion was had, no motion was made and council members indicated they wished to remain informed of any updates regarding the future of the property.

Billings asked council to begin noting troublesome potholes in the area, so repairs to the noted areas can be made at a later date.

The council discussed shrubbery overgrowth at Lone Oak Suncrest Cemetery and discussed plans on how to manage the shrubbery.

Tatterson set a finance committee meeting for Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m.

Council approved a pension report presented to them by Tatterson.

Council approved to put a legal notice in the newspaper to advertise for bids for lawn care at Lone Oak Suncrest Cemetery.

Council approved to put a legal notice in the newspaper to advertise for bids for street paving.

More from the Point Pleasant City Council meeting will appear in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.

By Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.