POINT PLEASANT — This week at the regular meeting of Point Pleasant City Council, upgrades to Krodel Park, as well as the upcoming COVID-19 remembrance ceremony, were on the agenda.
Officials in attendance were Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, City Attorney Joe Supple, council persons (at large) Robert McMillan, Gabe Roush, council members Corrie Fetty, Paul Knisley, Leigh Ann Shepard, Nathan Wedge, Judy Holland, Diana Hall, Dylan Handley. City Accountant Shannon Pearson and Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley were also present. The meeting was held virtually via the Zoom platform.
In regards to Krodel, council approved an electrical upgrade to allow the campground to also host larger RV’s and travel trailers which require heavier electrical loads. A bid from local contractor Crisenbery Electric for $10,679.69 was approved for six new camper hookups to meet the demand.
Campground Manager and Councilwoman Holland said the park receives calls daily asking if it can accommodate these larger vehicles. Holland also reported, on opening day earlier this month, the campground was nearly full of campers and there were “bookings galore.” Holland noted at this time, there are no residency restrictions regarding who can camp at the park in comparison to last year, when only state residents could rent spaces due to pandemic restrictions.
Mayor Billings reported the city received three bids for paving at Krodel Park and in the Kingtown area. Out of three bids received, council went with the lowest bid from Myers Paving for $37,800.
Council approved a request from Mary Supple representing Girl Scout Troop #51438 who asked to plant a maple tree in Krodel Park to replace one that is no longer there.
On the subject of indoor recreational venues and rental fees, after the meeting, city officials sent out a news release, stating, “After seeking approval from the Mason County Health Department, the City of Point Pleasant will begin rentals of their indoor facilities – Krodel Park Clubhouses (304-675-1068) and Harmon Park Youth Center (304-675-2366), as of May 1. Social distancing and mask wearing are still required.”
Also at this week’s council meeting, this Thursday’s COVID 19 remembrance event was discussed. The upcoming ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Gunn Park on Fourth Street which will be closed to traffic. The ages and genders of Mason County’s victims of COVID-19 will be read and American flags will be placed in their honor at the park. Pastors Bobby Patterson and Chip Bennett will speak briefly and the city is lowering all flags on Thursday. The city is asking others who desire to do so, to also do the same in not only Point Pleasant but across Mason County.
Billings also informed council he’d sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice, informing him of the city’s remembrance efforts for the county’s COVID-19 victims and asked the governor to declare a statewide day of remembrance, at some point in the future, for all West Virginians who have been lost to the virus.
A table will be set up at Gunn Park prior to the ceremony for a family representative to pick up an American flag which they may place in honor of the person who died from COVID-19.
More on this week’s council meeting in an upcoming edition.
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