Council hears request to abandon street

Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — Some residents along Jefferson Blvd. have requested the City of Point Pleasant officially abandon a street behind their homes and in the floodplain.

Morgan Bragg who lives along Jefferson Blvd., this week presented Point Pleasant City Council members with a petition, on behalf of himself and other residents, requesting the abandonment of North Street. He said residents had been cleaning, mowing and seeding the area near the street for some time and would like to finally “absorb” the street which had never been officially abandoned by the city.

Council seemed to have no objections on the matter and asked City Attorney R.F. Stein, Jr., to look at the area and draw up the necessary ordinance for council to read, discuss and vote on. If council decides to abandon the street, it would require two readings and a public hearing.

In other council news:

City Inspector Randy Hall reported the city was partnering with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for a “free tire take back day” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 18. Collection will be behind the Mason County Career Center.

In other council news, members heard from Chris Rizer from Hartford who is attempting to reestablish a Mason County Historical Society and is reaching out to communities in the county for support and for any projects concerning historical preservation, including preserving cemeteries. Council gave Rizer their support and Mayor Brian Billings asked him to report back about his progress and projects in the county.

Billings reported his office, with help from Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley, has sent letters asking for donations to help establish a spray park at Krodel Park. These letters went to large, area businesses as well as to State Sen. Mike Hall. Billings said Peoples Bank will also be making a donation in the future to the project.

Councilman Bob Rulen reported on progress to the upgrade of the walking trail at Krodel Park, saying the design portion of the trail met with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and will be sent for review and then out to bid. Though the process has been slow, Rulen said it is “moving forward.”

Billings reported “Mayor’s Night Out,” the free concert series at Riverfront Park, is slated to return this year starting June 10 – Aug. 26 on Friday nights. No shows regatta weekend or the weekend of the Mason County Fair. Lineup to follow.

Beth Sergent

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