POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council met for its first regular meeting with new council members on Monday night.
This was the first meeting for new council members Jerrie Howard from the second ward, Gabe Roush from the third ward, Leigh Ann Shepard from the fourth ward and Brad Deal of the seventh ward. Olivia Warner of the sixth ward, was not in attendance due to a previously scheduled vacation.
Joining the “newbies” were Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, City Attorney R.F. Stein Jr., Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley, council members Elizabeth Jones from the first ward, Elaine Hunt from the fifth ward, Rick Simpkins from the eighth ward and council-at-large members Charles Towner and Janet Hartley.
Billings presented council with a list of streets which needed paved and repaired with council approving his request to places those projects up for bid. Some of those streets include (but were not limited to) portions of 12th Street, 23rd Street, intersection at 10th and Main streets, intersection at 11th and Main streets. Billings said though the advertisement will include several streets, the paving may not take place on all of them, all at once.
“We will advertise for bids and then see what we can afford,” Billings said.
Council approved paying to fix a section of Mossman Circle where the mayor said a utility company did not correctly repair their work site and attempts to speak to the utility about fixing the area were unsuccessful. The city will also be looking into fixing a “dip” in the road on North Park Drive, Billings said.
Council approved allowing the city to switch insurance agents from Peoples Bank to Jon Parrack, a local Point Pleasant agent. Tatterson told council members, neither the company the city has its general liability policy with, nor the effective dates, will change, only the insurance agent with Parrack having the ability to represent the same company the city currently utilizes for its insurance needs. As of now, Tatterson must phone Marietta, Ohio, to talk to an insurance agent. The benefit of the change would be to have a local insurance agent to answer the city’s needs. Any changes to the policy would have to first be approved by council. The city pays around $250,000 a year for its annual general liability insurance policy.
Council approved the second reading on abandoning North Street following a public hearing where no comment was made. Councilman Deal asked to see the petition signed by those living in the area, in regards to those who requested the street be abandoned. Deal said former Mayor Jim Wilson, who owns property in the area, told him he didn’t remember seeing or signing it. The petition revealed Wilson’s name was not on the petition. After some discussion, with no one at the public hearing to object, the second reading of the ordinance as presented, was unanimously passed. The street will be absorbed by property owners in the area at no cost to the property owners.
Council also passed the first reading of an ordinance to place a one-way stop sign at the intersection of Robinson Street and Mossman Avenue. This will require a second reading to be approved.
Council approved changing the next council meeting to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 due to the Mason County Fair, which is Aug. 8-13.
Billings spoke to council about the spray park for Krodel Park, saying with the budget situation the state is in, so far, no money has been received from any state agencies or through state legislators. An account has been established for the project at Peoples Bank, which also donated to it. The estimated cost of the park is $250,000 but Tatterson and Billings said it’s hoped the design may be modified to bring that price down.
Council then adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel under W.Va. Code 6-9a-4b-2a. After adjourning out of executive session and reconvening, council unanimously approved the following appointments for the new administration’s term: Stein as city attorney; Joe Veith as chief of police; Randall Hall as street commissioner; Tatterson as city treasurer.
The city clerk is traditionally appointed as city treasurer. Hall, who is currently the city inspector, will assume his new duties, July 15. The city will once again be searching for a new city inspector.
Billings reported though the city placed bids for trash pick up at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School, the alternative school, and Mason County Career Center, it only won one of those bids for the career center, for $200 a month for trash pick up.
Council approved allowing the mayor a $10,000 limit on making emergency purchases and other necessary purchases without council’s prior approval. Billings said though he has had this spending approval in the past, he has never had to use it.
More on this week’s council meeting in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
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