New faces address old topics at Point Council

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — Some old topics were revisited by new faces at Point Pleasant City Council this week, namely, dilapidated properties and recreation.

Newly elected Councilwoman Jerrie Howard mentioned several distressed properties on Main Street, including the Yeager property, as well as the former Mason County Board of Education Office on 8th Street. That building is on the historic registry and was a former school for African Americans.

Councilman Charles Towner, who was on the historic landmark committee, said the property had come up in conversation when he served on the committee, though he hadn’t heard of any plans for the structure, now owned by a private individual.

In relation to other properties, City Inspector Randy Hall said four dilapidated properties had come down in the last four months in the city.

“It is a slow process,” Mayor Brian Billings said, but added the city is making progress.

Newly elected Councilman Gabe Roush brought up concerns Harmon Park wasn’t getting enough attention, after he said he spoke to some involved in youth little league activities, who utilize the park. Billings and Clerk Amber Tatterson said the city mows the grass beyond the fields, though inside of the fields are the league’s responsibility; the city provides trash service and water. City council has also recently told the league they could use the former Harmon Pool building for storage and use of the restroom facilities, at no charge.

“We do everything we can to accommodate them,” Billings told Roush.

Roush said it sounded like a communication issue.

Newly elected Councilwoman Leigh Ann Shepard updated council on the Krodel Park Playground upgrade, saying Point Pleasant In Bloom would be doing landscaping soon and she requested more trash cans on the grounds. Decorative fence pickets are still being sold as a fundraiser for the playground.

In other council concerns:

Councilwoman Janet Hartley said there were parts of Krodel Park which were only partially mowed. She also asked about the street sweeper and if it was running, with Billings saying it was and had been out this week.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Jones remarked the trees which were recently trimmed on Main Street look as if they need to be readdressed. Billings said the arborist which was in the city two weeks ago will be contacted to possibly trim them back more, to prevent them from damaging awnings, etc. Jones also said no smoking signs were needed along the flood wall and at Riverfront Park.

Councilman Rick Simpkins stressed getting the word out about the smoking ban as well, pointing out the city has had smoking bans in certain public places for some time now and people still seem to not be aware of it.

In other news:

It was reported the clubhouse floors at Krodel Park and the youth center have been stripped and waxed.

Hall reported 2,000 old tires were collected during the recent tire take-back day the city helped host.

Beth Sergent

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