POINT PLEASANT — Discussions about the Yeager property on Seventh Street occur at Point Pleasant City Council about as often as each meeting begins with the mayor striking the gavel.
This week at the most recent council meeting, Jerrie Howard, councilperson from the second ward, which is the ward where the home is located, brought it up again.
Besides the grass issue and the dilapidated state of the home, Howard said it appeared people were getting inside it and there were used hypodermic needles on the property. Mayor Brian Billings said the Point Pleasant Police Department was aware of the needles situation and at least that part of the property had been cleaned up.
A discussion then ensued about approaching the attorney who represents the property owner about obtaining a deed for it, with discussions about placing a mini-park there in exchange for the deed. Council were all in agreement to give City Attorney R.F. Stein permission to explore this option for the property with the owner’s attorney.
“I’d love to see that out of there by the end of the year,” Howard said.
Also, council awarded a bid to Myers Paving for paving work to portions of 23rd Street, Lincoln Avenue, Mt. Vernon Avenue, 10th, 11th and 12th streets. The bid was for $23,000.
Council approved the city assisting the Mothman Festival with parking issues by providing paid parking at Krodel Park the weekend of the festival. It will cost $5 per car for parking and the tram will transport drivers to and from the festival for free if they choose not to walk. The city will collect the money for the parking with Mayor Brian Billings saying the organizers for this year’s festival are anticipating at least 1,000 to 2,000 more people than the festival typically attracts. In past years, the festival has attracted around 5,000, which is roughly the total population of the entire city.
More on this week’s city council meeting in upcoming editions.
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