POINT PLEASANT — Though winter is on the way, Point Pleasant City Council is focused on funding the splash pad at Krodel Park for area youth and their families.
This week’s regular council meeting included a donation to the splash pad project by Beth Litchfield and Mandy Spencer, representing The Kitchen Table group. The Kitchen Table volunteered to sell concessions at Mayor’s Night Out for one night this summer, taking only donations. Litchfield said the group decided to take those profits, $225, and donate it to the splash pad. Mayor Brian Billings accepted the check on behalf of council, all of whom expressed their thanks for the gesture.
At the meeting, Billings announced $27,717 had been raised for the splash pad, with $22,108 remaining in the account after paying for a design study which was needed to begin the project. The mayor said his office was also working on sending letters to possible donors and city officials are selling tickets for monthly prizes and giveaways to raise money. Memorial bricks, to be located at the splash pad, are still for sale as a fundraiser.
“I would love to see construction start (on the splash pad) in the spring,” Billings told council.
Another recent fundraiser for the project included some city officials volunteering to park cars at Krodel Park during the Mothman Festival, raising $4,500.
On the topic of the Mothman Festival, overtime hours for staff in both the police and street departments were reported when it came to assisting with the event. In the police department, five officers logged a total of 15 hours of overtime, costing $666.63 in overtime wages; and in the street department, 12 employees logged a total of 301.5 hours, costing $4,491.76 in overtime wages.
Council also voted on the first of two readings on what has been called the “Play Streets” ordinance. It reads as follows:
”No person shall use the public streets, highways, alleys, thoroughfares, roads or avenues of the Municipality for the purpose of engaging in or playing any games or athletic activities, unless all of the following exceptions apply: the person is 10 years of age or older or, if less than 10 years of age then accompanied by a responsible adult; said games or athletic activities are not engaged in or played on or within 50 feet from Viand Street, Route 2, Third and Sixth Streets East of Viand Street, Route 62, Jefferson Boulevard, Jefferson Avenue, Ohio River Road, or Jackson Avenue; all persons engaged in or playing games or athletic activities do not interfere with or, otherwise, yield to all oncoming vehicles so as to keep all persons on the streets and in vehicles safe; and all games or athletic activities cease at dark.”
Next up, a public hearing will be scheduled on the ordinance and the second reading will be considered for a vote at the next regular, council meeting.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.