Council discusses Point drainage project

Beth Sergent

October 17, 2013

POINT PLEASANT —The ongoing and federally mandated North Point Pleasant Drainage Project remains a hot topic at meetings of Point Pleasant City Council.

At the most recent meeting, Mike Davis with engineering firm Burgess and Niple, provided council with an update on the project, saying the sanitary sewer line should be complete by November. Storm drain installation should start in November as well. The channel has also been installed from Harmon Pool to 22nd St.

City Attorney R.F. Stein also updated council on condemnation proceedings which were filed due to some property owners within the NPPDP work site not signing over a right-of-way for the project. Stein said law firm Shaw and Shaw, which are handling the proceedings in Mason County Circuit Court, informed him three of said property owners have requested bond money be put in place to fully compensate the owners for use of their property - Shaw and Shaw recommended $500 each. Stein was concerned about the amount and that this could set a precedent, saying the city was asking for a right-of-way not ownership of the land. Councilman Allen Moran said he felt the drainage project was resulting in improvements to property in the area. Council agreed to offer to pay the three litigants no more than $100 - this is subject to court approval.

Davis also reported in regard to the environmental study done on the Franklin Building, the asbestos study was done and asbestos was found in the floor tile which means everything would have to do. A final report is still pending from Burgess and Niple which will allow council to determine if the building should be torn down or minimally rehabbed.

Councilwoman Janet Hartley said she was approached by a resident to form a committee to help improve the playground at Krodel Park. Mayor Brian Billings said he would help with this project and welcomed the committee.

Council also expressed its disappointment Appalachian Tire Products was moving out of the community. Billings was asked to write a letter to the corporate headquarters expressing such. It was also a reported a AT and T store will be going in near 22nd St. in the building across from Gino’s Pizza.

Stein said he will continue to work on an ordinance concerning use of golf carts in the city. Council members expressed their concern at seeing juveniles driving carts on city streets.

Councilman Keith Sargent asked that some new working shirts for city workers be considered. Councilman Rick Simpkins said a culvert was slipping in Meadowbrook.

Stein as well as Billings and council members complimented the recent Dragon Boat Races held at Krodel Park - compliments also included the way the park looked and the work city crews did to help pull off the event.

Billings said he would get with Krodel Park Manager Derrick Taylor about closing the park on Oct. 31, as it has been done most years in the past.

Resident Sam Rayburn addressed council about a roach infestation problem near his rental property on 24th St. and high grass in the area.

Due to council’s next regular meeting falling on Veteran’s Day, the meeting date was changed to 7 p.m., Nov. 12 at the municipal building.

The meeting adjourned twice for executive sessions, including to consider matters involving or affecting the purchase, sale or lease of property, advance construction planning, the investment of public funds or other matters involving commercial competition, which if made public, might adversely affect the financial or other interest of the state or any political subdivision (WV Code 6-9A-4B-9). The other executive session was to plan or consider an official investigation or matter relating to crime prevention or law enforcement (WV Code 6-9A-4B-7). The latter executive session included Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Craig Tatterson sitting in during the discussion. No action was taken after either executive session.