POINT PLEASANT — Though fall is on the way, the idea of placing a spray park at Krodel Park is still very much on the minds of Point Pleasant City Council members.
During council’s most recent meeting, Councilwoman Leigh Ann Shepard said she had researched an alternative model of the spray park which doesn’t recycle the water — this is similar to the splash pad in Middleport, Ohio. She said this “non-recycling” method of operation could lower the project’s construction cost to just under $100,000, as opposed to a $200,000-plus estimate for a system which would recycle the spray park’s water. She said this $100,000 was for a 2,500-square-foot splash pad and it would be designed with a “river theme” in mind, much like some of the playground equipment at Krodel which would be adjacent to the splash park.
Shepard, who has been behind the upgrade to the playground from the start, suggested getting corporate sponsors for the pieces on the splash pad — much like what was done at the playground to finance the project.
“I can see it happening,” Councilwoman Janet Hartley said when a more affordable option was discussed, as well as the idea for corporate sponsorship.
Both Hartley and Shepard are on the recreation committee for the city. Mayor Brian Billings also announced that the ZMM architectural firm is donating $500 to the splash pad project.
As for the playground upgrade, Shepard said around $23,000 was needed to finish the project, which has been done in stages and paid with donations and grants. She said she intended to seek more grants to help finance the last phase of the upgrade.
In other business:
On the topic of recreational activities in the city, Councilman Gabe Roush, who is also a member of the Point Pleasant Bike Trail Committee, said that organization received a $954 grant to install workout equipment at a public park. Roush suggested placing the equipment at Harmon Park on or near the concrete pad used for the former skate park. Council voiced no objection to this idea.
Roush added the PPBT is purchasing compact bike racks to install downtown at an estimated cost of $1,200, which was paid for with donations. Roush said he hopes to have the racks up before next month’s Mothman Festival. Roush also suggested finding a way to pave the walking trail behind the floodwall, saying he was trying to get a meeting with Main Street Point Pleasant Director Charles Humphreys to discuss the idea.
Dredging of a drainage channel has been completed at 22nd Street, as well as an earth wall created to assist with the water flowing in the area.
Councilwoman Elaine Hunt said she had received calls about spraying of weed killer on the island on Mt. Vernon Avenue, which had appeared to kill more grass than intended. Street Commissioner Randy Hall said it was an “overspray” issue and that it was “not a hazard … it’s strictly an herbicide.” Hall said grass was probably already starting to grow back, which Hunt confirmed. Hall said the spray was good for about 60 days. Hunt maintained she’d received several complaints about it and heard fears of residents who are afraid to walk their pets in the area. Hall said the chemicals are “not dangerous to animals.”
Council approved Councilwoman Jerrie Howard to the Historic Landmark Commission. Howard, who lives in the historic district, joins Councilwoman Elizabeth Jones, who is also on the commission and lives in the historic district.
Jones requested something be done about unsightly bird droppings on the Silver Bridge Memorial site.
City Clerk Amber Tatterson reported the new custom-built garbage truck the city had ordered months ago has arrived. The truck cost $153,000. A CDL training session has been scheduled to update drivers on the new truck prior to putting it in service.
Council adjourned into executive session under West Virginia Code section 6-9a-4b-2a. When resuming regular session, no action was taken.
At this month’s meeting were Billings, Tatterson, City Attorney R.F. Stein, City Accountant Shannon Pearson, Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley, council members Hartley, Charles Towner, Jones, Howard, Roush, Shepard, Hunt, Olivia Warner.
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