Concerns aired over large trucks on residential streets

Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

September 11, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — At this week’s meeting of Point Pleasant City Council, some residents voiced their concerns over large trucks associated with the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project (NPPDP) traversing Madison Ave.

Deborah Byus of Madison Ave. asked council to consider asking the truck drivers to use an alternate route which was made to bear the weight of these trucks - she said it was her understanding Madison Ave. had a weight limit. She also said one of the large trucks nearly side-swiped her son’s car and there were young children who live on the street to consider. Council determined since 26th St. was made for heavy loads, the trucks would be asked to use that route as opposed to Madison Ave.

Mike Davis, project engineer with Burgess and Niple which is overseeing the NPPDP for the city, said currently there are three crews working in town and the first section of the channel has been placed in the area behind Harmon Pool. Crews are also working on the sanitary sewer in the area and will continue to move north to construct the channel. Council also approved the latest payment on the project which was $285,745.

City Attorney R.F. Stein said a contract had been executed with Burgess and Niple concerning a structural evaluation on the Franklin building on Main St. The evaluation will tell council if it’s more productive and inexpensive to tear it down or do minimum work to rehabilitate the building. The evaluation should be ready by next month’s meeting.

Stein said he would work on an amendment to the ordinance dealing with ATV’s in the city limits to include golf carts and other utility vehicles. Council doesn’t wish to ban these vehicles from the city but wants to establish guidelines for their usage, such as limiting where they can be used - i.e., not on the highway. Stein and council also had a discussion on how the charter defines an elected official and how they are compensated. No action was taken. Stein also mentioned in the cases of juveniles who previously defaced city property at Riverfront Park, financial restitution has been ordered.

During City Clerk Amber Tatterson’s section of the agenda, the following motions were passed and issues discussed: Trick or Treat will be 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31; the Halloween Block Party is from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 with the city making an annual donation of $300; council approved its annual donation of $1,500 to Battle Days which is Oct. 4-6; the Mothman Festival is not this weekend but next and Tatterson reported the city receives $5.50 per vendor who sets up at the festival.

Mayor Brian Billings reported one bid each was received for two upcoming paving projects. Council approved a bid of $7,500 from Myers Paving to pave a portion of 12th St. to the intersection of Hogg St.; council also approved a bid of $10,800, also from Myers Paving, to pave a portion of 23rd St. to the intersection of Washington Ave. Money for these projects come from the coal severance fund which currently has a balance of around $69,000.

Councilman Rick Simpkins inquired about the repairs to Mt. Vernon Ave., a project which was to be done a piece at a time as funds and manpower become available. Simpkins said a resident was told by a city employee that the city had run out of money to do the project and was going to abandon it. Billings said that was absolutely not true and it was hoped the city could do the next phase of the project this week or next. Billings had said from the beginning the Mt. Vernon project would be a project which would be done a piece at a time due to funding because the cost to do it all at once would not be financially possible, especially now with the mandated flood wall project and NPPDP ongoing.

Billings also reported the city has two part-time employees being paid by a WorkForceWV program for those 56 and older who wish to work 15 hours a week. Anyone interested in more of these positions for the city who meet the age and income guidelines should call the city building.

Present at this week’s meeting were Council members Janet Hartley, Bob Rulen, Linda Smith, Elaine Hunt, Simpkins, Allen Moran, Bob Doeffinger as well as Billings, Tatterson, Stein, Administrative Assistant Teka McCauley and City Accountant Shannon Pearson.