On November 13, 2012, I attended the city council meeting here in Point Pleasant to address the issue of “the project” at 209 9th Street. I had taken the trouble to make visual presentations. I took photos of properties owned by the Historic Landmark Council members that are in bad disrepair. I also took pictures of projects done by these same members to their own properties that were similar to the work, now stopped, on 209 9th Street. Granted, the pictures I took, their property projects were on a much larger scale, but similar. I’ll bet they weren’t met with any resistence by either council — city or historic.
I also took a photo of the only landmark visible by way of Viand Street — the graveyard — which proves to me that this council is all about money, state and federal grants, income tax credits and rebates, and not so much about history. The is now a statue of a monster in what’s now no longer Gunn Park.
During my short research in W.Va. zoning laws, I found that the city council has the power to give this property owner a little thing called a “spot zone” change, which would end this. My presentation was met with zilch, except for the smirk-like grin on one of the councilmen’s faces. It could have been gas, I don’t know, but it was the same man who knocked on their door for a vote!
There is undue and money-fueled influence in every city, but I believe we have the lion’s share right here.
How could they have done the work on their own properties then pass ordinances so that no one else can? This is only a little of the filth I dug up. It felt like a joke when we all stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. No more 14th Amendment rights for property owners in this town, run by self-important know-it-alls and cowards, in my opinion.
Teresa L. Nibert
Point Pleasant, W.Va.