West Point council approves library funding, gives awards

Asia Ashley

April 15, 2014

West Point City Council voted Monday to approve library services contracts for the two libraries available to West Point residents.

The contracts state that the city will fund $1,250 per month, or $15,000 for the year, to Bradshaw Library in Valley, Ala. The library will be required to make its facility and all services available to West Point residents upon the same terms and conditions as the same are made available for Chambers County, Ala., residents.

Funding for the Hawkes Library in West Point would be disbursed from the city at $2,083 per month for one year. The library would continue to offer its services for free to West Point residents. The city would continue to provide lawn care, pest control, cleaning services and supply all utilities, with the exception of telecommunications, at the Hawkes Library facility.

Council also voted to approve a resolution with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) that allows the city to acquire land near the Chattahoochee River near the West Point River Park.

TPL donated 100 acres of park space to the city that is to be used for passive recreational purposes and to allow for a green way trail system along the Chattahoochee River, said the contract.

The city and TPL will both share the conservation of land on a neighboring 23 acres of land in a conservation easement agreement also in the resolution.

These two sections of land, according to the resolution, are “key elements in a larger vision for a proposed riverwalk that would link the Georgia DOT Welcome Center at I-85 to West Point Lake.”

In other business, the group approved a $300,000 donation from the Hyundai Dymos plant that is to be used to fund the downtown river front development in lieu of the plant paying for sewer infrastructure.

City Manager Ed Moon had explained in a previous work session that the city had applied for state and federal grant funds for sewer service to the new Kia Pkwy. plant, but funds from the grant were not sufficient for the project.

An agreement made with the city and Dymos said that plant was to assist in the utility infrastructure cost if the funds were lacking.

In exchange of the $300,000 donation, the city will pay approximately $340,000 to cover the additional sewer infrastructure costs.

Also during Monday evening’s meeting, Mayor Drew Ferguson presented the “Agency of the Year” award on behalf of the Georgia’s Governors Office of Highway Safety to the West Point Police Department. The department also received a certificate of appreciation from the Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network (WRTEN), in which Sgt. Gerald Shrewsbury was assigned as the liaison and reporting officer for 2013. Retiring Chief Jeffery Cato received a proclamation for his four years of service to the city.

Others who received proclamations included “Keep Troup Beautiful,” the annual “Hike-Bike-Run” fundraising event for the Valley Haven School in Valley, Ala. and retiring city employee of 40 years, Richard Fuller.