West Point council will vote next month to approve contracts for library services, to include Hawkes Library in West Point and H. Grady Bradshaw library in Valley, Ala.
During Tuesday’s work session, City Manager Ed Moon reviewed the proposed contracts which states that the city will fund $1,250 per month, or $15,000 for the year, to Bradshaw. 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.
Last year, Hawkes received $22,000, its initial request in the 2013 budget, and Bradshaw received $8,000. In response, Bradshaw started charging West Point residents $10 a year to use the library where previously services had been free.
Both contracts would take effect in April and expire March 2015. According to Moon, neither library board has accepted the contract agreement.