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West Point approves purchase of property

WEST POINT — The City of West Point approved the purchase of a stretch of property on Highland Drive next to the Water Pollution Control Plant.

The purchase was made during a Monday work session of the West Point City Council.

For the price of $2,500, the city will take ownership of the land, which will then become part of the treatment plant.

The council unanimously approved the purchase.

In similar action, the council approved a property exchange on 10th Street.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, the council heard from several residents and officials.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ashley Crane spoke to the board about several upcoming events, including a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March.

Deedee Williams asked the board if they would be willing to make some changes to the meeting process, including making sure any dissenting votes were clearly established and the possibility of recording meetings for public consumption, so citizens might have a better understanding of the governmental process.

Resident Roger Bailey asked about the status of an area being added to the historical district, whether speed limits could be better enforced along Avenue C, and if officers could investigate possible late-night activities near the West Point United Methodist Church.

The rest of the meeting was filled with normal business. The council approved a resolution for fireworks and amended the 2017 budget to better reflect the correct end-of-year balance. It also  approved several policies, including the ones for procurement, federal funds disbursement, sole or single source procurement and severe weather and emergencies.

The next city council work session will be held Feb. 8, and the next city council meeting will be held  Feb. 12. Both are slated to start at 5:30 p.m. EST.