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West Point prepares for pending property swap

WEST POINT — In a short work session on Thursday afternoon, the West Point City Council reviewed several items that will be voted on by the council at its 5:30 p.m. regular meeting on Monday. The principal item of business is a pending land swap between the city and the West Point Development Authority.

The city is proposing to swap approximately eight acres of land it owns on East 10th Street for a 10.5-acre tract of land the Development Authority owns off O.G. Skinner Drive. This land includes three buildings the city owns – the Active Life (or senior) Center, the Technology Center and the Recreation & Youth Services Center.

With the land swap, the city will own the land the three buildings are on, and the Development Authority will be getting some property that can be developed on the main corridor leading into town from I-85.

It appears to be a win-win situation for both parties.

Council members also discussed a proposed resolution on fireworks. Approval of this would signal the city’s support of a position taken by the Georgia Municipal Association. A bill in the state legislature supported by the GMA would allow more local control over fireworks.

A resolution to amend the annual city budget would have expenditures at $16,918,945.82.

Proposed policies on procurement, federal funds disbursement, sole and single procurement and severe weather preparedness would put in writing what the city has been doing. “It’s nothing new,” said City Administrator Ed Moon. “It’s what we’ve been following. It’s just a good idea to have it in writing.”

Mayor Steve Tramell asked local residents to make plans to come out to the St. Paddy’s Day on the River. It’s being sponsored by the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and will be taking place in the downtown area on Saturday, March 17. “There will be lots of vendors there,” said Tramell. “There’s going to be a kids’ zone in the afternoon and some live entertainment at night. It should be a lot of fun for everybody.”