West Point approves road work on 10th Street

Published 11:12 am Sunday, April 15, 2018

WEST POINT — The West Point City Council unanimously approved Monday during a business session a Forward Fund Grant Application submitted by the West Point Development Authority last month.

According to documents submitted to the council, the project is to provide grading and stabilization at two locations on 10th Street.

The West Point Development Authority has stated the 10th Street corridor serves as the primary gateway into West Point from Interstate 85 and, as such, its appearance and aesthetics are vitally important, connecting visitors to West Point’s neighborhoods and downtown.

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“This two-mile stretch of roadway is unfortunately inconsistent in appearance with other areas of the community, yet it is one of the most visible portions and entryways of the community,” the statement reads. “10th Street has evolved from what was once a single-family residential street into a commercial and institutional thoroughfare today, with small pockets of residential still remaining. In order for the 10th Street area to move forward as the healthy core of the community, much change is going to be necessary for improvement to be realized.”

To stimulate this change, the Development Authority asked the council for help, which was granted. The council approved the project cost of $520,000 and agreed to pay the total cost of the project based on bids received and actual cost.

Councilmember Sandra Thornton made the motion, which was seconded by Gloria Marshall. It was unanimously approved.

The council also amended the Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) Inter-Participant Contract.

The amendment will change the cost allocation method for the Pole Attachment Services that are provided to the city by ECG. The current method ‘non-time based” will be phased out over a 5-year period transitioning to an “actual hourly” method that is projected to save the city $700 per year.

In other action, the council:

Approved an amendment to the Harris County Service Delivery Strategy to allow the City of Shiloh to extend its water lines into unincorporated Harris County. It passed unanimously.

Unanimously passed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of West Point and Harris County defining the use of the Animal Control Shelter by the City, including the cost for each dog, cat, puppy or kitten, veterinarian cost, ownership, and care of animals.

Appointed Debra Robertson to a third term on the West Point Historic Preservation Commission.

Proclaimed the week of April 29 through May 5 as Hike/Bike/Run Week in the City of West Point. Mayor Tramell presented the proclamation to Donald Cleveland, who thanked the Mayor and Council for their support.

Presented a proclamation to Mr. Cecil Ramsey for his devoted time, energy, talents and resources supporting the Chattahoochee Fuller Center and his overall contributions to the Valley area.

Announced winners of the West Point Elementary School essay contest for “If I Were Mayor” will be named on April 24. Point University English Department students will be the judges. 

The council will next meet for a work session on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.