West Point swears in familiar faces

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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WEST POINT — It was a busy night of appointments and swearing-in ceremonies at the West Point city council meeting Monday.

Before any oath was given, Councilman Gerald Ledbetter submitted the financial report for December. December revenues $1,730,194 against total expenses $1,501673 with a January forecasted balance of $1,617,239, anticipated revenue of $1,110,590 and $1,381,862 leaving $1,348, 967 cash available.

The council then moved on to a proclamation that designates January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness month in West Point.

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Ledbetter, Sandra Thornton and Deedee Williams were all sworn in as councilmembers.

The three incumbents on the council were each re-elected this past December in a field that also included Wiky Gladden and Kesha Edwards-Coniglio.

Mayor Steve Trammel was also sworn in by City Attorney Jeffery Todd. Tramell ran unopposed in the November election.

Wesley Leonard was appointed and sworn-in as Municipal Court Judge and Ben Wilcox as municipal court pro-tempore.

Monday’s appointments included Henry Hutchinson who was appointed West Points mayor pro-tempore, Larry Duncan and Joe Thompson to serve a three-year term on the West Point Historic Preservation Commission, Henry Hutchinson to serve a three-year term on the Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission and Josh Moon to serve a five-year term on the West Point Development Authority.

Other items of note Monday was the passing of an agreement for Jack Robinson to receive and land apply biosolids on his property located in Alabama. According to city documents, the city experienced a 130 percent increase in landfill costs for disposing of items. Documents also state the city could see at least a 50 percent reduction in costs by entering into this agreement.