West Point Town Council Meets; ALDOT Permit and PALS Community Cleanup Discussed

Sharon Schuler Kreps

WEST POINT – A regular West Point Town Council meeting was held on Monday night at West Point Town Hall. An update on an Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) permit for work on Highway 157 and next month’s PALS Community Cleanup were two big items on the agenda.

West Point Mayor Kenneth Kilgo gave an update on the requested ALDOT permit for a Highway 157 turn lane. “I talked to Pat White from the Department of Transportation,” said Kilgo. “I had signed the permit that we had passed last month and they sent it on down to Montgomery. ALDOT has requested some more detailed design drawings from the developer. I am going to set up a meeting for us to go out there one day this week if anybody would like to come out. This has the potential to be a big deal, there’s a lot of development going on.”

The town is hoping to secure the turn lane to attract developers off Highway 157.

Coming soon to the old Doris Diner location on Highway 157 are the new West Point Volunteer Fire Department Station and Community Storm Shelter No. 2. The fire station is tentatively scheduled to be finished by the end of July. The storm shelter is expected to be complete by the end of June.

The Cullman County People Against a Littered State (PALS) Community Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 from 8a.m.-noon. http://www.co.cullman.al.us/pals/pals.html.  Dumpster Locations are as follows: West Elementary, East Elementary, Cullman High School, Cold Springs School, Baileyton Town Hall, Colony Community Center, Crane Hill Sulphur Springs, Dodge City Fire Station, Fairview Community Park (Across from Fairview Superette), Garden City maintenance area, Good Hope City Hall, Hanceville behind City Hall, Holly Pond – Lions Club Park, Jones Chapel School, Vinemont First Baptist Church and West Point Town Hall.

Items that cannot be taken are tires, paint and chemicals. 55 gallon drums must have multiple punched holes or they are not allowed. Citizens should contact their local town or city hall for bags (furnished by State PALS). Community members are being asked to pick up around their homes as far as possible in each direction. Filled bags should be placed with normal weekly garbage.

Public comments included Baileyton Mayor Johnny Dyar, who spoke to the council concerning Med-Air Evac insurance policies for the Town of West Point and its residents. Mr. Jones from the Med-Air Evac Insurance Company was not at the meeting as planned, but is scheduled to be at next month’s council meeting to explain the insurance and answer any questions the council members may have.

New business included the possibility of a surplus County tractor being donated to the Town of West Point. Kilgo is waiting for more information on the possibility.

Other miscellaneous items included the donation of $1,000 from the town to Ken Brown for a Veteran’s Day celebration at Sportsman Lake and the request by Kilgo that Councilman Mike Barnett attend a FEMA seminar on terrorism awareness in the near future.