West Point awards bid for turn lane


The West Point Town Council met this week and awarded the bid for the long-awaited Alabama Highway 157 turn lane to T&K Construction. (Nick Griffin for The Tribune)

WEST POINT – The West Point Town Council awarded the bid for long-awaited Alabama Highway 157 extended deceleration /turn lane project Tuesday night during a continuation of Monday night’s regular council meeting. The bid was opened at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning and by the time the council gathered again at 6 p.m., the bid was awarded to T&K Construction, LLC of Vinemont.

The total bid was priced at $301,260.54 and the Town of West Point, is responsible for approximately $90,000 of the project after accounting for grants and other contributions. The lane is planned for the eastbound side of the highway as it approaches the County Road 1242 intersection where Jack’s is located. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) previously committed $100,000 to the project, while the Cullman County Commission put in $50,000, according Mayor Kenneth Kilgo.

Kilgo told the council he plans to request a grant from the Cullman County Community Development Commission at the CCCDC’s next meeting to help chip away at the cost even further. Kilgo has called the project “the most important project for the community since the sewer project.” Kilgo was referring to the Town’s sanitary sewer system that began developing in 2009 and current plans to expand that system.

The council is also sending its idea for paying for the lights at the West Point tennis courts to the Cullman County Board of Education. The Town’s idea is to take over ownership of the tennis courts because they will be able to apply for more public funding that the school does not have access to.

The council approved plans to build a food pantry on the property of Superior Custom Barns in West Point on County Road 1242. Information will be posted on the Town’s Facebook page toward the end of the week regarding a food drive to stock the new pantry when it opens.

An $8,000 contribution to brick the baseball field house at West Point High School was approved. The project will be part of the continuing beautification and development of the town.

To wrap up this month’s meeting, the council also approved the purchase of camera equipment to set up a surveillance system in several locations around West Point; this was after some of the council members visited Holly Pond and Mayor Bill Oliver to see Holly Pond’s camera setup. For $5,175, the council plans to buy cameras to be placed at the town hall, pump stations, a maintenance building, storm shelters and at the concession stand in the public park.

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