West Point council welcomes Steve Link; contingency plan approved

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West Point Mayor Gerald Schafer speaks to Town Attorney Dan Willingham at Monday night’s meeting. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT- Ala. – The West Point Town Council met Monday for its first regularly scheduled meeting since appointing Councilman Gerald Schafer mayor following the passing of  longtime mayor Kenneth Kilgo. Also joining the council was Steve Link, who was appointed to fill Schafer’s council seat.

Said Schafer, “I appreciate everybody giving me the opportunity and the confidence in me to do this.”

Link is no stranger to the council. He served one previous term that ended in 2012. He is a 1988 graduate of West Point High School and works full time as a lineman for the Cullman County Electric Cooperative. He, along with his brother, are co-owners of Link’s Hotdogs & Hamburgers located inside Mae’s Food Hall in downtown Cullman. 

The council discussed concerns regarding tornado sirens. Several residents reported the sirens not working during the last rounds of severe weather. Town leaders are aware of the issue, but said they have not been contacted by Cullman County EMA. Schafer said he hopes to have someone from the County out this week. 

Other business

The council approved the purchase of a 40 HP LS tractor for $23,200. The tractor is primarily for park and recreation’s needs, but Schafer pointed out, “It will be good for cleaning ditches and to use around the town.”

The council approved its contingency plan, required by the state prior to the start of the spring ball season. The plan brings the Town into compliance with the Coach Safety Act, which passed the Alabama Legislature late last year; it requires coaches to be certified in safety training and protocols. The plan covers scenarios such as active shooter, missing child and disorderly spectators. Town attorney Dan Willingham said that the  plan was broad and written to cover not only the park, but also the town’s offices/community center. 

The council agreed to pay $2,500 toward the power bill for the walking trail lights. 

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