West Point council welcomes new member, discusses sign ordinance

The West Point Town Council met Monday evening. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – The West Point Town Council met Monday night and welcomed new council member Ashlee Phillips. Phillips was appointed by the council at its June meeting to fill the Place 5 seat vacated by Michael Hall, who moved outside of West Point.

The council approved the annexation of two properties, hoping to add more residents leading up to the 2020 census. The Danny Ponder residence at 5935 County Road 1114 and the Tamesha Bean residence at 888 County Road 1123 were annexed.

The Town did not qualify for the grant it applied for through Cullman County Economic Development to help with the re-paving of County Road 1141. The grant had low-income requirements that West Point did not meet.

The Town has ordered a new pump for the lift station at its sewer plant. The 10-year-old pump has been replaced with a temporary pump until the new one arrives. It said the impellers in the old pump had worn down.

Councilman Timmy Smith explained, “(Town Clerk) Joann (Jones) caught it by being very observant on the power bill. The power bill doubled near the end of May and in June it doubled completely. So, it happened near the end of May.”

The council continued its discussion from previous meetings regarding adding signs welcoming visitors to the town of West Point. The hope is to eventually have three signs. One on Alabama Highway 157, one at the 3-way stop by Willingham’s General Store and one at West Point Town Hall.

The council is considering creating an ordinance to limit signs in rights-of-way, citing clutter and public safety where are signs are blocking views at intersections.

Councilman Darion Daniel said, “We don’t have an ordinance, but we really are getting to the point that we might have to.”

The council voted to donate $1,000 donation to The Good Samaritan Health Clinic.

Said Daniel, “It is a really good thing and we know they do good things with the money.”

The West Point Town Council meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at West Point Town Hall.

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