City names Klutts as new building inspector

West Point Building Inspector Jeremy Klutts
By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL EDITOR

The West Point Board of Selectmen unanimously chose to hire city code enforcement officer Jeremy Klutts as the city’s new building inspector.

Klutts has worked for the city for four years and said in the past, the city had both code enforcement and building inspection under the same position.

“It’s back together and kind of falls hand in hand,” Klutts said. “It’s consolidating two positions. I’m looking forward to working with everybody and i’ve been doing it for a while anyways.”

Klutts has been serving as building inspector during the interim following the board opting to terminate Roy Shannon, who was voted out by the board on a 3-2 decision in September.

Ward 1 Selectman Leta Turner, Ward 3 Selectman Ken Poole and Ward 5 Selectman Jasper Pittman voted against renewing Shannon's contract in September.

WEST POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Board of Selectman unanimously approved to hire five new officers for West Point Police Department on the recommendation of Chief Avery Cook.

Cook told the board he had been short on patrol officers, especially in the wake of one officer resigning and another being terminated.

In total, the department went from 21 officers down to 17 currently, with one officer expected to retire soon, bringing the number of uniformed officers to 16.

Cook also updated city officials on efforts to raise money for the department’s new K9 unit.

The total cost of the police dog, along with all accessories, is estimated at $12,000.

Cook said he hopes to raise funds to purchase the K9 dog and said roughly $3,500 had been collected from people in the community. The board also confirmed Cook’s authority to use $6,000 in city funds to be used toward the purchase, leaving the rest to be gathered through fundraising efforts.

Purchasing a new K9 unit will go along with the department’s efforts to start a new narcotics unit, which is currently back operating but in need of a trained K9 dog.

The Board of Selectmen approved the creation of the unit in October and Cook said on Tuesday the WPPD is in the process of forming a narcotics task force which would work in tandem with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, which currently has a K9 unit.

OTHER BUSINESS

▪ The Board voted unanimously to adopt the new state model flood damage prevention ordinance.

▪ The Board voted unanimously to approve bids for 16.5 acres of agricultural land use at the Jesse Harmon Sportsplex.

▪ The Board unanimously approved to purchase advertisement for West Point basketball for one year at $150.

▪ The Board met in closed executive session to discuss a potential lawsuit, but no action was taken.

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