Selectmen adopt comprehensive plan

By: 
MARY RUMORE
Staff Writer

The West Point Board of Selectmen unanimously passed the city's proposed comprehensive plan during a special meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Robbie Robinson said in a previous interview the comprehensive plan will be a layout for growth and improvement for citizens and employees of West Point during the next 20 to 25 years.

The comprehensive plan can be viewed at City Hall or online at www.wpnet.org.

The motion to accept the comprehensive plan was made by Ward 1 Selectman Linda Hannah and seconded by Ward 2 Selectman William Binder.

CITY BUDGET

During the board meeting, there was also a public hearing for the 2017-2018 city budget.

The total revenues for the general fund are $7,844,851, and the total expenses are $7,769,322.83, with a surplus of $48,528.17.

The total revenues for the bond and interest fund budget are $610,140.39, and the total expenses are $547,019.45, which leaves a surplus of $63,120.94.

The total revenues for the maintenance shop budget are $309,000, and the total expenses are $308,965, with a surplus of $35.

The tourism tax budget has $265,000 in total expenses.

The West Point Electric Department has $10,789,000 in total revenue, and $10,415,444 in total expenses, leaving a surplus of $370,556.

The Water and Sewer Department has $6,272,000 in total revenue, and $6,089,000 in total expenses, with a surplus of $183,000.

Full, detailed copies of the 2017-2018 budget are also available at City Hall.

The Board of Selectmen will adopt the budget during the meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 27.

OTHER BUSINESS

The board also accepted a motion by Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer to declare two sets of hydraulic rescue tools from the West Point Fire Department as surplus materials. The city will donate the two pieces of equipment to county volunteer fire departments.

WPFD Chief Ken Wilbourne said the equipment had been used for over 20 years and were not used any more by the department, but the county volunteer fire departments would be able to use them.

The board also approved a bid from Bancorp South for financing for new police cars.

The bid was for $3,714 monthly for 48 months, with an interest rate of 2.36 percent.

The board will also accept bank depository bids during next Tuesday’s meeting.

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