Town council discusses Chesty Puller 10k, Bay Transit

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

West Point Town Council is beginning to prepare for next year’s Chesty Puller 10K.

Council also discussed the funding of Bay Transit transportation services and committee appointments for 2019 at their special meeting Dec. 13.

The special session was called as council would not have had enough members to act/vote on matters at their scheduled Dec. 18 meeting, which council unanimously voted to cancel.

Town manager John Edwards said that J&A Racing, which partnered with the town to put on this year’s Chesty Puller 10K, has requested a three-year contract to assist with the race.

“The town hosted the 10K for the first time in years and they did a great job assisting us this year and are going to help us again next year,” Edwards said. “I am recommending that I extend a contract offer to them.”

Town council agreed and unanimously agreed that Edwards will offer them a contract.

Edwards also discussed funding for Bay Transit transportation services and said they are putting the town, King William and King and Queen on notice that they need to raise their fees.

“They have asked for more funding the past couple of years and will be meeting with us, King William and King and Queen to discuss that,” Edwards said. “The three localities have an unspoken agreement with Bay Transit, probably an informal handshake agreement that was made before any current local leaders were elected, that the three localities would give equal amounts to Bay Transit.”

Edwards said Bay Transit is asking for $27,000 from each locality; the town currently pays $20,000 to the transportation service.

“When we cut the funding they cut the mid-day service shift for the in-town route as well as the amount of service that goes around the three localities,” Edwards said.

Edwards said he is looking at cost-effective options with good service, which may not include Bay Transit. Edwards said he brought up the matter to make council members aware.

Other business

Council unanimously approved a motion to declare a West Point Police Department Dodge Charger as surplus so it can be donated to the Greater Criminal Justice Training Academy for training purposes.

Council committee appointments were made for next year with new council members John Ragsdale and James Pruett starting their terms in January and council members Paul Kelley and Chris Vincent leaving.

  • Education committee chair: Gail Nichols
  • Public works committee chair: Robert Lawrence
  • Ragsdale will join the education and public safety committees
  • Pruett will join the public works and community development committees
  • Pruett will step down as chairman of the Planning Commission, Mayor Jim Hudson will remain on the commission as council’s representative, town will search for new chairman
  • Pruett will join the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission as council member Jack Lawson’s term expires

Hudson thanked Kelley for his time and service on council; Vincent was not in attendance at the meeting.

The new council members, school board members and mayor will be sworn in at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at town hall, 329 Sixth St.

The next council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, where Edwards will present 2019-2020 budget requests.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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