Town council approves donation of 95 lots for Riverwalk Park project

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

A new riverfront park with possible water access is in West Point’s near future.

Town Council unanimously approved a resolution to accept property donations of 95 lots from Thrift Insurance Corporation at council’s Feb. 26 meeting. Councilman Jack Lawson abstained from the vote, as he works for Thrift Insurance.

The lots off Chelsea Road are assessed at $85,500. Riverwalk Park has been in the early planning stages since last year, and a town engineer is working on the design phase, according to West Point zoning administrator Holly McGowan.

The park will be done in phases and is near the Farmer’s Market. Plans include a pavilion, splash water feature for children and a walking trail.

The pavilion was included in the 2018-2019 budget for a total of $50,000, which includes laying groundwork for a fountain and water feature. The pavilion will be done first — the town is reviewing quotes for its construction, according to McGowan.

“The lots are adjacent to the water at West Point Creek and the Mattaponi River,” McGowan said. “There is a possibility for more water access points, but that would be put in after the project is complete.”

The majority of the donated lots are off Chelsea Road, with a few lots downtown with access to the Mattaponi River for possible future projects and development, according to McGowan.

Other business

A special use permit was unanimously approved for resident Lou Johnson to rent out one of the apartments in her home on a short-term basis.

The Planning Commission recommended the approval. No one spoke during the public hearing at the council meeting.

Johnson may rent out the apartment for short-term vacation rentals a weekend or a week, according to the permit application.

Johnson may not post signs advertising the rental, according to the permit application. The special use permit was issued under a “Bed and Breakfast,” as that’s the only classification that fits into the zoning district, according to Hudson.

» Council and town staff received audit results of fiscal year 2017-2018 at the meeting by Robinson Farmer Cox certified public accountant and Charlottesville office director Michael E. Lupton.

Lupton said his opinion is unmodified, meaning the town has correct and clean financial records for that fiscal year.

Former councilmen Paul Kelley and Chris Vincent were presented with honorary resolutions for their service to the town. Both served eight years on council and served on several town committees.

» Donald Perry, who served on Town Council from 1992-2000, was unanimously appointed to the Planning Commission, taking over councilmen Jamie Pruett’s unexpired term, which he resigned from when he was elected to council in December. Perry’s term will expire Sept. 30, 2021.

» Council then went into recess; they will reconvene at the joint council and School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m., March 5 at the School Board office, the meeting time has been changed from 6:30 p.m.

» The next regular council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at town hall, 329 6th St., where town manager John Edwards will present his fiscal year 2019-2020 budget recommendation.

The School Board office is located at 1626 Main St.

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

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