By Bethany Adams, For the Tribune
CENTER POINT—During Pre-council preceding Thursday night’s city council meeting, the council considered a resolution appointing an appraisal for the Polly Reed Road project. The project, which has been in the works for years according to Council President Roger Barlow, involves the installation of sidewalks and other work to be done in the area.
Citing concern that there was only one offer for appraisal, Councilor Howell requested that the resolution be removed from the agenda until he could determine whether or not there are any other options.
“It’s about the money, and I’m about saving the city money,” he said.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, resident Billy Hagood inquired about the process of replacing a council member who has resigned. Councilors explained that, in the event of a resignation, the council and the mayor would appoint an individual to fill the vacancy.
Former council member Raymond Olan also spoke concerning the discussion of a splash pad in the city. He requested that the council not move forward on the proposed project until the community was given the opportunity to give feedback.
Barlow said that the issue will be on the agenda for the next meeting, and that anyone who wishes to speak can do so during public comments.
“This is the beginning of the discussion,” Barlow said. “We’re going to get a couple of proposals, then we’ll decide.”
Multiple council members, including Councilors Scott and Leesburg, requested more information regarding the cost of the project before any action is taken.
The council later entered into unanimous consent to approve Mayor Henderson to contact animal control services in order to address reports of coyotes near the elementary school.
The council also voted to approve a motion to contract with Lowe’s Building Supply for the resurfacing of the floor in the council chamber. According to City Clerk Tameeka Vann, the project should cost somewhere in the range of $6,000.
“It’s almost impossible, if you want to serve food in this room, to keep it clean,” Councilor Leesburg said. He explained that, in the long run, the new linoleum will be less expensive to maintain than carpet.
The next Center Point City Council meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. with Pre-council at 6:45.