BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEST POINT- The West Point City Council approved a two-month extension to its current shared policing agreement with Donnellson.
At Monday’s regular meeting of the council, Mayor Paul Walker said the agreement was set to expire and he wanted to extend the 28E agreement between the two cities.
City Administrator Gary Menke said the agreement was extended just to the beginning of the year and then West Point was going to look at asking for a two-year agreement going forward to allow the agreements to cycle with elections.
“We had a meeting with Donnellson Monday to work out the agreement,” Walker said. “They only thing that was probably the biggest change is they want another 6-month agreement and I would ask that we approve it for two years. The reason why is because it would be near election years and so if a new mayor or council comes in and they don’t like it, they have a chance to bail out. That way we don’t have to go through the process every six months,” Walker said.
The agreement initially went into effect this summer after Donnellson Police Chief Tom Oberman left for the Lee County Sheriff’s office. Walker and Donnellson city officials began hammering out an agreement where West Point Police Chief Brad Roberts would serve as chief for both cities and would supervise the Donnellson reserve force. Other cost sharing mechanisms are in place including vehicle and fuel costs and a monthly payment to West Point from Donnellson.
In other action:
– the council also heard from Carrie Green on the city’s first Wine Walk which will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the square in West Point. Katie’s Cuts, City Hall and Sonny’s are offering the glasses in advance for a $10 donation or $15 on the night of the vent. The West Point Community Club is putting on the event. Green said the group has raised more than $700 in donations from the glasses.
- the council heard from Holy Trinity Catholic Head Baseball Coach Albert Schinstock about the city possibly funding new dirt for the baseball field at South Park. Menke recommended that Schinstock look to the HTC boosters and the Community Club to share in the cost, but the city could find the funds to help with the cost. The council also allowed Schinstock to leave the outfield boards up all season. Walker advised that if wind damaged the fences due to the boards being left up all year, the fencing would need to be replaced.