Upset Homeowners Oppose Lot Split Request Outside West Point City Limits

Upset homeowners outnumbered council members at Tuesday night's West Point City Council meeting.

At issue is a lot split request just outside the city limits called the Schuetze Addition, south and east of town along Highway 32.

Homeowners say they have concerns about too many homes in too small of an area which could produce water drainage issues and effect their country-living style of life.

City Administrator Tom Goulette says the request to split the lot has received approval from the Planning Commission.

With two council members absent, the council tabled the issue until its June meeting.

The council also voted to increase water rates about five percent for next year to keep up with increased power and chemical costs.

On another issue, the council decided to lower its contribution for the 4th of July fireworks display from $5-thousand last year to $4-thousand this year.

Councilman Tom Swenson said he hated to raise water rates for tax payers and then spend $5-thousand on fireworks. The Visitor's Bureau will be asked to chip in the other thousand dollars.

Also at last night's council meeting...water rates were increased five percent for next year.

And after meeting in closed session briefly, the council voted to purchase the Jack Leonard property next to the swimming pool for $63-thousand. A building on the site will be used for a maintenance shed for the park and eventually the house will be removed and the land turned into a parking lot.

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