CENTER POINT-- Residents of Center Point believe strongly in following some simple rules. Pay your bill on time, don't speed through town, and clean up property. Follow these rules and all is well, don't follow them, and receive a letter from the town attorney.
During the Town Council Meeting Tuesday, these issues came into play.
Several residents were delinquent on their water bills. This has prompted the council to set a time to discuss their options for enforcing local ordinances.
President of Reserve Deputies Chris Robinson was a guest of the council as they weighed options for local law enforcement to patrol the town. Currently, the council has received complaints about four-wheelers and scooters driven at high rates of speed on town streets, many times by underage drivers. The council has also had vandalism issues, and requires help with enforcing several ordinances about fire burning, trash dumping, and other issues.
"We tend to concentrate more on the town," Robinson said. "We enforce county ordinances, catch speeders and drunk drivers. We are always open to information from residents about where, when and if you know the who, that is always welcome."
Other matters discussed by the council included the ongoing park rehabilitation. The park playground equipment has been evaluated and most of it is in good working condition. The council has funds available for new swings and paint.
Safety issues for residents were also discussed. Because of the recent tornado that went through the area, the council has decided they want to test the sirens monthly, and use them in case of emergency only. With the sirens located inside the firehouse, members of the council will meet with the local firefighters to look at this situation.
Skunks in Center Point are a smelly subject. Currently, there have been numerous complaints about the fragrant animals in resident's sheds, garages, and other structures. The council is investigating ways to evacuate these animals.
The next council meeting is set for Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Center Point Town Hall, where the 2008 budget will be discussed.