West Jefferson starts budget work

After compiling final revenues and reviewing expenses, the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen is now ready to begin the budget planning process for the upcoming year.

Aldermen came to a consensus Monday night to further discuss the budget at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

In other business, West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose informed the board that the police department received 227 calls during the month of April.

During that time, police investigated 18 crashes and 10 people were arrested for drug offenses. Police also issued one citation for driving while impaired and a citation for an insurance violations. Two citations were issued for driving with revoked driver’s license and four people received larceny charges. There was also one stopped school bus violation on South Jefferson Avenue, said Rose.

In other business, Haskell McGuire informed the board the store earned more than $11,000 for the latest fiscal quarter.

“Everything is moving along well,” said McGuire.

In other business, the board approved a motion to approve a portion of State Street for an auction by Ashe Habitat for Humanity. During the town manager’s report, Brantley Price informed the board that the town’s new parking lot is now completed. The parking lot will add 70 new spaces to the downtown for locals and tourists. The town was awarded $60,000 by the county to assist with total costs of the project. This allotment will help pay for the paving of the lot. Price said crews will soon have lighting in place for the new lot.

Price also updated the board on the U.S. 221 widening project. Section D is now 30 percent complete, he said. Sections A and B of the project have been given to Vannoy’s Construction.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

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