Around the Point - June 2024

Around the Point - June 2024


June is here and it’s time for the next edition of Around the Point, the Town of West Point’s official newsletter. The school year has ended, the excitement of summer is in the air, and event season is in full swing! Check out everything that’s happening around the Point: 

  • Our Building and Community Development departments recently celebrated Building Safety Month by sharing valuable information about our permitting process, pool and outdoor structure safety, hiring licensed contractors, and upcoming property evaluations (set to begin June 1st). Visit the first article and follow links at the end of each to read the series.
  • The Office of the Governor announced the reopening of the West Point Veneer plant. We welcome Coldwater Veneer, Inc. to our community and appreciate everyone’s efforts in this reinvestment.
  • The new location of the West Point Branch Library opened at 433 12th Street. We’re grateful to everyone involved in the planning, design, and relocation of the library.
  • Employment opportunities with the Town can be found at workforwestpoint.com. The West Point Police Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of Police Officer 1. 
  • Congratulations and welcome to our summer interns – Allison Blake, Landon Falk, Rochelle Deveaux, Lena Sanders, Garrett Bland, and Cole Carter! We had an unprecedented number of applicants this year and enjoyed interviewing a talented pool of students.  
  • Thank you to all who submitted fowl ordinance grandfather applications. Reviews begin in June.
  • Hurricane Season arrived on June 1st. Find helpful resources at West Point Town Hall and on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.
  • West Point Town Hall and DMV Select will be closed Wednesday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth.
  • July 16th is the deadline to sign up for the West Point Volunteer Fire Department’s Regional Fire Academy. Learn more at westpointvfd.com/join.
  • With school out for the summer, there’s increased foot and bike traffic around town. Please be mindful and cautious while driving.
  • The West Point Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8am to Noon at The Pavilion at Riverwalk Park. Learn more on our website and Facebook. Arrive early; cash and electronic payments are accepted.
  • Our first Food Trucks by the River was held on Friday, May 17th. Thank you to Small Town Burger, Carmen’s Jamaican Authentic Cuisine, The Grateful Grill RVA, Keith’s Ice Cream, Gauthier Vineyard, and the West Point High School Jazz Band for a fun evening. Save the dates for future events - June 21st, July 19th, August 16th, September 20th, and October 18th - and visit our tourism website for details. 
  • Tickets are available for the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Benefit Gala, scheduled for Saturday, June 8th. Enjoy an evening of good food and great music, and give back to our community by raising funds for the West Point Chamber of Commerce Trade Scholarship.
  • The Chamber’s next Jammin’ On the Point is Friday, June 14th and will feature Crazy X, a high-energy rock ‘n country band.
  • Our 16th Annual Chesty Puller Memorial Twin Bridge 10K is Saturday, June 22nd. Expect increased traffic and travel delays on 14th Street, downtown, and on both bridges from 6am to 1pm. Sign up to volunteer and receive race swag, a hot meal, and cold drink. A special thank you to our Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors for your support.
  • Planning is underway for the 42nd Annual West Point Crab Carnival, and volunteers are needed to make this huge event a success. Visit the Chamber’s website to submit your interest form.
  • Our kayak rental kiosk at West Point Creek is open. Learn about our waterways here, and be sure to follow all safety guidelines before you launch.

Finally, as you enjoy the warm weather, we encourage you to take advantage of our walking/biking trails, the Riverwalk, and all West Point has to offer for an active, healthy lifestyle!

Sincerely,
Jack Lawson
Mayor, Town of West Point

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