WEST POINT -- The city council met to amend subdivision plans for an LDS Church building at 800 North.
When the council met Dec. 6, Mayor Erik Craythorne excused himself from the discussion because his family is involved with the business transaction.
Craythorne left the room, agreeing to return after the council reached a decision. Kent Henderson was named mayor pro tem.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to build a church on one lot in a subdivision at 800 North. When this lot was purchased, the LDS Church knew a storm drain would be needed and would most likely be attached to a proposed residential subdivision.
The storm drain was designed to be in a future street of that subdivision and would serve both the church and the residential subdivision.
Because of changes in the economy, the residential development is on hold and the property owner will not risk installing pipe in a location that may not line up with a future street.
Boyd Davis and his team in the city's community development department came up with a compromise of a temporary retention pond in place of the storm drain. The pond is designed to be shallow to increase filtration and evaporation. This should help avoid standing water, officials said.
The council drafted a maintenance agreement to ensure the pond will be properly cared for.
No deadline was set for the pond to be replaced by a storm drain.
The pond, at 3290 W. 800 North, will be removed when the surrounding property is developed, which could take many years.
Cordova II, LLC signed the maintenance agreement, and the council unanimously accepted the agreement and subdivision amendment.