Robinson talks local developments at Civitan

Robbie Robinson, mayor of West Point, was the speaker at the Civitan Christmas Luncheon recently. Robinson spoke about the new playground and new businesses that are coming to West Point
Staff Writer

The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club held its annual Christmas luncheon recently at the Bryan Public Library.

West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson was the guest speaker for the event.

"We have a new police chief and have hired five new officers," Robinson said. "Chief Avery Cook is doing a great job, he and his officers are doing good things in the community."

Robinson was complimentary to Yokohama and KaBOOM! on gathering the community together to build the new playground in Marshall Park.

"It was one of the most exciting things when Yokohama approached James Crowley at the Parks and Recreation Department about building a playground," Robinson said. "The idea was for Yokohama to pay for the supplies, playground equipment, everything to build it and then for West Point to join together as a community and put everything together in one day."

Robinson said during the playground construction, a lady told him this is what she thought heaven must be like. Everyone working together, getting along and having a good time. Robinson said he thinks so, too.

"There were a lot of Yokohama employees, management and the president of the company taking part in the construction," Robinson said. "The planning phase took about six months. Melanie Busby did a remarkable job spearheading the event and getting the word out. Deborah Mansfield did a lot of the artwork. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority members signed people in and made sure they signed the paperwork that was needed. We have a playground to be proud of and the whole community worked together to make it happen."

Robinson said the city is close to pulling the trigger on PECO, the poultry producer that will take up residence in the former AmeriCold Logistics building on East Church Hill Road.

"We are waiting for signatures and then PECO can start renovating the building," Robinson said. "It will bring in 300 jobs in four years. They provide the poultry for Buffalo Wild Wings."

PECO is the eighth largest poultry producer in the U.S. The facility has 172,000 square feet, plus office space and will include a $4 million pre-treatment facility.

"Our unemployment numbers are down to 6.4 percent, that isn't the lowest in Mississippi, but at one time it was 16 percent," Robinson said. "There is a lot of activity on Highway 45. Loves Truck Stop and TravelCenter with Arbys, Little Ceasars, and there is another new restaurant coming. There will be increased lighting at Marshall Park, this is an exciting time for our town."

Robinson said there will be a splash park coming to the Jessie Harmon Sportsplex in the spring. It will be a great addition and give children a place to cool off during the summer heat.

"Tiberlane-Provias Developers of Jackson are building new 52-unit condominiums on Highway 50 West and Old White Road," Robinson said. "That project should be completed in about a year. It is going to be a great addition and provide nice places to live."