Middlebourne Town Council met on Monday and passed the new water rate increase ordinance on the third and final reading. The increase is 15 percent and will take effect starting in September.
Council also passed the first reading of an ordinance to sell certain lots-75, 76, and 77 in Fair Addition on Westchester Avenue-on behalf of the library to Robert Carpenter for a sum of $20,000.
Under new business: Council unanimously approved a request from Mayor Charles DeLauder to hire a part-time employee for streets for a minimum of 60 days at $10 per hour. Discussion was also held on the mowing of the three lots on Westchester Street which the town is selling for the library. It was decided that city employees would mow the property until the sale is final.
Mayor DeLauder recommended to council to reject the bids for street paving of several streets in town. He said he felt the bids were more than the town could afford. One was for $136,453 and the other was $106,500. He said asphalt was just too high. He recommended to council to reject the bids and then pave what can be done for $50,000. Council unanimously voted to reject the bids.
Council also approved a motion to authorize City Attorney Gary Rymer to draft an ordinance which would require traffic to stop at crosswalks for pedestrians at three separate locations on Main Street. Discussion was held concerning vehicle traffic failing to slow down as people cross the street. Fines for failing to stop for pedestrians could be $500 under the new ordinance being considered.
DeLauder said the library is requesting permission to close Broad Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14, for their summer reading program. Council approved the request. Council also unanimously approved the agreement between the County Commission, the Board of Education, and the town for the construction of the new parking lot at the old Tyler Board Office.
In other matters: DeLauder reported that the check for the city's lease of mineral rights to Antero Resources for $30,000 has been received; street repairs will continue until all potholes are filled; the generator for the water plant has arrived and the city is waiting on an estimate from Swiss Valley Associates to install it. The town is still waiting on confirmation of funding for the police car radar, then someone will be hired for the police job.