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Middlebourne Council meets

By Staff | Feb 13, 2013

At the Feb. 11 meeting of the Middlebourne Council, Librarian Roseanne Eastham and Library Board President Carol Anne Kucharski addressed the council to request funding for the Middlebourne Library.

Of the $17, 835 funding the library receives in grants, they need to match half of that figure in tax-based funding from the Board of Education, the county, and the town. This money will cover any operating expenses.

The council moved to table the matter until it is time to determine the town’s budget.

While discussing the library, the council addressed the property that was donated to the library. At the last meeting, City Attorney Gary Rymer informed the council that the heirs of Hallie Swan Haught wished to donate property from her estate to the library.

The council made a motion to put the property up for sale. The money from the property will go directly to the Middlebourne Library.

Attorney Rymer informed council that an agreement still has not been reached with Division of Highways regarding the bridge project on state Route 18 near Sellers Run Road. The council has concerns regarding the water and sewer lines located around the property. The main concern is that the utility lines will be damaged by vibrations or shifting of the ground from use of the heavy equipment.

A motion was made to purchase new town entrance signs. The original signs were removed because they were on the Division of Highways right-of-way. They are still discussing new locations for the signs.

The council made a motion to replace the flagpoles for the American flags in town. Each flag pole will cost $10, totaling $120.

The council went into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.

In other business, the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved by the council. The members present were Dave Farhatt, Rodney Miller, Doug Doak, Dave Myers, Vera Henthorn, Mayor Gayla Fisher, Treasurer Tina Jones, Recorder Suzanne Farhatt, and City Attorney Gary Rymer.

The next meeting of the Town of Middlebourne City Council will be held on March 12 at 7 p.m. at the City Building.