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Middlebourne council approves apartments

By Staff | Mar 13, 2013

At the Monday meeting of the Middlebourne Council, Mayor Gayla Fisher discussed a workshop that was held to discuss the construction of four additional apartments on the Addie View Apartment Building.

The owners, Sam Wagner, Mary Dotson and Jessica Dotson met with council to discuss any requirements, concerns or fees they would need in order to proceed with the project.

Because an action couldn’t be made at the workshop, the council made a motion to approve the construction of the four apartments contingent upon everything being legal.

Mayor Fisher informed the council that City Attorney Gary Rymer is still working on an agreement with the 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 damages by vibrations or shifting of the ground from use of heavy equipment.

The council discussed a light pole that was damaged in front of Boggs’ Family Pizza and Grill. After reviewing tapes and discovering the cause of the damage, the mayor filed a claim with the city’s insurance company. The company has pledged to pay $2,500 towards the damaged light. Mayor Fisher asked the council their thoughts on using funds from the Stealey fund to pay for the remaining $1,373. The council approved this matter.

Mayor Fisher announced to the council that the new town entrance signs were ordered. The original signs were removed because they were on the Division of HIghways right-of-way. The council was given permission to place the signs on the property of John Stender and Witschey’s grocery store. However, Fisher said they are still working out some issues with the DOH.

The Bicentennial Celebration was discussed. Fisher said there has been a lot of interest shown in the celebration. They are in the midst of creating contracts for musicians to sign for the festival.

In other business, the council reviewed the budget. A motion was made to approve the budget and an additional motion was made to recess it until April 16.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved by the council.

The next meeting of the Town of Middlebourne City Council will be held on April 8, 7 p.m., at the city building.