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Middlebourne town council approves rate increases

By Staff | Nov 10, 2015

At Monday’s Middlebourne village council meeting, the third and final reading of an ordinance to increase town water and sewer rates, was unanimously approved.

The new rate will become effective in 45 days as mandated by the Public Service Commission. According to legislative action, the city must hold one eighth of it’s operating budget in a reserve account, once the funds are secure in reserve the surcharge will be removed until they fall below the state mandated minimum.

Council also moved forward with passage of an ordinance to purchase property from Dale Smith for $6,000. The cost of the purchase will be split evenly by the city and the park and recreation board. The property is on the north end of the walking trail and will allow the city to extend the trail for completion. It will add one and a quarter acres for city use.

Christmas bonuses for eight city employees in the amount of $200 was unanimously approved in the form of a gift card. Also approved was the closing of streets for the annual Christmas parade on Dec. 5, with a bad weather date set for Dec. 12.

Mayor Charles Delauder reported that the city received a grant from the Stealey Community Fund to pave the outdoor basketball court near the senior center. Paving should begin soon weather permitting.

Delauder said city workers began repairs to East Street and the Division of Highways finished them. He told council plans are to begin grading of the alleys within the next few weeks to remove gravel from the center into the driving tracks.

Christmas decorations are to be put up during the third and fourth weeks of November.

Discussion was held on the possible building of a new city complex on property owned by the town in front of the old high school. Delauder is still investigating and checking on costs for such a project. He is also investigating what seems to be either a water or sewer problem developing on Stealey Street.