Middlebourne Paves Way Toward Future
Middlebourne had a banner year that included a water rate increase, a toss at a vicious dog ordinance and ended with the acquisition of a new police cruiser.
In November, Middlebourne Council approved an ordinance to increase town water and sewer rates. council approved a state mandated surcharge that would increase monthly bills $1.50 per thousand gallons for water and $1.57 for sewer. Mayor Charlie Delauder said the additional revenue will be placed in a repair fund as required by state law.
Council discussed the final reading of a vicious dog ordinance. Town Recorder Sue Pelikan she would like to make a motion to table the third reading of the vicious dog ordinance indefinitely until further research can be done along with conversations with county commissioners on the possibility of an animal shelter. The motion to approve the ordinance was tabled indefinitely.
Delauder said during the early fall, 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.
During the fall, council approved the purchase of property for the north end of the city’s walking walking trail.
Delauder said the city has not received word yet about its application for a state grant that would help pay for improvements to the park system’s walking trail, but he remains optimistic. Earlier this year, the city applied for a $150,000 grant through the state Department of Highways. He said the grant is an 20/80 split with the city providing 20 percent of the funds and the state the remaining 80 percent.
In December, council approved renting a trailer for about $200 to deliver a police car to the city.
The police car was donated from Kenova, but needed some repairs. Middlebourne paid for the repairs.