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Middlebourne Mayor Proclaims Poppy Day

By Staff | Apr 25, 2018

Middlebourne Council, at its recent meeting, was presented a plaque by American Legion representative Cathy Post. Post presented a proclamation to be signed by Mayor Seago. The proclamation reads:

Town of Middlebourne Whereas, America is the land of freedom, preserved and protected willingly and freely by citizen soldiers; Whereas, Millions who have answered the call to arms have died on the field of battle; Whereas, A nation at peace must be reminded of the price of war and the debt owed to those who have died in war; Whereas, The red poppy has been designated as a symbol of sacrifice of lives in all wars; and Whereas, The American Legion Auxiliary has pledged to remind America annually of this debt through the distribution of the memorial flower;

Therefore, I, Stephen Seago, mayor of the town, Middlebourne, county of Tyler in the state of West Virginia do hereby proclaim this 25th day of May, 2018, as Poppy Day and ask that all citizens pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom by wearing the memorial poppy on this day.

Post also requested that she be allowed to close off Broad Street for the Memorial Day Parade. The street will be closed on May 28, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Post said events will include a Civil War reenactment and a Memorial Wall.

She also inquired about painting the gazebo. Council informed Post the gazebo is owned by the Library and maintained by Park and Pool, so she would have to seek those entities’ consent to paint the gazebo.In other news, the city had received a letter from the auditor stating the percentages on the Library Levy were wrong. The correction was applied and sent back to the auditor, who then approved the budget for the year.

There was a roll call vote to accept the budget, which passed unanimously. Council had previously approved the purchase and replacement of the front doors of the city building. An estimate from Dennis Miller was presented in the amount of $2,913.25 for two store front aluminum doors.

There was also some discussion about the bell tower being removed from the city building. Councilman Dave Myers stated Jim Crumrine has a boom truck and was willing to take down the bell. Once the bell is removed, the city will bid out a project which includes removing the tower, fixing the roof, and building an accessibility ramp. Council was provided with one estimate of $39,000 for the whole project, and it was suggested the project be bid out. A motion passed to move forward with the project.

A motion passed to remove former mayor Charles Delauder’s name from the Search Grant. His name will be replaced by Rebecca Willey. The town of Middlebourne will be purchasing a new riding lawnmower for $1,599.99.