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Middlebourne To Hold Trick-or-Treat On Oct. 31

By Maddisen Eidel - Staff Writer | Sep 23, 2020

The Middlebourne Council convened for a regular meeting on September 14 at 6 p.m. in the City Building. Following approval of the previous minutes as well as the Treasurer’s Report, the council began discussion on hiring a police officer.

Town Manager Tena Lemasters explained that she had met with Chris Satterfield in regards to the available position, which is part-time only. Lemasters said that they would like to hire Satterfield; a motion in favor of the hire was made and quickly carried. It was said that he will begin working as soon as work on the cruiser is complete.

Under New Business, it was said that the next regular council meeting falls on Columbus Day and an alternative meeting date was needed. After discussion on the subject, a motion was made to hold the council meeting on Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m.

Discussion was also held on the ordinance that states that the council will meet at 7 p.m. Months previous, council had elected to temporarily host meetings at 6 p.m. so that the water project officials would be able to attend. However, a motion was made to change this ordinance permanently to 6 p.m. This motion was carried.

Also discussed was whether or not to hold the town trick-or-treat this year. Although COVID-19 is an obvious concern, council was hesitant to take away another treasured event from local children. As such, it was decided that trick-or-treat would be held on October 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. Those who weren’t comfortable with continuing the tradition due to the pandemic, they said, could choose to not participate this year.

In other business, Lemasters presented council with a need for gutter guards for the City Building. The total amount for the project was $1,469.61. A motion was made in favor of the purchase, and it was quickly carried.

In regards to a trailer permit that an individual had requested, council approved the permit.

While taking council concerns, one councilman spoke again about the problem with cats in the area. Discussion was held on this subject, with one council person reminding all in attendance that the county has a deal with the Olive Branch.

Council also discussed more homes that they believed needed to be sent a clean-up notice. Several homes were discussed, and Lemasters said she would be sending out notices.

Lemasters also brought up a concern she had about a streetlight on Fair Avenue. She explained that the streetlight had been having issues, with the light going out multiple times. She said that MonPower would come out and change the bulb and within a week or so the light would be back out. Lemasters said she has contacted MonPower four times in order for them to come fix it, yet the problem still persists.

A resident on Fair Avenue reportedly withheld their payment for streetlight maintenance, claiming it was the town’s fault it wasn’t working. Lemasters concern was that this amount is taken with the water bill, and as such the resident would be charged a late fee for withholding payment. She questioned council on the best way to handle the situation as the town isn’t at fault.

It was suggested that the town manager reach out to the resident, explaining the situation, and have the resident call MonPower to address the issue.

Following this, the meeting was adjourned.