Middlebourne council met Monday with Mayor Charlie DeLauder informing council that drilling for test wells for the towns water source will begin sometime within the next two weeks. He said the Public Service Commission had approved their previously requested water rate increase and the town had received the $30,000 grant for which they had applied.
The grant money is to be used to pay the engineering firm for the drilling. The two test well sites are on land already owned by the town: one behind the water plant and the other at the city park.
Each well will be required to produce a certain flow of water PSI and the quality will have to meet certain standards as required by law.
DeLauder reported all potholes in town have been patched except for the streets that are to be paved. He said milling and preparation of the streets will begin this week and actual street paving will begin the week of Aug. 18.
The mayor told council four weeks of summer camps at the park have concluded with approximately 60 children participating. Council offered a special thanks to Charlene Galluzzo for conducting these camps.
He also said he had met with Murray Sheet Metal regarding a roof over the hallway at the community center and also has Kalkreuth Roofing coming to also give an estimate for that area.
He mentioned he had interviewed two individuals for the part-time police officer position.
DeLauder said two companies have been contacted regarding placement of crosswalks at the designated locations on state Route 18 through town.
They had received an estimate from one company for $3,240. He said it would be done by thermo injection and the site would be properly prepared prior to the work being done. The second reading of an ordinance for the crosswalks was read and approved unanimously.
Under old business: Council unanimously approved the resignation of Suzanne Farhatt from her position as town recorder. Discussion was held on the lack of payment by some town residents of the municipal fee. DeLauder said it is sometimes difficult to find who is living in some of the apartments, like Middle-bourne Manor where the owner pays the water bills but the renters are required to pay the municipal fee.
Discussion was held as how to collect or bill when names and addresses are unknown. Town Attorney Gary Rymer suggested rewriting a portion of the ordinance that would make it easier to recover those fees. Council authorized him to do so.
Council discussed the purchase of a used police car from the city of Kenova for $2,200. Mayor DeLauder said he had traveled to Kenova to view the car and it is identical to the one Kenova donated to the town, but he feels it will be a better vehicle.
Council unanimously approved the purchase of the vehicle.
Mayor DeLauder read a resolution from Alex King calling for joint informal meetings of council, mayors, recorders, and others from the communities of Tyler County.
After some brief discussion council agreed to the resolution.