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Middlebourne Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday 14th November 2022 at 6.00pm at the City Building in Middlebourne with Mayor Steve Seago presiding. Seated at the council table were council members Ben Thomas, Vera Henthorn, Dave Myers, Charlene Galluzzo and Bill Jenkins, city manager and treasurer Tammy Thomas and city counsel Kyle Elliott. Also in attendance were Kevin Thomas, Doug Blake of Swiss Valley Associates engineering consultancy and the press.

Following a call to order, the minutes and financial reports of previous meetings were approved. The recent replacement of pumps in the water and sewer systems was discussed. There was a discussion regarding the number of water utility bills that are overdue, a number that remains at around fifty each month. It was noted that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources helped provide relief to residents unable to pay their water bills.

A discussion ensued regarding security cameras, telephone systems, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in various City-owned buildings.

Citizen complaints have been received about glass and other debris on North Street. Mayor Steve Seago and Councilman Bill Jenkins will investigate the matter.

Road repair and paving work will continue depending on weather conditions. Residents can refer to the city’s website and Facebook to find out when work is planned and for which streets.

Regarding the sewage lift station replacement project, Doug Brake of Swiss Valley Associates advised the Board that three-phase power will soon be installed at the site, that repair work on the access road is planned and that replacement submersible pumps must be delivered. By unanimous vote, the Board approved the payment of $2,300 to Swiss Valley Associates for project services and contract work and $112,500 to Blue Ridge Construction Group for work performed on the lift station project.

By unanimous vote, the council entered into a contract with attorney Kyle Elliott for services as the town’s legal adviser.

Council approved Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the gazebo, and Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., for the Christmas parade.

The council unanimously approved vacation bonuses for all city employees. Council also unanimously approved the implementation of a written work order system for city maintenance operations. Council approved the hiring of an assistant clerk for municipal administration. The job posting will be posted on the City’s website, Facebook and in the local newspaper, with an application deadline of November 29, 2022.

The Board approved funding for the next Class 2 Water Operator Training, including training, travel and accommodation costs.

A discussion ensues regarding missing brackets on some utility poles along Main Street, the brackets being needed to hang the flags. Council has asked City Manager Tammy Thomas to follow up on the matter. There was also discussion about a ladder that for some time was leaning against a house and adjacent to the Main Street sidewalk and the resulting concern for the safety of children. Mayor Steve Seago and Councilman Bill Jenkins will investigate the matter.

The Board met in executive session at 7:12 p.m. for personnel matters. Council returned to regular session at 7:40 p.m. No action was taken. Council rose at 7:42 p.m.

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