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City hall project goes forward

POSTED: July 12, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Midway aims to ceremonially break ground for its new city hall/multipurpose building by next month.

Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington reported to the city council Monday that pre-construction documents should be completed this week and a draft contract has been delivered.

A new city hall has been a goal for Midway since 2011. Midway has earmarked about $1 million in special purpose local option sales tax funds to pay for the new building and is seeking a bond issue from the Liberty County Public Facility Authority.

The Midway City Council now meets in the police department building and the city has leased storefront office space in Midway Mall. The city hall project will be on city-owned land near the intersection of Islands Highway and Charlie Butler Road.

The council ratified an electronic vote agreeing to a contract with Liberty County for providing fire protection in unincorporated areas. The contract is part of the county’s plan for beginning to provide full time professional firefighters.

Midway will receive $18,000 for 18 months of coverage by its volunteer fire department.

Another electronic vote, confirmed Monday, accepted a bid for work at the Cay Creek Wetland Interpretive Center. The center was damaged by Hurricane Matthew and Midway has been working to restore it. Washington said she hoped the work would be completed this month.

The council approved the subdivision of land off Dasher Lane, a case that Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Executive Director Jeff Ricketson said was, “a little bit unique.” The lot, about one acre, is almost completely surrounded by wetlands and Ricketson said it was a transfer of family property.

The council agreed to the subdivision recommended by the LCPC contingent upon information from County Engineer Trent Long about the status of beaver dams in the area.

After a closed-door session the council voted to hire Leroy Davis as a part time buildings and grounds worker.

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