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Council sets Midway Day for May 19
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May 19 is the date selected for the second annual Midway Day festival and the city’s police department will contribute numerous public safety events and displays in addition to the school, church and civic groups that participated in the first Midway Day last year.
Midway Mayor Pro Tempore Clemontine Washington heads the annual festival and she will soon be contacting individuals and groups, asking them to participate.
In other business at its meeting Monday, the Midway council struggled with the issue of the increasing number of signs along streets and highways, few of which have required permits. Midway’s ordinance specifies metal construction and limits on the location and size of signs. Officials believe very few existing signs conform to the requirements and they are not sure what signs might be grandfathered in because they existed before the current ordinance.
The council asked the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission staff to inventory Midway’s signs before any further action.
Council members discussed areas that Midway might consider annexing, and will continue to study that issue. Several options were mentioned and there was a consensus that Midway did not need to move east, beyond I-95, but might annex in other directions.
One suggestion was that the 31320 zip code could be a guide for future Midway annexation.
In other business the council decided to set a future date for a Midway Keep America Beautiful Day. Mayor Don Emmons said there was a new statewide emphasis on fighting litter that would include enforcing laws and ordinances against littering.
The council selected Councilman Jim Woods to serve with Emmons on the city’s Public Safety Committee.
A full status report on water treatment, originally set for Monday, was postponed. The council will gather to hear that report as soon as it can be arranged.
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