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Midway council sets festival date
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At their February meeting, Midway city council members planned for the annual Midway Day festival and scheduled several questions for discussion at the March session.
With “City life” as its theme, Midway Day will be April 16 at the Cay Creek Interpretive Center.
Councilman Levern Clancy is the festival chairman this year.
A possible agreement between Midway and the Liberty County Development Authority on water and sewer service has appeared on the agendas for Feb. 9 and Feb. 28 but has not yet been discussed at a public meeting. Officials now say the water/sewer questions will be taken at a work session scheduled for 10 a.m. March 28.
Midway’s utility ordinance also is set for discussion March 28. Action is expected this month on the streets in the Arlen Oaks Subdivision.
The subdivision was completed several years ago, but Midway never has formally accepted its streets for maintenance. Ebrahim Nadji, a professional engineer with the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, has inspected the streets and found no major engineering problems. Midway’s city engineer is expected to report to the council this month.
Fire Chief Terrell Chipp reported that membership in Midway’s volunteer fire department is at a low level and more firefighters are needed. The city is working to review and revise the fire department’s bylaws.
“My copy is from 1981, and it has not been updated,” Chipp said.
The monthly report of citations presented by Police Chief Kelli Morningstar included a case in which four people were investigated for doing business without a license. Morningstar said the four were part of a group dropped off in Midway to sell magazines. She said the investigation revealed that two of the sellers were wanted on drug charges and were taken into custody.
An additional Midway police car — a dark blue Charger — will be in service soon. A state-of-the-art hand-held radar unit will be obtained for use in the patrol car.
Midway CFO Gwen Lowe told the council that a $52,000 franchise payment had been received from Georgia Power. Payments from two cell-phone carriers were delinquent, she said.
Midway Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington has been authorized by the council to negotiate with Coastal EMC for franchise fees. Any agreement reached will need approval by the council.

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