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Midway may expand police force
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Midway Police Chief Jerry Ramos
The city of Midway is expanding its one-man police department by adding two part-time police officers and buying a used vehicle for them to use.
The council had earlier hired a police chief, Jerry Ramos, who has been busy developing a space for the department in the former city hall building, putting standard operating procedures in place and performing other preliminary work.
Midway has named a judge, John Harvey of Richmond Hill, to hear cases brought by the police department and is considering its law enforcement jurisdiction into adjoining areas.
In other business
• Midway gave a preliminary nod for a well to be drilled into the lower Floridan aquifer and a 250,000-gallon storage tank. These items will cost about $1.5 million and the city will seek grant funding.
• Dr. Clemontine Washington, mayor pro tempore and chair of the annual Midway festival, reported on plans for the event that’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday at Midway City Hall. This year’s theme is “Midway: A City on the Move.”
• A business license was granted to S&M Fashions in Midway Mall.
• City officials are eagerly looking forward to installation of 900 new water meters to replace old, inaccurate or obsolete models in use now. Correct metering is expected to increase the city’s water revenue.
Mayor Don Emmons estimated the accurate metering could bring a 10 percent increase in the water the city bills, “so about $50,000 would be brought in by the new meters.”
Midway will pay the $299,554 cost of the Badger meters, including installation, in annual installments. Installation should start within 30 days and be completed in 90 days. There is a 10-year warranty on the high-tech meters that will be read remotely.
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