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Midway sets celebration May 17
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Besides adopting "Showcasing Historic Midway" as the theme for the upcoming Midway Day May 17, the city council Monday covered issues like the clearing out of drainage ditches.
Drainage in the Hunter's Ridge development has never been adequate, officials said at the council's April meeting, and must be brought up to standard so the county will accept it for maintenance.
In a dispute which has gone on for years, the subdivision was prepared for inspection several times, but was never accepted. Midway Mayor Don Emmons told the council if the city would clean out the smaller ditches along residential streets like Fox, Beaver and Deer, the county would accept the subdivision.  
Emmons said this was the result of conferences he had with County Administrator Joey Brown, engineer Trent Long and Clenton Wells, road superintendent.
Councilman Levern Clancy asked if county acceptance was guaranteed, to which Emmons said, "No, they won't guarantee it, would you?"
Clancy admitted that under the same circumstances he would not.
Councilman Jim Woods said, "If we accept them,  (the smaller ditches) we will have to maintain them."
Emmons said, "Jim, we're going to have to maintain them anyway."
There was a discussion of trying to make the contractor/developer bring the work up to standard, but Emmons said the builder was retired and no longer in business.
Mayor Pro Tempore Dr. Clemontine Washington said, "It's a shame to let him get away with that."
She then made the motion for the city to clean the ditches, though with obvious reluctance. The motion passed.
On a more pleasant note, the council received a check for $500 for the Midway Volunteer Fire Department from Peggy Brazzell, representing the Butler Avenue merchants.
Businesses along Butler had a customer appreciation day Saturday to raise money for the fire department.
Sponsors included Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, The Heritage Bank, The Hardware Store, Midway IGA, Coastal Pharmacy, Midway Beauty Supply, Gifted Creations, Christ Ministries, Grannie's Eats & Sweets, Debi's Carousels and Flowers, Mr. Cash, Pizza Peddler, Movie Gallery, Wal-Mart, VIP Office Supply and Bryant Heating and Air. Not all of the sponsors have businesses on Butler.
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