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Midway stands behind Sawgrass water plan
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The Midway City Council this week reaffirmed its commitment to water service for the Sawgrass development at the intersection of I-95 and Highway 84.
Water and sewer service to the development had become a bone of contention when the developer, Deepwater Holdings, and the city proposed an annexation deal which also included a bond issue for water plant improvements.
The Liberty County Development Authority, which is building a $30 million wastewater treatment facility in East Liberty, objected to the Midway/Deepwater plan. Those objections have since been resolved.
Midway Mayor Don Emmons said the city needed to reassure Deepwater and its backers that the city stood behind its intention to support Sawgrass.
In other business, the Midway Council also approved in principal a draft of city building regulations. Having its own building code will lead Midway to hire its own inspectors. County inspectors now work in the city.
Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Executive Director Sonny Timmerman told the council the building code "will bring Midway one step closer to being a big-time city." Emmons said, "This ordinance is just a start."
The council also approved business licenses for Debi's Carousels and Flowers, South Coast Mobile Home Supply Co. and for Morgan Minchey as new owner of Coastal Package Shop.
Mayor Pro Tempore Dr. Clemontine Washington reminded everyone of Midway Day, set for the third weekend in May.
She also pointed out that she had asked for a monthly city financial statement eight months ago.
"Eight months, and nothing," she said.
Emmons said the monthly report would be distributed before the next council meeting.
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