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VIDEO: Standing-room only crowd leaves Midway City Council upset

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MIDWAY — To a chorus of boos and to shouts of “Morningstar,” Midway City Council members left their chambers following a scheduled monthly meeting Monday.

Midway’s city hall was standing room only and council members breezed through a short agenda, including approving a motion to table proposed utility rates increases.

“I just want to know what’s going on in my town,” said Glenda Fordham. “I’ve lived here for 20 years. I want to find out what’s going on in my town.”

For some of the attendees and Midway residents, Monday’s meeting also turned out to be part civics lesson.

Many spoke up during the meeting but since they had not signed up in advance to address council members, they were asked to remain quiet.

“We saw a post on Facebook, and kind of aren’t very aware of what’s going on in the community,” said Katelyn James, who has lived in Midway for six years, “and we wanted to see first-hand rather than go off what’s on Facebook.”

James said she did not know she could ask beforehand to get on the agenda and speak to council members during a meeting about city issues.

“I am concerned about my utilities bills getting raised — I’d like to have a say in that,” she said. “We just wish it was more commonly advertised you get your name on the agenda. I love this town and I love that it’s small and I love that the people are concerned and outspoken. I hope we can all be kind to each other and be outspoken.”

In a 3-1 vote during a June 29 special called meeting, Midway City Council members voted to fire Kelli Morningstar as police chief. They have named Lt. Duvale Page as the interim.

Many of those in attendance apparently wanted council members to explain why the chief was let go. Council members did not address the issue during the meeting.

Several vehicles outside city hall were adorned with signs that expressed disappointment and frustration on not hearing why the veteran chief was fired.

“We don’t know a lot that is not hearsay,” James said.