Midway fire station nears completion

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By Alice Du Pont

Midway Interim City Manager Roosevelt Morris said that while the fire station on State Road 267 was unable to meet a projected completion date by Jan. 31, there is no doubt the new structure will be ready within the next 30 days.
Former City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. told the Town Council during the regular monthly meeting Jan. 3 that the building would be complete by Jan. 31. However, later in the meeting after Ford made that promise, he was fired by the council and there was speculation whether the facility could be ready by that date.

“The building is a good 90 percent finished. I would say within the next 30 days, it will be completely finished. Once we put the pavement down and the overhead doors, the rest will go pretty quickly,” Morris said.

The list gets short then, with only the drywall to be hung and putting in the carpet and a few other small things.
Because of the change in administration, the state and the grant writers have been consulting with Morris to make sure the city stays in compliance.

“The city of Midway is the general contractor for this project, and we have quite a bit of money tied up in it. We don’t want anything to go wrong,” Morris said.

He said there is no truth that subcontractors on the project have not been paid.

“I don’t know of anyone we owe; we’ve been paying the people who worked on the project,” Morris said.

Moving forward with the Midway Arts, Science and Technology Charter School Academy is also on track, Morris said. The Town Council is in the process of going over the contract they must sign with the school board.

“All the council has to do now is approve the contract and make whatever changes they want and send it back to the school board for their approval.”

However, with a city election slated for April 23 and three of seven seats up for re-election, including the mayor and mayor pro-tem, Morris said he’s aware that faces on the Town Council could look very different in a few months. He expects the city to move forward with all of its major projects.

As for the former city manager’s offer to come back and help the city as a consultant, Morris said it’s not likely that will happen.