Middletown budgets to purchase new building

MIDDLETOWN – The Town Council allocated funds Thursday to renovate the town office and purchase a new building for municipal use.

In a series of unanimous votes taken at the student union building of Lord Fairfax Community College, the council took the logistical steps needed to pull money out from reserves to renovate the current town office at 7875 Church St. and purchase the new building at 7735 Main St.

To pay for the new building, the council voted to amend the 2016-2017 budget and add $250,000 for the Main Street building.

Likewise, the council amended the budget to include $250,000 to renovate the town office on Church Street. Council will spend another $250,000 in the next fiscal year to complete the renovations.

The councilmen also voted to amend the town’s capital improvement plan to match the $500,000 in renovations and the $250,000 in real estate acquisition.

Though a mold problem spurred the move, the council has been looking into purchasing a new town office as far back as September. At that meeting, the councilmen and former Police Chief Phillip Breeden agreed the Church Street office was too cramped, housing both town staff and the police force.

A Jan. 16 report from Madison Taylor Indoor Environmental first brought the mold issue to the council’s attention, citing fungal growth in portions of the structure. The firm offered a $21,642 bid to remove the growth.

Both town council and the police force will operate out of the Main Street location while the workers renovate the buildings. However, it remains to be decided whether the police force will remain in the Main Street location afterward or move back to the old town office.

Vice Mayor and Councilman Tom Simon put forth the motions for all the budget and capital improvement plan items. They all passed unanimously and without discussion.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com