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Residents talk storm drainage; Little Library dedicated

MIDDLETOWN – Town residents who live along Greenbriar Road and Third Street were back before city officials Monday night to complain about a culvert that drains stormwater from Main Street onto their properties.

Patty Sinclair and Andrew Schaffer were at Monday night’s Town Council meeting to discuss the issue. Sinclair showed video taken Aug. 3 of a larger volume of water flowing onto several properties.

They, along with three other homeowners, attended a Planning Commission meeting last month to ask the town for quick action on the problem.  At that time they said the water is flowing from Main Street and therefore is the town’s responsibility.

Mayor Charles Harbaugh on Monday night commented to Sinclair that he was aware of the issue but did not know it was that bad.

Harbaugh, when interviewed after the meeting, said the town’s zoning director and Public Works Department have been working on the issue.

He said the Virginia Department of Transportation probably would have to get involved, and that the town would need to conduct a stormwater study. Harbaugh was not sure when the last one was done.

The town will need to determine what the problem is and then if anything can be done about it, he said.

Middletown has already received 37 inches of rain this year. That is 6 inches more than all of last year, with more than three months to go in the year, Harbaugh said.

Also on Monday, a Little Free Library Box was dedicated before the council meeting in memory of Wayne Davis, international director for Lions Club International, and his wife, Marge Davis, also a member of the Lions Club. Both passed away two years ago.  The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that operates on some of the same principles as larger public libraries with the mission of encouraging book exchanges in communities throughout the world.  Those passing near a box can pick up a book from it to read or drop one off for another person to take. Book exchange boxes must be registered to legally use the Little Free Library brand name.

There were about 35 people in attendance, including several from the Lions Club.

Wayne Davis chartered the Middletown Children First Lions Club in 2003.

He began his career as a librarian at Gore School and retired as principal of Middletown Elementary School. Marge Davis retired as a Frederick County educator.

Both loved literature, making the free library a perfect tribute, said their son Scott Davis,  who placed a children’s book by Ezra Jack Keets called“The Tri” into the library. Scott Davis untied a ribbon to officially open the library.

He remembers his parents reading to him, including “The Trip.”

“It is wonderful. It’s a great honor. It is a wonderful contribution,” Scott Davis said.

After the meeting, the Planning and Zoning Committee met to review changes to the committee bylaws.

They made a few adjustments to wording. Once those adjustments are made, the changes will be brought before the Town Council for approval.

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