MIDDLETOWN - Town officials Tuesday announced they have hired two new employees.

Les Morefield was hired on March 15 as the town’s supervisor of public works. He will be in charge of maintenance, water and sewer.

Morefield takes over from Donald Welsh, who retired in July. Since then, interim supervisor Alan Wolverton has managed the department.

Morefield comes back to Middletown from working in Hamilton, where he was the supervisor of public works, said Mayor Charles Harbaugh.

Morefield worked for the town once before about 30 years ago, town officials said.

Alan Nance was also hired March 15 as a wastewater treatment operator.

Speaking at Monday night’s meeting was A. “Steve” Jennings, director of choral activities at Sherando High School.

Jennings is running as a Democratic candidate for the Back Creek District seat. He said wants to make Frederick County and its communities better.

“There were lots of great things happening before the recession," Jennings said. "We have not recovered to what we were. There is still a lot of stuff we can do better."

To help improve the county means funding public safety and education, he said.

He added he would like to help bring in more green businesses while preserving the rural areas of Frederick County.

Jennings said he would also like to help bring in affordable housing to the area.

Also speaking at the meeting was Tim Allowatt, owner of iDeal Furniture, which recently moved into 7722 Main St.

Allowatt operated a furniture business in Winchester before relocating to Middletown, where he lives.

He said he wanted to introduce himself and his business. He added that he wanted to do some type of fundraiser, possibly for the town’s ballpark or the fire department, and asked for any thoughts.

In other matters:

• Town officials are looking for candidates for a citizen of the year.

The nominee has to live in Middletown. Anyone looking to submit a name can stop at the Town Hall on Church Street or email Town Manager and Treasurer Rebecca Layman at treasurer@middletownva.gov with the name and why the person should be nominated.

The citizen of the year will be recognized at the July 4 celebrations.

• The three newest members of the Planning Commission all expressed interest and have been booked to attend training in June. The training is required to become certified planning commissioners.

“We asked that every Planning Commission member become certified. It makes the commission professional and top-notch,” Harbaugh said.

.• The Public Works Committee has scheduled a meeting on Monday after the Town Council meeting to continue a discussion on the water plant operations and needed repairs and upgrades at the plant.

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