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Cairo prepares for next phase of sidewalk replacement project

The Pennsboro News of Harrisville, West Virginia

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The Town of Cairo selected its top three picks for engineers for the second phase of its sidewalk project at its meeting Tuesday, July 7.

While the first phase is complete, there is a problem with the work near Shemp's. The town has made numerous attempts to reach the contractor but can't get anyone to call them back.

The company, Michael Baker, was on the list to be considered for phase two but council did not pick them since they won't return any calls.

The top three picks, in order of selection, are Burgess & Niple, HDR and Alpha to do the work on phase two.

Mike Morris was sworn as a new council member, replacing Ron Allen. Council approved all current employees.

Recorder Laurie Bastian told council members there is a "very interesting" article in this month's issue of League Lites entitled "How to Survive as an Elected Official."

Mayor Gary Haugh said all or most of the fire hydrants have now been flushed and he also expressed his appreciation to the Cairo Climbers 4-H Club, Cairo Senior Citizens and Harrisville Boy Scout Troop 80 for picking up trash and planting flowers at Town Square.

Mayor Haugh also said all property owners who received letters advising them to mow their lawns complied except three. "It went a lot better than expected. There was very little argument," he added.

Council will work on a new list of lawn mowing and trash violators.

Council approved the financial statement which showed the following balances: $2,655.12 in the general fund; $7,367.39 in the water fund; and $4,993.05 in the sewer fund.

A public meeting was scheduled for July 28 at 7p.m. to discuss the possible waterline extension from Cairo to Glendale, Marietta Run Road and Cornwallis areas. The meeting will be at the Glendale Community Building.

Shemp's will sponsor a craft/vendor/yard sale on Saturday, July 18 at Town Square and the community building from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Outside and inside spaces will be available with inside spaces on a first come, first serve basis.

Inside spaces will be $6 with a table provided while outside spaces will be $5 and vendors will need to bring their own table. All money raised from the spaces will go to the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department.

Mayor Haugh said the town needs to get a couple more quotes to submit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its flood damage claims at the sewer plant and riverbank.

Council also approved a motion to split up the council member terms of office. Currently all five council seats come up for election at the same time. They will now rotate with two seats coming up for reelection in three years and the other three seats will expire in two years.

The next Cairo Town Council meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Present were: Paul Ross, Luke Peters, mayor Gary Haugh, recorder Laurie Bastian.

Council members Virginia Boings, Larry Baker, Crystal Freed, Mike Morris and Carlos Nutter.

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Original Publication Date: July 15, 2015

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