The city of Midway elevated Dorothy (Dot) Inman Johnson to the permanent post of city manager last Thursday evening. She has served as interim city manager for five months.
Mayor David Knight praised Inman Johnson: “I admire her for taking on Midway’s challenges. She wants to help us. She’s very experienced, respected and well-known in the community. Right now, we have the right combination of city manager, council and staff. With her leadership we’re going in the direction we need to move in.”
Others agreed, with Pamela Mann calling her an asset to the city, and Delores Madison saying she’s doing an excellent job.
“She’s getting to work on our problems step by step. We need to stop this revolving door in the city manager’s office,” said Eria Caesar.
Councilwoman Alean Robinson said, “I believe she’s doing a terrific job for this city.”
“Thank you for your confidence in me. I am completely committed to this job and Midway’s citizens. It is my vision that we’re going to get past all that we’ve been going through and become one of the finest cities in the nation,” said Inman Johnson to the council.
The council has received a letter from the Dept. of Economic Opportunity (DEO) outlining what the city needed to do to finalize grant requirements for the city’s second fire station in order to draw down some of the money approved in the grant. The letter also included several issues that could not be remediated and that the city would not be paid for.
Representatives of the DEO and Midway had met last August to monitor the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project; the letter is a summary of that visit, which had eight ‘findings,’ or issues.
The monitoring, the letter states, includes an examination of documents related to the building of the new fire station and compares them with CDBG compliance and state statutes as well as federal regulations. It also looked closely at the station itself to see if sufficient work was done.
Midway, then directed by city manager Auburn Ford, bid out the station as one project, but all bids came in too high and the city rejected them. It instead bid the project out as 16 individual tasks with the city manager acting as general contractor. Only ten of the tasks were advertised by the city, but the city received bids for fifteen of the 16 tasks.
Cabinets and appliances, doors and windows, ceiling and flooring, and overhead doors totaling $92,799.00 could be disallowed as eligible costs for reimbursement unless the city can prove it utilized a 12-day solicitation procedure.
Midway also signed an agreement with the county at the February meeting to utilize its Planning & Zoning services and approved on first reading a land use change amendment and rezoning for 18.6 acres from residential to agricultural.