Milford City Council members have approved an ordinance that the city hopes will ensure the protection of residents who use motorized scooters or wheelchairs while traveling public roadways.
City Council voted 6-0 to approve the ordnance, with Councilmen Dirk Gleysteen and Garrett Grier both absent. The new law will now require that people display a red flag or a slow-moving fluorescent triangle on the back of their motorized device during day-time usage. During the night, the ordinance states that the scooter or wheelchair must have the following: a lamp on the front, a red reflector on the rear, and a white, yellow or red reflector on each side. The front light must be visible from 300 feet, the rear from a distance of at least 200 feet.
The council had been discussing the safety of those who used scooters or wheelchairs due to mobility disabilities and said they planned to work with local organizations to supply residents with the proper materials. According to previous discussion among City Council members, and confirmed by City Clerk Terri Hudson, Milford Rotary Club has agreed to fund the supplies for those who use devices that aren’t already equipped with safety materials.
Failure to comply with the new ordinance will result first in a written warning, then in an increment of fines from $10, $25, $50 to $100.
IN OTHER BUSINESS
n Leaf collection will continue and the city asks residents to place leaves on the curb, not on sidewalks or in gutters. Piles of leaves can be contained easily with a tarp, but plastic bags are not encouraged as they cannot be taken along with the leaf pick up.
n Milford’s code enforcement department identified two properties for demolition due to asbestos. Council approved Monday to transfer $24,000 from grass cutting funds to cover the demolition projects at 106 Franklin St. and 109 West St.
n The city is preparing to embark on a $1.7 million SE Front Street restoration project, which includes fixing sidewalks from the Milford Public Library past Charles Street. City Council laid out the details of expenditures and funds needed during Monday’s regular meeting, including the discussion and transfer of a shortfall of $440,000 for the project that will be supplemented by sewer and water reserves. DelDOT has allotted $800,000 for the project.
n Council approved a transfer of $300,000 from electric reserves to cover the remodel and refitting of the previous PNC Bank location to convert it to the city’s new billing office. Project bids have not yet been awarded for construction that will include added security.