Milford City Council held its last monthly meeting of 2013 on Monday night and the following actions were taken:
>Funds for boiler repairs at city hall, which were previously planned to come from the city manager’s contingency fund, will now be funded by city tax income. City council voted 7-0 to approve the transfer of funds in the amount of $14,775.
>As part of the ongoing utilities project in the southeastern quadrant of the city at Wickersham, city council approved the transfer of $19,000 for sewer easements. The money will be cut into two equal checks to the Revocable Trust of W. Nelson Hall and the Irrevocable Trust of Dorothy I. Hall and supplement the cost of the installation of underground sewer lines. The funds will come from the sewer reserves.
>The council also voted 7-0 to approve the transfer of $1,900 and $150 from sewer reserves for the appraisal of the Nelson Hall Easement.
>An audit of the city’s finances revealed that while some of the city’s accounts have been affected by an economic downturn, experiencing stagnancy and decline, Finance Chairman Allen S. “Skip” Pikus added that the report revealed that the city has also been conservative with its spending, allowing accounts to remain healthy.
>An adjustment to Resolution 2013-26 regarding the Freedom of Information Act was approved by board members 7-0 to accept the updated policy and charges for FOIA requests. All FOIA requests must go through the city clerk and all Milford Police Department FOIA requests must go directly to the police department. Copies of documents from the city range from 10 cents to $3 per sheet for larger documents.
>During a workshop session, City Solicitor David Rutt explained to the council that government liens do include outstanding grass cutting bills, a question addressed at the previous regular city council meeting held on Dec. 9. The question came when council members wondered if they could benefit from the lien by selling a property as a sheriff’s sale if needed.
>City offices will be closed on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. Trash schedules will also be affected during the holiday and specific route information can be found at www.cityofmilford.com.
Councilman Bryan Shupe was absent from the meeting.