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Milford Beacon
  • City council talks smoking in parks, infrastructure projects

  • Milford City Council is tackling multiple infrastructure projects and considering a no-smoking policy for city parks.
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  • There are a lot of projects and issues passing through Milford’s City Council chambers. Here’s a recap of the major issues addressed during Monday night’s regular meeting:
     
    • No smoking in city parks
      • City Councilman S. Allen “Skip” Pikus is requesting that council consider making all city parks smoke-free. The issue will be considered during a Community Affairs Committee meeting before being brought back to council for a final vote. There is no date set for the committee meeting, according to city officials.
     
    • Property tax extension
      • Property tax bill due dates have been extended from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31. For more information, call City Hall at 424-3712.
     
    • Infrastructure project updates
      • City Council voted Aug. 11 to relocate the Washington Street Water Treatment Facility from a site next to the Mispillion River to the parking lot of the former PNC building on Walnut Street.
      • On Monday, Council approved the transfer of $10,000 from the city’s water reserves to fund the replacement of a standby power system at the new water treatment facility that came in over budget. Council also voted Monday to award Teal Construction a $412,412 contract to tackle a water main project for associated with the treatment facility.
      • Finally, council approved a $117,500 bid from Bilbrough’s Electric Inc. to install a generator at the 10th Street Water Treatment Facility. An additional $2,450 was added to the bid to remove an old generator and platform. All three votes passed 7-0. Councilman James Starling was not present.
     
    • Milford School District addresses board
      • Milford School District Superintendent Phyllis Kohel presented the district’s new plan of action to address student overcrowding:
        • She said the board is exploring the possiblity of building a new high school on a portion of Sunnybrae Mansion property, which is located next to the existing Milford High School’s athletic fields. If state officials approve the district’s request to build a new high school, the district may include the project in an upcoming referendum. Kohel said she also plans to ask voters for an additional $3 million operating tax increase to offset deficit spending.
      • In addition, Kohel had previously requested a reimbursement from the city for one school resource officer that was cut from the district’s budget at the beginning of this fiscal year. City council approved a reimbursement of $90,641 by a vote of 7-0.

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