Milford City Council is tackling multiple infrastructure projects and considering a no-smoking policy for city parks.
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.