Mayor Ronnie Rogers called to order the City Council Meeting on Monday, December 13 with a lot of item on the agenda. The first order of business was a proclamation that recognized the week of December 12 through December 18, 2010 as “George Day Week” in the city of Milford. This proclamation encouraged all residents to acknowledge George E. Day as a “good Samaritan for his tremendous contribution to our community and his dedication to making our city a more beautiful and kind community in which to live, work and play.” George has been a devoted member of the Lions Club and many other associations throughout the Milford community. It was further proclaimed that George Day be awarded a Key to the City as a “symbol of [City Council’s] appreciation for becoming Milford’s hometown hero by making a difference and bringing together the true spirit of the community.”
City Manager David Baird gave the City Manager’s Report to the Council. Mr. Baird spoke of the impact fee waivers that were implemented in June. He acknowledged that the City has waived $131,196 in fees and has helped support a total investment of $7,331,538, based on building permit values, during the months of June through September. Mr. Baird commented the progress on the N. Front Street Sewer Project and stated that it is “substantially completed” with only punch list items remaining. A more detailed report will be provided at the next Council meeting. He also noted the dates of the City Holidays and the closure of city offices. City offices will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and again on Friday, December 31 in observance of New Year’s Day.
Kevin Bowers, representative for the development of the Emergency Weather Cold Shelter, presented plans to move forward with the initiative to the Council at an earlier date. Councilwoman Wilson commented on the progress of the program as she discussed the details to her fellow council members. With the final approval of the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Circle of Light is ready to train volunteers and plan to open the Shelter operations in early January, when the temperature reaches 25 degrees or lower. Mrs. Wilson asked the City Council for assistance in providing these programs and invited suggestions for possible sources of support.
The Finance Committee presented the Acceptance of Fiscal Year 2009-2010 City of Milford Audit, which ends June 30, 2010. The audit was accepted unanimously, with Councilman Adkins absent. The report is published to provide the City Council, City staff, citizens of Milford and the city’s bondholders with detailed information concerning the financial condition and activities of the City government. Some of the financial highlights from the report stated that the City’s total net assets increased throughout the course of the year. Net assets of business type activities increased approximately $1.8 million (4.64%) and the net assets of the governmental activities decreased $405 thousand (1.58%). During the year, the City’s governmental activities incurred total costs of $9.0 million. Tax revenues generated $4.0 million. In the City’s business type activities, revenues decreased $1.3 million while expenses decreased approximately $907 thousand. The report states the main reason for this was the decrease in charges for service City’s utility funds to the city’s residence in addition to the amount of personal and contractual services. The City’s combined net assets increased between fiscal year 2009 and 2010 approximately $1.4 million.
The City Council also voted on an agreement with the area Rotary Clubs to partner for the construction of the “Can Do Too Playground” located on the north side of Airport Road in a recreation area known as the Tony Silicato Park. The agreement outlines the responsibilities of each group. The Rotary Clubs will raise funds to install the facilities and the City of Milford will take care of the maintenance for the programs. City Council voted to approve the agreement unanimously, with Councilman Adkins absent and Councilman Pikus abstaining.
New business included a bid award for the demolition of 201,203,205 and 207 N.W. Front Street properties which have been condemned since January 20, 2010. City Council approved funding for the demolition project by a unanimous vote, with Councilman Adkins absent. The City also proceeded with information regarding the new Yard Waste Disposal Program which is mandated beginning, January 1, 2011, by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. The City of Milford will continue to pick up yard waste but it will have to be separated into three groups; leaves, limbs and branches, and other garden debris. Further information regarding the program will be provided to City of Milford residents shortly.
All detailed information on Monday night’s City Council Meeting can be found at http://www.cityofmilford.com/Archive.aspx?AMID=43.