On Monday, January 10, Milford City Council met for their first meeting of 2011. City Manager David Baird presented the City Manager’s Report to the Council. Mr. Baird gave an update on the waived impact fees that were implemented last June. During the months of June through December the City of Milford waived $135,507 in fees and which has helped to support a total investment of $7,637,997; based on building permit values.
The Economic Development Committee of Milford’s City Council has been moving forward in their effort to develop a strategy for the future of Milford. Councilmen Garrett Grier, Doug Morrow, and James Starling manage this committee as it begins to define an economic development strategy for the entire town. A copy of the Economic Strategy Plan, developed by Moran, Stahl & Boyer Economic Development Consultants last fall, has been provided to members of City Council and will be presented by Mr. Rhodes, a senior partner for Moran, Stahl & Boyer, at the January 24, 2010 Workshop. The recommendations from the plan are expected to answer the level of future growth, define what types of development should be encouraged and in what locations, and establish a vision for the future of the economy
Shawnee Farms LLC requested a land acquisition for a right-of-way dedication from the City of Milford to make improvement along Rt. 36 (Shawnee Road). The project would include a 12’ wide eastbound turn lane on Rt. 36 at the intersection with Rt. 113. The turn lane is required based on a Traffic Impact Study that was done for Cypress Hall Commercial in 2006 and submitted to Delaware Department of Transportation. The Council voted unanimously to adopt the request.
Mr. Baird also announced an update on demolition of the properties 201, 203,205 and 207 NW Front Street. Just before Christmas, the property owners filed an appeal to the Kent County Superior Court which resulted in the Superior Court issuing a stay that is effective until January 21, 2011. This decision asserts that the City of Milford cannot demolish said properties before that date. The City of Milford has filed a motion to dismiss the appeal that has not yet been heard. The Superior Court has stated that the ruling on the motion to dismiss, by the City of Milford, will be ruled on by or before Friday, January 7. To date, the Superior Court has not made a ruling.
City of Milford office will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2011in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.