Council Votes on Road Improvements, K-9 Unit

The first order of business at the Milford City Council meeting on Monday,October 10 was the approval of an additional K-9 unit for the Milford Police Department. This proposal with approved unanimously; pending available funds from the Department of Homeland Security.

City Manager David Baird presented the proposal of a feasibility study for a small business accelerator by John Rhodes, the Moran, Stahl & Boyer consultant who developed the Economic Strategy Plan for the City of Milford adopted last January. The feasibility study aims to define a structure that best fits the City of Milford and quantify the potential impact from the accelerator program on the local economy. The small business accelerator will support the City of Milford by summarizing local interests and determining the best methods of communication on the existence of an accelerator. The council voted to unanimously approve the project which is set to be completed by November 15 and cost approximately $35,000.

Adoption of Resolution 2011-11 was proposed to the Council on Monday night. The resolution updated the scheduling of the public hearing for construction of the Washington street water facilities and offices. The City of Milford proposes to borrow up to $4,000,000 maximum principal amount and issue its general obligation bonds in order to finance improvements to the City’s drinking water facilities. This will include the demolition and reconstruction of the Washington Street Water Plant and Office Building. By a unanimous vote from Council the public hearing date has been scheduled for next Monday , October 17.

Council voted unanimously to accept a bid award for road improvements on Church Street, South East 4th Street and South East 3rd Street. Five bids were opened Wednesday, October 5 for the project which included hot mix asphalt overlay, milling and concrete work for curbs and sidewalks. City Manager David Baird asked Council to award the bid to Jerry’s Inc. which was the lowest bid for the project at $130,606.80. Council approved the bid unanimously.

Ordinance 2011-27, Chapter 21, Article I Absentee Voting in Municipal Elections was introduced to the Council to amend Chapter 21 Election of the Code of the City of Milford by deleting and repealing Article I, Absentee Voting in Municipal Elections and replacing it with a new Article I, to be entitled Absentee Voting-Referenda and Annexation Elections. The new ordinance, which was not voted on, will deal with absentee voting for the elections of referendums and annexations only; not general elections.

City Council had the opportunity to see the variations of color schemes for the water tower on N.E. Tenth Street. Council decided that the water tower will be painted with a shade of white and be endorsed with the new City of Milford logo. The next Milford City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, October 24 at 7pm at City Hall.

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