Residents of Milford voted in a special election on Saturday, November 19 to provide the City of Milford public approval to move forward with a borrowing for the construction of a new Water Treatment Plant located on Washington Street. The results of the Special Election held Saturday were 139 for the proposed borrowing, 8 against the proposed borrowing.
This vote of public approval will allow the City of Milford to move forward on the Washington Street Water Plant Project and to take advantage of a $4,000,000 Loan and Grant package from the State’s Office of Drinking Water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The terms of the financing are $4,000,000 loan with 35% principal forgiveness. The loan is broken down to a $2.6 million loan and $1.4 million grant. The loan will be issued at a rate of 1% for a 20 year term.
“I would like to thank the citizens who voted in the referendum and for supporting the financing of the needed improvements to the City’s water system,” commented City Manager David Baird. “The reconstruction of the Washington Street Water Plant will not only meet the needs of the City’s water system, it will also compliment private property improvements that have been made in the Downtown area, the Riverwalk and also the recent addition to the Library.”
The primary focus of the project will be rebuilding the water plant but the project will also include the demolition of the offices located in front of the water plant to meet production needs for the City. The City of Milford expects to move the billing staff back downtown in this location to increase accessibility to residents. The next step in the process will be for City Council to adopt an ordinance formally that formally authorizes the borrowing. This will take place at the next Council meeting on Monday, November 28. Following that the City will move to loan closing with the State in late December, early January.
During construction, most of the work will be on the site of the current water plant and parking lot and while there will be some traffic delays, City officials state that they should be minor. The water main will be replaced along Washington Street connecting the Water Plant with the Well and Tower site that is one block to the south. Traffic will be impacted when that portion of the project is under construction.
Upon completion, residents should expect to see a new building that will house the City’s billing office and compliment the work downtown, the Riverwalk and the library. Most of the water plant improvements will not be visible with the exception of some of the buildings and site work.
“Overall the site will be an attractive addition to the downtown area,” commented Mr. Baird. “ Residents can also expect peace of mind as it relates to the water system with their favorable vote, they have allowed the City to move forward on addressing the City’s aging infrastructure.”