Newly appointed Milford City Manager Richard Carmean has been back in office for only four weeks but is setting his sights on the multiple challenges and opportunities that 2012 will present. With several infrastructure and maintenance projects already underway, Carmean will continue to oversee their progress as he moves forward with an economic development strategy to strengthen and promote new and existing businesses in Milford.
Mr. Carmean has a long history working with the City of Milford. He was Chief of Police for the City of Milford for 25 years and in 1997 became City Manager for 11 years. Recently, Carmean was offered a part-time position as Director of Economic Development under the Economic Development Strategy that was adopted by Milford City Council on January 25, 2011. Most recently, he was appointed as City Manager in November of 2011.
The first major project of the new year will be the complete rehabilitation of the City Water Plant and the City owned office building located on Washington Street. 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.
“This is one of the really big projects where we need to start putting the shovels in the ground,” commented City Manager Carmean. “This project will support jobs in this area and may be the difference between people working or not next year.”
On November 19, 2011 the passing of a referendum on this project showed an overwhelming vote of public approval that allowed the City of Milford to move forward on the Washington Street Water Plant Project.
The execution of the South East Neighborhood Plan will continue with the construction of the South East Water Tower. On November 14, 2011 City Council decided to pursue two properties for the future site and move forward with the installation of test wells on both properties for the purpose of determining the water quality and long term production capacity of the aquifers. These results will determine the location of the new water tower.
“The need for this well and elevated water tower goes back 6 or 7 years, stated Mr. Carmean. “This project is not needed only based on growth but will increase storage treatment and create a looping of our water system so there will be no dead ends where water will sit. This project is needed for our current users.”
Improvements on several other City owned wells will take place in 2012 to ensure the quality of the City of Milford’s water supply.
In the Spring of 2012 a complete overhaul of South East Front Street is scheduled to take place. With the design work almost complete, the Public Works Department will be preparing for major roadwork that will also repair the aging sewer infrastructure in that area.
“This project will be much more than a mill and overlay project,” commented Carmean. “It will be an intrusion for many who travel that road.”
On Route 14 (Milford-Harrington Highway) the City of Milford is planning on placing a new substation that will back up to the current Public Works Facility. This substation will help the current electrical substations generate electricity for The City of Milford.
“We have a real aging substation and a loss to one could mean a long-term outage
in the City,” stated Mr. Carmean. “It is really important to give the system some relief by adding this new substation.”
The City is also in talks with a Solar Power Company to build a site next to the new substation. This will allow the City to meet state mandates for alternative energy usage and should save the City overall costs.
According to City Manager Richard Carmean the City of Milford will be very busy in 2012 with much emphasis given to infrastructure maintenance and repair. A new downtown water treatment plant, south east water tower, construction to South East Front Street are and a new substation will mean many changes for the city and its residents in the new year.