Public Hearing Scheduled on Water Improvement Bond

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BEN_5845_420x280_thumbBy Terry Rogers

Milford City Council voted unanimously at the Monday, January 27, council meeting to hold a public hearing on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7 PM for public input regarding a $3,500,000 bond to be used for improvements to the city’s water system.

In August 2013, council voted to issue a commitment letter to the Delaware Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to borrow $3,500,000 at 1.5 percent interest over a period of 20 years. In order to borrow the funds, the city must issue a bond for the project under city ordinance. The next step in the process is to hold a public hearing on the bond issue. Citizens of Milford are welcome to attend the meeting and may express their views on the matter to council.

In other infrastructure matters, council members voted unanimously to authorize Davis, Bowen & Friedel to begin engineering design for the sewer system in Southeast Milford, which will include land east of Route 1 and Shawnee Acres. This is the first of two phases necessary to add and upgrade sewer service in the area.

“We must have the design completed before we can move to the permit phase,” said Eric Retzlaff, the engineer who works closely with city projects. Councilman Skip Pikus asked if the city had all the easements necessary to begin the project, and Mr. Retzlaff explained that the design must be completed before easements can be arranged.

“The design will show where we need easements,” said Richard Carmean, City Manager. “We also want to start with the Shawnee Acres pump as it is getting to the point it needs some serious maintenance work and it is nearing capacity. Even though we don’t have a crystal ball, I just met with Milford Housing and there is land, which we annexed, behind the Wilkins farm that the agency has purchased, and I believe they want to build out there. We need this in place so we can be ready if that were to happen.” Mr. Retzlaff explained that they would begin with the system design for Shawnee Acres, and then complete the design for the remainder of the project. Council also voted unanimously to move funds from sewer reserves to cover the cost of the design portion of the project.