City Council approves change of zone request

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The former office of Dr. William Kaplan, located at 302 Polk Avenue, has been rezoned as residential On May 24, Milford City Council approved a request to return zoning of a building on 302 Polk Avenue to residential at the request of the owner. The property had been rezoned commercial at the owner’s request in 2019 as they anticipated selling …

Milford LIVE Weekly Review – June 1, 2021

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Open the Weekly Review PDF Here This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Headlines Milford School Board hears tax rate presentation Culture Milford Food Bank location to construct new building Education Milford School District receives federal COVID-19 funding Business East Gate Farm opens for second season Avery Properties to renovate historic building Government & Politics Milford moves forward with TID Plan City …

City Council continues to discuss proposed FY21-22 budget

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After hearing presentations by City Manager, Mark Whitfield, City Financial Director, Lou Vitola and department heads of the FY2021-22 budget last week, Milford City Council held a workshop on May 24 to discuss the proposal, which totals $47.7 million, an 8.43 percent increase from FY2020-21. The proposal also includes a potential 14.13 percent tax increase as well as a possible …

Council approves demolition of fire damaged home

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Fire damaged home located on Seabury Avenue to be demolished Rob Pierce, City Planner for the City of Milford, submitted a request to Milford City Council for $19,500 to demolish a home located at 507 Seabury Avenue that had suffered significant fire damage. Pierce explained that, prior to the fire, the property already had several code violations that had not …

City Council reviews Southeast Milford Transportation Improvement District

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The City of Milford reviewed DelDOT’s Southeast Milford Transportation Improvement District recommendations In March, the City of Milford entered into an agreement with DelDOT to review the area surrounding the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus and make suggestions on how to improve traffic flow. The Southeast Milford Transportation Improvement District (TID) was created using traffic studies, software and other tools to …

City Council completes review of Capital Improvement Projects, tables action

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Milford City Council held a second workshop on Apr. 26 to discuss planned Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) through FY2026. This workshop was an extension of one that began on Apr. 12. City Finance Officer Lou Vitola reminded council that the CIP plan was not a budget but simply a plan that could be used to manage a wide range of …

City of Milford considers tax increase

Terry Rogers Government & Politics

On Monday, May 17, the Milford City Council began two nights of budget hearings. As in the past, the first night reviewed each department’s budget, presented by Lou Vitola, City Finance Director and department heads. “In our opinion, some changes need to be made,” Mark Whitfield, City Manager, said. “We are offering those changes for your review tonight and, on …

Council hears DEMEC rate stability measures

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Over the winter, after the state of Texas dealt with significant power outages due to winter weather, Councilman Brian Baer asked City Manager Mark Whitfield if council could hear what protections Milford has in place to prevent such a disaster from happening. On Mon., May 10, Kimberly Schlicting, COO of Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) provided City Council with details …

Annexation Committee recommends limit to property request

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In April, Milford City Council unanimously approved an annexation request from Walter and Sharon Feindt, referring the request to the Annexation Committee for review. On May 10, the Milford Annexation Committee approved the annexation request, but in a two to one vote, recommended that the property remain zoned as R1, residential, and not C1, commercial as the applicant requested. “I …

City of Milford hires Pletcher as new public information officer

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The City of Milford recently hired 2004 Milford High School graduate, Sara Pletcher, for the newly created Economic Development & Community Engagement Administrator position.  In this role, Pletcher is responsible for planning, directing, and administering comprehensive economic development and business assistance programs for the City. She will also work closely with the business community/civic organizations and serves as the City’s …