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Council approves First State Inspection contract

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

At a recent meeting, Milford City Council approved rate increases and a slight expansion in the contract with First State Inspection Agency (FSIA). The city has used the inspection agency since 2017 as an on-call option to cover when city building inspectors are overloaded or out of the office. The new contract includes changes in the fee structure used by …

Council approves 2022 audit

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

After several delays, many due to a short-staffed finance office and technology challenges, Milford City Council approved the 2022 Audit Report submitted by Zelenkofske Axelrod (ZA). The city was found to be in good financial shape with no issues in their financial reporting. “I’d like to thank Mark and all his help as well as Lou and his team as …

City budget contains funds for sidewalk repair

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

During budget discussions at a recent meeting, Milford City Councilman Dan Marabello questioned a fund set aside for sidewalk repairs as he was under the impression property owners were still required to repair their sidewalks and had the option to pay over time. According to information provided by City Manager Mark Whitfield in the packet, the capital budget included funds …

Delaware state budget tops $1.5 billion

Economic development position discussed during budget hearings

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

On Tuesday, May 28, Milford City Council began a three night series of budget hearings for the 2024-25 budget. On the first night, they discussed potential revenue, the volatility of real estate transfer tax, city administration, the clerk’s office and council expenses. Prior to the meeting, Nina Pletcher spoke during the public comment period about the potential decision to delay …

Council discusses restricting eminent domain in charter

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

At a recent meeting, Milford City Council discussed restricting the use of eminent domain in its charter. The discussion was prompted by a statement made by Senator Dave Wilson prior to the meeting regarding legislation he plans to present at the state level. “This legislation was inspired by the recent event that transpired with the Annette Billings case and the …

MilfordLIVE Weekly Review – March 26, 2024

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This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Doors open on Milford’s first meadery DNREC Announces ‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ Spring Events fondue celebrates one year anniversary Corporate Center, Red Cedar Farms, Teal Creek Plaza OK’d Milford Middle School project moves into construction phase Click on the image below to view the PDF

Update: Subdivision projects head to council for approval

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This story includes major corrections. The Milford Planning and Zoning Commission’s vote to recommend all agenda items at the monthly meeting March 19 moves forward three development projects within the town. The commission is in favor of the following actions: Milford Corporate Center at Canterbury Road and Milford-Harrington-Highway final major subdivision approval recommended. Red Cedar Farms on Bucks Road, north …

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City of Milford details its side of eminent domain case

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

The City of Milford issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that explains how the controversial Annette Billings eminent domain case came about. It says Billings is only the trustee for the property, among other things. It also says the council finally voted for eminent domain because it felt obligated to in order to meet resident request for parkland and recreational opportunities. …

City Council to meet tonight to discuss legal issues

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Milford City Council will hold a special  meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall Council Chambers, partly to deal with legal issues. Attendees are welcome to participate virtually or in-person, and there will be a 15- minute time slot for public commentary at the meeting’s start. The council and their lawyer David Rutt will discuss “pending or potential” litigation. …

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Milford Council limits comments on eminent domain case

Katie KazimirGovernment, Headlines

Larry Passwaters chided the Milford City Council Monday night over its decision to declare eminent domain over 8 acres of property owned by a chicken-raising widow so it could create a park. “If this was a Hallmark movie, you’d be the bad guys,” Larry Passwaters scolded council members. His comment was met with cries of support from the crowd of …