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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Street conditions, topic at Borough meeting

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  • MILFORD - If you have recently been to Milford you would have noticed the newly paved streets.  If you had been in Milford prior to PennDOT’s arrival, you would have cringed in despair at possible car suspension damage from the, not so, easily avoidable, growing pot holes.
                    While the residents of Milford and Milford Borough Council Members praised PennDOT’s work, a few Milford residents raised some minor concerns over gravel build-up in several areas.  The gravel issue has been a continuous complaint at several Milford Borough Council meetings.
         Councilman Nicholas May in attendance at Milford Borough’s June 2nd meeting, held at the Milford Borough Hall, stated he would take the concerns up with PennDOT.  However, Councilman May did explain that line painting on the streets was still in progress.  Councilman May added, the line painting will predominantly be occurring during evening hours to accommodate commuters and Milford residents.
                    Raising another concern was a Milford resident in attendance at the 7:30 p.m. meeting.  Two designated parking spots that were once on Harford and Broad street for over fifty years are no longer there.  Several designated parking areas that were in front of a bank are missing and a few areas in front of Milford’s Community House that were once parking spaces, are gone.  Available parking in Milford is always difficult to spot.  Therefore, the keen observation of a Milford resident was appreciated by the Board, who stated they would look into the matter.
                    Other street news came from Solicitor, John Klemyer, who ceremoniously unsealed several bids on the upcoming, “Spring Road Improvement Project”.  Only two businesses submitted bids.  The streets slated for improvement are 4th Street, 6th Street and Broad Street.  After, hearing all proposed bids, Milford Borough’s President James Price made a motion to refer the bids from the two businesses to the Street Committee.  President Price adding, that although the proposed bids by the two businesses  weren’t akin to comparing apples and oranges, he stated the difference in costs was like comparing big apples to very small apples.
                    President Price was also the one descending vote on the passage of Ordinance Borough Code, Chapter 61.  Chapter 61 is a revision and clarification on garbage dumpsters.  Solicitor, Klemyer drew up the revised Ordinance, Chapter 61.  Klemyer also stated the entire “text” of the revised Ordinance was advertised in a local paper, as required by law.
    Page 2 of 2 -                 The Ordinance now states that lid garbage dumpsters must be shut, unless disposing of trash.  Papers must now be tied and bundled, so no “loose” papers will be wind blown onto other properties.
                    President Price had concerns about the rigidness of the Ordinance.  Specifically, the inspection of the garbage dumpters for jagged, or sharp, rusted edges.
                    The final vote was 6-1.  Milford Borough secretary, Lizanne Samuelson said all property owners would be notified by mail of Chapter 61 which becomes effective November 1st, 2014.
     
    ••• Other Items:
    •       Mayor Bo Fean was absent from the  June 2nd meeting due to the recent death of his mother.  The Board’s condolences were extended to Mayor Bo Fean and his family.  Milford Borough secretary Lizanne Samuelson explained that Mayor Fean’s mother often volunteered her services at election time.
    •       Newly elected Councilman, Vincent Accordimo, who is now in charge of the Parks and Recreation Committee was present to report the progress of the Veterans Park clean-up.  Councilman Accordimo expressed his gratitude to the local Girl Scout Troops who helped in the clean-up, Peggy Emmanuel,  who proposed and initiated the clean-up, The Milford Garden Club, and the several Military Posts who worked diligently on the Veteran’s Park clean-up.
    •       The Architechtural Review Board’s (ARB) application to demolish the building which is commonly known as 600 Broad Street was approved by the Milford Borough Council.  The ARB Board, stating in a memo to the Milford Council the reasoning behind the decision to demolish the building is founded on the building’s loss of all historical value.  Several Council Members agreed that the building was an absolute eyesore.
       [Editor's note: This is the former Miller Oil Company gas station. The property is owned by the County of Pike, and is the parcel where the Commissioners suggested that the Kenworthey House (Judge's Chambers) could be relocated. The Kenworthey House stands next to the courthouse, on the spot where the Commissioners propose to build a courthouse addition. Commissioner Richard Caridi stated that the old service station will be torn down to increase County parking at the site.]
    The Milford Borough Council meets the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
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