[Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of the Council meeting report. The first part ran August 19.]
MILFORD BOROUGH - Annette Haar, Milford Borough Councilwoman sought out help from Ray and Karin Willis, new owners of Architectural Iron Company, for their expertise with the repair of a section of the iron fence surrounding the Milford Wellness Center.
They enthusiastically agreed and repaired the fence with no cost to the Borough.
At the August meeting of Milford Council, Mayor Sean Strub presented a framed Certificate of Appreciation to Ray and Karin Willis, who were present at the meeting.
Other matters discussed (a separate report covered discussion about the Mott Street Bridge):
Paving bids opened
Bids were received from E. R. Lindey Construction Company and Wayco, Inc. for paving borough streets. Bids were opened and read by Solicitor Waldron. E.R. Lindey was the low bid of $146,406.00. Council tabled the awarding of the bid with a decision to be made at the August Workshop meeting on August 15, 2017.
Councilwoman Adriane Wendell who is also involved with Milford Presents reported that music, entertainment and arts will again fill the streets of Milford on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food and sidewalk sales throughout the historic business district.
Superior Tree Service were set to pruni the trees at Anne Street Park on August 14 & 15 which required closure of the park on those days.
Annette Haar, councilwoman, reported that the free library has been installed in the Ann Street Park. The flag pole at the ball field has broken at the base and will be replaced.
The lights at Ann Street Park will be arriving at the end of August and should be installed by early September. Shingles will be replaced on the gazebo and work will be done to refurbish the wood on park benches.
Lining the newly paved basketball court will cost $725 and Haar has reached out to the recreation committee on ways to raise the money.
New Borough Secretary
Angela Linton has been hired as the new full time borough secretary. The computer in her office is in need of upgrading. Borough Property manager Councilman Winston Clark reported that the reorganization and culling of borough records came in under the budgeted amount of $3600 at a predicted cost of around $800 with a lot of the work being done by Councilman Clark.
Mayor Strub's Report
New police department hire DeVore is nearing the end of his training and will soon be a relief to the current officers who have been working diligently thru this period of the department being understaffed. The police department is implementing the use of body cams for the officers within the next couple of weeks. Mayor Strub reported many compliments about having a police foot patrol within the borough.
Borough Hall Usage
An application for use of the Borough Hall on every Monday by a knitting group was received and approved by council with the stipulation that if the room Is needed for other Borough business that the group will make other arrangements.
Architectural Review Board Certificates
ARB certificates of appropriateness were received for signs to Jen Murphy Studio, Wayne Bank and Maria Lange’s business Spoonful and council approved these signs. Council also acted on a Certificate of Approval which was denied by the ARB for a sign for Lattimore Construction also agreeing with the ARB’s decision to disapprove based on reasons of vinyl lettering being used on a new sign in relation to the age of the building. A comment was made by Mayor Strub that perhaps the sign requirements be looked into for revision to allow for contemporary materials to be used which are visually appealing, retaining the look of period appropriate signs.
The Milford Borough Council normally meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. for their regular meeting at Milford Borough Hall, 109 West Catharine Street, Milford. Due to Labor Day, the next Council meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 11.
The office may be reached at 570-296-7140.
A mid-month workshop meeting is also held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. also in Borough Hall. Information including meeting agenda items is available through the Borough website at www.milfordboro.org