MILFORD BOROUGH - At the November 6th meeting of Milford Borough Council, Bill Kiger questioned the status of the proposed 46 foot Sprint transmission pole requested to be erected adjacent to the Court House on High Street. The matter was introduced at a recent Milford Borough Planning Commission meeting by Mobilitie.

The proposal has been tabled indefinitely allowing the Borough further research time and alternatives to limit the impact of towers located within the Borough.

The new tower systems work with towers that are not as large as the familiar old style cell towers but require multiple poles to bring service to the area. At first Mobilitie representatives said there would only be one pole but pressed further about the technology admitted that multiple poles would be necessary

The borough will be looking into updating ordinances to govern the erection and placement of these towers. There is proposed state legislation governing these systems as well as rulings by the Public Utilities Commission which have created some grey areas. 

Council voted on sending a letter to State Representative Mike Peifer opposing legislation allowing cell tower companies to erect towers without regard to local zoning. 

Also discussed:

• Council President Megan Kameen reported that the County Commissioners will be conducting a study through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development to set the feasibility of regionalized Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support services in Pike County. To proceed with the study, the council was asked to execute a Letter of Intent. All municipalities in the county were issued the same request.

• Peter Rushton, frequent meeting attendee, stated that he has changed his opinion of the updated lighting project recently completed in Ann Street Park and offered congratulations to Councilwoman Annette Haar for her leadership and commitment to the project. He asked about the hours that the park was open to usage and was informed that the park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

• An ARB certificate of appropriateness was approved for the Milford Masonic Lodge for replacement of a piece of crown molding and a letter was received from Charles Reynolds informing council of his resignation from the Recreation Committee.

[Note: This meeting report was divided into two parts. The first part appeared in the last edition.]

The Milford Borough Council 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 Borough. 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.