MILFORD BOROUGH - A recycling program for the borough was researched which entails stipulations and rules to receive the grant funding and begin a program in the borough.

The council was unwilling to pursue recycling without the input of borough residents and will use the new communication committee to distribute the information and get feedback from residents. The borough residents do have a recycling option requiring payment with local haulers.

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Council President Tarquinio explained that the council agreed to proceed with an engineering study for soil samples funded by a grant and with money from the Milford Enhancement Committee to see what is possible at the borough’s ball field park at Third and Catharine Streets.

Milford Fire Department Report - 1st Assistant Chief Kevin Mann reported a total of 1,113 calls for the year with 664 of those being ambulance calls. Of the 449 fire calls, 74 calls were within the borough. The most responses were to motor vehicle accidents (89) and the winter storm Riley (70). New officers took effect Jan. 1: Jeff Christensen, Chief; Kevin Mann, 1st Asst. Chief; Tony Mann, 2nd Asst. Chief; Mike Bello, Captain; Eric Passaro, Lieutenant.

Work on Brookhill Road to mitigate stormwater runoff will be addressed and ownership of the retaining wall on the bank of East Catharine Street needs to be researched before any work to stabilize it commences.

Law and Zoning Committee Chair Adriene Wendell reported that with the ordinance update for codification the fees set in the verbiage of different ordinances were all removed and replaced with language that the fees were to be approved by council and posted in the borough office and on the website. A list of fees was presented and is available at the borough office.

Communications Committee Chair Katrina Foster reported that she had created a form for people to sign up for communication alerts from the borough which included a block to recognize resident status. She has enlisted help to physically solicit residents to sign up for borough alerts and hopes to have the whole system active in a couple months. People may sign up on the Borough’s website. Topics will include items the borough is contemplating, ordinances, sewer project, park improvements, etc. with hopes that residents will offer their feedback prior to regular meetings.

Tarquinio read a letter of resignation from Councilman Luke Turano due to business and personal reasons. Tarquinio praised Luke’s work especially in regard to the new office building. All council members reluctantly accepted his resignation. Turano cited that the mid-month workshop meeting cost him a day of business and President Tarquinio agreed that it could be burdensome and most likely will be suspended in the coming months.

President Tarquinio made a request for a motion to appoint Anthony (Tony) Magnotta as Borough Solicitor, and noted that doing so will require some rescheduling of the regular monthly borough meetings to accommodate Magnotta’s schedule. Councilwoman Wendell made the motion for Magnotta’s appointment with the scheduling of the meeting to be decided after discussion.

A resolution was prepared to allow Milford Borough to act as an agent between the Milford Enhancement Committee and PennDOT regarding the work the Enhancement Committee will be doing on West Harford Street similar to what has been done on East Harford and Broad Streets with lights and sidewalks. PennDOT has changed their procedures for these projects requiring this resolution.

[Editor’s note: This story is part four of four parts, from the January Milford Council report.]

The Milford Borough Council meets on the first Monday of each month at Borough Hall, 109 West Catharine Street, Milford. Please visit the borough’s website at www.milfordboro.org for detailed information. The Council also holds Workshop meetings on the third Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend and observe these meetings and workshops.