The Milford Redevelopment Commission decided Monday to search for an attorney who can lead it through the process of setting up a new Tax Increment Financing district, and to request a bid from a second engineering firm for water, sewer and road development within the project.
The district will be located just northeast of the current town limits and will be developed into an industrial park.
Bob Murphy, of RP Murphy and Associates, told commission members that it would be in their best interest to find an attorney for the project who can pursue it at a fast rate. He thinks the project would take him about nine months to complete, partly because he is nearing retirement and winding down his professional career.
He suggested that the commission contact Syracuse town attorney Michael Reed, who recently completed a similar project and knows the ropes. Reed, or another attorney practiced in the process, would be able to finish the project in four months, saving the commission money and time.
The commission also plans to request that the firm Wessler Engineering quote a price for reviewing an evaluation from another engineering company and use it to build their own evaluation of the same project.
Rather than starting over with the evaluation, which is for boosting water pressure on the east side and in the new TIF district, the commission hopes to use the information that Jones and Henry Engineers Ltd. provided.
Doug Ruch, Milford Town Council representative on the redevelopment commission, told President Dan Brown that the town had “such a good experience” working with Wessler on the east side lift station that the council would like to use Wessler for this project as well. However, no motion to contract with Wessler will be taken until the town council approves it.
The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 15, and there is a possibility of an additional meeting prior to that time, should it be needed.