Utilities Superintendent Randy Veach brought the First Street waterline to the Milford Town Council members attention during its regular meeting Oct. 14, noting that the waterline would need replaced eventually. Veach suggested they could probably complete the work in four to six days in the spring.
Concerns were voiced by council members about the winter and how the cost of the project could increase if the waterline leaked. One of the added costs would include the need for a frost saw.
The project is currently estimated at $23,000, which includes quotes from Underground and Beer & Slabaugh for the excavation. Veach noted the total would actually be less since the town already has some of the required parts in stock.
Council member Robert Cockburn noted, “It’s broken twice in a few months. If we let it go and it breaks in January, it will inconvenience a lot of people.”
Council president Doug Ruch raised the motion, which was then approved, to accept the quote from Underground, minus the parts already in stock, and the quote for the excavation. The funds will come from town’s Rainy Day fund.
Milford business Leading Edge Fabrication approached the town council asking for a credit after its water bill spiked. With the new water meters, Veach traced the spikes to nighttime hours when the business is closed. The business noticed the high water usage when its normal $200 to $300 water bill increased to approximately $500.
Since then, Leading Edge Fabrication has placed locks on all its facets to prevent further water theft. The results have been the elimination of water usage spikes over a month’s time. The person or persons responsible have not been identified.
Council members approved a one-time credit of $384.20 with the stipulation that if the responsible party were prosecuted they would need to pay the town first.
Milford Town Marshal Rich Miotto told the council that the 2014 SUV squad car is being used, but still needs more stencil work to be completed. All the electrical work has been completed in the squad car and is working fine. Miotto asked the council’s permission to earmark a locally received donation for the purchase of a computer stand for the new squad car; it was approved.
Miotto will present a halfway report next month, in regards to the in-school resource officer program at Milford School.
(For a more in-depth account of the Milford Town Council meeting, see Wednesday’s issue of The Mail-Journal.)