Dave Collier approached Milford Town Council Monday evening with two concerns about the town’s sewer, including who is responsible for hookup to the sewer: the property owner or the town? In answer, the property owner is responsible for hooking up to the main.
Collier said he has been having trouble with his connection. He claimed a plumber said his line is clear and the problem is on the town’s end.
Utilities Superintendent Randy Veach, however, said the issue is Collier is using too small of a line and the connector to fit the smaller line is not clean, leading to clogging. Since it is the connector, it is Collier’s responsibility to clear it.
While speaking, Collier also brought up his sewer bill, which was up from previous months, particularly warmer months when more water is used. After looking at the new usage readouts from the new meter system, Veach thought there might be a leak in one of his toilets or water softener.
After discussion, Veach agreed to do a walk-through Tuesday and check Collier’s toilets for leaks.
Also during the meeting, employee’s health insurance questions were addressed by insurance broker Lisa Frazzetta-Manning. The town of Milford recently transferred its insurance from Medical Mutual of Ohio to United Healthcare and there had been a delay in employees receiving their insurance cards.
Frazzetta-Manning noted with Medicare, Affordable Care Act and group enrollments occurring all at once, there had been delays across the insurance industry.
Change and uncertainty was also discussed with Frazzetta-Manning stating, “Everything is changing in 2014. Everything is up in the air — we don’t know what will be available at the end of 2014.” She stressed employees currently have really good insurance and should address any health concerns now rather than later.
She also explained to employees costs incurred between Dec. 15, the policy start date, and Jan. 1, when the deductible restarted, could be claimed as a deductible credit.
In other Milford news:
• Town council members decided to let ordinance 2014-2, prohibiting the sale of synthetic drugs, go since Indiana already has statutes barring it.
• Town Marshal Rich Miotto expressed gratitude to the American Legion Riders Post 154 of Nappanee for its donation to go toward training and supplies.
• Last month’s stopped train, blocking all of Milford’s crossings, was mentioned. Miotto had spoke with CSX and was told the train had experienced mechanical failure.
• Milford’s salt supply is in good shape with Veach noting the utilities department is using it sparingly to make it last.
(For a more in-depth account of the council meeting, see this week’s issue of The Mail-Journal.)