Milford Town Council President Bob Cockburn is looking forward to doing some house cleaning in 2015.
“My main concern is cleaning up these old buildings … eyesores that have been uninhabited for years,” he said.
A recent example is the Medina’s Body Repair building gutted by a fire last February, which still sits in disrepair, but there are old houses around town as well the council president would like to see cleaned up.
Cockburn is also hoping to develop 200 acres at Old SR 15 and CR 1300N the town has annexed and zoned for heavy industry. “I’d love to see KEDco (Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation) get some businesses in there … The more industry you have the more you can attract,” he stated, using a “building-block” analogy.
Cockburn added Milford still has a say in what type of heavy industry moves in, citing as an example the town council’s rejection of a proposed ethanol plant.
Milford Elementary School may also look forward to some modernization and new safety features similar to those being implemented at Syracuse schools according to Cockburn, a former teacher who is currently a data manager in the Wawasee school system.
Town council members Doug Ruch and Dan Cochran expressed their hopes for Milford’s future as well, particularly in relation to recent expansions at Chore-Time Brock and Trupointe.
Ruch said he hopes these expansions will “continue to allow the town to grow in a progressive way,” and Cochran looks forward to “the opportunities that the expansions will bring.” Together, these projects have the potential to create as many as 100 new jobs during the next few years.
“It’s a nice town, and we’d like to keep it that way,” Cockburn concluded.