Milford Town Council held a brief meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, to approve its 2017 budget.
Previously, the town had advertised the budget and held a public hearing Sept. 12. A motion was made to pass the budget and the motion carried, with Doug Ruch abstaining. As a volunteer firefighter, Ruch was required to abstain due to a state law requiring council members who are firefighters or volunteer firefighters to not vote on budgets if they include the fire department’s.
Afterward, Ruch shared information from two property owners who will separately be approaching the county board of zoning appeals.
The first involves a property at James Street and East Syracuse Street. The owner wants to split the property into two parcels where there is already a fence. The north section of the parcel, which houses Quonset huts, would be sold for a low-impact warehousing operation, which Ruch said would complement industry already in Milford.
Joellen Free was asked to email the town’s blessing to the BZA.
The second property in question is on CR 100E before the railroad tracks in Milford’s industrial area, where some annexation had previously occurred. The property owner wants to keep a house already on the parcel but sell a portion of the property; it was unclear if a buyer is lined up.
Council members noted they wanted the property owner to be aware the parcel is still in the county, and if a home goes onto the sold property, it will not receive town services. Council members also noted they did not see any potential impact on development should the property owner’s request be approved.
The next Milford Town Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.