MILFORD — A situation of getting the cart before the horse was the case Monday evening, Dec. 11, at Milford Town Council meeting. A small group of Waubee Lake residents, led by Pam Dwyer, came before the council with numerous questions regarding potential sewer being provided by the town to Camp Mack. The discussion took one hour of the three-hour long meeting.
Among the questions were why the town was paying for a feasibility study and not Camp Mack and being annexed into the town. Jay Rigdon, town attorney, handled the questions from the group. He noted that the feasibility, that is costing the town $8,500, is just to see what the possibilities are and for the town to maintain control. He reiterated that the process is just now getting started and the group was jumping ahead. Several times Rigdon had to pull in the reigns of the group that was jumping ahead. He stated that the town is taking one step at a time and no decision will be made until the feasibility study is back. He also noted that just because sewer is provided to an area, does not mean annexation will take place. “One has nothing to do with the other,” he noted.
Ryan Braune, a representative with Wessler Engineering, Indianapolis, explained the study and what all it will encompass. He noted he will come back to the board in February to present the results.
Another major discussion of the board regarded salaries for the town employees. Following much discussion the council approved a 2 percent raise.
During other business:
• Announced the new sewer bonds, in the amount of $1.506 million, were sold at a 3.9 percent interest rate. The bond sale will close Tuesday, Dec. 19.
• Denied a request by Harry Doty to have horses returned to his property at the corner of South Main and Turkey Creek Drive. The council voted unanimously to deny the request. The Doty property had horses on the property prior to being annexed into the town, however, the horses were removed from the property over six months ago, thus requiring them to come to the council for permission to allow the animals to return.
• Council members signed a letter to proceed and contract for the sewer upgrade project.
• Officers for Milford Fire Department in 2018 were announced: Todd Haines, fire chief; Steve Farber, assistant fire chief; Brian Haines, secretary; and Dave Rosenberry, treasurer.
• It was announced Tim Miller has returned to work for the police department, working the day shift.
• The trash contract with Sweetheimer, was signed for 2017, at a cost of approximately $51,000.
• Steve Marquart, utilities superintendent, reported the town will continue to pick up leaves, if in bags and town trucks are ready to go for snow removal and salt is available. Marquart was also given a 50 cent per hour pay raise since he received his waste water certification.
• Ordinance 2017-10 was passed, creating a new fund to receive the sewer bond money.
The council will hold its final meeting of the year at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.