MILFORD — Milford Town Council held a year-end meeting Monday, Dec. 30, to complete outstanding business from 2019. Along with passing ordinances necessary for the transfer of funds, the council approved a salary increase for Milford employees, as well as a new health insurance plan.
The 2020 salary ordinance was passed by the council giving Milford employees a 4% pay increase from 2019 levels. Additionally, a maintenance position also received an hourly wage increase of 50 cents and a one-time payment of $2,868.
The council also voted on a new medical insurance policy, which will add vision benefits and health savings accounts contributions. The overall cost was 6.8% higher than 2019. The vision insurance will cost the town $142.30 per month. New worker’s compensation insurance, required by the state, was also approved.
A resolution approving the use of county economic development income tax funds to pay for a new return activated sludge pump and blower for the wastewater treatment plant was passed by the council; also included was the purchase of three Motorola dual band radios for the police department. All expenditures had been previously approved pending funds transfer.
Funds encumbered to 2020 from 2019 were approved in ordinance 2019-8 and related to approximately $3,000 in legal fees paid to Carson LLP for work performed in cooperation with the Milford Redevelopment Commission. Carson was involved in providing training for new employees at Williamsburg Marine, a new manufacturing company in Milford.
The 2020 appointment ordinance remained unchanged from 2019, with the exception of Derek Kreider’s appointment to town marshal.
The council tabled a capital asset ordinance, which would lower the minimum value on items to be reported from $10,000 to $5,000. LWG was the firm hired to assist Milford’s asset management efforts. The council awaits approval from Jay Rigdon, town attorney, before moving forward.
Council members also received information about a planned resolution calling for Parkview Samaritan Air Emergency to be the first responder on the list called, due to its lower cost. Van Buren Township will likely adopt the resolution in January.
Town Clerk Tricia Gall also informed members of TRECS, a program run by the Association of Indiana Counties and Indiana Department of Revenue allowing municipalities to recover unpaid bills using only the name and address of the debtor. The council asked for Rigdon’s approval at the next meeting.
The next public meeting of Milford Town Council will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 9, at Milford Town Hall.