Milford Town Clerk Tricia Gall swears in newly approved part-time investigator for the police department Richard Miotto. Miotto retired from the department two years ago and has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. Photo by Denise Fedorow
Milford Town Clerk Tricia Gall swears in newly approved part-time investigator for the police department Richard Miotto. Miotto retired from the department two years ago and has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. Photo by Denise Fedorow
MILFORD – Even in a small town like Milford, it’s best to be prepared for the worst. That seemed to be the thinking behind the action taken by Milford Town Council Monday to purchase 12 active shooter response kits.

Town Marshal Derek Kreider told the council, “With all that’s been going on lately and due to the recent mass shooting events, I want to better equip our officers.”

He said the kits would be easily transferred from patrol car to another vehicle if needed. The kits would consist of one ballistic plate carrier capable of stopping a high-power rifle and would have the police logo on the front and back. It would also have a Molle holder that would hold three rifle magazines and three pistol magazines, six quick combat gauze bandages and five tourniquets on the back and a utility packet.

He said the kits are designed with the bandages and tourniquets on the back so “if an officer goes into an active shooter situation and has to tend to someone, he’d take it off the officer in front of him.”

He also requested approval for a weapon for the school resource officer to “give him a distinct advantage if he finds himself in an active shooter situation at school.”

The council approved the purchase at a cost of $17,810.93. Clerk-treasurer Tricia Gall said she would take that cost out of riverboat funds.

Kreider also received approval to hire Richard Miotto as a part-time investigator. Kreider said Miotto retired from the force two years ago and has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He’ll be used primarily for investigations on major burglaries, sexual assaults, etc. Kreider said he has to redo 40 hours of basic training for $75.

Kreider said there is plenty of money in the budget to utilize Miotto as needed.

Council member Kenneth Long said, “I think it’s a good idea, we have the money, he has the knowledge and he knows the town – he’d be an asset.”

Utilities, Streets & Park

Several additions and changes were approved by the council including having Superseal of Warsaw prepping and paving road patches at $8.25 per square foot for a total of $17,958.

Utilities Superintendent Steven Marquart said he had money in the budget and, “We need to take care of this before school starts and (we’d) start with what’s priority for school busses.”

The council approved additional charges for the water project in the amount of $29,239 to Beer & Slabaugh. Gall said the redevelopment commission said they’d pay up to $7,000 for relocating the fire hydrant on Syracuse and Ind. 15 from tax increment finance funds, reducing that amount to $22,239.

Marquart said there was no valve on one hydrant, and replacing it would cost $8,005; a fire hydrant loop needed relocated into a 4-inch main for $14,964; and another hydrant at West and Emmaline streets didn’t have a 6-inch main and adding one would cost $6,270.

He said the changes were due to “bad plans,” which is why it’s so important to get the asset management plan done.

Council also approved a yearly chlorine inspection from Living Waters for $1,469.76.

Council approved having Peerless Midwest do an annual rotation of well treatment with well No. 4 treated at a cost of $6,120 and also replacing a leaky valve on well No. 3 for $1,791.

For the wastewater department, the council approved a new blower instead of repairing one for $3,301 plus approximate labor costs of $3,700 by Quality Repair Service. Also purchased from Quality Repair Service was a RAS pump for $8,985.

Additionally, the council approved upgrading impellers in a pump from Xylem Flygt for $1,440. There was lengthy discussion of what funds these wastewater purchases would be taken from. Gall explained she could take equipment from the County Economic Development Income Tax fund but not labor costs so they decided to take labor costs from riverboat funds.

For parks, the council approved signage clarifying that no motorized vehicles were permitted in the park, including golf carts. They also approved assigning three parking spaces near the boat ramp as reserved for those with water crafts such as canoes or kayaks that may not necessarily need a boat trailer but would like to use the boat ramp.

2020 Budget

Gall told the council that she met with a representative from Department of Local Government Finance and the meeting went well. She said she was told to add $16,000 to the budget to meet the maximum levy so she is still working on those numbers.

She told the council she is only required to publish the budget on a website www.budgetnotices.in.gov by Aug. 30 but she would post on the door as the council asked. They are also holding a public hearing on the budget at the Sept. 9 council meeting.

Council President Doug Ruch said, “Thank you very much for your accounting ability and looking out for Milford’s best interests by getting us the maximum levy amount. You should be commended for that.”

In other business, the council:

• Heard presentations from two insurance company representatives – Alex Dickman of ONI Risk Partners and the town’s current carrier, Eric Merley, Hall & Marose Silveus.

Council felt since there was less than $2,000 difference between the two that they should just let the current policy automatically renew, however, they wanted a quote on $1 million worth of cyber-security coverage.

• Appointed Kenneth Long as the council’s vice president.

• Approved reallocating funds so the clerk’s office could upgrade its budget software as soon as possible.

• Authorized Kreider to check with Indiana Department of Transportation about adding a portable four-way stop or some other school crossing safety device north of the school on Ind. 15.

• Heard the clerk’s office will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

• Heard fall cleaning is scheduled for Sept. 26-28 in Milford. Marquart wants to remind residents that the town will pick up brush and light tree trimmings but not truckloads. If residents have a large amount of tree trimmings they’re asked to call town hall to schedule a pick up instead of leaving in the street.

Residents are also strongly advised to put their address on their houses instead of on mailboxes to assist water department employees as they do locates for water and sewer.