MILFORD – Milford Police Chief Travis Marsh announced his resignation at the town council meeting Monday night.

Marsh said it was a bittersweet moment to say he’s accepted a captain’s position with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office. He will stay on until his replacement is named, saying he wanted to “tie up a few loose ends” in the interim.

He thanked the council for the chance to serve the community, and council member Doug Ruch said the town will miss him and his service to the people.





Marsh said he knew of “at least three people who are interested in the job.” The town will accept applications until Monday, and conduct initial interviews in an executive session at 6 p.m. March 4. A replacement could be in place as soon as the March 11 council meeting, but Marsh offered to stay on until the end of the month if need be.

In the rest of his report, Marsh said he is still getting quotes for a newer police vehicle, with hopes of having a recommendation to present to the council at its March meeting. He added an older vehicle, from model year 2000, will be have all the police-specific gear removed at the town garage to save some money.

Another consideration is trading or donating the vehicle to the Indiana Police Academy, rather than try and sell it outright, Marsh said. He also said if the vehicle were donated, the town would get credit toward the cost of additional, but not initial, police training.

After the extreme cold snap two weeks ago, Marsh said he and others drew up a procedure for using the community building as a warming site if the need ever arises again. Marsh said police would even bring people to the center for that purpose if needed.

The annual calls for service report also was presented. The town’s police responded to 2,445 calls, up 1,028, or 58 percent, over 2017. The only categories that were down were title checks and handgun licenses. “I guess that means everyone in Milford has a handgun license,” Marsh joked.

Bids were opened for paving projects, to be paid for in large part by a Crossroads Community grant from the state. The paving projects will run on Main Street (Old 15) from CR 1300N to Syracuse Street and West Street from Fourth to Catherine streets. Phend and Brown had the low bid at $133,969.75. The grant is for $117,643.05 and the town will pick up the rest of the cost.

Streets and Utilities Supervisor Steve Marquart asked the council to approve the purchase of a new leaf gathering machine for $59,000. Marquart said the last one, lasted 30 years and it’s time to invest in a new one. The council, after some discussion, approved the purchase.

Marquart asked the public to “please, please, please give our guys some room when they’re plowing the streets or working on the roads.” He said his drivers often can’t see other motorists while plowing, and there have been some close calls while pothole patching.

“We’re trying to keep everybody safe. Please help,” Marquart concluded.

Also approved was the installation of a new water line and hydrant along Elm Street and replacement of a hydrant on the east end of Williams Street. The cost of the two projects will be $26,500.

Town attorney Jay Rigdon advised the board of fines and litigation involving five properties owned by Ron Davidhizer. Fines for noncompliance of various ordinances total $13,360 and must be paid to avoid having the properties sold at a sheriff’s sale this fall. The addresses of the properties are 105 N. Maple St., 605 Kinwood St. and 315, 317 and 318 East Williams St.

The council gave its blessing to a fence to go around storage buildings at the corner of Higbee (Ind. 15) and Fourth streets. Lamar Bost, of Bristol, the owner of the property, said he would use ornamental fencing around the east and north sides of the site, and chain link on the west and south sides. The council also said it is good with placing the fence on the property line on the south side, rather than a 2-foot setback, to give customers room to drive along the south side. The plan also calls for a gate off of Fourth Street.

The matter will now go before the county’s Area Plan Commission. Bost said that the Plan Commission had indicated without the town’s approval, his request would be denied at the county level.

The council approved two ordinances. One was a bookkeeping procedure to wrap up 2018 and the other permits the police department to charge $15 for a copy of a police report, $55 for all photographs related to a report, and $150 for a recording made by an officer.