Milford Council President Douglas Ruch presented an award to Milford Public Library for its 100th anniversary. Pictured (L to R) are Ruch, Milford Library Board Member & Friend of the Library Andrea Newman and Milford Library Clerk Dorothy Haney. Haney announced an open house will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28, followed by a free ice cream social with barbershop quartet from 7 to 9 p.m. Photo by Denise Federow
Milford Council President Douglas Ruch presented an award to Milford Public Library for its 100th anniversary. Pictured (L to R) are Ruch, Milford Library Board Member & Friend of the Library Andrea Newman and Milford Library Clerk Dorothy Haney. Haney announced an open house will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28, followed by a free ice cream social with barbershop quartet from 7 to 9 p.m. Photo by Denise Federow
MILFORD – Recent storms wreaked havoc on the trees in Milford’s parks, according to Street, Water and Park Superintendent Steven Marquart.

Marquart told the council Monday night, “The storms caused our trees to be dangerous, several need to be trimmed or cut down.”

He said about 65 trees need work as soon as possible, and because the ground is so soft a boom truck won’t be able to go in so the trees will have to be climbed. Marquart said he got a quote from K & K Tree Service for $6,000, which will eat up most of the park’s budget for maintenance and repair.

But, he said, “I’d hate to see a limb come down on someone.”

Council members agreed it was a safety issue and approved the request.

In other park business, the council authorized Marquart to seek out a seasonal employee for the concession stand at the lake for no more than 24 hours a week at $10 an hour. The city also will take on supplying the concession stand with simple concession service items like ice cream, sodas and water. Since they wouldn’t be preparing food, the health permit would be $20.

Marquart said in several years it has not worked out to have outside concession providers come in so his recommendation was for the city to provide the service and concessions.

Marquart reported they’ve hired two lifeguards – Kali Wolf and Katelyn Trimble.

Police Department

Milford Town Marshal Derek Kreider reported that members of his department are “patiently waiting” for several things – including the new 2019 squad car that should be outfitted soon.

They’re also waiting for the Department of Justice grant to come through for body cameras. He said department members have been trying out the equipment from Getac and have said the video quality is good.

Kreider said they’re also waiting on new radar units ordered with funds from Operation Pullover.



KEDCo.

Alan Tio, director of Kosciusko County Economic Development Corp. (KEDCo.), gave a brief presentation to the council. Tio said he’s still fairly new to Kosciusko County; he’s been with the organization since the fall and is looking forward to growing the organization.

He said he wanted to do a better job of getting KEDCo.’s story out and wanted to highlight three points – that KEDCo. will be known for the problems it solves; that it’s more than dealmakers – he said they wanted to focus on the transformation and supporting entrepreneurs; and that it’s business builders.

“We want to work with people every step of the way – from an idea on a napkin to going public,” he said.

Tio said they’ve partnered with other organizations like OrthoWorx to promote the area. He feels the county is not doing enough to support entrepreneurs and they could do better.

Dan Brown, past board chairman, said, “We’re excited to have Alan on board; he brings new perspectives. He’s a valuable resource for the town and certainly for redevelopment.”



In other business, the council:

• Set budget workshops for June 20 and 26 at 6 p.m.

• Said the new sewer rates adopted last month will be seen on the August bill.

• Approved the clerk’s office being closed on July 4 and will be closing early (4 p.m.) on June 12, June 26 and July 3.

• Approved Clerk-Treasurer Tricia Gall’s attendance at the Department of Local Government Finance training June 26.

• Heard the street department will soon be painting center stripes on Syracuse and South Main streets soon.

The street department also is helping to control mosquitoes.