Government & Politics

Bid Awarded For Can-Do Playground

3On Monday, September 8, Milford City Council voted unanimously to award Thompson & Son Contracting the bid for a new public restroom to be installed at the Can-Do Playground at Tony Silicato Memorial Park, located behind the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. The cost to build the restroom will be $87,472.

“Can-Do is contributing $30,000 toward the project,” said David Rutt, City Solicitor and Chairman of the Can-Do Playground Committee for the Milford Rotary Club. “There was money placed in the Parks & Recreation budget towards the project as well.”

City Manager Richard Carmean, explained that Milford Parks and Recreation will be responsible for maintaining the restrooms and that they would be locked at dusk each evening. According to Mr. Carmean, the new restroom will not require a significant amount of maintenance. It is designed to be easy to clean and he expected Gary Emory, Director of Milford Parks and Recreation, to arrange for a routine maintenance schedule.

“Many residents have asked us to install a public restroom downtown,” said Mayor Bryan Shupe. “This may be a good test run to see if placing a similar facility downtown will be feasible.”

Councilman Christopher Mergner questioned whether the city would be responsible for the costs of maintenance, and Mr. Carmean confirmed that maintenance costs would be added to the Parks & Recreation budget. Mr. Carmean said that the area was well-lit and was already included in routine surveillance by the Milford Police Department. City Council hopes to have the new restroom installed in the next few months.

In other city business, council approved this year’s observance for Halloween Trick-or-Treat. This year, the City of Milford will observe Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Friday, October 31, between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.Only celebrants of 12 years and under will be permitted to engage in Trick-or-Treat. All celebrants are to refrain from committing acts of vandalism or destruction. Motorists are asked to be ever watchful of our youngsters making these annual rounds.

In addition, Annual Fall Cleanup Week was approved for September 29 through October 3, 2014. During this week, residents may place additional items for disposal alongside their trash container on their regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. There will be no additional charge for the service and residents do not have to call ahead for bulk pick-up. All items must be placed by the curb by 7 am and small bundles of yard waste will be picked up with regular yard waste on the following dates. Gold route customers, are scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st. Maroon Route customers, Tuesday & Friday trash customers, are scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th. Commercial trash, construction debris and hazardous materials will not be accepted. Collections will only be covered once. A return trip will not be made on alternate days during this week. For more information, residents can call the City of Milford Customer Service Department at 302-422- 6616 option 2.

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