The April 20 Milford City Council meeting opened with an award for a longstanding business.
Mayor Amy Brewer presented Tim and Marcy Schutte with a City Council Sustainability Award to celebrate Valetone Cleaners’ 50 years of business in Milford. In accepting the award, Schutte said that he was most proud of his collaboration with his customers to raise money for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“I created a program called Share the Discount,” Schutte said. “If customers come in with a three dollar coupon and say they want to use it to share the discount, I charge full price but I sent the coupon amount to St. Vincent de Paul.” He also said that he gives one percent over and above the coupon price.
City Manager Loretta Rokey announced that mowing in the city would begin soon.
"Special attention is being given to the cemetery. I know the dandelions are terrible," she said.
Council unanimously approved a resolution allowing Rokey to apply to the Community Services Block Grant Program for 2010. The funds, administered by the Ohio Department of Development are intended to address infrastructure needs to stimulate neighborhood revitalization.
The city could be eligible for $33,300 to upgrade or install fixtures such as bicycle areas and benches in Riverside Park.
The machinery that allows Milford to soften the well water it uses for its water supply is broken.
"Our lime slaker is beyond its useful life," said the city manager. "It is down for repair."
Rokey said the project would cost more than $200,000. Funds from the American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009 will cover $80,000 of that bill. The remainder will come in loans from the Ohio Water Development Authority.
Residents will have to live with hard water until the new lime slaker is installed.
"It's going to be a long time," said Mayor Amy Brewer, adding the six to eight weeks without soft water is expected. "The water is perfectly safe. There are no odor problems. It just leaves a dull film on dishes."