August 8, 2016

PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The Fall program has been uploaded as a .pdf on the City website; not all offerings are loaded on the online registration site as of yet.
The second field hockey clinic was held July 18-21 at the Milford High School.
The second session of tennis instruction was held July 11-14 at Milford High School.
Summer playground finished its 5-week program, with a variety of activities, events, and day trips.
Our pre-school “Kiddie Kamp” was held July 25-29 at the Parks & Rec Building for ages 3-5. Fun and learning was shared by all.
4th & 5th grade Wednesday night soccer is ongoing and is held at Marvel Square.
The summer conditioning program is in full swing. This is for boys and girls in 6th-8th grades who are interested in staying physically active over the summer so they will be ready for fall sports.
We received a $1,000 donation from the Piece Makers Quilting Guild which will be used for the purchase of new folding tables in the Parks & Rec conference room.
The Dog Park was closed for a couple of weeks in July while some maintenance was performed. A new irrigation system was trenched in and the Electric Division installed electric to the park for the control system for the irrigation, and some additional areas of concrete were poured. Both sections of the Dog Park are now open to the public and we are looking forward to automatic watering of the grass areas.
A new aerator and seeder have been ordered and will assist in our turf management program.
Ongoing maintenance of parklands, sporting fields and flower beds, including cutting and weeding, fertilization, irrigation and watering of flowers.
Several private events were held in the Parks during July, including our first marriage ceremony conducted on Goat Island.

PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Enforcement & Inspections Division
Code Enforcement Case Activity
New Cases: 41
Closed Cases: 17
Open at Start of Month: 240
Open at End of Month : 271

Code Enforcement Violation Activity
Abandoned Vehicle: 7
Dangerous Tree: 0
Furniture: 5
Generic: 0
Property Maintenance: 1
Rubbish & Garbage: 1
Weeds & Grass: 27
Zoning Use: 0
Total: 41

Rental Inspections Performed: 1
Rental Licenses Issued: 5
Vendor Licenses Issued: 0
Contractors Licenses Issued: 17

Building Permits Issued
Commercial Foundation: 0
Commercial Building Permit: 5
Demolition: 2
Residential New Construction: 2
Residential Renovation/Accessory Structure: 8
Roof/Siding: 5
Solar Panels: 6
Utility (Electric/Water): 4
Total: 32

Staff investigated and resolved several minor property maintenance issues without issuing violation notices.
City Council approved miscellaneous repairs, painting and maintenance work on City Hall building.

Planning & Economic Activities Division
Attended Regional Bike Plan Update workgroup meeting for the Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The group will meet every month for the next year to update the regional bike plan.
Submitted application for Cycling Infrastructure Grant for improvements along Marshall St, SE Second and Franklin Streets. Grant money would be used to develop a concept plan for improvements that would better connect the Southeast Area of the City with the Riverwalk and Downtown.
Comprehensive Plan survey has been posted on the City’s website and paper copies have been made available at City Hall and the Customer Service Building. Surveys will be open until the end of September. Results will be used to guide discussions through the Comprehensive Plan update process.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
After a full week on the job, Mark Whitfield, Public Works Director, has become familiar with the various operations of the department, including learning the locations and operations of the various facilities, from pump stations, to wells, to buildings, to electric lines. He has been involved with several meetings regarding the Bayhealth project, and the various public works improvements as part of the project. After meeting with Jason Loar of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc, he is familiar with the various projects in progress and those on the horizon and upon meeting with Jeff Portmann, Finance Director, is familiar with the budget and capital plan. Mr. Whitfield stated he has been impressed with the work ethic and passion of the various city employees he has met.

Electric Division
Closed Work Orders/Trouble Service Calls: 45
Open Work Orders at End of Month: 18
New Electric Services Installed: 7
Preventative Maintenance/Trees Trimmed: 9
Miss Utility Locates: 127

Majority of the month was spent replacing poles on Rust Rd; new poles set, old removed and services transferred. Dead end pole was set at Rust and Calhoun roads.
Set a new pole, installed wiring and set a new meter pedestal to provide electric service to Parks and Recreation’s dog park.
Prepared and hung a new capacitor bank on S Rehoboth Blvd.
Set a transformer and pulled primary to new chicken houses for Hill’s Farm on Milford-Harrington Hwy.

Streets & Solid Waste Division
Pick Ups and Deliveries
Bulk Pick Up: 19
New Container Delivery: 14
Additional Container-Trash: 0
Additional Container-Recycle: 1
Additional Container-Yard Waste: 1
Change Container Size: 8
Damaged/Replaced Container Replacement: 7
After Hours Calls: 0

Truitt Avenue/Cemetery Roads project is substantially complete with only a few punch list items to be completed. The Water & Sewer Division worked with the contractor to adjust meter pits, prior to paving.
Catch basin repairs were completed at Kings Hwy & Woodland Dr., Independence Commons, Business Park and Milford Hospital.
A driveway pipe was repaired and paving restoration was completed on W Thrush Dr.
Potholes and surface repairs were made at N Walnut St, Kingston Terrace, Lakelawn Dr. and Meadow Lark Dr.
Removed two dead trees on Lovers Ln and also two trees from the NE Front St in the municipal parking lot for Parks & Rec Dept. Cleaned a tree up on city property that was hitting the State Annex building near the Riverwalk.
Gateway sign old posts were removed, painted and installed new posts in preparation for the newly designed sign that was installed on State Route 1/U.S. 113 off ramp.
Fall clean-up week dates have been selected for October 10–14; details will be posted in the local paper, City website and on social media.

Water & Wastewater Division
Repaired two leaks on N Washington St, a leak on Marshal St. & Gilcrest St., and with assistance from the Street Division, repaired a leak on N. Walnut St. & Buccaneer Dr.
Two sewer laterals were installed, one at 4 James Dr. for a new home and one at 200 Fisher Ave.
Assisted in setting a new concrete slab with an access hatch at the L.D. Caulk Company West Plant.
Assisted a contractor installing a new grinder at the Lighthouse Pumping Station. 

Solid Waste/Recycling/Yard Waste Diversion* 

Solid Waste Tonnage

Curbside Recycling

Drop Off Recycling

Yard Waste

Total

Diversion

2013

3903.34

617.90

213.77

473.85

5208.86

25.1%

2014

3206.04

645.88

243.90

472.08

4567.90

29.8%

2015

3077.95

642.20

407.07

304.55

4431.77

30.5%

2016 (YTD)

1494.95

310.26

185.51

207.26

2197.98

32.0%


Solid Waste Tonnage

Curbside Recycling

Drop Off Recycling

Yard Waste

Total

Diversion

April

258.50

44.77

30.34

43.58

377.19

31.5%

May

263.14

51.01

34.19

45.61

393.95

33.2%

June

271.64

59.25

30.14

59.10

420.13

35.3%


*The amount of waste diverted from the landfill through the recycling and yard waste programs.