January 9, 2017

ADMINISTRATION

Finance/Customer Service

-No report available.

Parks & Recreation 
-Park Staff assisted with a successful Holiday Stroll and we have had many people thank us for providing the port-a-johns for both the Stroll and the month of December for Santa’s House.
-Construction on Goat Island continues with work on the educational pavilion beginning in early January. Test footers were dug late December, and it was determined that the pavilion would have to be relocated to higher ground due to the high water table. The park was temporarily shut down to prepare the site. 
-An area of the Riverwalk suffered some minor vandalism which included some posts and handrails being damaged. This was quickly repaired by park staff.
-December 16 marked the final day for seasonal park technicians and a retirement party was held for the outgoing Park Superintendent, Don McMillian. The Mayor attended the retirement function as did a number of former employees. Don’s last day was December 31 and Ralph Skinner, Jr has been promoted to Park Superintendent.
-‘Lil Bucs’ wrestling concluded and the program coordinator Roy Rigby declared after 20 plus years that this would be his last year.
-Basketball tryouts were held December 3 at the Boys and Girls club.  There are almost 150 players this season with two more teams added.  
-The bathroom at Tony Silicato Memorial Park has been winterized and an additional valve was installed to help prevent pipes from freezing over the winter months.
-Water fountains were winterized at the Dog Park and are shut down over the winter months, however a frost free spigot remains available for our four legged friends.

PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Enforcement & Inspections Division
Code Enforcement Case Activity       
New Cases: 26
Closed Cases: 54
Open at Start of Month: 93
Open at End of Month: 67

Code Enforcement Violation Activity           
Abandoned Vehicle: 6
Dangerous Tree: 0
Furniture: 2
Generic: 5
Property Maintenance: 6
Rubbish & Garbage: 5
Weeds & Grass: 0
Zoning Use: 0
    Total: 26

Rental Inspections Performed: 1
Rental Licenses Issued: 110
Vendor Licenses Issued: 0
Contractors Licenses Issued: 32

Building Permits Issued
Commercial Foundation: 0
Commercial Building Permit: 10
Demolition: 1
Residential New Construction: 1
Residential Renovation/Accessory Structure: 6
Roof/Siding: 9
Solar Panels: 2
Utility (Electric/Water): 4
    Total: 33

Planning & Zoning Division

-Staff completed the required NIMS training for the Code Enforcement and Administrative positions
-University of Delaware and DNREC held a climate change mapping workshop as part of a voluntary pilot program related to community vulnerabilities that is being performed in conjunction with the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update.  The mapping exercise allowed attendees to identify critical and vulnerable areas that could be subject to increased temperatures and sea level rise.  A similar workshop and presentation is being offered to City Council, Planning Commission and City management on January 10, 2017 beginning at 5:30 pm in Council chambers. 
-Planning Commission approved a 12-month extension for the Bayhealth Health Campus site plan application; amendments to Chapter 230 that would allow chickens as a conditional use in R-1 and R-2 districts.  The amendment will be reviewed again at the January meeting; continued its work to craft updates to the Comprehensive Plan.  The December workshop reviewed chapters on Housing, Economic Development and Transportation.  Upcoming meetings in January and February will discuss Parks & Open Space, Environment, Implementation and Land Use.
-Met with Sussex County Planning & Mapping, State Planning and the United States Post Office to discuss the process of modifying zip code boundary lines so that all properties within the corporate limits of Milford would have a Milford zip code.  Currently there are several parcels in the southeast neighborhood that receive service from the Lincoln post office, including the proposed Bayhealth site.
-Met with DelDOT in regards to a Transportation Investment District (TID) for the Southeast Neighborhood.  This was an action item from the 2011 SE Master Plan document.  Discussions will continue to establish the TID.

Economic Activities Division
-The Downtown Development District large project application deadline was December 12, 2016.  There were two applications for properties within the City of Milford.  Dan Bond submitted an application for the former Lou’s Bootery building for a complete historic restoration of the structure.  Mr. Bond proposes retail or restaurant use on the first floor with two residential apartments above.  The second application was submitted by Davis, Bowen & Friedel on behalf of Dennis Silicato for a project that would convert of the former skating center into office space.  An announcement ceremony is scheduled on January 10th in downtown Milford where the Governor will announce the awarded projects for all DDD communities.
 
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
-Worked with University of Delaware Sustainability Program to complete an energy assessment of all city buildings.
-Updated job description for the department.
 
Electric Division
Power Outages: 1 (On 12/25 behind Abbott’s Grill; cause was bird in wires causing circuit to trip.)
Poles replaced due to either age, rot or damage: 1
Closed Work Orders: 7
Trouble Service Calls: 17
New Electric Services Installed: 4
Preventative Maintenance/Trees Trimmed: 6
Miss Utility Locates: 107

-Crew installed new vehicle charging stations at Royal Farms on Route 1 and removed dirt pile. 
-All lights in the warehouse have been replaced with LED for efficiency purposes.

Water & Wastewater Division
-Crews placed locator flags on fire hydrants in preparation for snow.
-Pump at Silicato pump station was repaired due to an article of clothing caught in pump.
 
Streets & Solid Waste Division
Bulk Pick Ups:  16 
Additional Containers: Trash-0; Recycle-2; Yard Waste-0
Service Terminated: 3
Change Container Size: 4
Damaged/Replaced Container: 16
After Hours Calls: 0

-Leaf collection is winding down. 
-10 Downtown District signs were installed throughout town.
- Installed salt spreaders and snow plows on trucks for upcoming winter season.
2017 01 Diversion Chart