Panhandling ordinance passed at Milan

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

The town of Milan had their second and final reading of the “Panhandling” ordinance at their July 9 meeting. The ordinance passed and will go into effect once it is published.

The “Panhandling” ordinance relates to roadblocks. It now requires those who want to have a roadblock in Milan to have a permit issued 30 days prior to the date of use; a non-refundable application fee of $25 for any solicitor that is not a charitable or religious organization from the town of Milan; be allowed only on weekends for a maximum of three hours; require that all solicitors be at least 18 years of age; and only allow roadblocks at the intersection of 350 and 101 as well as other stipulations.

Town Manager, John Ingram, reported Indian Point Subdivision had tested its sewer lines and manholes and made the necessary repairs. Lots should be ready to sell in late October.

The town received a grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation for $32,700 for the replacement of 14 fire hydrants. The town workers continue to paint the fire hydrants and curbs.

Chris Volz Jr. has plans for six lots on East Carr Street from the last lift station going east. He needs permission for water and sewer hook up from the town to present to county zoning.

Park board president, Doug Price, reported all the lights on the poles at the park have been changed. Signs listing 11 rules and regulations will be placed at all the buildings and at the entrances to the park. The Farmers Market will be starting up soon on Wednesdays.

Price said there were 350 who attended the music in the park on the Fourth of July. They have started working on the ball fields in the back of the park.

The board discussed recycling. The Methodist Men have been taking care of the recycling from the sheds at the old Super Valu parking lot. They will no longer be able to do that. If another solution is not found, the sheds will have to be padlocked and signs placed on them with instructions on where to take the recyclables. Newspapers, glass and cans have been recycled in the past.

Joe Day, a trustee of the Church of Christ, said the church had purchased some property and asked if the town had a problem with them putting a storm shelter there. The board had no objections.
A new police car and two new 800 megahertz radios are being purchased at a total of $29,300. Marshal Gary Skaggs reported he had 68 calls for service last month. His reserve officers donated 149 hours of time that was free to the town.

The council amended their salary ordinance to include a $1.00 an hour pay raise for the utility department due to additional training and certification being completed.

All three town board members were present: Paul Hildebrand, Bob Branigan and Matt Huffman. Attorney Larry Eaton and Clerk-Treasurer Gladys Moody were present to advise the board. The next regular meeting of the Milan Town Board will be August 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Town Hall on Carr Street.