owner to submit a plan at next mtg.
council deals with unkempt property
of properties in Milan in need of repair and cleaning up had the
opportunity to speak to the Milan Town Council members at the
regular meeting on Monday, November 9. These properties are currently
out of compliance with town ordinances and present possible hazards
to those living nearby, according to town attorney Larry Eaton.
Dr. Timothy Alward, Nashville, presented pictures of work in progress
at the property he owns on Carr Street, next to the Milan Town
Hall. According to Dr. Alward, progress on the roof has been slow
due to the time required for the restoration progress.
According to council president Paul Hildebrand, Dr. Alward was
given four years to clean up the property, with little progress.
Hildebrand suggested painting the building and fixing the broken
Eaton noted that an addition built onto the back of the building
is a health hazard with a rotting floor and rodents. He advised
the council to require Dr. Alward to remove the addition.
Hildebrand explained that the council understands that Dr. Alward
is interested in preserving the building, which once was a hardware
store on the lower level as well as Knights of Pythias Hall on
the upper level. He suggested that rather than do the work himself,
Dr. Alward should consider hiring a contractor to complete the
repairs proposed by the council.
The council asked that Dr. Alward submit a plan at the next meeting
for their consideration.
The plan submitted by Frank Arkenberg, Milan, was unanimously
approved by the council. The official order sent by the town will
be amended to include the details of the plan, according to Eaton.
Eaton updated the board of progress on the purchase of property
by Pike Lumber. According to Eaton, an appraisal is required.
Also, since the property is being sold below fair market value,
a resolution will be required, which describes the property and
the project to be published in the newspaper.
According to Eaton, Economic Development law requires those interested
in purchasing the land to submit a proposal that would be exactly
the same as the proposal made by Pike Lumber. For example, the
creation of a hardwood lumber company, employing 30 people, and
installing a drying kiln.
The resolution #11-9-R-09 was unanimously approved. Eaton requested
approval of an Early Access agreement to allow Pike Lumber to
begin the installation of perimeter drains. Eaton noted that the
work would be at Pike Lumbers own risk with the requirement
to carry workmans compensation insurance as well as $1 million
liability insurance. Both the resolution and the Early Access
agreement were unanimously approved.
In other business:
Leaf pickup will continue until December 7, according to
town manager John Ingram.
The Milan Police Department investigated 4 thefts, 3 burglaries,
provided 18 calls of assistance to other agencies with the reserve
officers donating 103 hours for the month of October.
The transfer of funds from Office Furniture to Attorney
Fees was unanimously approved.
Council members present were Paul Hildebrand and Robert Branigan.
Matt Huffman was absent. The next board meeting will be held on
Monday, December 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Town Hall.