Milan board approves tax abatements for Pike Lumber

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Pike Lumber Company received approval for tax abatements for Phase I of the construction project at the regular meeting of the Milan Town Council on Monday, April 12. According to Town Manager John Ingram, construction is projected to begin in May.

The board also received an update from Susan Craig, Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, regarding the wastewater project and the storm drainage project regarding due dates for the grant applications.

The board was advised to provide matching funds for the wastewater project even though a match was not required. The board unanimously approved to a match of five percent of the wastewater project costs.
In other business, the board announced that heavy trash pick up will be held on May 1. Specs for the advertisement of trash bids were unanimously approved.

Angela Beck of the Milan Park Board reported there will be several school and local organizations volunteering at the park for cleanup and spreading of mulch. Beck also reminded the board that the park board is actively seeking new members as well as two people to work on a committee for the walking trail, lighting, and upgrades.

In his report for March, Town Marshal Gary Skaggs reported a total of 68 calls for service including criminal mischief, traffic arrests and 19 calls to assist other agencies. The police department tagged 12 abandoned vehicles with 11 of those vehicles removed. The reserve officers volunteered 95 hours for March.

Board members attending the meeting included Paul Hildebrand and Bob Branigan with Matt Huffman absent. The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Town Hall.