Tax abatement requested for Ripley Crossing project

Beth Rumsey

Staff Writer

Attorney Mary Ann Gay, representing DLR Investments, requested a tax abatement on a new construction project at Ripley Crossing at the regular meeting of the Milan Town Council on Monday, May 10.

According to Gay, the new construction will include 20 new assisted living units, which will employ approximately six full time and three part time people. The apartments will be one bedroom units with a full bath and kitchen and will be approximately 394 square feet.

The requested tax abatement will be on the new construction only and will be pro-rated over a 10-year period. The board unanimously approved to adopt the preliminary resolution in support of the abatement. A public hearing regarding the tax abatement will be held at the regular meeting in June.

Trash bids presented by Best Way and Rumpke were reviewed by the board. The motion to accept the bid was unanimously approved.

Residents are reminded that the transition from the prior company to the Rumpke cans will begin in late May. The contract for Rumpke begins on June 1.

Town Marshal Gary Skaggs was commended by the board for his work apprehending a suspect during a burglary in progress. According to council president Paul Hildebrand, Marshal Skaggs responded to a burglary in progress call that was outside of his jurisdiction where he found loaded guns inside of the vehicle.

“Marshal Skaggs did a very good job apprehending the individuals involved,” said Hildebrand. He noted that he had received calls from other law enforcement agencies commending Marshal Skaggs for his work.
For the month of April, the Milan Police Department issued 37 traffic warnings, investigated 1 theft; 4 criminal mischief reports, and 8 traffic crashes with property damage. The reserve officers donated 106 hours.

The board learned of several properties with overgrown lawns. Town Manager John Ingram will look into the situation and issue warning letters.

In other business:

• The board unanimously approved the tax abatement for Pike Lumber. The abatement will be for 10 years for improvements and equipment.

• The board approved a change order request by Pike Lumber for the extension of the entrance road.

• Harold Coleman was unanimously approved as Milan Park Board member.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Town Hall.