West Milton council OKs new cruiser

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

WEST MILTON — The West Milton Village Council approved the purchase of a new police vehicle at their meeting Tuesday night, as well as several agreements with the county.

The council approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford Interceptor SUV at a cost of $26,391, and to have the vehicle outfitted with police equipment by Camp Safety Equipment at a cost of $10,685.

The ordinance was approved last year, but the purchase was delayed until after the first of the year, Municipal Manager Matt Kline added.

The total is slightly over the $37,000 budgeted last year for the purchase by about $77. This is because Camp Safety gave a raise to their employees at the first of the year, which is reflected in the new cost, Kline said.

The council also approved a memorandum of understanding with the county for the dispersal of Community Development Block Grant funds.

The county has been awarded $60,000 in federal CDBG funding, a portion of which will be granted to the village for a road improvement project.

“What we’re going to be doing this year is finishing off Forest Avenue,” Kline said. “If you’ve gone Forest Avenue to the west towards the school, you’ll notice on the south side for about a block there’s no curb, there’s sidewalk, there’s no gutter or anything.”

Kline said the project will benefit the neighborhood, but especially the kids that walk to school.

That section of the road is technically township property, but the village has the ability to use that grant funding on that property, Kline said.

The council also entered into a memorandum of understanding for emergency management agency services with the county.

“This is relatively new, but it’s also old. We’ve had mutual aid for as long as anyone can remember,” Kline said. “It’s something I believe the county wanted to formalize into a document.”

Kline noted that West Milton has always provided and received mutual aid from other emergency agencies in the county.

Kline provided a brief update on the Stillwater Crossing development project. He told council that staff has set up a meeting with the schools to go over potential tax increment financing rates.

He also mentioned that aggregation contracts for gas and electric utilities should be signed by the end of February or the beginning of March.

By Cecilia Fox


Reach Cecilia Fox at cfox@civitasmedia.com.

Reach Cecilia Fox at cfox@civitasmedia.com.