Milan property owner Dr. Tim Alward requested the town council
consider reducing the performance bond required by the town
at the regular meeting held on Monday, March 8. Dr. Alward owns
property on Carr Street next to the town hall.
Dr. Alward was asked by the town council to submit a plan as
well as obtain a performance bond of $50,000 at the December
2009 meeting. According to the board, there has not been adequate
evidence that the building was being restored during the five
years since it was purchased by Dr. Alward.
According to Dr. Alward, although negotiations have reduced
the bond from $50,000 to $35,000 he still finds the amount excessive.
According to board president Paul Hildebrand, the amount was
determined by an estimate cost of demolition.
Dr. Alward stated that the town ordinance for unsafe buildings
does not have a set schedule of fees and that the board requested
amount was arbitrary.
According to town attorney Larry Eaton, this is the first time
the town has ever had a need for a performance bond. It is his
belief that the amount is reasonable.
Hildebrand explained that the board has been more than patient.
According to Hildebrand, the town had planned to purchase the
property with the intent to remove the building, when they were
approached by Dr. Alward, who expressed interest in restoring
Dr. Alward told the board that he plans to hire an attorney
to fight the requested performance bond amount.
Due to an error in the water billing program, town manager John
Ingram requested the board consider waiving the late fees for
the February billing. According to Ingram, the bill mistakenly
posted a due date of March 29. The board unanimously approved
to waive delinquent fees and credit the accounts of those who
have already paid a late fee.
There will be representatives available to answer questions
about the census beginning next week at the town hall. According
to Ingram, anyone with questions can stop in Mondays, Thursdays,
and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. until April 19.
Park Board President Angela Beck announced that a volunteer
is needed to act as a liaison for the park board and the Lions
Club regarding additional lights on the walking trail. Anyone
not associated with either the park board or the Lions Club
and would like to help can contact Beck at 812-621-2855 or via
email at email@example.com
The board also agreed to the installation of a fence at the
softball field used by the high school. According to Beck, this
will allow for the hosting of future tournaments.
In other business:
The board unanimously approved the appointment of Rodney
Crabtree as the town representative to the Ripley County Board
of Zoning Appeals.
The request to collect donations by the We Care Packages
organization on May 22 at the flashing lights was unanimously
The board approved the cost of $400 to file for non-profit
status requested by the Milan Main Street.
Milan High School senior class sponsor Richard Dobson
received permission for the senior class to perform community
service for the town.
All board members were in attendance along with clerk treasurer
Gladys Moody and town attorney Larry Eaton to advise. The next
meeting will be held on Monday, April 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
at the Milan Town Hall.