Mayor Armitage will not seek re-election in 2018

Mayor Armitage

Mayor Armitage

By Joyce Ervin

Milan Mayor Michael Armitage recently announced on social media he would not run for re-election in 2018.  He said, “It was a very difficult decision.”
Armitage has served the city in various positions for the past 16 years and, he said, it was a pleasure and an honor to serve the community he loves. Armitage said he loves Milan and always thinks about the city including when he is on vacation by taking pictures of other communities and cataloging ideas he can bring to Milan.
 His priority now falls to his family and career with a recent promotion to Director of Easton County Central Dispatch.  With more responsibility and his family obligations, he feels he is spending too much time away from home.
One hurdle he could not overcome was the amount of time his position takes.  Between career and municipal responsibilities, more time spent with his son Landon 5, and daughter Reagan 3, are important.  He did say he is grateful for the community’s support, but he is adamant saying, “My wife Colleen has been extremely supportive, and I couldn’t do what I do without her.”
But, before the 2018 election dawns, Armitage has great plans for Milan he hopes to bring to fruition. He said, this year we will finish the pavilion in Wilson Park and continue our aggressive approach on replacing infrastructure by reconstruction Redman Rd., E. Lewis Ave. and the paving in Milan Crossing. Plans to continue inspecting and mapping the city sanitary and storm sewer are also on the city agenda.
Armitage is a popular mayor and social media posts reflect he will be missed.  However, citizens respect his decision.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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