City council highlights from September

By Milan Eagle Media

The Milan City Council authorized $20,000 for marketing and promotion through New Moon Visions of Milford. Kim Rivera, owner of New Moon, came to a council meeting in September to explain the program. The package includes a year of radio, internet, and billboard publicity.
The city has $20,000 budgeted for marketing and promotion. In addition, the City of Milan was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau which can be spent on marketing.
City Administrator Jade Smith commented that the New Moon plan is multi-faceted.
In other business, the Council heard from some residents of Milan Crossings, a condo development behind Arby’s. The council is taking steps to pave the streets, with the cost spread out over time and shared by all the property owners in the development.
In addition to street paving, street lights will be provided.
The work cannot start in 2016 because no paving company submitted a bid on the project. The work will be opened again for bids in 2017.
Some council members were curious what happened to the storefronts near the Kroger store. Jade Smith indicated that a pet store had closed there because it had closed nationally, including Canada.
An upgrade to the Milan Police Dispatch was approved. Rave Mobile Safety submitted a statement in the amount of $10,000 for three years of software, allowing dispatchers to make emergency notifications easily. Rave will also allow citizens to send text messages directly to dispatch.
Rave is located in Framingham, Mass.
Milan Police Chief Donald Tillery received approval for a new black police car at $44,000 including a $5,000 computer and a video camera. The Ford utility police interceptor will have cameras facing forward and backward.
City Council approved a bid by Duke Roofing to replace the roof on City Hall. The bid, in the amount of $33,345, was the lowest bid that included all the work.
In a separate matter, the council approved $37,000 to Continental Commercial Floors of Toledo to replace the carpet in City Hall and the police station. The bid includes removal of the old carpet, and moving furniture as necessary.
The council agreed to have Mayor Michael Armitage sign an agreement between the city and the police union, to indicate that the salvage vehicle inspector is considered a “contract” employee and not a “part-time” employee.
The city had requested the agreement because the contract between the city and the police union only allows up to eight part-time employees in the police department.

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