Here is an overview of some of the active projects the Town is working on. Click on any link below to jump to a more detailed description of the project.
The Town Hall is a cornerstone of downtown Milford and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the late 1980’s it was substantially renovated for Town governmental and public use. It currently houses the following services: Office and meeting room of the Board of Selectmen; the Town Administrator; Human Services; Town Clerk; Assessing; Finance; Community Development; Recreation; Information Technology; Community Media; the Milford Area Communication Center; and the Ambulance Service (soon to relocate). Additionally, the building contains a restored public auditorium and a banquet hall.
The Town was awarded $360,000 in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant funding which combined with $90,000 approved as local matching requirements will be applied to signalization and left-turning lane improvements at this congested intersection.
Intersection and Signalization Project: Public Hearing on Monday 1/21/13 Project Overview
This past March the Board of Selectmen entered into option agreements with Eecotech Capital Partners, LLC (doing business as The Andover Consulting Group) of Bedford, New Hampshire, for the purchase of the former police station site on Elm Street and the Town-owned BROX parcels that are zoned for industrial and commercial uses.
The Souhegan River has been an integral part of Milford even prior to its incorporation in 1794. Over the years the citizens of Milford have utilized this waterway for fishing, pre-industrial power for mills, and a multitude of recreational activities including swimming and boating.
Osgood Pond Reclamation
Town staff continues to meet with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) project team to determine the best methodology and associated cost for the Osgood Pond Reclamation project. Although discussed for many years and subject to federal funding delays and local concerns, the dredging of the Pond to reclaim it as a significant natural and recreational resource as identified in the Town’s Master Plan remains a viable project. The ACOE has developed a methodology to pump dredged material from the Pond to the BROX property which will provide rich organic material for wetland restoration and tens of thousands of cubic yards of material to reclaim areas identified for future recreational fields. If the project is determined to be financially feasible, both the dredging of the Pond and the material for future fields will be of great benefit. Town voters, in support of the project over the past fifteen years, have set aside almost $100,000 in a special purpose fund towards the Town’s 35% matching funds requirement for the project. Additional study is continuing to determine the full cost and financial feasibility of the project.
The repairs to the dam have been completed as required by the Department of Environmental Services (DES). Attention has been turned to the restoration of the pond that will be aided by the future dredging project. The application for the permit to dredge the pond is being prepared. We had hoped to initiate the dredging last winter, however the DES permit review fees would have exceeded the funds available for the project. Gary Daniels, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and a member of the NH House of Representatives, introduced legislation at the state level to restrict the maximum fee for this type of municipal project to a much more affordable $10,000. Once this fee change becomes law, the application can be submitted to DES. With some luck, we will have our permits this fall in time for dredging over the winter as long as sufficient funds are available. Since it is important to minimize the presence of some of the ponds inhabitants within the area to be dredged and this can be assisted by keeping the pond level down, it is the intent to keep the pond at its current level. Call 249-0628 for additional information.
South Street Improvements
The long anticipated start of construction on South Street Improvements, funded by federal Transportation Enhancement and Special Purpose transportation funds and local matching funds continues to be a high priority. The project, which encompasses the stretch of South Street from Union Square southerly to the railroad right-of- way, includes widening a portion of South Street, undergrounding utilities from Union Square to the First Church of Christ Scientist, relocating overhead utility lines away from the curb from the Church to the railroad, and new sidewalks on both sides of the street, is complicated by complex utility design and easement negotiation. It is currently anticipated that preliminary work will begin Spring 2012.
Hotel Feasibility Study
For years the question has asked as to “Milford needs a hotel, why don’t we have one?” This past February the Board of Selectmen, at the request of the Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) authorized EDAC to pursue the work necessary to determine the feasibility of recruiting a lodging facility to Town. A subcommittee of EDAC, working with this Office, has embraced the project, and with the generous donations of several local businesses has obtained matching funds to hire a respected consulting firm in the hospitality industry to prepare a preliminary feasibility study to determine if Milford has the market, demand, and location for a lodging facility. The subcommittee, in its due diligence talking with experienced developers, found that this type of preliminary study is an essential first step. The study was completed in August of 2011 and is available at the Office of Community Development.