Here is an overview of some of the projects the Town is working on. Click on any link below to jump to a more detailed description of the project.
Brox Property Community Lands
In 2000 The Town made a valuable long-term investment in the acquisition of 270 acres commonly referred to as ‘the BROX Property’. The land serves to provide for ‘community’ needs for the foreseeable future (school sites, recreation and municipal facilities, a valuable supply of earth materials such as sand and gravel, open space, trails, and natural resource protection) and provides an opportunity for tax positive commercial and industrial development that will create jobs and economic development. Click here for details.
Brox Gravel Excavation and Reclamation Project:
An earth materials excavation plan was completed in early 2015 to implement recommendations in the updated Brox Community Lands Master Plan to excavate earth materials in accordance with the future planned development of a portion of the site for multi-use community needs as contemplated by the Town since the property was purchased in 2000. In the Fall of 2017, the State Department of Environmental Services with support/involvement of the NH Department of Fish and Fame, issued the required Alteration of Terrain Permit reclaim, sell for the excavation and reclamation efforts. 635,000 cubic yards of material, and restore approximately 44 acres of the Brox Community Lands. In 2019, the Town’s contractor, Northeast Sand & Gravel removed approximately 90,868 cubic yards resulting in revenues to the Town totaling $131,758.00.
Brox Property Commercial-Industrial Development
This Office continued to work with out-of-state and instate companies interested in the lease or purchase of the commercial-industrial portion of the Brox Property, thus implementing the wishes of Town voters to sell the non-community lands portion of the property. In 2019, the Town approved a 25 year lease agreement that would generate an estimated $3.5 million to the general fund. The Board of Selectmen subsequently engaged Granite Apollo, a solar development company, to develop a 16 megawatt solar generation facility on the commercial-industrial portion of the Brox Property. This Office and town officials, continues to meet with interested parties with the intent of selling the property for property tax generating revenue.
Dam Feasibility Removal Study
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.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) EPA Federal Permit
The Community Development Office in collaboration with the Public Works Department is responsible for the management and administration for compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) federal permit. The Town of Milford is subject to regulation of its stormwater discharges to waters of the United States (most surface waters) under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This program requires that Milford seeks permit coverage under the MS4 general permit as administered by EPA. Milford is one of fifty municipalities required to implement and enforce a Stormwater management program. The Town has been covered under this permit since 2003. However, the permit was revised in 2017 and the revisions became effective in July, 2018. In order to comply with the Permit Program, a plan has been developed which comprises the following six elements each address over a 10 year permit period:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation/Involvemen
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post Construction Runoff Control
- Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
Osgood Pond Reclamation
In 2019, the Town voted to move forward with the final phase of the Osgood Pond Restoration Project. A federal Land Water Conservation Fund grant had been applied for and successfully obtained in 2017 in the amount of $175,000 (matched by local funding sources). This is a continuation of the first phase and would dredge and reclaim approximately 3-4 acres and restore an area of Osgood Pond to a depth allowing for restoration of aquatic habitat as well as fishing and boating opportunities. The first phase of the project was completed in 2017, successfully dredging an area over 4.5 acres removing in excess of 24,000 cubic yards of material from Osgood Pond. The materials removed from the pond were used in the construction of the Heron Pond Road multi-purpose field and will be repurposed for the Brox Community Lands gravel removal and reclamation project. We anticipate the final phase will begin in early Spring 2020 and be completed in the late Summer.
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.