Council approves road work

By Cecilia Fox -

WEST MILTON — At their meeting Tuesday night, the West Milton council approved agreements with the Ohio Department of Transportation and discussed trash service.

Council voted to approve ODOT’s planned paving and maintenance on State Route 48 and State Route 571 in West Milton. Municipal Manager Matt Kline described the projects as berm and paving work in several areas on both roads, which will be completed next year.

“They’re going to be busy in West Milton in the next year,” Kline said, explaining that council has approved four of these agreements in recent months.

Council also discussed upcoming changes in trash collection. The city opted to extend its contract with Waste Management until the end of the year at current pricing. The three month extension will end Jan. 1.

Two bids have been received for next year’s contract, one from Waste Management and another from Rumpke. But whatever the outcome, the city will take over billing for trash collection services after the first of the year.

Residents will no longer have a quarterly trash bill from the collection provider, but will have their refuse collection fee added to their monthly utility bill.

The bill itself will increase because the trash will be added to it, Mayor Fred Francis explained.

Waste Management will continue their billing through the end of their contract.

Council also heard an update from the municipal manager on the upcoming Fall Fling, which is scheduled for Sept. 19 from 4-8 p.m. The event will take place downtown this year and feature a cruise, food, and fellowship, Kline said.

“It should be a very fun, community-oriented event and we welcome everybody to come,” Kline said.

After the event ends, residents are invited to watch a free movie in the park hosted by the Parks Board. The movie has not yet been chosen, but will be family friendly and provided by Curry Video.

Councilman Scott Fogle made a motion to keep park open past dusk for community movie night at the Fall Fling, which was approved.

Kline also informed council that there will be several temporary road closures in the area, but not inside West Milton. The road closures should last about a week and will detour some traffic onto local sections of State Routes 48 and 571.

By Cecilia Fox