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Issue 24 — Thursday, January 11, 2018
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New Borough Councilman Stresses
Economic Development

MILFORD — During Monday night's meeting Luke Turano, who operates an insurance and financial business with offices in Honesdale and Jermyn, was approved for the seat on Milford Borough Council vacated by Patrick Beck last June. Turano, who resides with his wife, Kris, and daughter, Mackenzie, on Seventh Street, in his letter of interest focused on helping the borough's economic development. He serves on the Wayne Economic Development Corp. and Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Support (SEEDS). A Honesdale High School graduate, Turano holds a business administration degree from Marywood College.

Kim Reno, who ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in last year's elections, also submitted a letter of interest, saying she wanted to serve all of the borough needs rather than specify on business. She said there are seated council members who are business owners who can better address that end. Turano received four yes votes from council members Frank Tarquinio, Rob Ciervo, Adriane Wendell and Aaron May, and Reno received two votes from council members Meagan Kameen and Annette Haar.
May had served the last six months of last year on an interim basis for Beck's seat but won a full term over incumbent Winston Clark during last November's General Election.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the lot combination proposed by East Hartford LP for two commercial lots at 107 E. Harford St. where Dunkin Donuts and Milford Smoke Shop are located. The request was approved in reviews by the borough and county planning commissions as well as borough zoning. Attorney Kelly Gaughan, representing the applicant, was told the businesses must change the signage for one combined sign rather than two separate ones. Changes in parking to allow for more spaces may need to be considered... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Former Councilman Appointed
To Fill Clark's Unexpired Term

MATAMORAS — Last week, at their bi-annual reorganization meeting on a chilly night, the Borough Council welcomed new council member Eric Kudrich. Mayor Janet Clark swore in Kudrich in a brief ceremony held at Borough Hall.

Kudrich previously served on the council for one term, from 2008 to 2012. He fills the unexpired term of Dave Clark who resigned due to the growing demands of his taxidermy business. The unexpired term ends in two years. Borough Secretary Bob Fitch explained that under the state Borough Code, a person filling an unexpired term must run for re-election at the next borough municipal election time, which is in two years. Councilman Dee Losee voted "No" to Kudrich's appointment.

He supported another candidate. Two candidates expressed an interest in filling Clark's seat. The vote for Kudrich took place first. Nate Yingling was the other candidate. The council did not vote for him. When the council members voted for Kudrich, the vacancy was filled. During the reorganization meeting, the council reappointed Joe Sain as president, appointed Pete Sigreto as vice president, and appointed Mark Madsen as president pro tempore. In a brief statement about his reappointment, Sain thanked the board for their confidence in him. The council reorganized with the following appointments or reappointments: ... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Milford Township Approves Budget,
Reappoints Members

MILFORD — Milford Township approved the 2018 budget at a special meeting on December 29th and reappointed members of the Township at the January 2nd reorganization meeting. The Board approved the 2018 budget after a period of review due to clerical errors discovered by members of the audience. The Board passed an amended budget with the corrected totals at the December 29th meeting. Most of the errors consisted of incorrect totals in the 2017 expenditures section of the budget, which amounted to a $40,000 decrease from the original budget to the amended one in one section.

The two budget totals however, only differ by $37 total. The corrected budget amount for 2018 is $525,883. Chairman Gary Clark said the tax rate remains the same in the Township. Milford Township reappointed Supervisor Gary Clark as Chairman of the Board and appointed Gary Williams as Vice Chair and Roadmaster. The Board also reappointed Viola Canouse Secretary and Treasurer, Anthony Magnotta as Solicitor, Shawn Bolles as Zoning Officer, and Robert DiLorenzo as Sewage Officer.

The Township is revising the amount of money donated to the Milford and Westfall Ambulance Corps. In 2018 the Board will be giving $7,500 to the Milford Ambulance Corps and $2,500 to the Westfall Ambulance Corps. Williams said this is because Westfall has responded to a noticeable increase in calls in the Township. The Board has received two donation requests, one from the Pike County Library and the other from the Pike County Historical Society. The Board approved the donation of $1,500 to the Pike County Library; however, they require more information from the Historical Society. The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on January 15th.


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