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Funds OK’d for floodwall maintenance in Milton

May 8, 2019

MILTON — Milton City Council approved a change in the distribution percentages of its municipal sales and use tax to cover annual costs of maintaining the proposed floodwall upon its completion, among several other resolutions, at its regular meeting Tuesday evening at Milton City Hall.

Eighty percent of the city’s 1% sales and use tax currently goes to streets, curbs and sidewalks, while 20% goes to the police department. The resolution would change the structure to give 70% of the sales and use tax to streets, curbs and sidewalks; 15% to the police department; and 15% percent, which is estimated to be about $68,000 per year, toward floodwall maintenance. The floodwall maintenance is estimated to cost the city about $65,000 per year.

“This will keep our citizens, our businesses from having to put any money up on this floodwall, which this city and town definitely, desperately needs,” Milton Mayor Tom Canterbury said.

Councilman Carl Harshbarger made the motion to adopt the resolution. Councilman Tennis Adkins seconded the motion. The resolution was adopted in a unanimous vote.

The council also approved a letter to Gov. Jim Justice’s office regarding supporting funding of the proposed floodwall.

The floodwall will stretch along the south side of U.S. 60 along the Mud River.

In other business, recorder Vicki Mullins submitted her resignation letter to the mayor and the council members at the closing of the meeting. The council will find and recommend a replacement. City recorder is an appointed position.

The council also approved resolutions to transfer funds from several bank accounts. The first resolution was to transfer $124,272.79 from the city’s savings account to the general fund account for the reimbursement of blacktopping projects.

The council approved to transfer $154,116.46 from and close the city’s Morris Memorial property account in order to construct a combined maintenance facility. The council also approved closing the city’s water construction account by transferring $37,186.61 to the consolidated water and sewer account.

The council approved to acquire bids for replacing the cemetery fence, designing and constructing a new maintenance building and new concrete on the north side of City Hall. A proposition to replace the old, wooden section markers at the cemetery with concrete markers was also approved.

The Milton Police Department reported 282 traffic citations written in the month of April, including 101 for speed violations.

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