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Milltown closes out Community Crossings grant with eye on ’23

Milltown closes out Community Crossings grant with eye on ’23 Milltown closes out Community Crossings grant with eye on ’23
By Chris Adams, Contributing Writer

The Milltown Town Council approved the paperwork to close out its 2022 Community Crossings grant, paving the way for the town to apply for the state grant again next year.

Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering said the close-out letter, which the council approved president Jerry Mackey signing, is “one of the steps we have to take to be eligible if you want to submit next year.”

“It shows that we don’t owe any money,” Woosley said. “We went over our grant amount award by, like, $1,000. We don’t get that back. We just don’t owe them any money.”

The grant, which required a 25% match from the town, was for approximately $108,000, meaning the town received about $145,000 worth of paving of its streets at a cost of about $36,000. This was the second time — and second consecutive year — the town received funding.

The council also voted 3-0 to have Woosley update its roadway Asset Management Plan, which is an inventory of the town’s paving and paving conditions. The plan, Woosley said, needs to be updated by the end of November if the town plans on applying for funding in 2023.

In another matter, Milltown Police Chief Jimmie Vincent announced that David Winebrenner, a reserve with the department for the past two years, has been promoted to chief deputy.

“He’s pretty much my go-to any time I need anything,” Vincent said prior to making the promotion official by pinning Winebrenner with a gold badge that replaces his silver one.

During his report to the council, Vincent also requested that money previously budgeted for another reserve officer instead be used to replace two hand-held radar units.

The two units, which are refurbished models, cost $1,390, Vincent said.

The council, following a motion by Justin Barnes that was seconded by Mackey, voted 3-0 to approve the request, with the money coming from the town’s riverboat gaming fund.

Vincent also informed the council that his department has partnered with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. to collect toys for area children this Christmas.

“Typically, we do it on our own, but with them we could reach more kids and receive more donations,” he said.
In addition to unwrapped toys suitable for children 14 or younger, the public may give cash. Donations may be given to any Milltown police officer or dropped off at Maxine’s Market in Milltown or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. in English through Dec. 14.

“We’ve been pretty fortunate over the last few years with that,” Vincent said. “We’ve taken care of a lot of kids.”
In another matter, the council voted 3-0 to renew the agreement to lease office space to Dr. John Click for his dental office.

The new lease, which expires Dec. 31, 2027, is essentially the same agreement that has been in place since 2005. However, it does allow the town to increase the rent.

“The rent is unchanged, but Dr. Click had basically offered up that he would be OK if the council had the option to raise rent up to 5% per year …. on 30 days’ notice,” town attorney David Hutson said, adding that Click wanted to make clear that he is happy with the arrangement with the town.

Councilwoman Jean Melton said it has also been a good arrangement for the town.

“He’s been a good person to have up there, a good business to have in town,” she said.

In other business, the town council:

•Announced the annual Light Up Milltown celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. The event will include a drawing for children’s bicycles, refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus.

•Was informed by Bill Byrd of the town’s economic development committee that the committee will not meet in December and January. The committee normally meets on the third Monday of the month at the town hall.

•Approved, 3-0, the installation of a used modular home at 407 Main St. Mobile homes more than 10 years old must be approved by the council.

The council’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the town hall.