WM council examines RV ordinance

By Matt Clevenger

Miami Valley Today

WEST MILTON — The village of West Milton is moving forward with plans to change its recreational vehicle ordinance, allowing RVs and utility trailers to be stored inside approved buildings.

Council members heard the first reading of a proposed amendment to the current recreational vehicle and utility trailer ordinance during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

“We will have a second reading at the November meeting,” Mayor Anthony Miller said.

The village’s current RV and Utility Trailer ordinance was passed in 2014. If approved, the new amendment would clarify that original ordinance, allowing RVs and trailers to be stored “within a building that meets the village’s zoning requirements or a structure that is otherwise approved by the planning board and the board of adjustments.”

Council members spent approximately six months drafting the village’s current RV ordinance. “It was a very long, drawn-out process,” Miller said. “The intent was always to keep our city looking nice.”

In other business, council members also approved a resolution authorizing an additional $6,199.16 towards the purchase of trash bins, in preparation for the village taking over garbage collection services. “The price of the trash cans went up,” Miller said.

The village ordered a total of 1,750 large, 96-gallon trash bins, and 600 smaller, 48-gallon bins.

“We added some toters, because we hadn’t ordered enough to have spares,” service director Ben Herron said.

Council members voted to approve the cost increase; council member Jason Land voted against the resolution.

Council members also heard updates on several projects, including the Stillwater Crossing Development, the water department’s new booster station and the installation of new insulation on a water pipe on the OH-571 bridge.

“We had some issues getting the pumps,” Herron said of the booster station project. “That took some time, plus the design of the station itself.”

Bids for the booster station construction are going out this week; they will open at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Bids for the pipe insulation job opened on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

“Unfortunately, this is an extremely unique project,” Herron said of the bridge pipeline insulation.

Blacktop has been finished at the Stillwater Crossings Development, “We are done with phase I,” utility department supervisor Tim Swartztrauber said. “Basically, we’re just waiting on Vectren and DP&L.”

“Phase II and phase III have been sent out for prices,” Swartztrauber said.

Council members also heard an announcement regarding the 31st annual West Milton Holiday Open House, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 through Monday, Nov. 22 this year.

“It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, so all of the shops will be open,” council member Sarah Copp said. “It will be a fun weekend.”

Village council’s next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.