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Better Know Milford Alderman Dan German

Dan German is serving his second term as Milford Board of Alderman, 4th District. We talked to him about the Single Stream Recycling program, and where he would have liked to see more budget funding for 2012-2013.

 

How did you first become involved in city government? 

I asked the Mayor, at the time, if I could run for Alderman. I have been a lifelong resident of Milford, 50 years, had a business here for 23 years, Dad had his business here (German’s Construction), Grandmother opened her business here in the 50’s, German’s Package Store.  

I love the city, attended Milford High in Downtown Milford and watched the city change and grow over the years and I wanted to be more involved. So I ran for Alderman and won my first term in 2009. I am now in my second term.

What is something you're particularly proud of from your time as a member of the Board of Aldermen? 

Many things but one in particular is the . This improved the recycling significantly in the city by making it much easier and expanding what gets recycled. If used properly and fully, very little should get thrown out as garbage and hauled to the burn plant in Bridgeport.

The more that gets recycled the less it costs the city in tipping fees. We have, unfortunately, become such a wasteful society, and this helps recover some of that waste! My goal would be to also implement a compost recycling system or get people to compost on their own. The more we keep out of the waste stream the better and that translate to tax dollar savings.  

What was an institution from that you wish had gotten more funding? 

Some departments within Public Works. The department budget has been cut extensively over the years and people are waiting a long time for some services.

I would like to see more put into landscape maintenance and keeping our city up to snuff on appearance so that all residence and visitors can enjoy. If we don’t do this I’m afraid the city will start to lose its charm.

Another is funds for healthcare education and improvement. This is by far the largest budget item and much can be done to keep costs down and improve employee health.

What advice would you give to concerned Milford citizens who are hoping to have more of a voice in local government? 

Visit the Milford Website, become familiar with the many great programs Milford has, possibly get involved and join a committee that interest you. Attend meetings, ask questions, call your Board of Alderman with concerns. This a very active community with thousands of volunteers for many civic organizations, program and committees, that’s what makes it a great town!

What are the most important improvements that Milford could make over the next year to make this city even better?  

Keep improving our recycling program, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and ReThink! Keep improving our schools and educational system. Improve our health care, educate people how to eat better and exercise, drugs will not solve all the problems.

Eliminate waste and improve efficiencies like installing LED lighting, using alternative fuel sources and technology, and simply powering off when not in use. Many little things add up to huge sums! We all have to contribute! Keep Milford beautiful and sustainable!

Michael Krauss May 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Great piece about a solid, good man!! Single stream recycling has been an incredibly effective and trouble free program. The reduction of garbage because of he increase in recyclables has certainly been dramatic.
Glen McDermott May 25, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Great job Dan, Keep up the good work Thanks Glen
Priscilla Lynn May 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Dan, what an excellent profile on yo and your work as an Alderman. In all the many years I've known you, you're one of those who makes it your mission to personally make a positive and long-lasting impact on Milford. Glad to see some of your accomplishments acknowledged in this article. Wish I'd also seen mention of how you developed, coordinated and launched the Health, Wellness, and GREEN Fair last year, taking place again this year on Thursday, June 7th from 12-6 at the Parsons Center Gym. Anyone reading this can find out more details in the Patch events section. I for one am proud to have been an inaugural event exhibitor, and plan to participate again this and every year. Hope Patch readers will plan to attend this event on June 7th!
Chuck Hazard May 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Dan, lives the talk! This is something Dan is doing, his 2nd annual Fair. The Milford Health, Wellness, & Green Fair Striving to make Milford the Healthiest and Greenest City in America June 7, 2012, 12:00 - 6:00pm The 2nd annual “Milford Health, Wellness & Green Fair” is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2012. Last year was a huge success with over 60 vendors attending! This fair will fill up fast so please register ASAP if you are interested in attending. This is a fabulous event for the health, wellness and green businesses in the Milford community! To participate in the event as a vendor the fee is $50 (tax included) per table and FREE to Non-Profit organizations and City of Milford programs. By request we are publishing a program advertising book for the event. Book size 5.5 x 8.5 You can share testimonies, educate the community, why you are so passionate to help others! Now you can advertise your businesses in advance of the event. Business card size $35.00, Half page size $55.00, and full-pages for only $75.00. Dan German @ (203) 494-8132 email: dgerms@aol.com
ANSWERS PRO May 08, 2013 at 05:07 PM
WHY WONT MR. GERMAN ACCEPT THIS CIVIL PROCESS FROM THIS FLORIDA JUDGE? HE DID THE SAME THING LAST YEAR. HE OWES THIS MAN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND WONT PAY UP. HE WAS ORDERED BY THE JUDGE TO PAY. HE HAS DISRESPECT THE JUDGE BY NOT HONORING THE JUDGES ORDERS. JUDGES DONT LIKE BEING DISRESPECTED. DAN MAN UP AND ACCEPT THIS SERVICE. ANSWERS PROCESS SERVICE.
tlkensington May 08, 2013 at 05:19 PM
It was idiotic how long it took to get single stream recycling. Its also idiotic that little is being recycled. There is money to be made by the city with recycling. Not to mention any fees saved from not sending the stuff to a landfill.

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