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Mayor Blake Hopes to Have Aldermen Vote on Sandy Fee Waiver in December

The following is a press release from the Office of Milford Mayor Ben Blake

 

Mayor Ben Blake announced today that he has met with Ordinance Committee Chairman Frank Smith to address the process, scope, legal and logistical issues concerning the potential for a Permitting Fee Waiver designed to assist victims of natural disasters.

"We need to ensure a fee waiver is in place quickly for the hundreds of Milford residents who sustained property damage, many of whom are nowdisplaced, as a result of Storm Sandy,” Blake said.

“This program must be timely but also workable and well defined. Ideally, Milford should adopt a permitting fee waiver which will address rebuilding from Storm Sandy, and all future declared disasters," Blake continued.

Blake said he wants to resolve the outstanding issues associated with past fee waiver proposals and get the new program in front of the Board of Aldermen for their December meeting.

RONALD M GOLDWYN November 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Dear Mayor Blake, I want to thank you for being so open minded on this subject. If you and the members of the BOA speak to those who suffered damage during the prior hurricane you will find that no homeowner can out ahead. The insurance companies were very tight with their money and this time around they will be even tighter due to the prior losses. The little we can do for our residents who have suffered a new loss or now a repeat loss, is an act of kindness by our government and should not be a political issue as in the past.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Dear Mayor Blake, I want to thank you for being so open minded on this subject. If you and the members of the BOA speak to those who suffered damage during the prior hurricane you will find that no homeowner came out ahead. The insurance companies were very tight with their money and this time around they will be even tighter due to the prior losses. The little we can do for our residents who have suffered a new loss or now a repeat loss, is an act of kindness by our government and should not be a political issue as in the past.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Sorry, but I'm unable to delete the above posting with its typo. See below for corrected version.
C.S. November 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I agree with what Ron said, and I am still awaiting the flood insurance adjuster to evaluate my damages, now I get a call from the building dept. informing me that they also need to see and evaluate the damages to my home, and BEFORE I am to make any repairs I must pull and pay for a permit. I have lost a lot from Sandy, days of work, damages, and now I was told that I have to pay for a permit as well as wait in line for said permit since the Milford Building dept does not avail themselves for online or weekend permitting, also I have to now take time off to meet the inspector. God forbid that the city not get their pound of flesh. This is atrocious. All I hear is of others helping others, and that has been the case between neighbors, and the public works, the PD and the FD. How about building do the same? I am not trying to scam or profit from this, I wish it never happened, maybe the building dept. could treat me with a bit of dignity as opposed to a contractor who is caught doing work without a permit.
C.S. November 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Oh, and how about we get this done prior to December? If we are required to pay in November will we get a full and speedy refund in December? Special session may be in order due to the circumstances, no?

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