Borough Departments

Milford Borough Departments

The Milford Borough Council has responsibility for the all the departments and appoints the commissions that execute the mission of the Borough to maintain the health,safety, welfare and physical well being of the people and property of the Borough.

We encourage Milford Borough residents to let us know when they see something that needs attention.
Street light out? Potholes? Landscaping needs attention? Tell us about it by filling out the notification form below.

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The borough office is the administrative center of Milford and should always be your first stop for any information about borough operations, procedures and ordinances. The office is available to those requiring permits for occupancy, zoning, building, sewage, signage, special events, yard sales, and any Architectural Review Board matters. 

The office also handles Freedom of Information Act requests, provides copies of ordinances, as well as information on all Milford topics from garbage collection, to potholes, to the Historic District. If you are thinking of making any exterior or interior changes to your property, always check first with the borough office to find out what permits may be required.

The Milford Borough Office should always be your initial point of contact for questions and issues regarding the borough.

111 Catharine Street
Milford, PA 18337
570-296-7140 (Voice)
570-409-6858 (Fax)
Borough Secretary: Pamela Ahlstrad
secretary@milfordboro.org

Office Hours
Monday & Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

The Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Milford is a panel of professionals and residents that advises the Milford Borough Council on any requests for authorization to erect, alter, reconstruct, repair, restore, demolish, all or part of any building within the Borough’s designated historic district, which includes the commercial and limited commercial districts of the Borough of Milford.

Any additions, repairs, or new construction in the historic district must be approved by the Architectural Review Board prior to commencing any work, plus complying with all applicable zoning and building ordinances.

The Borough Council makes the final decision in regard to recommendations by the Architectural Review Board.
The Architectural Review Board has compiled a comprehensive Design Guide for maintaining and rehabilitating all structures in the commercial and limited commercial districts.

Anyone contemplating any changes or additions to any structures in these districts should consult and comply with the information in the Design Guide at the bottom of this page.

The Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Borough Hall at 109 West Catharine Street.

Applications should be in the office ten (10) days prior to the meeting. (In the event that the 4th Monday is a holiday, the ARB will meet on the 3rd Monday of the month).

Contact the Borough of Milford office for more information in regard to the historic district regulations and the Architectural Review Board.

The Borough of Milford Building Department guides property owners, developers, and builders in construction that meets the regulations, procedures, and ordinances set down by the Borough of Milford.

Contact the building inspector when planning new construction or to secure a building permit for an addition or for making improvements to an existing residential or commercial structure.

All structures require permits.

Mr. Steve McLaughlin, BIU, Inc. is our active Building Inspector (Borough of Milford), and is available in the Borough Building Office on the second floor of the Borough Hall at 109 W Catharine St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  You may also leave a message for Mr. McLaughlin at 570-344-9681.  Applications are available on line or in the Borough Office during regular office hours. All applications must be submitted in full and provided in quadruplet (if completed on-line).

Building Inspection Underwriters of Pennsylvania, Inc.

1010 Albright Ave.
Scranton, PA 18508
570-344-9681.
www.biupa.com

The Borough of Milford has two large parks.  Each park has a ball field, playground equipment, a basketball court, and large grass areas. There are numerous small parks and memorial parks located throughout the borough. There is also a skateboard park with specific rules for its safe use,  posted at the entrance.

All parks are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and are maintained by the Borough Street Department. The Borough police make regular patrols of the parks.

The West Ann Memorial Park is the site of many festivals throughout the year.

The following are the parks of the Borough of Milford:

* West Ann Memorial Park: 5th St. at W. Ann St.

* East Catherine Street Ball Field: 3rd St. at E. Catherine St.

* Skateboard Park: located at the East Catherine Street Ball Field.

* Biddis Park: E. High St. at Broad St.

* Soldiers and Sailors Park: across E. High St. from Biddis Park –
This park honors all veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force,& Coast Guard from Pike County.

* Kennedy Triangle Park: Harford St. at 2nd St.

* Ethel Barckley Memorial Park: the end of E. Ann St. below 2nd St.

* Georgiana P. Kiger Park: Broad St. across from The Columns Museum.

* Jewelers Square Park: Broad St. at E. Ann St.

* Remembrance Park: W. Ann St. just beyond 7th St.

The members of the Recreation Commission are:

* Jeff Mackey
* Michael Zimmerman
* Scott Sheldon
* Brandon Hill
* Joanne May

For more information about the parks, festivals, and recreation in the borough of Milford, call the Borough of Milford office at (570) 296-7140

The Borough of Milford’s Planning Commission provides strategic, coordinated, guidance for growth, planning and development activities within the Borough. The Planning Commission seeks to ensure that Milford’s future is characterized by a healthy environment and economy along with preserving the historic character of the borough.

The Planning Commission meets on the second Monday at 7 p.m. and the third Wednesday at 6 p.m. of each month, as needed.

Contact the Borough office for further information.

The Planning Commission members are:

* Janice Halsted, Chairperson
* Reggie Cheong-Leen
* Susanne Smith
* Randy Coelho
* Barbara Tarquinio
* Nancy Schoenleber (Alternate)
* Brenda Goodrow (Alternate)
* Attorney James Scanlon, Solicitor

The sewage enforcement officer, Mr. Robert DiLorenzo, approves all sewage inspections for both commercial and residential buildings. New sewage systems require permits; any changes in use for existing septic systems require a re-use certification of the septic system.

Leave a message for Mr. DiLorenzo at (570) 296-4255 in the Borough Zoning office.


In cases of emergencies call (570) 618-9133

The Shade Tree Commission of the Borough of Milford ensures that the trees which line the streets of the borough, and which so greatly add to the beauty and charm of the borough, are protected and properly maintained.

The Borough has been designated as a Tree City USA.

Trees adjacent to most of properties in the borough belong to the borough and cannot be removed or significantly altered without the permission of the Shade Tree Commission.

For more information contact the Borough office

Members of the Shade Tree Commission:
* Valerie Meyer, Chairperson
* Paul Labounty, Arborist
* Peter Rushton

The Milford Streets Department is responsible for maintaining the streets of the borough.

GARBAGE COLLECTION:

Garbage collection is normally done on Thursday mornings by the borough street employees. If a particular Thursday is the date of an official borough of Milford holiday, then the garbage will be collected on the Wednesday before that holiday. Residents are only allowed two (2) 30 gallon cans for garbage, which are to be placed for collection on the side of the alley adjacent to their property. Residents may purchase purple garbage bags for $1.00/each at the Borough Office to dispose of extra garbage.

Commercial properties are allowed three 30 gallon garbage cans, or if using dumpsters for garbage must arrange for the independent emptying of their dumpsters via private haulers.

Commercial properties that prepare food on site are required to have their dumpsters screened, gated, and secured as per the borough ordinance. Contact the borough office for specific details and other requirements in regard to dumpsters. Please note that private haulers may not empty dumpsters before 8 a.m. or the hauler will be ticketed by the Milford police.

LEAF COLLECTION:

The annual leaf collection occurs on numerous days during November and early December. Leaves have to be raked in piles on the side of the street directly in front of the property so that the leaf vacuum machine can easily remove them. Leaves that are bagged or in containers cannot be removed.

SNOW PLOWING:

The Borough of Milford Street Department plows snow from the streets and alleys of the Borough as well treats ice on the streets as soon as the winter storm has ended or periodically during long and severe winter events. Residents and business owners must remove snow and ice along the sidewalks bordering their properties on Broad Street and Harford Street. Snow and ice removal occurs throughout the day and night depending upon the storms.

YARD WASTE REMOVAL:

Weather permitting there is the collection of yard waste such grass clippings, weeds, shrubs, twigs, and tree branches by the street employees. All yard waste is to be placed in cans along the side of the alley behind your property. If you have many shrubs or branches which are too numerous to place in cans, then please bundle them with rope or twine so that they can easily be lifted by a worker. Remember if you cannot easily lift the bundle or can to shoulder height, then neither can the worker lift the bundle or can to throw into the dump truck. Any can or bundle that cannot be lifted by the street worker will not be collected. Large or long branches have to be cut to an easily handled size for collection. After the autumn leaf collection, residual leaves can be placed in containers along the alleys.

The primary function of the tax collector of the Borough of Milford is the preparation of tax bills on an annual basis and the collection of all tax money owed by the property owners of the Borough of Milford.

Please note that the office of the Borough of Milford does not accept tax payments, and the tax collector does not hold office hours in the office of the Borough of Milford.

Send tax payments to the tax collector’s address below, and contact the tax collector preferably via email as listed below.

Borough of Milford Tax Collector:

Mrs. Carol Osterberg
107 East High Street
Milford, PA 18337
phone: (570) 296-8231
Email is preferred.
Email: carolosterberg@yahoo.com

The Borough of Milford Zoning Department handles all land development issues within the Borough.

All structure changes and all new structures require permits; all business changes plus all new businesses require permits.

Individuals seeking to subdivide, develop, or build on property must comply with the approved laws governing land development in the Borough of Milford, and the individuals must submit the proper applications for subdivisions, site plans, variances, and zone changes.

If you are uncertain what forms you need, or how the process works, please call the Borough Office or stop by to pick up a packet. All applications for Zoning are available on this website on the Forms page.

Please remember to provide everything in minimum of triplicate.

The Zoning Officer, Shawn Bolles, can be contacted  in the Borough Zoning Office on the second floor above the Borough Hall at 109 West Catherine Street in Milford on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., or by email at milfordzoningofficer@gmail.com. Call the Borough Zoning Office at (570) 296-4255.

The Zoning Hearing Board meets on as needed basis to act on appeals against any alleged errors or actions of the Zoning Officer, or challenges to the ordinance and to hear and decide requests for variances to the Zoning Code.

Zoning Hearing Board members are:

* David Heim, Chairperson
* Peter Rushton
* Nancy Greening
* Joe Dooley
* Atty. Anthony Magnotta, Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor

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