MILFORD – Town council may push back the restriction on Main Street parking by two hours after hearing complaints from downtown bar owners Monday.
Katie Cockrill, co-owner of Lizards Bar and Grill, and other business owners asked at the meeting where staff and customers are supposed to park when police tell them to clear the block after 3 a.m. The restriction hurts their business on especially busy nights, owners said.
There was also some disagreement over the attitude Milford officers take when they enter the bar to ask that vehicles be moved. The issue came to a head recently during a street cleaning night not on the regular schedule.
Signs posted on Main Street between Catherine and Emeline streets prohibit parking after 2 a.m.  Police Chief Rich Miotto noted they’ve always given them an extra hour, which  councilman Bob Cockburn questioned Monday.
Miotto also remarked that people often operate under the mistaken notion that hours are only restricted for spaces in front of the four signs. The town has ordered arrow stickers to try to make it clear the law applies to all 27 spaces.
Councilman Doug Ruch asked other council members, Miotto, business owners and Utilities Superintendent Randy Veach if they could live with a parking restriction between 4 and 6 a.m., and all agreed. Council will vote on a prepared ordinance next month.
Also during the meeting, council:
• Read a proclamation declaring April “Month of the Military Child.”
• Accepted a bid from Phend and Brown for work on Syracuse Street, picking up where the town left off last year. Veach noted the bid came in $600 under the $15,000 for milling and $48,000 for paving that the town already budgeted.
• Approved a contract with Astbury Water Technology Inc. for a certified operator for the wastewater treatment plant at $750 a month, until the town can provide its own operator. Councilman Dan Cochran voted against the contract after expressing displeasure with the cost.
• Approved $3,050 for Keystone payroll software, which Cockburn remarked will “get us into the 20th century.”
• Heard from Miotto that police will begin enforcing the junk car ordinance, which they do every spring once the ground is hard enough that yards won’t be  damaged when cars that aren’t moved have to be towed.
• Heard that water mains will be flushed Wednesday.