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Milner issues first building permits for new homes in seven years

By Kay S. Pedrotti For the first time in seven years, two months, the city of Milner issued four permits for new home building, said city administrator Harold Wilson. He said the builder applied to construct four single-family homes on Matthews Road. The homes will be about 1,500 square feet, Wilson said, ‘compatible with the area.’ Wilson said, ‘We’ve issued some permits for commercial uses, but this is exciting, considering how long it’s been since a new house was built in Milner.’ Milner had approved plans for a total of 800 new homes in 2007-2008, but when the economy dropped the builders backed out. Infrastructure is already available in some places that had been scheduled for subdivisions, said Wilson. The Milner city council recently approved a budget of $259,408 for the general fund, slightly less than last year’s, and $296,939 for the water fund, which is slightly more. Wilson said. The library is progressing and should be ready for its foundation soon. Tracy Alford gets seat on council: Only three people qualified for the three council seats up for election this year, he added, so they will be sworn in as new council members for four-year terms. They are incumbents Fred Stephens and Betty Wilson, and newcomer Tracy Alford.

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