Help us continue to make Milford, Milford

To the Editor:

The Milford Improvement Team (MIT, formerly DOIT) is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that seeks to promote prosperity and vitality in Milford, to maintain its character and historic significance.

The organization was formed in 1992 to ensure a viable future for our downtown. We help make Milford Milford. MIT’s mission includes the beautification of Milford: Maintaining the Oval streetscape with flowers on the bandstand, Oval flower beds and seasonal banners and decorations.

Over the course of the past two decades, MIT has also been a partner to the town of Milford, applying for local, state and federal grant monies on behalf of the citizens of Milford and have been awarded close to one million dollars. Current projects include South Street improvements, the Garden Street/
Cottage Street revitalization and freight station restoration initiative. We also presented the granite sign to the new ambulance facility and provided landscaping services to the police station.

MIT organizes community events on behalf of the town and its residents.

In 2013, we held four events serving a total of 35,000 attendees. MIT coordinates the annual Milford Great Pumpkin Festival, the Taste of Milford, the Milford Keyes Art Festival and the Winter Farmers Market. Proceeds from our fundraising events are reinvested back into the Milford community.

MIT proudly serves as a
partner/adviser/resource for community groups, other nonprofits and service clubs for the betterment of Milford helping them to raise more than $65,000 last year for investment back into the community.

New projects for 2014 include a Milford Pride Day, a town-wide clean-up day and barbecue in early May, a QR code, Historical Sites Tour of Milford, a Vacant Building Tour, that will highlight available spaces for potential businesses to open in Milford, participating in the WWII Memorial Park Restoration and re-dedication, and working to add other celebrations to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Milford Great Pumpkin Festival!

When you total up all that MIT did on behalf of the town in 2013, Milford voters realized $163 return per $1 spent on the warrant article, which represents just 18 percent of our budget. Help us continue our vital role in making Milford unique. “MIT – Working to help keep Milford Milford!” Please vote yes on Articles 14 and 15.

For information on the MIT, please visit the team online at www.milfordimprovementteam.org.

Thank you!

KATHY BAUER, TIM BARR, TRENT BLALOCK, MICHAEL BRISEBOIS, KATE CHAMBERLIN, KENT CHAPPELL, MARK CONSTABLE, RICK GANIS, RYAN HANSEN, KAREN KEATING, ROBERT KREY, ED KILLAM, HEATHER LEACH, JANET SPALDING, DAVID STURM, CHUCK WORCESTER and ALAN WOOLFSON

Milford Improvement Team board of directors