Jeff Phillips, Milford Borough’s alternate zoning and code enforcement officer, will attend a course for sewage enforcement officers in Harrisburg the week of March 27-April 1.
The $2,500 cost includes tuition, exam cost, housing, and meals. Phillips will take the exam immediately following the course. If he leaves the job in the borough before Dec 31, 2023, he will reimburse the borough $2,500.
Councilman Peter Cooney objected to spending the money to train Phillips. What will people do if they needed to address septic repairs between now and the end of March? He said he doesn’t think taxpayers’ money should be used for this.
Dooley said the sewage enforcement officer issues permits and does inspections but doesn’t do the work. The property owner calls the septic company if there’s a problem, and the septic company calls the sewage enforcement officer if the work requires a permit or an inspection.
“The borough isn’t in the septic repair business,” Dooley said.
The proposal to fund Phillips’ training in Harrisburg passed, with Cooney and Councilman Andrew Jorgenson voting no.
This is the first time the borough has paid for sewage enforcement officer schooling. Kiley Associates LLC, an engineering company, does the training and has a sewage enforcement officer on staff.