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Milford Getting Emergency AM Radio Station

Milford is getting a free RadioSTAT Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station to broadcast emergency news within a 12-mile radius. The base radio – which broadcasts on the 830 AM frequency – will be housed within the Fire Department.

The radio system is one of four being provided to the state through a grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security and can be borrowed by area towns as needed, explained Board of Health member Leonard Izzo. The radio will allow the town to provide in-depth, follow-up information after initial notifications are made using the town's reverse-911 notifications, he said.

Pointing to the recent tornadoes that devastated several western Massachusetts towns, Izzo noted that the radio will provide one more source of local information in such types of emergencies. "I think it's a real plus for the Town of Milford to have something like that," he said.

The RadioSTAT system can be used to broadcast instructions and information regarding disasters, evacuations, medical emergencies, HAZMAT or traffic information, road construction information, infrastructure failures, and local AMBER alerts, according to information from its manufacturer, Information Station Specialists, Inc. of Michigan.

At their June 6 meeting, Board of Health members said that the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) will be in Milford on June 27 to hear residents' complaints about mosquitoes. Complaints also may be made to the CMMCP office by calling 508-393-3055 between t a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Chairman Kenneth Evans said the Health Department needs to repair the broken gate at its transfer station on Cedar Street (Route 85) and install new locks on it to prevent illegal dumping. He also said a motion-activated surveillance camera at the site could monitor who is leaving materials there. "So, if somebody goes there and does something illegal, we can monitor it back here [at Town Hall]," Evans said.

Pubic Health Director Paul Mazzuchelli said Michael Bresciani, the Parks and Recreation director, has been getting complaints about smoking at the town's parks and recreation fields and wanted to ban smoking at them. State law already bans smoking at the town's athletic fields, Mazzuchelli said.

"I think it's better left in the hands of the Parks Department," Evans said – suggesting that department can ban smoking and have its efforts supported by the Board of Health. Mazzuchelli said he gave Bresciani that advice.


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