Associates Degree of Applied Science and a 2013 Lead Clermont Graduate
Ralph Vilardo, Jr. Husband, Children: Olivia Brewer, Max Brewer, Marissa Vilardo and Ava Vilardo
Speedfloor USA, LLC
299 Haskell Lane
Batavia, OH 45103
12 years on Milford City Council, 12 years as Chair of Public Services, also served on Community Development, Safety Services, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals
With seven members of Council, I believe that everyone has something different to offer. Although I hadn't plan on running for another term I truly believe that my experience and skill set is still of value to our staff and the residents. The ability to lead is one of my strongest attributes. Several years ago I started talking about the need to relocate and build a suitable service garage for our service department. A plan was developed, it was taken to council for a vote and it was unanimous. We will be breaking ground on a new service garage the third week of September. It is located in one of our many parks, Garfield Park, which will receive enhancements as well, such as a gazebo and indoor restroom facility. I have worked closely with staff on several other projects as well, for example the roundabout on Chamber Drive and sidewalks on St. Rt. 28. It is my hope that we also construct sidewalks on Brooklyn Avenue in the very near future.
We must ensure that Milford is as business friendly as possible. Our staff does an excellent job making sure it's as easy as possible for new businesses to open and expand. It is important we make sure our taxes and fees remain low, while also continuing to provide quality city services. As our city grows, we must look at ways to enhance the quality of life for all our residents and ensure Milford is on the top of the list for businesses that are looking to relocate. This can be accomplished by maintaining our city’s unique character. But there is no doubt that the most talked about issue in Milford right now is what to do with Milford Main. We have had several public hearings, conducted an online survey and it is very clear that the majority of residents are opposed to any form of development, but would support some type of green space/park. I firmly believe that we only have one chance to get it right with this property. We need to take our time and consider all of our options.
It has been my honor to serve the citizens of the City of Milford as their Vice Mayor. Together, we have accomplished a lot. We have also improved our quality of life by investing in public services and building a unique partnership with the businesses and the community. I am proud of all the work we have accomplished over the past few years, but there is still work to be done. I will work to make sure everyone in our community has a chance to offer ideas and suggestions for the future of Milford. Together, we can continue our positive progress, which is why I am asking the citizens of Milford to cast your vote to re-elect me as your council member.
Associates in Interior Design
Married 27 years
2 Children- 24 and 22
Self employed- My Personal Gardener
Self employed 7 years
Stay at home mom
Volunteer in Community
2010 MMTCC Volunteer/Service Person of the Year
• For the past 21 years, I have been an active engaged citizen of the city of Milford.
• I have worked on numerous committees and community events for example Hometown For The Holidays, Longstone Festival, Street Eats Food Truck Rally, Teen Challenge Cake Auction and Tea Party Fundraiser, Charter Review Committee and Milford Beautification Committee.
• 20+ years of customer service
• Facilitate groups listening, brainstorming and teaching.
• Experience working with Milford Businesses as well as starting my own business.
• Leadership Training
• Project Management
• I am honest, authentic, and enthusiastic, I enjoy listening and learning from others. I enjoy learning and hearing things from different perspectives. I love to invite and include others in opportunities and promote these areas.
A challenge that I have seen is that many citizens believe decisions and votes are already decided before council meetings. I would like to see council move to have 1 work session a month and 1 regular meeting. I want our citizens to know that council is working together building bridges that unite the city and not divide. Work sessions allow for all ideas to be shared and discussed in open forum.
The City is has many projects in the works and on the horizon. Communicating to the public what is going on and how they can be involved and contribute is important to me. I would like to have more detailed meeting notices with more visibility. Many residents have concern over the empty store fronts, shopping centers and the overall economic development of our city.. I am excited to hear and see the presentation of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and ideas that city staff have to draw new business and bring revenue to the city and work together moving our city forward.
I hope to work alongside council listening to the needs of our citizens, listening to the expertise of City staff and making decisions to the best of my ability to continue the legacy of Milford being a great place to work, live and visit. I hope to engage citizens and encourage citizen involvement. I am passionate about supporting local business and look forward to increased economic development. Having safe, beautiful and accessible spaces throughout our city is important to me. I want opportunities for community gatherings, entertainment, increase revenue and healthier lifestyles.
Bachelor in Education
Husband - Charles Evans Son - Brian Evans Daughter - Libby Rose Son - Chad Evans
West Clermont Local Schools
6 Years on Milford City Council
One asset I bring to being a city council member is experience. I have been on council since 2011 and am very familiar with the budget process, current and past projects, and goals of the city. I am anchored in the community and always try and do what is in the best interest of the citizens who elected me. On any issue involving the city I try to be open minded and hear from all stakeholders. It can be hard to get 7 council members to agree on every issue so it takes compromise to make the best decisions we can for our residents. Another asset I bring is the eagerness to learn and adapt. You never know all perspectives on a situation so reaching out to other business leaders and residents can be a valuable resource. As I have served on the comprehensive plan over the past 6 months, I have witnessed the local business leaders and residents contribute great ideas and knowledge to the plan.
I feel Milford is very fortunate right now and I can’t say that we have one large issue, but we have several things we need to continue to improve upon. Milford needs to continue to be financially responsible. In a time when the state continues to make large cuts to local governments, we have to keep a close eye on spending and be responsible in our decisions. We also need to continue our work in economic development. Milford has shown great growth, but still has empty store fronts that need to be filled. New business incentive programs put in place by our city manager will help us in this area. Milford needs to continue to improve in the area of communication. Using social media has helped reach many, but we still have a large segment of our population that does not use social media. We need to find other ways to communicate to reach all residents. Finally, we need to continue to develop our parks which are such a valuable asset to our community.
In the next four years there are several things I hope to accomplish. One goal is to improve the walkability and connectivity of all Milford neighborhoods and business districts. There are several areas where sidewalks are greatly needed to improve a safe connection to all parts of Milford. Another goal is to continue to attract and maintain quality businesses in Milford. I have supported the small business incentive program and the new programs brought forth by our city manager, Michael Doss. The third goal I have for the city is to continue work on the streetscape of the Route 28 corridor, Route 50 corridor, and Main Street from 5 Points through downtown. We need to create a uniform gateway, directional signs, along with improved roadways, sidewalks, and lighting. A final goal is to maintain the quality of our Police and Fire Departments. They need to continue to be properly staffed and have high quality equipment to keep all residents safe.
Associate Degree - Emergency Medical Technology
Bachelor Degree - Fire & Safety Engineering Technology
Two daughters, Hannah (11) and Lizzie (6).
Milford Community Fire Department
Milford Parks and Rec Commission
In my career as a firefighter, I have been fortunate to learn from some of the greatest public servants. One lesson I have been taught is that when it comes to public service, whether its fire, police, or even council, our focus is always on the community. I also have experience in a leadership position requiring me to bring several different personalities together to accomplish one goal. Using these skills and experiences, I would like to join the Milford City Council, bringing seven representatives of our city together to accomplish a common goal of what's best for our community.
Communication is one of the biggest challenges in our city. Communication should be open and free. Residents should have comfort knowing when they reach out to a council member, they will be acknowledged and their voice will be heard. We can make this an easier process using modern technology to our advantage.
Milford will continue to be a safe community to live in and visit. Local businesses will thrive with increased visitors. At the end of my term, residents and business owners will be able to say I was honest, loyal, and did what was best for the city.