Milton City Commissioners approved an annual lease on city property during their meeting Thursday night.

Mayor Denny Jackson opened two bids submitted for the city's 10-acre property for agricultural use. Troy Burkhardt submitted the high bid of $217.52 per acre. Steve Buchanan submitted a bid of $167 per acre.

Commissioners unanimously accepted Burkhardt's bid during the meeting.

Jackson also discussed the city's gateway sign project. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hasn't made an official decision whether a small sign can be placed in the state's right-of-way near the bridge, City Clerk Pam Joyce said, but discussions continue.

The sign near the bridge would need to be a breakaway sign that could be easily moved should a car strike the sign during an accident. The planned sign posts would need to be smaller to meet state requirements if the sign placement is approved, she said.

The state already approved the placement of the other signs on KY 36 and U.S. 421. Both signs are on the city's property or off of the state's 15-foot right-of-way.

Also during the meeting, city field coordinator Mark Bates told commissioners that the city's water meter project has reached completion and had been closed out.

The project has helped to reduce the billing cycle for customers. Meter readings will be taken on the 13th of each month with bills sent to customers on the 15th of each month, or the next workday if the dates fall during weekends.

Bates also told commissioners some of the city's vehicles need to be replaced. While the department has looked at used vehicles, Bates said the best value would most likely be the purchase of two new Ford F-150 trucks.

Each vehicle would cost about $24,000. The vehicles will come with a three-year warranty.

Bates said he was looking to the future when making the recommendation. The vehicles would be paid through a line item in the utilities department budget for equipment.

The commission agreed to purchase one vehicle during the current budget year, while purchasing the second vehicle during the next budget year.

An area roadway will be resurfaced later this year, Bates told commissioners during the meeting. The project will be reimbursed and paid for by the state.

While the resurfacing project takes place, Bates recommended the replacement of two culverts under the road that no longer drain properly.

The city will have to pay for the culverts, but the replacements could cost less to install during the resurfacing project than if the city decides to wait until a later date to replace, he said.

"The drains just aren't draining," Bates said. "(It's a) great opportunity to do this."

The commission unanimously agreed to replace the culverts during the resurfacing project.