Milton officials discussed ideas for the city's "Bridge Slide Celebration" that will highlight the progress and opening of the new Madison-Milton bridge.

Debbie Crawford, Milton's bridge liaison, reported to commissioners Thursday that Madison officials have plans for several tentative events to celebrate the closing of the current bridge, the slide of the new bridge in the summer and the opening of the new bridge in mid-2013.

"We need to think about this soon," Crawford said of Milton's possible celebrations. "Things are going to start soon."

Ideas of burying a time capsule have been proposed during committee meetings in Madison, Crawford said. The committee has also begun to consider how to choose a candidate to be the last person to cross the old bridge, as well as the first person to cross the new bridge. Other ideas include interviewing people born in 1929 - the year the current bridge opened - or other area residents that have memories of the bridge as a toll crossing.

Crawford said Madison musician Rusty Bladen has written a song for the celebrations - some of which will be held June 8 - and other grand opening celebrations are in advanced planning stages for the Indiana side of the bridge. Milton officials still need to decide what events will be held on the Kentucky side of the bridge.

Commissioners agreed that a committee would be the best way to pursue any celebration ideas. A few people have been recommended for the committee, but many other residents are needed to help with the planning.

A meeting for residents interested in serving on the Bridge Slide Celebration committee will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Milton Municipal Building, 10179 U.S. 421. Area residents wanting more information about the planning committee should call Milton's city hall at (502) 268-5224. Area residents who were born in 1929 or have memories of the bridge's opening in 1929 are asked to call city hall as well.

In other business:

• Council members approved pursuing a community grant for a proposed soup kitchen in Milton. Rob Trowbridge presented the commission with information about the requirements of the Community Development Block Grant. The grant, which could provide up to $500,000 in funding, helps local governments to pay for community projects.

Milton resident Danny Stewart presented the idea of a community soup kitchen and community garden during the commission's December meeting. Stewart hopes to use the grant money to purchase the former Farmhouse restaurant building in Milton for the soup kitchen.

• Milton Fire Chief Jason Long presented December and end of the year reports to the commission. Long said 2012 was a record year for the department.

"We had 233 runs, which is a lot considering we don't do a lot of EMS runs," Long said.

• Commissioners also discussed the city's Park Board which was reformed in November 2010. The commission plans to appoint five new members to the board.

• City attorney Genon Hensley reported to the commission that Trimble County Judge-Executive Jerry Powell is aware of the unkempt Conn property. The property is part of a large estate that is being settled in New York.

"They are aware of it," she said.