Guests of a different kind frequent Milford businesses

MILFORD — Owners of small businesses and organizations operating in the heart of Milford are suffering from a “disgusting” and potentially “dangerous” situation, according to Angela Dorey of Dorey Insurance and Financial Services.

People are finding their way behind her building and in other hidden crevices around town to relieve themselves in more ways than one, she said.

“It used to be 30-40 people back there a month, peeing on the building. Now, thankfully, it’s less than ten a month,” she said.

But it’s not just her business that is dealing with this issue which goes beyond public urination.

“The senior center, too. And the library. They both had to make changes to help reduce the problem,” she said.

“Between the Milford Senior Center vans and their building would be a hidden pocket for people to ‘use.’ You would find condoms and urine, so an electrician came out to put in the new outlets and eliminated that hiding spot,” Ms. Dorey recalled.

“It did cost us some money, yes,” Executive Director Daphne Bumbrey said of the changes at the senior center. “We’re constantly thinking about the people we serve and how we can make this place better.”

Public Urination

Angela Dorey, owner of Dorey Insurance and Financial Services in Milford, posts images of those who use her business as a bathroom on social media and near the popular spot as a deterrent and says she has seen some success. Special to The Chronicle

Ms. Dorey looked to the police and social media for answers to help eliminate the problem behind Dorey Insurance and Financial Services.

“By posting pictures on Facebook, I have noticed a significant drop in people urinating on my building. However, the weather has been much colder and maybe it’s just a coincidence,” she said. “I hope it’s not because posting the pictures has come with a cost. Most everyone I run into, clients included, know me for this issue. I much rather build my company’s reputation on hard work and merit, not people urinating on my building.”

Although the incidents have decreased, Ms. Dorey said she still has a lingering fear of the unknown lurking behind her agency and doesn’t feel comfortable confronting those who visit that side of the building.

“It’s dangerous. I confronted someone back there once. I probably could have had a heart attack. You just don’t know how they’ll react. I even saw a drug deal back there,” she said. “My instinct is to kick butt, be mean and get aggressive. But I’m a part of the community and the people who are doing this are also part of the community whether we like it or not. There’s a better place you can go to use the bathroom.”

Anyone caught urinating in public within the city limits of Milford could be subject to fines of $50-500 and/or less than 90 days in jail, according to the city code.

“Business owners don’t know what to do with this,” Ms. Dorey said. “Should we ignore it? Should we call the police every ten minutes? I would entertain that the business owners get together with the police department and have them tell us what to do.”

Although there are currently no public or portable restrooms near Dorey Insurance and Financial Services, the Rivertown Rebirth plan currently calls for the addition of a public bathroom in the downtown area to help alleviate some of the problem.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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