Friday, October 31, 2014

City of Milton Meetings - Week of November 3rd

Please visit our website for the packets for the following city meetings scheduled for the week of November 3rd.
Please note that the Common Council meeting has been CANCELLED for November 5, 2014.

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 31st

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.



Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions.

The schedule for the week of November 3rd includes:
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Pavement marking on bike path portion of the project. 
  • Shouldering near Otter Creek Bridge. 
  • Restoration, topsoil and seeding across the project. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Press Release - Be ReadyWisconsin When You Fall Back, Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 2


Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday as we “fall back” and set clocks back one hour.

This is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items.

Smoke Detectors - Check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work, due, in most cases, to dead or missing batteries. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room and nearly 500 are killed each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. To protect your family from carbon monoxide, follow these simple safety tips:

Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.

Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually to make sure it is structurally and functionally sound and vents properly to the outside of your home.

Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs, and boats with enclosed cabins.

Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.

Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

Breathing carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood and can cause death within minutes at high levels. Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu and include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath/chest pain, nausea/vomiting, and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms, or your carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.

Emergency Kits - Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. Daylight Saving Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check it to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, visit: http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/Air/fs/CO.htm.

For tips on emergency preparedness: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov. Follow us at https://twitter.com/readywisconsin and www.facebook.com/readywisconsin

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Press Release - Indecent Exposure Suspect Arrest

In September 2013, the City of Milton Police Department received two early morning complaints about a male subject exposing his genitals to two females at two separate locations within the City of Milton. At that time, no suspect information was developed.

On October 28, 2014, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Officer’s from the City of Milton Police Department initiated a traffic stop for the Rock County Sheriff’s Office on a vehicle that was believed to be involved in an incident that took place on Vickerman Road. Subsequent investigation led to a confession from Michael R Peterson, 30, of Janesville; that he was involved in the two prior indecent exposure incidents in September 2013 in the City of Milton.

Peterson was tentatively charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, a Class A Misdemeanor. Peterson was taken to the Rock County Jail where he was processed and released with an upcoming court date.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 27th

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.



Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions. 

The schedule for the week of October 27th includes:
  • Janesville Street/Milton Road is Closed To Through Traffic, Local Access Only. Please use alternate routes if at all possible. 
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Continued work on the Otter Creek bridge deck replacement. 
  • Beam guard installation is scheduled for the STH 26 (old) project. 
  • John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) will be closed to through traffic starting October 20th,2014. 
  • Asphalt paving of intersections and driveways are scheduled to be done over the STH 59 Old project. 
  • Asphalt paving of High Street (Storrs Lake to STH 59) and John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) is scheduled. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic and single lane closures/flagging operations on the High street portion of the project for asphalt paving construction. 
  • Shouldering, Pavement Marking, and sign installation is scheduled for the entire project. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan L. Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips from the Rock County Sheriff's Office

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to have a safe and fun Halloween. Deputies will be actively patrolling the highways and neighborhoods throughout our community during the Halloween weekend.

Halloween is another opportunity for us to practice good-sense safety. Here are some safety tips to keep you and your ghost and goblins safe this Halloween: 
  • Wear a lightly colored costume so you can be seen in the dark. 
  • Avoid costumes that drag or can be tripped over. 
  • Be visible by carrying a flashlight and by placing strips of reflective tape on costumes. 
  • Stay on sidewalk and be respectful. If there are no sidewalks remember to walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. 
  • Wait until you get home to eat treats. Don’t eat anything that’s not wrapped. 
  • Trick or Treat in your neighborhood on well-lit streets. 
  • Trick or Treat with an adult or a group of friends. 
  • Accept treats at the door – NEVER go into a stranger’s home. 
  • When driving, slow down and be aware. 
  • If you do not plan on serving treats this year, remember to turn your porch light out and turn off any decorations to avoid confusion. 
ROBERT D. SPODEN
SHERIFF
By Sergeant Doug Coulter

Referendum to Modify Title and Duties of City Administrator

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM
CITY OF MILTON
November 4, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the City of Milton, Rock County, Wisconsin on November 4, 2014, the following proposed amendment to the City of Milton Charter Ordinance will be submitted to a vote of the people:

Under a charter ordinance enacted in 1996 and amended in 2003, the title of the position of the Milton City Administrator is “city administrator / finance director."  In the interests of efficiency and a coordinated focus on the City’s fiscal management, the duties of the finance director, consistent with state statute and prior amendment of the charter ordinances, have been assigned to the office of the City Treasurer.

Currently, the charter ordinances do not reflect current practice in that there is no provision delegating the direction and coordinating of economic development activities and administration of city contracts to the office of the city administrator. The Milton Common Council proposes the referendum question to determine whether to revise the city administrator duties in the charter ordinance, which can be amended only following referendum. Passage or defeat of the referendum will not create or eliminate any employee positions.

The question will appear on the ballot as follows:

“Shall the City of Milton amend Charter Ordinance Article III Division 2 to change the title of city administrator / finance director to city administrator and amend Charter Ordinance Section 3-30 to include, as additional duties of the city administrator, “directs and/or coordinates economic development activities for the City of Milton,” and “reviews and ensures proper administration of all city contracts”?
Yes                                No

EXPLANATION

A “yes” vote will change the title of the city administrator in the charter ordinance from city administrator / finance director to city administrator and adds as additional duties of the city administrator, directing and coordinating economic development activities for the city and reviewing and ensuring proper administration of city contracts.