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. 
By Sergeant Doug Coulter

Referendum to Modify Title and Duties of City Administrator

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


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.

City of Milton Meetings - Week of October 20th

Please visit our website for the packets for the following city meetings scheduled for the week of October 20th:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 17th

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 20th 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. 
  • John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) will be closed to through traffic starting October 20th,2014. 
  • Asphalt milling and paving of intersections and driveways are scheduled to be done over the entire project. 
  • Asphalt milling and paving of High Street (BUS 26 to STH 59) and John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) is scheduled. 
  • Paving of asphalt on Milton Road north of CTH N is scheduled. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic and single lane closures/flagging operations on the High street portion of the project for asphalt paving construction. 
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 or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.


Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation

Tails n Trails Dog Park Clean Up – November 1, 2014

The Parks & Recreation Commission scheduled a Tails n Trails Dog Park Clean Up for Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Any dog owners or general residents that use the park are encouraged to come and help the Parks & Recreation Commission. 

Those who participate are encouraged to bring gardening gloves, dog waste shovels/scoops, and plastic bags for waste. Water to drink will also be beneficial depending on the weather. 

For additional information contact Al Hulick, City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day - October 31st, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mayor Brett Frazier proclaimed October 31st as Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day in the City of Milton, and the celebration will be observed between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Below is the text from the proclamation.  

WHEREAS, the City of Milton wishes a safe and festive Halloween celebration for its citizens and encourages participation in the gaiety of this holiday by both young and old; and

WHEREAS, miniature ghosts, goblins, witches and other mysterious creatures emerge each year on October 31st, and

WHEREAS, they ring doorbells of their neighborhood and friends to extort goodies, and

WHEREAS, the safety of these small creatures is assured by an accompanying adult, and is a source of amusement and good cheer for both the very young and the older people whom they visit and entertain; 

WHEREAS, I, Brett Frazier, Mayor of the City of Milton proclaim Friday, October 31st, 2014 Halloween in the City of Milton. 

THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN, that Friday, October 31st, 2014 shall be known as Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day and the celebration will be observed between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Press Release - MPD Seeking Public's Help in Locating Subject

The City of Milton Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a subject. On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at approximately 1:08 am, a robbery by threat of force occurred at the Junction Pub located on Merchant Row in Milton, Wisconsin. The male in the photo, Michael L. Ranum, 28 years old, is wanted for questioning in regard to this offense. Ranum is described as a white male, 5’10”, 180 lbs., bald, brown eyes, with tattoos.

Ranum is also currently wanted for a parole violation for a robbery that occurred in 2007. He is known to frequent the Janesville and Milton areas. 

During the robbery at the Junction Pub, the subject demanded a bottle of liquor from the bartender and threatened harm to the bartender if he did not receive the alcohol. The subject, along with a female companion, had been involved in an altercation with other patrons moments before the robbery. The subject, along with the female, fled out the back door as police were called to the scene.

Individuals that come forward with information that leads to the arrest of this subject are eligible for a cash reward through Janesville Area Crimestoppers. Individuals with tips can remain anonymous. If you have information regarding this incident please contact the Milton Police Department at 757-2244 or Janesville Area Crimestoppers at 756-3636. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637), then enter JACS, plus your message.