Monday, June 27, 2016

Press Release: 4th of July Holiday - Play It Safe


The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends. It’s also a good time to remember some safety tips during this holiday weekend.

“We all enjoy celebrating the birth of our nation with family and friend,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “Cookouts and fireworks are part of the fun for many Americans. However, make sure you’re thinking about safety first when you’re enjoying the day.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks surrounding the July 4th holiday. Officials say many of the fireworks accidents could have been prevented:

  • Most injuries were burns to hands, fingers, head, legs and arms.
  • One-third of the injuries were to children under the age of 15 years old.
  • 74% of injured were male.
  • Sparklers are the number one cause of burns around the July 4th holiday. 

Fire and safety officials recommend the following safety tips when lighting fireworks:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Adults igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Only buy legal fireworks from reliable sellers.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. 
  • Always have water ready in case of a fire (a garden hose or a bucket).
  • Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
  • Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will run loose and get injured. Many animals have very sensitive ears and can be stressed or frightened by fireworks.

Also remember to play it safe over the holiday:

  • Drink plenty of water and limit your alcohol and caffeine intake. 
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach over 100 degrees in minutes.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include a first-aid kit, bottled water and some energy bars. A car adaptor for your cell phone is also a good idea in case you need to call for help.
  • Learn about the latest traffic and road conditions by contacting 511 Wisconsin.  This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or at www.511wi.gov
  • When attending various parades, fireworks displays and other gatherings, if you see something suspicious, remember to contact law enforcement. If you “See Something, Say Something”.

For more information go to readywisconsin.wi.gov. For daily safety tips, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/readywisconsin) , Twitter (www.twitter.com/readywisconsin) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/readywisconsin).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Press Release - Voter Registration Drive, June 28th

ROCK COUNTY, WISCONSIN
Office of the Rock County Clerk

The Rock County Clerk’s Office and 19 of the 29 municipal clerks that serve Rock County will be participating in the Voter Registration Drive on Tuesday, June 28th.  Your municipal clerks know that the 2016 Elections are forecasted to have record high voter turnout and want to do everything possible to make the Elections run as smoothly as possible for everyone. That is why clerks across the state are hosting Voter Registration Drives on Tuesday, June 28th. The greatest thing a new voter (or someone that needs to update their current registration) can do to help make Election Day a positive experience, is to register during the Open Registration Period, if able to do so.

What are the requirements to register or update a registration?

  • 18 years old on or before the NEXT election. The next state-wide election is August 9, 2016, so anyone who is now 17 and has a birthday on or before August 9, 2016, can register now if they meet the rest of the requirements.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen, not currently serving a felony conviction (either jail time or probation), nor been declared incompetent or ineligible to vote by a judge.
  • You must have resided in your home for at least 28 days prior to Election Day in order to establish a new voting location.
  • You must supply your WI Driver’s License or WI State Id Number if ever issued.
  • You must show Proof of Residency. The document must list your full name, your current address, and was issued recent enough to meet date requirements.  The most common item used is a utility bill less than 90 days old.  Paycheck, pay stub, bank statement (not a credit card), or your WI driver’s license with your current address can be used.

Voters can check their voter registration at MyVote.wi.gov.

Regardless if your municipality is participating in a Voter Registration Drive on June 28, 2016 by extending their hours or adding staff, ALL voters can register or update a registration any time during their clerk’s regular office hours, except for the day before an election.  Please check with your municipal clerk to learn more about how and when you can register or update your registration.

Your Rock County Clerk’s Office can also take voter registrations for any Rock County residents during the Open Registration Period.

For the Partisan Primary on August 9, 2016, the Open Registration Period ends on July 20, 2016.
For the General Election on November 8, 2016, the Open Registration Period is August 10, 2016 through October 19, 2016.


Participating Municipalities:

Town of Beloit
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Beloit Town Hall, 2871 S Afton Rd, Beloit, WI
Town of Bradford
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Beloit Town Hall, 3622 S Carvers Rock Rd., Avalon, WI

Town of Clinton
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Clinton Town Hall, 8674 E County Rd X, Clinton, WI

Town of Fulton
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fulton Town Hall, 2738 W Fulton Center Dr., Edgerton WI

Town of Harmony
8 a.m. – Noon & 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Harmony Town Hall, 440 N US Hwy 14, Janesville

Town of Janesville
9 a.m. – Noon
Janesville Town Hall, 1628 N Little Court, Janesville, WI

Town of Milton
8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Milton Town Hall, 23 First St., Milton WI

Town of Newark
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Newark Town Hall
9538 W Beloit Newark Rd, Beloit WI

Town of Plymouth
10 a.m. – Noon & 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Plymouth Town Hall, 8219 W High St, Orfordville, WI

Towns of Rock & Turtle
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  6916 S. County Rd J, Beloit, WI
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.    5102 County Rd D, Afton, WI

Village of Clinton
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Clinton Village Hall, 301 Cross St, Clinton WI

Village of Footville
7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Footville Village Hall, 261 N Gilbert St., Footville, WI

Village of Orfordville
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Orfordville Village Hall, 303 E Beloit St., Orfordville WI 53576

City of Beloit
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Beloit City Hall, 100 State St., Beloit WI

City of Brodhead
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Brodhead City Hall, 111 W 2nd Ave, Brodhead, WI

City of Edgerton
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Edgerton City Hall, 12 Albion St, Edgerton, WI

City of Evansville
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Evansville City Hall, 31 S Madison St, Evansville, WI

City of Janesville
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Janesville City Hall, 18 N Jackson St, Janesville WI

City of Milton
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Milton City Hall, 710 S. Janesville St, Milton, WI

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day - June 9, 2016

(MADISON) – Heat can kill. Hundreds of people die from extreme heat events each year in the United States. That’s why Governor Scott Walker has declared Thursday, June 9th as Heat Awareness Day. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service are reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and to promote community safety and health.

“Heat related deaths and illness are preventable,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “People need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what can be done to prevent the loss of life.”

Remember these tips:

  • Stay Cool: Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight 
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
  • Stay Informed: Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside. Watch for any extreme heat alerts. 

People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include:

  • Infants and young children
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People who are overweight
  • People with chronic medical conditions

Where you are most at risk:

  • Homes with little or no air conditioning
  • Cars

Many victims of heat-related deaths are socially isolated, maintaining little contact with family and friends. This is why it is important to check in on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat. Those most vulnerable include very young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure. Individuals who are on certain medications may also be more susceptible to illnesses during extreme heat events.

Many cities and counties across Wisconsin open cooling centers during periods of extreme heat. These centers are a great place for people to come into an air conditioned facility and get some relief from the heat. ReadyWisconsin will list open cooling centers on our website: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gilbert Myers Named 2016 4th of July Parade Marshal

Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Myers has been named the 2016 Parade Marshal for the 4th of July Parade that will take place on July 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.

Gil moved to Milton in 1949 with his wife, Georgianna, from northeastern Ohio.  He ran a veterinary practice on Madison Avenue with his colleague Dr. Hal Deal until building the Rock Veterinary Clinic in the late 1960s.  Gil served on the Milton Junction Village Board and the Police and Fire Commission prior to Milton and Milton Junction merging on April 1, 1967.  He was a member of the Milton Kiwanis and the American Legion, was active in his local church serving on several committees, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.  Gil currently volunteers at The Gathering Place.  Gil is a World War II veteran having served in the European Theater during the war under General George Patton’s Third Army.

Parade Theme and Registration
Registration forms to participate in the parade are available at Milton City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street, and on the City of Milton website (www.milton-wi.gov/ParadeRegistration).  The 2016 parade theme is “Moments in Time.”  First, Second, and Third Place awards will be presented to parade participants for “Best Use of Theme.”

In an effort to assist with planning for the event, participants are asked to submit completed applications to City Hall by noon on June 24, 2016.  In the interest of animal safety and to comply with requirements from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, parade entries with horses will be required to show documentation of the current Coggins test during parade line up on July 4th in order to participate in the parade. All motorized vehicles must be driven by a licensed driver.  

For additional information contact Inga Cushman, Assistant to the City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at icushman@milton-wi.gov.

City of Milton Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

The City of Milton is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fourth time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. The City of Milton is working to improve playability in Milton by improving existing park spaces.  By working to adopt a Comprehensive Parks and Open Space Plan, Milton continues to look for ways to expand and diversify opportunities for play in Milton.

“We believe in offering our families many opportunities to provide free flowing play.  We strive to make our parks fun, convenient, and educational.  We know that communities that play together, stay together!”  Mayor Anissa Welch.

Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in.  By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

For additional information contact Al Hulick, City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at ahulick@milton-wi.gov.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

Community Award Winners Announced

The City of Milton will be holding its annual Community Recognition gathering on Thursday, May 26th at 5:00pm in North Goodrich Park.  This event will serve to recognize citizens and city employees that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the Milton community through their actions in 2015. The event is also a chance to recognize the many volunteers the City has serving on the various committees and commissions.

This year’s award winners are as follows:

  • Community Award - Nate Rogers
  • Police Officer of the Year - Ryan Schneider
  • Community Award - Dean Blaser
  • Library Volunteer of the Year Award - Bill Wilson 
  • Historic Preservation Award - Cori Olson
  • Historic Preservation Award - Phil Watson
  • Community Award - Lonnie Brown
  • Employee of the Year - Lisa Brooks

The Community Recognition Picnic will be held at the Milton Community House, 20 Parkview Drive. The City of Milton will provide BBQ pork sandwiches, BBQ Boneless wings, soda, and water. Community members are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to pass.

The picnic will start at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For additional information contact Al Hulick, City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at ahulick@milton-wi.gov.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fire Hydrant Flushing Notice

Beginning the week of May 16, 2016, Milton Water Utility will flush all fire hydrants in the City of Milton to make sure they are in good working order and to help flush sediment out of the distribution system.

If you notice flushing in your area, you may see discoloration in your faucet water. Let it run for a few minutes, preferably from your outside hose connection, and it will clear up. The water is safe to drink.  You may not want to do laundry on the day hydrants are flushed in your area.

If you have any questions, please call the City of Milton Water Department at 608-868-6905 or City of Milton Department of Public Works at 608-868-6914 (Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 10:30 am).