Friday, August 29, 2014

Press Release - Two Juvenile Subjects Arrested for Thefts from Motor Vehicles

On Wednesday, August 28, 2014 at 3 a.m. the City of Milton Police Department arrested two 16-year-old males from Milton for Theft and Party to a Crime Theft. The two juvenile subjects had entered, and attempted to enter numerous vehicles in the City of Milton shortly before they were arrested. The vehicles were located on Merchant Row, Crandall Street, 2nd Street, Rogers Street, and Tower Hill Drive. The subjects successfully entered and took cell phones and cash from two of the vehicles. They also entered approximately 8 other vehicles; however, they did not steal anything from those vehicles. They also pulled on the doors of at least 20 other vehicles; however, they did not enter those vehicles because they were locked. The vehicles were located on the street, in driveways, and in an alley.

The subjects were in a vehicle when they were pulled over by the police and were found in possession of the stolen items. They confessed to their part in the crimes.

An alert citizen noticed the subjects attempting to enter vehicles as they walked down the street at approximately 2:30 a.m. and called 911. They were referred to juvenile authorities for the Theft and for the Party to a Crime – Theft charges.

As usual, please remove all valuables and lock your car doors when they are parked on the street and in your driveway. The people that had their doors locked were not victimized. Thieves will generally not force their way into a locked vehicle unless they see some sort of item of value in plain sight.

Detour Due to Construction Work on former STH 59 and 26 Starts September 2nd

Beginning September 2, 2014, construction work will start on Janesville Street (former STH 26) to patch existing concrete pavement and construct a new deck on the Otter Creek Bridge and on High Street (former STH 59) to place new asphaltic pavement. A map of the detour is available at City Hall (710 S. Janesville Street), the Department of Public Works (150 Northside Drive), and on the City’s website (www.milton-wi.gov). Local traffic to businesses and residences will be allowed during this time. One lane of traffic is planned to be open on both roads at all times. 

Businesses are allowed to place temporary signs in the right-of-way to direct patrons to their businesses. There is an Application for Permit to Install Temporary Business Sign(s) on Highway Right-of-Way During Improvement Project that needs to be completed for the temporary signs. Copies of the permit application are available on the City’s website, at City Hall, and at the Department of Public Works. 

During an information meeting held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) stated that they will likely close the Otter Creek Bridge the week of September 2nd when the construction is scheduled to begin. This will not allow traffic from the north to use the former STH 26, now named Milton Road. The Otter Creek Bridge should be reopened by the first week of November. 

Within the City limits, they are planning to repair the concrete on Janesville Street, the former STH 26, north of Hudson Street first. The section between Hudson Street and Madison Avenue will be repaired around the middle or end of September. 

The blacktop pavement work on High Street, the former STH 59, is schedule for the later part of September. 

If you would like more information, contact Jim Oettinger at (608) 246-3879 or by email at james.oettinger@dot.wi.gov or Brandon Hager at (608) 245-2625 or by email at Brandon.hager@dot.wi.gov.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crossridge Park Playground – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony September 15th at 5 p.m.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of the Crossridge Park Playground has been rescheduled for Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5 p.m. due to the weather and anticipated forecast. Staff needs to complete landscaping items at the playground that they have been unable to complete due to the rain.

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Crossridge Park Playground – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony August 28th at 5 p.m.

The Crossridge Park Playground on Saturday,
August 23rd nearing completion
The official ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of the Crossridge Park Playground has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5 p.m. due to the anticipated weather forecast and the delay of finishing one piece of equipment due to a missing part.

The Parks & Recreation Commission would like to thank the approximately 50 volunteers that helped during the Crossridge Park Playground Build Day on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The volunteers helped pick rocks from the playground site, dig holes, assemble slides and other equipment, and ultimately install each piece. The Parks & Recreation Commission could not have accomplished all that was done without the help of the dedicated volunteers that devoted a day to build a playground.

The Parks & Recreation Commission would also like to thank Casey’s General Store for donating bags of ice and pizza for the volunteers and Kwik Trip for donating donuts, coffee, and water for the volunteers.

The following businesses and organizations also donated to the Crossridge Park Playground project:
  • Let’s Play City Construction Grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! - $20,000
  • Air Products - $10,000
  • Milton Lions Club - $2,500
  • Lader Rentals - $2,000
  • Penn Color - $1,000
  • Alliant Energy Foundation - $500
  • Bank of Milton - $500
  • Casey’s General Store - $500
  • Handy Art - $500
  • Janesville Morning Rotary - $500
  • Johns Disposal - $250
  • United Alloy, Inc. - $250
  • Angus Young - $100
  • Woodman’s Food Market - $100
For additional information contact Inga Cushman, Assistant to the City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at icushman@milton-wi.gov.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Crossridge Park Playground Build Day

Build Day for the Crossridge Park Playground will still take place tomorrow, August 23, 2014. Due to the rain the last few days, the site is wet and muddy, so it is recommended that volunteers wear boots and attire appropriate for these conditions. If there are pieces of the playground that volunteers are unable to complete on Build Day, those interested in helping to complete the project will be asked to help finish the playground on Thursday, August 28, 2014 (weather dependent).

The schedule for Build Day is as follows:
  • 8 a.m. – Truck arrives with playground equipment and volunteers start organizing and sorting the equipment. Registration for volunteers begins.
  • 8:45 a.m. – Welcome, Build Day Kick-Off.
  • 9 a.m. – Deploy volunteers and start building.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Break teams for lunch in shifts.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Back to work for project completion.
  • 2 p.m. – Volunteers start moving wood chips into place and cleaning up the site.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Conduct safety inspection of completed playground project.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Secure site with caution tape / fencing.
For additional information contact Inga Cushman, Assistant to the City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at icushman@milton-wi.gov.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Public Meeting for Old WIS 26 and Old WIS 59 Pavement Repair Project, Rock County

***Note: The start date has been changed to September 2nd*** (8/25/14)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold an information meeting to discuss construction work taking place on old Highway 26 and old Highway 59 in Rock County. The meeting is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 at the Milton Public Library, 430 E. High Street.

Construction is expected to start September 8th. Old Highway 26 will be closed to through traffic and old Highway 59 will remain open to traffic. Construction is scheduled for completion in early November.

Old Highway 26 work involves patching the existing concrete pavement and a new deck on the Otter Creek bridge. New asphaltic pavement will be placed on old Highway 59.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. Maps showing the construction work will be on display. WisDOT and highway contractor representatives will be available to discuss the project.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, contact Jim Oettinger at (608) 246-3879 or james.oettinger@dot.wi.gov.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Crossridge Park Playground Build Day Schedule

The Crossridge Park Build Day is scheduled for August 23, 2014, and the Parks & Recreation has finalized the schedule for the day. 

The schedule is as follows:
  • 8 a.m. – Truck arrives with playground equipment and volunteers start organizing and sorting the equipment. Registration for volunteers begins.
  • 8:45 a.m. – Welcome, Build Day Kick-Off.
  • 9 a.m. – Deploy volunteers and start building.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Break teams for lunch in shifts.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Back to work for project completion.
  • 2 p.m. – Volunteers start moving wood chips into place and cleaning up the site.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Conduct safety inspection of completed playground project.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Secure site with caution tape / fencing.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Inga Cushman at City Hall at (608) 868-6900 or by email at icushman@milton-wi.gov. Only volunteers 18 and over will be able to work on constructing the physical playground equipment, but there will be other tasks that those under 18 can do on Build Day. 

The playground will not be able to be used until Monday, August 25, 2014 after the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. to allow time for the playground equipment to set.

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