Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
The first day of fall is September 21….less than a month away. Fall is a great time of year to get our yards cleaned up for the winter. The City is here to help you do that in several ways.
- Yard Waste: The city provides a yard waste bin at the Public Works Garage (behind the Fire Station). This bin is open 24/7 April 27- November 20. This is intended for grass clippings, leaves, small green twigs, raw garden waste, tree seeds, pine cones, and flowering plants. Those using the drop-off bin should be responsible by throwing trash in the trash cans and using the bin for ONLY yard waste. Please do not leave bags in the bin.
- Brush: City crews will pick up brush during the month of September. Place your brush in the terrace in neat organized piles with the cut ends all facing towards the curb. Brush should be less than 6” in diameter and less than 10’ in length. That is all the chipper machine can handle. Now is a good time to check your trees and shrubs near sidewalks and streets. City ordinances require clearance of 8’ above sidewalks and 15’ above streets. If you do not get your brush out during this time, the next collection is scheduled for January.
- Curbside Leaf Collection: The City will have the leaf vacuum, otherwise known as the "elephant truck", on the streets October 10-November 22 (time and weather permitting) to suck up leaves you have raked into the curb area. Please do not rake other waste into the street. The elephant truck can only handle so much and other items plug up the "snout". Also keep in mind that the elephant truck has problems getting right up close to parked cars. The Public Works employees travel throughout the city checking every street several times throughout the collection time frame. Remember that putting your leaves to the curb for collection helps the City's stormwater system. Uncollected leaves end up making their way to the stormwater inlets, which clogs the mains and also adds debris to the detention basins.
Anyone with questions about these programs should contact the Public Works Department at 868-6914 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I can certainly understand the confusion. For this reason, City Clerk/Treasurer Nancy Zastrow and I worked together with City Assessor Lee DeGroot to record a Q&A video. The goal of this video is to answer in a straight forward way many of the common questions and misunderstandings regarding property assessments.
To view the video, visit http://www.redhawkmedia.com/city/. Then select "Assessment Q&A" in the drop down menu and click "Submit". Click on the black box to play the video. If you have additional questions after watching the video feel free to contact Nancy or me at City Hall at 868-6900 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
- What: Bicycle Tour of various municipal projects (both current and future) occurring in Milton. City Administrator Todd Schmidt will guide the tour.
- When: Wednesday, Sept. 2nd - Leaving City Hall Parking Lot at 4:30 PM for a 2-hour ride. (In the event of rain or strong threat of rain, the ride will be cancelled and scheduled for a later date.)
- Details: Milton City Administrator Todd Schmidt invites anyone who has interest in learning about city projects and enjoys bike riding to participate in this event. This bike tour will include stops around the city to highlight and explain some of the major public infrastructure projects that are or will be occurring in 2009 and 2010. The level of biking experience needed will be minimal. There will be some hills, but the pace will be relatively slow. Those participating should plan to wear light colored clothing and bike helmets. The group will enjoy a Milton Police Department Bike Patrol escort during the ride.
For questions please contact me (Todd) directly at 868-6900 (x4) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The City of Milton Police Department and Public Works Department have noted an unusually high number of vandalism complaints at our municipal parks this year. Last week, Central Park was broken into and several hundred dollars of tennis balls were stolen from the tennis team. These incidents cause concern to our staff for a variety of different reasons. Damage to our parks potentially makes the parks less enjoyable for citizens to use. Our city DPW staff works hard to maintain our parks with a great sense of pride in our community. We do not want citizens to have to look at inappropriate carvings or spray painted words upon these facilities.
Secondly, the clean up and repair of damaged parks costs our citizens and all who pay taxes in Milton a fair amount of money. Be it the Officer taking a report of the incident or the Department of Public Works cleaning up the spray paint or repairing the damage, staff time dedicated to this problem begins to add up quickly, and prevents staff from working on other issues that need to be addressed.
In an effort to curb the on-going problem the police department has deployed an intern officer on bicycle patrol to try to identify and apprehend those damaging our parks. However, that effort has not been successful yet so we are asking for greater citizen assistance to help us stop this problem. We are asking citizens to report any and all suspicious behavior in and around our parks to the Milton Police Department immediately. We are also asking anyone with knowledge about these previous incidents to call us, so that we can stop this problem and keep our parks a place that all our residents and visitors can continue to enjoy. While it is our desire to keep parks and park bathrooms open and available as much as possible, continued vandalism may be the cause to consider changes to how long and late park access is available.
Anyone wishing to report suspicious information as it takes place or has knowledge about previous incidents of vandalism at our parks can contact our agency directly by calling the Rock County non-emergency line at 757-2244 (which will have an officer dispatched to you), or you may call the Janesville/Milton Area Crime Stoppers at 756-3636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
As part of this project, the American Transmission Company (ATC) will need to construct a new 69 kilovolt transmission line to provide electric service to the substation. They will be connecting it to the existing 69 kilovolt line that runs parallel to County Highway Y from Janesville to Milton.
In order to help residents understand the project, ATC would like to invite area residents to an informational open house on August 26, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the Gathering Place. Residents will be able to ask ATC and Rock Energy Cooperative representatives about the plans and possible routes for the project.
Click here to view a map of the possible routes or click here to view a copy of the letter that was recently mailed to potentially affected land owners.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Two businesses located on Hwy 26, Patty’s Plants and Northleaf Winery, will remain open. Patty’s Plants will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Northleaf Winery will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each business will put up signs to help direct traffic to their businesses. Otherwise, when you’re done eating chicken and exploring the other vendors at the BBQ, you can make the short walk over to Patty’s Plants and Northleaf Winery.
Click here to read the press release from Police Chief Jerry Schuetz of the Milton Police Department.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Seal coating is routinely completed each year around the City to preserve the pavement and extend the service life of the roadway. The process involves the application of oil and rock chip seal to the road surface. Residents with questions regarding the Seal Coating project may contact the Public Works Department at 868-6914 or email@example.com.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Photo courtesy of the Milton Courier (take from their website at http://www.miltoncourieronline.com/).
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The owners, Jeff and Penny Miller, spoke at the Milton KIWANIS club lunch today and talked about their business. I was particularly impressed with the story behind their business, which involves Jeff leaving his job at GM to start the hosta farm with his wife (who had to leave her job because of a disability).
They are a lovely couple with what has become a very successful business. I plan to visit their farm soon, and you may want to do the same. Find more information on their website at www.landofthegiantshostafarm.com.
"The contractor plans to close the intersection of CTH M and Townline Road beginning August 17, 2009 - September 15, 2009. Closure is expected to take about 30 days per the contract in order to reconstruct this intersection. The detour is CTH KK and existing STH 59." (taken from 8/4/09 e-mail from Tara Weiss)
Once again, testing of the outdoor tornado sirens will resume with a test at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, with a steady tone of 1-2 minutes.
The steady tone of 3-5 minutes will be the take cover signal that a tornado warning has been issued for Rock County and citizens should immediately take shelter and tune to your local broadcasting stations or weather radio for information.
If residents find the siren located in their area is not working, they should call 758-8440. Remember, siren testing will not be conducted if there is inclement weather within the county.