Tuesday, August 30, 2011

City Hall Hours to Change

City Hall hours will change back to Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

At this time, the Police Department and Public Works Department will maintain their summer hours. The Police Department will be open Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Public Works will be open Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

City offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2011 in observance of Labor Day.

MACCIT Call for Homes for Annual Historic Christmas Walk

Below is a press release form MACCIT asking interested property owners to contact them about participating in the Historic Christmas Walk.

The Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism (MACCIT) is preparing for the annual Historic Christmas Walk to be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 3-7 p.m. The Christmas Walk Committee created this event to promote Milton’s History in Progress theme, and to promote Milton as a tourist destination.

The Christmas Walk Committee would like to invite you to be a part of this event by opening your home to the public on this evening. If you decide to participate, we ask that you have your home decorated for the holidays, as we have your home on display for the character of your home and the holiday theme.

MACCIT’s Christmas Walk Committee promotes this event through the Milton Courier, the Janesville Gazette and the MACCIT newsletter. MACCIT’s mission is to provide membership services to businesses in the community enhancing tourism in the Milton area, and market and recruits new businesses and development. Above all else, MACCIT’s commitment is to preserve and improve our community as a great place to live, work and play. MACCIT does sell tickets to attendees as a way to help raise funds for MACCIT.

This is a great holiday event that inspires all attendees. Please let us know if you’ll help us with this event. Feel free to contact any one of the committee members or MACCIT directly info@maccit.com or 608-868-6222.

Public Works Garage Progress Photos

Photos taken on August 30, 2011 of the progress on the Public Works Garage. 

Community Forum "Talking Trash" - September 6, 2011

The City of Milton will be hosting a community forum called “Talking Trash” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, prior to the regularly scheduled Common Council meeting. The purpose of the forum is to hear community stakeholder input regarding the City’s recent request for proposals on refuse and recycling services.

The City’s current agreement with Waste Management has expired, and requests for proposals were sent out in June of 2011 pursuant to the direction of the Common Council. The City has received multiple proposals, and staff is recommending the community and its elected leaders evaluate four different alternatives for refuse and recycling collection that include the following:
  • Alternative #1: Remaining with the current service provider which is Waste Management 
  • Alternative #2: Select a new private sector service provider from those who submitted proposals 
  • Alternative #3: Select a public service provider who submitted a proposal (The City of Janesville) 
  • Alternative #4: Provide refuse and recycling services through the City of Milton’s Public Works Dept.
The community will have the opportunity to listen to all four alternatives including their costs and benefits. Community stakeholders will also be afforded time to share their thoughts on the current service, and what they would like to see in the future. Community input will then be shared with the Council at their regularly scheduled meeting that night at 7 p.m. when action on the selection of a refuse/recycling service may be taken.

The community forum is being advertised as “Talking Trash,” and coordinated by the City’s community services manager. The event will be held at the Shaw Municipal Building on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6 p.m. For those not able to attend, questions, comments, or concerns related to this service may be directed to Community Services Manager Inga Jacobson via phone at 608-868-6900 ext. 4 or via e-mail at ijacobson@ci.milton.wi.us.

Friday, August 26, 2011

City of Milton Meeting Notifications - Week of August 29 – September 2, 2011

The following official City meeting will take place this coming week. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Common Council Chambers (lower level of City Hall, 430 E. High St.).
  • Monday, August 29th
    • Common Council @ 5:00 p.m. – This is a closed session meeting.
The agenda for this meeting will be posted at all three official posting places by 5:00 pm at the end of this work week. Those locations include City Hall (430 E. High St.), Piggly Wiggly (727 S. Janesville St.) and Dave's Ace Hardware (430 S. John Paul Rd.).

In addition, the agenda will be posted on the City's website by the end of this work week. Click here to access those materials.

You are welcome to contact City Hall with any questions about these meetings at info@ci.milton.wi.us or call (608)868-6900 (ext. 5).

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Ladder Truck at the Fire Department

The Milton Fire Department recently purchased a new ladder truck for the fleet.  Photos are below.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Landlord Training Workshop - Sept. 17, 2011

Partners in Prevention - Rock County, Inc. will be hosting a one day workshop for landlords on September 17, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Janesville City Council Chambers. Officer Chad Sullivan from the Janesville Police Department and Sergeant Doug Coulter from the Rock County Sheriff's Office will be the trainers.  Click here to access the brochure

The workshop is called "Keeping Illegal Activity Out of Rental Property."  Sections to be covered include:
  1. Preparing the property
  2. Applicant screening
  3. Ongoing management
  4. Promoting community
  5. Warning signs of drug activity
  6. Crisis resolution
  7. Role of police
  8. Resources
Contact Kathy Comeau to register by phone at (608) 758-1844, e-mail at kathy.partners@sbcglobal.net, or mail in a completed form found in the brochure.

Splash Park Coverage by Channel 3

Channel 3 from Madison did a story last night about the Goodrich Square Splash Park.

Check it out: http://www.channel3000.com/news/28887432/detail.html.

Annual Arts & Crafts on the Lawn at the Milton House

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Velomobiles Rolling Through Milton

Did you see these roll through town today?
Velomobiles going past the Milton House.
Velomobile on Parkview Drive

They are called velomobiles, and are part of the Roll Over America (ROAM) Tour.  Velomobiles are essentially enclosed bicycles. 

ROAM is a coast to coast velomobile ride from Portland, Oregon to Washington D.C.  Riders consist of people from the United States and Europe.  Follow this link for more details: http://rolloveramerica.eu/

Friday, August 12, 2011

Annual Milton Event a Great Way to Support Local Community

On Sunday, August 21st, Milton will host the annual Arts and Crafts Fair and the Air Products Chicken BBQ on the grounds of the historic Milton House Museum and neighboring North Goodrich Park. The Milton Historical Society and Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MACCIT) co-host this event.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Air Products Chicken BBQ begins in North Goodrich Park. Visitors can stop by and enjoy a chicken meal, hot dogs or brats. The Milton Community Fund is hosting a Concert in the Park during the festivities. Joe Roberts & the Country Classics will perform from 11am-1pm that day. A variety of other booths and activities will take place in the park during the day. The rain date for the Chicken BBQ and Concert in the Park is the following Sunday, August 28th in North Goodrich Park.

Once again, the Milton Historical Society Arts and Crafts fair will be juried, in which vendors are required to provide photographs of raw materials and themselves working their product, as well as examples of their work. This is done to ensure vendors are selling a product which they have created. Artists and crafters will be on hand selling their unique creations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the Milton House. Tours of this historic site will also be given at reduced rates. The Arts & Craft Fair is being held rain or shine.

Also, returning this year is the MACCIT Raffle drawing. The MACCIT Raffle offers 3 chances to win, with a $2,500 cash grand prize. The winner will be announced at 2:00pm. All proceeds go to MACCIT and assist with Milton Tourism & Economic Development. “When purchasing a MACCIT raffle ticket you are making an investment in your own local community. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Milton through economic development and tourism efforts.” says Terry Williamson, MACCIT’s Tourism and Events Committee Chair.

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 and can be purchased the day of the Chicken BBQ or prior to at the following locations: Bank of Milton, Buckhorn Supper Club, Dave’s Ace Hardware, First Community Bank, Goodrich Hall Antiques, Hagen CPA, Junction Pub, M&I Bank, MACCIT Office, Milton House Museum, Patty’s Plants, Piggly Wiggly, Red Rooster, The Red Zone Pub, Small Wonders Learning Center & Varsity Lanes.

Businesses along Highway 26 will also be open during these events.

The MACCIT Chicken BBQ and the Milton Historical Society Arts and Crafts on the Lawn is a Milton "hometown" tradition that continues to draw more area citizens as well as surrounding neighbors each year. Young and old are able to enjoy a day in Milton filled with shopping, food and fun.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, contact MACCIT at 608-868-6222 or email us at info@maccit.com.

City of Milton Meeting Notifications - Week of August 15 – August 19, 2011

The following official City meetings will take place this coming week. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Common Council Chambers (lower level of City Hall, 430 E. High St.)
  • Tuesday, August 16th
    • Personnel & Finance Committee @ 6:00 p.m. 
    • Common Council @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 17th
    • Public Safety Committee @ 6:00 p.m. 
    • Library Board @ 7:00 p.m. – City Hall Conference Room, Second Floor 
    • Joint Fire Commission @ 7:00 p.m. – Milton Town Hall
Agendas for these meetings will be posted at all three official posting places by 5:00 pm at the end of this work week. Those locations include City Hall (430 E. High St.), Piggly Wiggly (727 S. Janesville St.), and Dave's Ace Hardware (430 S. John Paul Rd.).

In addition, the agendas and most meeting packets (which include related memos and other supporting materials) will be posted on the City's website by the end of this work week. Click here to access those materials.

You are welcome to contact City Hall with any questions about these meetings at info@ci.milton.wi.us or call (608)868-6900 (ext. 5).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Final Concert in the Park August 16th

Enjoy the last summer concert of the season on Tuesday, August 16th. The Piper Road Spring Band will perform from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The concert is free and a 50 - 50 raffle will be conducted as well as drawing for free tickets to a performance at the Young Auditorium in Whitewater.

Concessions will be available for purchase. The Gathering Place will have grilled brats and hot dogs for sale, the Milton Band Parents will be selling soda and water, and the Friends of the Library will be selling root beer floats. Please bring your own lawn chairs.

In case of rain the concert will take place at The Gathering Place, 715 Campus.

For more information contact The Gathering Place at 608-858-3500.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Gathering Place to Host Fish Fry Fundraiser

WHAT: Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit The Gathering Place

WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2011 serving 4:30 p.m. through 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 715 Campus Street, Milton, WI

Enjoy a fish and chicken buffet this Friday, August 12th at The Gathering Place in Milton. Tickets are $11.00 for adults and $8.00 children under 12. They can be purchased at the door. Menu includes tender marinated roast chicken and white flaky Alaskan cod (fried or baked) served with fresh baked pumpernickel rye rolls, creamy cole slaw, American potato salad and mashed potatoes, coffee or iced tea. Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

For more information please contact The Gathering Place at 868-3500.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Governor Walker Announces Support for Freedom Graphic Systems

Below is a press release from the State of Wisconsin about Freedom Graphic Systems (http://commerce.wi.gov/wedc/News-070.html).

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2011
David Volz, 608-266-2125, David.Volz@wisconsin.gov

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker announced today that Freedom Graphic Systems, Milton, Rock County, is eligible for up to $138,000 in economic development tax credits allocated by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for plans upgrade equipment at its facility. The project is expected to create 13 new jobs in addition to the retention of 181 current positions.

"I'm pleased we were able to assist Freedom with this exciting project," said Governor Walker. "The company's investment will increase its efficiency and competitiveness, which translates into economic growth and job creation."

"We are pleased that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has agreed to support Freedom in our investment in a new generation of equipment," said company owner and CEO Marty Liebert. "This exciting new digital press technology will open Freedom to new markets and broaden existing sales channels. It is an investment in our future and a signal to our customers and employees that we intend to prosper for another 25 years and beyond."

Freedom Graphic Systems is one of the nation's largest independent direct mail companies. The company provides direct mail printing, personalization, mailing, logistics and multi-channel direct marketing solutions. Freedom will invest over $5 million to acquire a digital printing press and other equipment that will expedite its operations. 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Freedom has been based in Milton since its founding, and has grown into one of the community's largest employers.