Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Press Release - Sexual Assault Arrest

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger from December 22, 2012 about an arrest.

Tonight our agency arrested Scott J. Wagner, 17, on two counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Mr. Wagner resides at 732 Rivendell Drive, Milton. 

The arrests were the result of ongoing investigations involving two different victims. Both victims were females and 14 years of age. Both victims stated that the assaults were non-consensual. 

Mr. Wagner was transported to the Rock County Jail where he will be held on the charges until he appears in Rock County Circuit Court on Sunday.

Press Release - Adopt-A-Grandparent

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger about the Adopt-A-Grandparent program released on December 24, 2012.

Tomorrow our agency will be delivering gifts to the over 60 residents of our assisted living centers in Milton. The gifts are the result of our Adopt-A-Grandparent program. We partnered with local Mary Kay consultant Michelle Klietz in the program that raised over $700.00. Each resident will receive a Mary Kay product, and Ms. Klietz generously donated all of her profits to our Crime Prevention Fund. 

We will visit Milton Senior Living at Noon during their lunch to present the gifts to their 50 residents. We will then visit the Heartwarming House shortly thereafter to deliver their gifts. 

Due to the community’s generosity and participation in this program, we are also able to provide some food and cookies for the staff working at these homes during the Holidays. 

Thank you again to all that participated. You will help bring some joy to those that can’t actually be with family on Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Milton City Hall Offices and Library Closed 12/20/2012

Due to forecasted blizzard like conditions anticipated for tomorrow, Mayor Chesmore has authorized that City Hall and the Public Library will be closed all day on Thursday, Dec. 20th, 2012.  Offices are scheduled to be re-open for regularly scheduled hours on Friday, Dec. 21st, 2012.  Thank you for your patience and please listen to any and all warnings related to road conditions and requests to limit travel to only that is which is absolutely essential. 


-Jerry Schuetz
City Administrator

Press Release - "Threat" Rumors at Milton High School

Below is a press release from the City of Milton Police Department and the School District of Milton.

This is a joint press release being issued by the City of Milton Police Department and the School District of Milton.

The Milton Police Department and the School District of Milton were made aware yesterday afternoon of a rumor that was beginning to be circulated at the school that a student(s) had threatened to bring a firearm to school this upcoming Friday. As expected, we have been contacted by many rightfully concerned students and parents regarding this rumor. The rumor of a threat has been thoroughly investigated by the police department and district officials and has not been substantiated in any way. To be clear, there is no evidence of any threat being made, and it was simply a rumor. 

We are very cognizant of the concerned environment that we are living in following the tragedy in Connecticut. We encourage all people with any information regarding any potential threat to come forward, and we assure you, it will be investigated thoroughly. 

To reiterate; Our investigation to this point has not only concluded that there is no credible threat, but that no threat was ever made, and it was purely rumor. 

Therefore, we have no reason to believe that it would be unsafe for you to send your children to school on Friday. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the City of Milton Police Department, or Milton School District Administration. As always, we take the safety and security of the children in our schools very seriously, and will always be swift and responsive to information that we receive that may threaten our learning environments. 


Jeremy Bilhorn 
Milton High School 

John Conger 
City of Milton Police Department (608) 751-0662

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Employment Opportunities: Seasonal Recreation Employee & Part-Time Custodian

The City of Milton is currently accepting applications for two positions: Seasonal Recreation Employee and Part-Time Custodian.  Please visit the City of Milton website to view more information about the two positions.

Community Development Block Grant - Rehabilitation Loans Available!

The City of Milton is accepting applications from City of Milton residents for loans to fund the rehabilitation of their home. These loans are provided to residents on a first come first serve basis until all available funds are exhausted. The loans are available to residents that meet the moderate household income listed on the City's website

Here are links to additional information about the program:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tax Bills are in the Mail

All City of Milton tax bills went out in the mail today. Enclosed with your tax bill is:
First installment payments are due by January 31, 2013 at Milton City Hall.  Regular office hours at City Hall are Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Payments can be placed in the payment drop box located in front of the Shaw Municipal Building, 430 E. High Street.  If you drop your payment in the drop box or mail it, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt.  

If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (608) 868-6900.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Nonprofit Task Force Meeting - 12/12/12 @ 11 a.m.

The next Nonprofit Task Force meeting will be held on December 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the City Hall Breakroom located on the lower level of the Shaw Municipal Center, 430 E. High Street.

The Nonprofit Task Force meets quarterly.  Typically the meetings include a speaker and roundtable discussions where nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to update the group on their activities and potentially find different ways for groups to collaborate. 

The upcoming meeting will feature a presentation from Judy Formosa from the Mercy Employee Assistance Program.  She will present "Managing Stress During Challenging Times."

Below is additional information about Judy Formosa:

Judy Formosa manages the Mercy Employee Assistance Program for approximately 3800 partners internally across the Mercy Health System as well as ten external employer group contracts regionally. She is passionate about supporting her clients with a priority focus upon maintaining positivity, and achieving wellness with stress management and resiliency presentations, as well as improving personal and work relationships overall.

Judy has previous experience in business management, has worked for years as a clinical counselor, as well as an EAP consultant for CIGNA Behavioral Health in Minneapolis before returning to her roots in Wisconsin nearly 6 years ago. Judy holds a graduate degree from Edgewood College in Madison, is licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist, and is certified as an Employee Assistance Professional.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Press Release - Prescription Drug Drop Box

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger.

Milton Police Lieutenant
John Conger with the
Prescription Drug
Drop-Off Box.
Photo by Rick Miller,
Milton Courier
We would like to take this opportunity to remind those in the community of the very stark reality of prescription drug abuse in our society. In response to this issue, our agency unveiled Rock County’s first 24 Hour prescription drug drop off box in 2010. Since then, the usage of the box has been very high. However, we have recently witnessed a decline in the number of pounds of medications that are being collected. We are hoping to guard against complacency, and urge you to take advantage of the program. 

This year, through November, we have collected 959 pounds of unused medications. January was the highest collection month, in which we collected 125 pounds. 

We ask that people be very cognizant of the security of their medications. Misuse of prescription drugs is very dangerous, and can lead to very tragic circumstances. Our program is geared to keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of the wrong people, particularly our youth. It is not acceptable to leave them accessible in the medicine cabinet, nor is it enough to simply “hide” them. This is particularly true during this time of year when relatives are visiting, and babysitters are more frequently used. You may be very trusting of people that you have in the home every day, however, keep in mind that visiting relatives or babysitters may take advantage of you leaving your prescription medications unsecured. As part of our ongoing campaign we ask that people treat their prescription drugs the same as they would a firearm; Lock Them Up. 

Other drop boxes are now available throughout Rock County, including in the cities of Janesville, Beloit, Edgerton, and Evansville.

We would also like to publically thank Rick Mullen, of Mercy Health Systems, for volunteering his time every week to help our officers properly sort the medications. Without community members like Mr. Mullen these programs would not be available.

Monday, December 3, 2012

City of Milton Water Rate Increase Notice of Hearing

City of Milton Water Rate Increase - The Public Service Commission (PSC) has set the notice of hearing for Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm. The hearing is located at Amnicon Falls Hearing Room at the Public Service commission, 610 North Whitney Way, Madison, WI. The hearing will also be held by telephone at the Shaw Municipal Center, 430 E High Street in the Council Chambers located on the lower level. The Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing. The public is welcome to attend. Please review the Notice of Hearing for methods to comment during the hearing. The Notice of Hearing will also have the web address for the new water rates.

 Here is a link to the Public Notice:

Milton Historical Society to Host “A Christmas Carol”

Below is a press release from Milton Historical Society Executive Director Cori Olson about the upcoming performances on December 7, 8, and 9, 2012 of "A Christmas Carol" at the Milton House.

Scrooge with Jacob Marley during a performance of "A Christmas Carol" in 2011 at the Milton House.
The Milton Historical Society will be hosting a fundraising performance of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Milton Historical Society. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 P.M. and Sunday will begin at 6 P.M. Seating is limited; tickets are $12.00 each or two for $20.00 and are available at the Milton Historical Society and Northleaf Winery, Milton. Tickets are available over the phone by contacting the Milton Historical Society.

During this unique production of “A Christmas Carol” the audience moves with each spirit that arrives to another location within our historic site. Please join us in watching Creative Outlets Theatre Company, of Whitewater, bring Dickens’ characters to life at a National Historical Landmark, The Milton House Museum. 

Any questions or additional information please contact the Milton Historical Society at 608-868-7772. The Milton Historical Society is located at 18 South Janesville Street, Milton.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dog & Cat Licenses Available at City Hall

City Hall officially has the 2013 Dog and Cat Licenses available to purchase. The cost is $8 for an animal that has been fixed (spayed or neutered) or $15 for an animal that has not been fixed. All licenses must be purchased by April 1, 2013 or a $10 late fee will be assessed per animal.

If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (608) 868-6900.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Press Release - Update on Ethanol Tanker Truck and Trailer that Overturned in Milton

Below is a press release from today, November 27, 2012 from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger.

As the tanker truck is still draining, and not yet empty, officials on the scene have made the determination that STH 59, East of Milton, will remained closed throughout the evening. Responders will again assess the situation tomorrow morning and decide how to proceed with getting the vehicle upright and the scene cleared. Again, STH 59 remains closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Currently Accepting Ice Skate Donations

The City of Milton will re-open the Central Park outdoor ice rink in 2012. In October of 2012, the Mayor and Common Council approved the project work necessary to re-open the rink. Due in large part to a generous donation from Air Products, a new clay liner was installed this fall, which will allow the rink to retain water and the rink to be re-opened. In recognition of their generous donation, the Parks and Recreation Commission has recommended that the rink be re-named from the current Tomah Ice Rink to Air Products Ice Rink. Weather permitting, the grand re-opening of the rink will be announced in mid-December.

In anticipation of re-opening the rink and the park’s adjacent warming house, the City of Milton is accepting donations of new and used ice skates, to provide families that do not have skates the ability to still use the park. People interested in donating either new or used ice skates can drop them off at Milton Public Library or at Milton City Hall, both located at 430 E. High Street.

If you have questions about donating ice skates or the grand re-opening of the ice skating rink please contact City Administrator Jerry Schuetz at (608) 868-6900 ext. 4 or via e-mail at

Left: Bin on the second floor by the entrance to City Hall.  Right: Bin in the foyer of the Shaw Municipal Building before entering the Library.

Press Release - Update on Ethanol Tanker Truck and Trailer that Overturned in Milton

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger from today, November 27, 2012.

As a result of this morning’s incident in which a tanker truck filled with ethanol overturned, State Highway 59 East of Milton remains closed. The roadway is expected to be closed well into the evening. 

Officials on scene have determined the safest course of action is to allow the ethanol to leak out naturally, rather than introducing any apparatus that could potentially cause a fire hazard. The ethanol is draining into a retention pond which is adjacent to where the incident took place. 

It is estimated there were approximately 8,000 gallons of ethanol on board, and it is draining in excess of 10 gallons per minute. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol is assisting in the investigation, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is on scene to assist with the environmental impact assessment. 

Officials monitoring the air quality have determined that those people earlier evacuated from businesses and residences can return, however, they should shelter in place.

There is no danger to anybody outside of a 500 ft. radius of the incident site.

Press Release - Ethanol Tanker Truck and Trailer Overturned in Milton

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger.

On today’s date, November 27, 2012, at approximately 9:45am a tanker truck and trailer filled with ethanol overturned in the city of Milton on State Highway 59, approximately one mile East of State Highway 26. The semi-truck was Eastbound on 59, and overturned while negotiating a roundabout. The rollover has caused ethanol to be leaked from the tanker. This incident was not the result of a traffic accident. 

As a result of the incident, Highway 59, East of Milton, will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

The City of Milton Police Department, Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Milton Fire Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol are still on scene investigating. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been notified and their officials are responding to the scene.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Leaf Collection Update

The City of Milton Fall Leaf Collection is over.  Please do not rake any additional leaves into the street.  We are fortunate that the leaf collection was completed before any snow.  Street sweeping will continue as time and weather permit.  The Yard Waste Bins are still available at the Public Works Garage located at 150 Northside Drive until at least December 3rd.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.