Tuesday, December 30, 2014

City Hall Hours

City Hall will close at noon on December 31, 2014 and reopen at 8 a.m. on January 2, 2015.  Tax payments received by 8 a.m. on January 2, 2015 will be processed as 2014 payments.  Payments can be placed in the payment drop box located in front of City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street.

Monday, December 22, 2014

City of Milton Meetings - Week of December 29th

Please visit our website for the packet for the following city meeting scheduled for the week of December 29th:
Please note city offices will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th to observe the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Saturday JMW Innovation Express Bus Trips Take a Holiday Break

With UW-Whitewater on Holiday Break, the two Saturday trips on the Janesville-Milton-Whitewater “Innovation Express” sponsored by the UW-Whitewater Residence Hall Association and Office of Residence Life will also be “on break” until after the New Year.  December 13, 2014 will be the last day of Saturday service for the Janesville-Milton-Whitewater Innovation Express bus route until the New Year.  Service will resume on Saturday January 24, 2015.

Employees of Generac Power Systems in Whitewater should note that the break in service for the two Saturday runs sponsored by the RHA will have no effect on extra Saturday or Sunday runs operated to support overtime at Generac.  All JMW riders should note that there are no other service changes taking place at this time.  For more information about the JMW Innovation Express, please visit www.ci.janesville.wi.us/jmw or call JTS at 608-755-3150.

Friday, December 5, 2014

City of Milton Meetings - Week of December 8th

Please visit our website for the packet for the following city meeting scheduled for the week of December 8th:
Please note the Community Development Authority meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th has been cancelled.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

City of Milton Commission Openings

The City of Milton is looking for volunteers to serve on a few commissions:

  • Police Commission
  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Economic Development Commission

In order to serve on a commission, you must be a resident of the City of Milton. If you are interested in serving on any of these commissions, please contact City Hall at (608) 868-6900.  Below is a link to the Committee / Board / Commission Questionnaire that will need to be completed.

Committee / Board / Commission Questionnaire

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Annual Production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Milton House This Weekend

The Milton Historical Society will be hosting their annual fundraising performance of “A Christmas Carol” Friday, December 5th at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 6th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 7th at 6 p.m. 

This is a unique production by Creative Outlets Touring Theater Co. of Whitewater, where the audience moves to another location at the Milton House with the arrival of another spirit. 

 Tickets are $12 each, on sale at the Milton Historical Society, Northleaf Winery in Milton, or by calling (608) 868-7772. Seating is Limited, get your tickets today! 

Once a year the spirits come out to play at our National Historic Landmark! The Milton House is located at 18 South Janesville Street, Milton, Wisconsin.

For additional information or to schedule a tour of the Milton House Museum, please contact the Milton Historical Society at 608-868-7772

Press Release from ReadyWisconsin - Tips to Keep You Safe this Holiday Season


Are You Ready for Christmas?
ReadyWisconsin has simple tips to keep the holiday safe.

The joys of the holidays are all around us, but so are the dangers. An average of six deaths and more than 20 injuries occur annually as a result of home fires started from Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).   By taking a little TLC…Tree, Lights and Candle Safety…you can help ensure a safe and happy holiday season for your family.

“T” is for Tree:

Selecting a Tree for the Holiday 
Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground – if many needles fall off, the tree has probably dried out and is a fire hazard.

Caring for Your Tree 
Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Disposing of Your Tree 
Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

Artificial Christmas Trees 
If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

“L” is for Lights:

Maintain Your Holiday Lights 
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.

Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets 
Do not link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm to the touch. Do not leave holiday lights on unattended.

Use Only Nonflammable Decorations 
All decorations should be nonflammable or flame retardant and placed away from heat vents.

C is for Candle:

Avoid Using Lit Candles 
Candle use increases the incidence of holiday fires. If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. Keep candles at a height where children and pets cannot reach them.  Consider using flameless candles that provide the appearance and glow of a candle but are safely battery operated.

Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree 
Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches.

Finally, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help, and remember to practice your home escape plan.

ReadyWisconsin is a campaign from Wisconsin Emergency Management with a mission to prepare individuals, families and businesses for emergencies and disasters. For additional winter safety tips, visit http://ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Public Input Opportunities for City of Milton Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Parks & Recreation Commission is working on updating the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP), which will allow the City to apply for grants for projects through the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies. In order to gather public input about the parks in the community, the commission developed a short survey and will host a community input session at their February 2015 meeting. 

The Park Assessment Survey is available on the City’s website (www.milton-wi.gov/ParksSurvey). Hard copies of the survey are available at City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street, and the Milton Public Library, 430 E. High Street. The deadline to submit a completed survey to City Hall is 4 p.m. on January 7, 2015. 

The Parks & Recreation Commission also invites the public to attend a community input session on February 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street. This is an additional opportunity for community members to provide the commission with input regarding the parks in the community. The input session will be held in conjunction with the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting. 

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dog & Cat Licenses Available at City Hall

City Hall has the 2015 Dog and Cat Licenses available to purchase.  The cost is $8 for a dog or cat that has been spayed or neutered or $15 for a dog or cat that has not been spayed or neutered.  All licenses must be purchased by April 1, 2015 or a $10 late fee will be assessed per animal.

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Early Season Winter Storm Tracking Toward Wisconsin


November 7, 2014

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are monitoring the first major snowstorm of the season for the state. Both organizations are urging everyone to get ready for the storm.

Snow: At this time, the storm could dump up to six inches of snow through central Wisconsin. Lesser amounts of snow and rain/snow mix are expected elsewhere. The storm could begin early Monday and have an impact on both the morning and afternoon commute.

Cold: Highs only in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s are expected after the storm through the rest of the week.

Rapid Forecast Changes Possible: Because this storm is still several days away, both WEM and NWS urge residents to monitor the weather forecast over the weekend and into Monday for storm track changes.

Here are the precautions you and your family should take to keep safe.

Check the roads before you travel: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises travelers check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511wi.gov. You may want to change your plans based on that information

Remember your winter driving skills: Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Put more distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you, slow down, and be gentle with both the accelerator and brakes. Don’t be overconfident in your four-wheel drive vehicle. You may get going quicker than others but you can’t stop faster. Four-wheel drive vehicles can lose traction as quickly as two wheel drive.

Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle: Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone make sure you have a power adapter you can plug into the lighter. You can find more kit tips on the ReadyWisconsin website.. http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.

Stay informed: ReadyWisconsin will keep you posted on the storm. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/readywisconsin) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/readywisconsin) for updates.

Winter Awareness Week: November 10-14. Visit ReadyWisconsin for tips on getting your family and your home ready for winter.

City of Milton Meetings - Week of November 10th

Good afternoon,

Please visit our website for the packets for the following city meetings scheduled for the week of November 10th:
Please note the Community Development Authority meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 11th has been cancelled.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

100+ Women Support Library Expansion


An exciting buzz is in the air in Milton. The $2.5 million library expansion project has started with a huge show of support from the community. 

What began with 15 supporters has grown to over 150 women who have each pledged a $1,000 gift ($200 per year over 5 years) for an expanded and beautiful library that will serve our community for generations to come. 

The initiative, called the 100 Women Campaign, was organized to support the new children’s storytime area in the library. This spacious new area will include beautiful seating for children and families to spread out and enjoy quality time together, as well as a creative play space that will engage kids and encourage lifelong learning through different activities designed to promote critical thinking and problem solving.

The 100 Women campaign launches the overall fundraising strategy that includes funding from grants, individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as from the City of Milton. Fundraising is expected to be complete in 2016. 

Other highlights of the expansion include a special section just for teens, a large community room for meetings of all sorts, space for tutors to work with students, and a technology lab for public computer access and classes. Another exciting addition will be Spark Lab, a large hands-on workshop offering equipment, supplies, and local experts to guide participants through the creation of original animation, video, science projects, art, and much more. 

Additional opportunities for the community to donate will be announced at a later date, but it’s not too late to be a part of the 100 Women Campaign. Here is a link to a wonderful article in the Milton Courier about our 100 Women event last month.

For questions about the fundraising or the expansion plans, give me a call at 608-868-7462.

Visit our website to see upcoming activities at the library!

Lisa Brooks
Library Director

Friday, October 31, 2014

City of Milton Meetings - Week of November 3rd

Please visit our website for the packets for the following city meetings scheduled for the week of November 3rd.
Please note that the Common Council meeting has been CANCELLED for November 5, 2014.

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 31st

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.



Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions.

The schedule for the week of November 3rd includes:
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Pavement marking on bike path portion of the project. 
  • Shouldering near Otter Creek Bridge. 
  • Restoration, topsoil and seeding across the project. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Press Release - Be ReadyWisconsin When You Fall Back, Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 2


Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday as we “fall back” and set clocks back one hour.

This is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items.

Smoke Detectors - Check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work, due, in most cases, to dead or missing batteries. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 20,000 people visit the emergency room and nearly 500 are killed each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. To protect your family from carbon monoxide, follow these simple safety tips:

Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.

Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually to make sure it is structurally and functionally sound and vents properly to the outside of your home.

Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs, and boats with enclosed cabins.

Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.

Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

Breathing carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood and can cause death within minutes at high levels. Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu and include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath/chest pain, nausea/vomiting, and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms, or your carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.

Emergency Kits - Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. Daylight Saving Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check it to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, visit: http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/Air/fs/CO.htm.

For tips on emergency preparedness: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov. Follow us at https://twitter.com/readywisconsin and www.facebook.com/readywisconsin

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Press Release - Indecent Exposure Suspect Arrest

In September 2013, the City of Milton Police Department received two early morning complaints about a male subject exposing his genitals to two females at two separate locations within the City of Milton. At that time, no suspect information was developed.

On October 28, 2014, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Officer’s from the City of Milton Police Department initiated a traffic stop for the Rock County Sheriff’s Office on a vehicle that was believed to be involved in an incident that took place on Vickerman Road. Subsequent investigation led to a confession from Michael R Peterson, 30, of Janesville; that he was involved in the two prior indecent exposure incidents in September 2013 in the City of Milton.

Peterson was tentatively charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, a Class A Misdemeanor. Peterson was taken to the Rock County Jail where he was processed and released with an upcoming court date.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 27th

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.



Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions. 

The schedule for the week of October 27th includes:
  • Janesville Street/Milton Road is Closed To Through Traffic, Local Access Only. Please use alternate routes if at all possible. 
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Continued work on the Otter Creek bridge deck replacement. 
  • Beam guard installation is scheduled for the STH 26 (old) project. 
  • John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) will be closed to through traffic starting October 20th,2014. 
  • Asphalt paving of intersections and driveways are scheduled to be done over the STH 59 Old project. 
  • Asphalt paving of High Street (Storrs Lake to STH 59) and John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) is scheduled. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic and single lane closures/flagging operations on the High street portion of the project for asphalt paving construction. 
  • Shouldering, Pavement Marking, and sign installation is scheduled for the entire project. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan L. Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips from the Rock County Sheriff's Office

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to have a safe and fun Halloween. Deputies will be actively patrolling the highways and neighborhoods throughout our community during the Halloween weekend.

Halloween is another opportunity for us to practice good-sense safety. Here are some safety tips to keep you and your ghost and goblins safe this Halloween: 
  • Wear a lightly colored costume so you can be seen in the dark. 
  • Avoid costumes that drag or can be tripped over. 
  • Be visible by carrying a flashlight and by placing strips of reflective tape on costumes. 
  • Stay on sidewalk and be respectful. If there are no sidewalks remember to walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. 
  • Wait until you get home to eat treats. Don’t eat anything that’s not wrapped. 
  • Trick or Treat in your neighborhood on well-lit streets. 
  • Trick or Treat with an adult or a group of friends. 
  • Accept treats at the door – NEVER go into a stranger’s home. 
  • When driving, slow down and be aware. 
  • If you do not plan on serving treats this year, remember to turn your porch light out and turn off any decorations to avoid confusion. 
ROBERT D. SPODEN
SHERIFF
By Sergeant Doug Coulter

Referendum to Modify Title and Duties of City Administrator

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM
CITY OF MILTON
November 4, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the City of Milton, Rock County, Wisconsin on November 4, 2014, the following proposed amendment to the City of Milton Charter Ordinance will be submitted to a vote of the people:

Under a charter ordinance enacted in 1996 and amended in 2003, the title of the position of the Milton City Administrator is “city administrator / finance director."  In the interests of efficiency and a coordinated focus on the City’s fiscal management, the duties of the finance director, consistent with state statute and prior amendment of the charter ordinances, have been assigned to the office of the City Treasurer.

Currently, the charter ordinances do not reflect current practice in that there is no provision delegating the direction and coordinating of economic development activities and administration of city contracts to the office of the city administrator. The Milton Common Council proposes the referendum question to determine whether to revise the city administrator duties in the charter ordinance, which can be amended only following referendum. Passage or defeat of the referendum will not create or eliminate any employee positions.

The question will appear on the ballot as follows:

“Shall the City of Milton amend Charter Ordinance Article III Division 2 to change the title of city administrator / finance director to city administrator and amend Charter Ordinance Section 3-30 to include, as additional duties of the city administrator, “directs and/or coordinates economic development activities for the City of Milton,” and “reviews and ensures proper administration of all city contracts”?
Yes                                No

EXPLANATION

A “yes” vote will change the title of the city administrator in the charter ordinance from city administrator / finance director to city administrator and adds as additional duties of the city administrator, directing and coordinating economic development activities for the city and reviewing and ensuring proper administration of city contracts.

City of Milton Meetings - Week of October 20th

Please visit our website for the packets for the following city meetings scheduled for the week of October 20th:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 17th

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.



Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions. 

The schedule for the week of October 20th includes:
  • Janesville Street/Milton Road is Closed To Through Traffic, Local Access Only. Please use alternate routes if at all possible. 
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Continued work on the Otter Creek bridge deck replacement. 
  • John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) will be closed to through traffic starting October 20th,2014. 
  • Asphalt milling and paving of intersections and driveways are scheduled to be done over the entire project. 
  • Asphalt milling and paving of High Street (BUS 26 to STH 59) and John Paul Road (McCormick Dr. to STH 26) is scheduled. 
  • Paving of asphalt on Milton Road north of CTH N is scheduled. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic and single lane closures/flagging operations on the High street portion of the project for asphalt paving construction. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Tails n Trails Dog Park Clean Up – November 1, 2014

The Parks & Recreation Commission scheduled a Tails n Trails Dog Park Clean Up for Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Any dog owners or general residents that use the park are encouraged to come and help the Parks & Recreation Commission. 

Those who participate are encouraged to bring gardening gloves, dog waste shovels/scoops, and plastic bags for waste. Water to drink will also be beneficial depending on the weather. 

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

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day - October 31st, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mayor Brett Frazier proclaimed October 31st as Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day in the City of Milton, and the celebration will be observed between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Below is the text from the proclamation.  





WHEREAS, the City of Milton wishes a safe and festive Halloween celebration for its citizens and encourages participation in the gaiety of this holiday by both young and old; and

WHEREAS, miniature ghosts, goblins, witches and other mysterious creatures emerge each year on October 31st, and

WHEREAS, they ring doorbells of their neighborhood and friends to extort goodies, and

WHEREAS, the safety of these small creatures is assured by an accompanying adult, and is a source of amusement and good cheer for both the very young and the older people whom they visit and entertain; 

WHEREAS, I, Brett Frazier, Mayor of the City of Milton proclaim Friday, October 31st, 2014 Halloween in the City of Milton. 

THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN, that Friday, October 31st, 2014 shall be known as Halloween Trick-or-Treat Day and the celebration will be observed between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Press Release - MPD Seeking Public's Help in Locating Subject

The City of Milton Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a subject. On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at approximately 1:08 am, a robbery by threat of force occurred at the Junction Pub located on Merchant Row in Milton, Wisconsin. The male in the photo, Michael L. Ranum, 28 years old, is wanted for questioning in regard to this offense. Ranum is described as a white male, 5’10”, 180 lbs., bald, brown eyes, with tattoos.

Ranum is also currently wanted for a parole violation for a robbery that occurred in 2007. He is known to frequent the Janesville and Milton areas. 

During the robbery at the Junction Pub, the subject demanded a bottle of liquor from the bartender and threatened harm to the bartender if he did not receive the alcohol. The subject, along with a female companion, had been involved in an altercation with other patrons moments before the robbery. The subject, along with the female, fled out the back door as police were called to the scene.

Individuals that come forward with information that leads to the arrest of this subject are eligible for a cash reward through Janesville Area Crimestoppers. Individuals with tips can remain anonymous. If you have information regarding this incident please contact the Milton Police Department at 757-2244 or Janesville Area Crimestoppers at 756-3636. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637), then enter JACS, plus your message.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Press Release - Junction Pub Robbery


On Saturday, October 4th (Friday night) at approximately 1:08 am, a robbery by threat of force occurred at the Junction Pub located on Merchant Row in the City of Milton, Wisconsin. The two subjects in the photos are wanted for questioning in this robbery. They were involved in an altercation moments before the robbery, and shortly after, the male in the photo demanded a bottle of liquor from the on duty bartender. The male subject threatened physical harm to the bartender if he did not comply. The bartender subsequently relinquished the alcohol and the male and female subjects exited the back door of the Junction Pub. 

The Milton Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the male and female subjects so that they may be questioned concerning the robbery. The photos are somewhat poor in quality, however, there should be enough resolution for those that may know the subjects to identify them.

Individuals that come forward with information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for this crime are eligible for a cash reward through Janesville Area Crimestoppers. Individuals with tips can remain anonymous. If you have information regarding this incident please contact the Milton Police Department at 757-2244 or Janesville Area Crimestoppers at 756-3636. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637), then enter JACS, plus your message.

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - October 3rd

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.


Good Afternoon,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions.

The schedule for the week of October 6th includes:
  • Janesville Street/Milton Road is Closed To Through Traffic, Local Access Only. Please use alternates routes if at all possible. 
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Continued work on the Otter Creek bridge deck replacement. 
  • Concrete removals and concrete repair/replacement will occur on the Northbound lane of Janesville St./Milton Rd. from Klug Road to Hudson Street. Expect lane closures and significant construction traffic. 
  • Southbound lane pavement removal/replacement to occur on Janesville St. from E. Madison Ave. to Hudson Street. Expect single lane access and significant construction traffic. Delays can be expected as the removal and replacement occur. Please use alternate routes if at all possible
  • Pavement removal on Milton Rd. north of CTH N intersection is scheduled to begin. 
  • Milling of asphalt at intersections and driveways along Janesville Street/Milton Rd. is scheduled to begin. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic on High street portion of the project for sawing and curb and gutter removal/replacement. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.


Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ald. Lynda Clark to Host Listening Session on October 13th

Alderperson Lynda Clark will be hosting a listening session on October 13, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 715 Campus Street.

Those interested in connecting with other Council members as well are welcome to contact them directly. Follow this link for a listing of all Council members and their contact information: http://milton-wi.gov/index.aspx?nid=92.

School District of Milton Community Priorities Survey

The School District of Milton is seeking public input as a part of its stakeholder-driven strategic planning process. The District is seeking public input through the use of a community priorities survey. Please take the short survey, which will help the strategic planning committee in determining stakeholder priorities by clicking the link below.

School District of Milton Community Priorities Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZNKCN2

Thank you for your help in this process.

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street and High Street - September 29th

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street and High Street.


Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 - (E. Madison Ave and CTH N) and High Street / Old STH 59 - (Janesville St. - STH 59) in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions. 

The schedule for the week of September 29th includes:
  • Janesville Street/Milton Road is Closed To Through Traffic, Local Access Only. Please use alternates routes if at all possible. 
  • The Otter Creek bridge is closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Continued work on the Otter Creek bridge deck replacement. 
  • Concrete removals and concrete repair/replacement will occur on the northbound lane of Janesville St./Milton Rd. from Otter Creek Bridge to Klug Road. Expect lane closures and significant construction traffic. 
  • Full pavement removal/replacement to occur on Janesville St. from E. Madison Ave. to Hudson Street. Expect single lane access and significant construction traffic. Delays can be expected as the removal and replacement occur. Please use alternate routes if at all possible. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic on High street portion of the project in preparation for curb and gutter removal/replacement. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Historic Walking Tour Scheduled for October 5th at 1 p.m.

The next Historic Walking Tour will take place on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1 p.m., and the focus will be the Merchant Row Downtown District. The tour will start at Milton Family Restaurant, 541 Vernal Avenue. During the tour, the tour guide will focus on the early years of the Merchant Row Downtown District.

The final walking tour of 2014 will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Milton Junction Cemetery.

The Historic Walking Tours are organized by the City of Milton's Historic Preservation Commission and the Milton Historical Society. 

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Voting by Absentee Ballot

VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.

You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.

Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.

Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:
5:00 p.m. on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

Note: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

Voting an absentee ballot in person

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

CITY OF MILTON 
LEANNE SCHROEDER
710 S. JANESVILLE STREET
MILTON, WI 53563
(608) 868-6900
8:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. (M-TH)
8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. (F) 

TOWN OF HARMONY
LISA TOLLEFSON
5818 N. KENNEDY ROAD
MILTON, WI 53563
(608) 868-6065 (Home)
Call or check townofharmony.com for absentee voting hours.

TOWN OF MILTON 
SANDY KUNKEL 
23 FIRST STREET 
MILTON, WI 53563
(608) 868-2465 
8:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. (M-TU)
12:30 P.M. TO 4:30 P.M. (W)
8:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. (TH) 
(Closed 11:30 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. (M-TH)

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN
MARY MAWHINNEY
17 S. SCHARINE ROAD
AVALON, WI 53505
(608) 883-2419

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:
Monday, October 20th, 2014

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office: 
Friday, October 31st, 2014 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday.

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.

Friday, September 19, 2014

City of Milton Meetings - Week of September 22nd

Please visit our website for the agendas and/or packets for the following city meetings scheduled for the week of September 22nd:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fire Hydrant Flushing Notice

Beginning September 15, 2014 through October 10, 2014, 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 (M-R 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and F 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.).

Ald. Lynda Clark to Host Listening Sessions in September

Alderperson Lynda Clark will be hosting two listening sessions in September:
  • Monday, September 15, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 715 Campus Street
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Milton Public Library Community Room, 430 E. High Street
Those interested in connecting with other Council members as well are welcome to contact them directly. Follow this link for a listing of all Council members and their contact information: http://milton-wi.gov/index.aspx?nid=92.

Job Posting - City Clerk / Deputy Treasurer

The City of Milton (pop. 5,546) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of City Clerk / Deputy Treasurer

The position requires strong knowledge of payroll, election procedures, governmental accounting, records management, tax billing and collection, and record keeping of proceedings. 

 Desired qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, accounting, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience. 

 Salary range for the position is $50,000 to $60,000 DOQ, with excellent benefits that includes participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). 

 Apply online at www.milton-wi.gov/employment

 Applications are due no later than Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4 p.m. 

 The City of Milton is an equal opportunity employer.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street - September 8th

Below is an update on the road construction taking place on Janesville Street



Good Morning,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 between E. Madison Ave and CTH N in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions.

The schedule for the week of September 8th includes:
  • The Otter Creek bridge was closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. 
  • Demolition of the Otter Creek bridge will be completed by mid-week. 
  • Erosion control will be installed throughout the project. 
  • Concrete removals and concrete repair/replacement are scheduled to begin. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic over a majority of the project as pavement removals are marked, and contractors begin mobilizing equipment into the project limits. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E.
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI
brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Update on Road Construction on Janesville Street

Below is an update on the construction work taking place on Janesville Street.


Good Afternoon,

Please see below for a summary of upcoming construction activities that will be occurring on Janesville Street / Milton Road / BUS. 26 between E. Madison Ave and CTH N in Rock County. The summary of activities is preliminary and may change based on weather and other site conditions. 

The schedule for the week of September 2nd includes:
  • The project's traffic control was installed the morning of 9/2/14. 
  • The Otter Creek bridge has been closed as of 9/2/14, and will remain closed until the bridge work is completed. Bridge work will begin with the removal of the existing bridge deck. 
  • Please anticipate construction traffic and workers over the majority of the project as pavement removals are marked and contractors begin mobilizing equipment into the project limits. 
  • Erosion control will be installed around throughout the project. 
If you are aware of any others that would like to be included on these updates, or if you would like to be removed, please contact me at brandan.hager@dot.wi.gov or stop by the field office located at 1141 E. High Street in Milton. The field office phone number is (608) 868-2055.

Thanks,

Brandan Hager, P.E. 
WisDOT Sr. Civil Engineer- Transportation 
DTSD SW REGION - Madison, WI 

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.

I-39/90 Expansion Project Construction Schedules Available on Project Website

Below is a message that was sent out yesterday afternoon for the I-39/90 Expansion Project.  If you would like to receive updates on the project, sign up on the I-39/90 Expansion Project website.



Good afternoon,

The I-39/90 Expansion Project continues to move forward in the design phase. The segment teams continue to meet with stakeholders along the corridor to present design alternatives and receive feedback.

With Interstate reconstruction and expansion starting in 2015, construction schedules are now available on the I-39/90 Expansion Project website under the Schedule tab, and provided below for your convenience. NOTE: Dates are subject to change.
You can also provide feedback on the I-39/90 Expansion Project by visiting the Project Comments section.

Stay involved and informed with the project website and I-39/90 Expansion Project Facebook page.

For more information, contact:
Steven Theisen
I-39/90 Project Communications Manager
(608) 884-1230 | steven.theisen@dot.wi.gov

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Public Open House at Milton Public Library for Bicycle Pedestrian Section of Long Range Transportation Plan on August 25th

A Public Open House for the Bicycle Pedestrian Section of the 2016-2045 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan will be held at the Milton Public Library on August 25th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Attendees will be invited to view maps of existing plans, share thoughts regarding how to make the Janesville/Milton area a better place for biking and walking, and participate in a brief fiscal prioritization exercise to provide feedback on what types of improvements should be a priority for funding. This open house serves as an early public outreach session to gather information and concerns from residents.

The 2016 - 2045 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan will evaluate existing transportation conditions in the Janesville area and recommend improvements for all transportation modes. The Bicycle/Pedestrian section will include goals & objectives of the plan, identify issues and needs, and recommend projects and programs to improve bicycling and walking in the Janesville/Milton area. The 2016-2045 Plan is expected to be adopted in May, 2016.

If you are unable to attend the public open house but would like to comment, please forward comments to Terry Nolan at 755-3095 or email: nolant@ci.janesville.wi.us.

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 12th Election - Vote at 710 S. Janesville Street


City of Milton staff are ready for the election that will take place tomorrow, August 12th. The polls will be open in the Council Chambers at the new City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

InterCon Televising Sewer Mains

InterCon is televising sewer mains in various commercial areas of the City of Milton for the rest of this week and possibly into next week.  They will be using the manholes in order to do this, and they have a white truck/van that says InterCon on it.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Crossridge Park Playground Build Day Meeting – August 7th at 6 p.m.


The Parks & Recreation Commission will be hosting a Crossridge Park Playground Build Day meeting to discuss the construction of the playground on August 7, 2014 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street.

The commission will need approximately five volunteers who will be willing to serve as Project Leaders on Build Day. These volunteers will lead a small group in the construction of assigned pieces of the playground. If you are interested in serving as a Project Leader, please contact Assistant to the City Administrator Inga Cushman at (608) 868-6900 or by email at icushman@milton-wi.gov. All Project Leaders will be encouraged to attend the meeting on August 7th to receive additional information about their assigned projects on Build Day.

The Parks & Recreation Commission is still fundraising for the Crossridge Park Playground. All donors will be listed on a donation recognition board in the following levels:
  • Bronze Level ($100 - $999)
  • Silver Level ($1,000 - $4,999)
  • Gold Level ($5,000 - $9,999)
  • Platinum Level ($10,000+)
At $5,000 or more, businesses or individuals may have the opportunity to sponsor a bench or a specific feature of the playground. Contact City Hall to see what is available.

The Parks & Recreation Commission would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that have already committed to the project:
  • Let’s Play City Construction Grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! - $20,000
  • Air Products - $10,000
  • City of Milton - $10,000
  • Penn Color - $1,000
  • Bank of Milton - $500
  • Casey’s General Store - $500
  • Handy Art - $500
  • Janesville Morning Rotary - $500
  • Johns Disposal - $250
  • United Alloy, Inc. - $250
  • Woodman’s Food Market - $100
For additional information contact Assistant to the City Administrator Inga Cushman at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at icushman@milton-wi.gov.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Outdoor Warning System: Siren Testing –August 6th, 2014

Sheriff Spoden wants to remind citizens that Rock County tests the Outdoor Warning System sirens on a monthly basis from April through October every year. The sirens are tested at 12:05 pm on the first Wednesday of the month unless RockCounty is threatened with inclement weather at the time. In the event that there is a chance of inclement weather, siren testing will be postponed until 12:05 pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

The Rock County Outdoor Warning System will conduct monthly siren tests on August 6th, 2014 at 12:05 pm. The test signal will be 1 -2 minutes in duration.Please tune in to your local radio stations or weather radios for all weather related information and instructions when the sirens are sounded.

Test Signal vs. Tornado Warning
  • Test Signal: Steady tone lasting1 – 2 minutes 
  • Tornado Warning: Steady tone lasting 3 – 5 minutes 
In the event of a tornado warning, the sirens will alert steadily for three to five minutes. This lengthy alert tone will indicate that citizens should immediately take shelter and tune in to local broadcasting stations or weather radios for further information.

Citizens are reminded that they should not call the Rock County 911 Communications Center or local radio stations for weather information. If residents find that the siren in their area is not working, they should contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Bureau at 608-758-8440. For further information on the Outdoor Warning System, please visit http://www.co.rock.wi.us/outdoor-warning-system.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Press Release - Thefts from Vehicles and Car Theft

Below is a press release from the Milton Police Department.



In the late evening/early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 2014, numerous vehicles were broken into, items were stolen, and a vehicle was stolen from the 300 block of Rogers St., College St., and Greenhill Circle in the north central area of Milton, Wisconsin. Numerous locked and unlocked vehicles were entered, and items such as women’s purses (Coach), wallets, cash, and electronic items such as I-Pads and laptops were taken from the vehicles. The vehicles were parked on the street, in driveways, and in garages. Most of the items taken were in plain sight in the vehicles. It is believed that the thefts occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.

The stolen vehicle was taken from the 300 block of Rogers Street and is described as a Navy Blue, 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Mini-van, Wisconsin license plate 319DKW.

Evidentiary items have been recovered from the scene and are being processed. Citizens are urged to contact the Milton Police Department at 608-757-2244 with any information that will assist in locating the subject(s) responsible for these crimes. Citizens are also encouraged to be on the lookout for the aforementioned stolen items.

Citizens are advised to always lock your vehicles even if they are parked in your driveway or garage, and to always remove valuables from your vehicles or place them in the trunk of the vehicle. Thieves will generally not force their way into a locked vehicle unless they see some sort of item of value in plain sight.

Monday, July 21, 2014

City of Milton Agendas - Week of July 21st

Meetings for the week of July 21st are scheduled as follows:
Meetings for the Economic Development Commission and Tourism Development Committee were cancelled due to a lack of items requiring action.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Public Open House for Bicycle Pedestrian Section of the 2016-2045 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan

A Public Open House for the Bicycle Pedestrian Section of the 2016-2045 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan will be held in the Community Room of Hedberg Public Library on August 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 

Attendees will be invited to view maps of existing plans, share thoughts regarding how to make the Janesville area a better place for biking and walking, and participate in a brief fiscal prioritization exercise to provide feedback on what types of improvements should be a priority for funding. This open house serves as an early public outreach session to gather information and concerns from residents.

The 2016 - 2045 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan will evaluate existing transportation conditions in the Janesville area and recommend improvements for all transportation modes. The Bicycle/Pedestrian section will include goals & objectives of the plan, identify issues and needs, and recommend projects and programs to improve bicycling and walking in the Janesville area. The 2016-2045 Plan is expected to be adopted in May, 2016.

Milton Independence Day Parade Winners

On the 4th of July, approximately 95 parade entrants participated in the 2014 Milton Independence Day Parade, presented by Air Products. The Celebrate Milton Committee gives trophies for first, second, and third place for “Best Use of Theme.” The theme this year was “Honoring America’s Heroes.” Although the judging was very difficult, as all parade floats were once again exceptional, the parade committee is proud to announce the following best use of theme float award winners:

First Place: The Glory Wagon
Second Place: Dick Kath Vintage Stock Car Racing 
Third Place: Consolidated 4-H 

The Glory Wagon started when Mike Jones marched in the Milton parade as a color guard. When he walked down the streets of Milton, he counted only four flags in the crowd. He decided to work with other community members on raising funds to purchase flags to distribute to the crowd so Veterans would see the flags when they walked by during the parade. Now, he and other Veterans, hand out 5,000 flags every 4th of July in Milton.

Dick Kath drove a 1957 Chevy Stock Car that is a WWII Prisoner of War tribute to his father, Albert H. Kath Jr. He was captured in the first wave of the Battle of the Bulge in Germany. Albert passed away in 2011.

Consolidated 4-H recreated the Korean War Memorial on their float with the words “Freedom is Not Free.” The group meets the first Monday of each month at the Conslidated Elementary School gym at 7 p.m. There are 78 members of the club and 52 families. 

The Celebrate Milton Committee appreciates all of the hard work from the parade volunteers and the parade entrants that made the 2014 parade a success. 

For additional information contact City Administrator Jerry Schuetz at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at jschuetz@milton-wi.gov.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Goodrich Square Splash Pad Lost & Found

The Goodrich Square Splash Pad staff has collected a variety of items that were left at the splash pad during the first few weeks of summer. If you have lost an item at the splash pad, please check at the concession stand located in the pavilion to see if it is in the Lost & Found.

The Goodrich Square Splash Pad staff is there to assist users if there are any issues and to sell items at the concession stand. If you are at the splash pad and need assistance, please locate a splash pad staff person who will be wearing a light blue t-shirt that says Goodrich Square Splash Pad on the front and staff on the back.

For additional information, contact City Administrator Jerry Schuetz at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at jschuetz@milton-wi.gov.

Friday, July 11, 2014

City of Milton Agendas - Week of July 14th

Meetings for the week of July 14th are scheduled as follows:
The Public Safety Committee meeting was cancelled due to lack of agenda items.

Fundraising for the Crossridge Park Playground

The Parks & Recreation Commission is in the process of fundraising for the Crossridge Park Playground project. The purpose of the project is to encourage healthy lifestyles fro community members by providing a large playspace for families to enjoy. High-quality playspaces encourage children to be active with their parents or grandparents and decreases the occurrence of childhood obesity. Playspaces also encourage creativity and imagination among children and assist in developing social skills, like working in groups and sharing.

Crossridge Park currently has a blacktopped walking trail that loops around the northern half of the park, 7 acres of natural prairie around the walking trail, a small playspace in the northeast corner of the park, and the new Parker YMCA and their athletic fields. Because the playground will be located near the Parker YMCA, the commission anticipates that it will be one of the more highly used playgrounds in the City. The park is also located along Parkview Drive, which has seen an increase in traffic by 130% since the State Highway 26 Bypass opened in the fall of 2013. The City hopes that this new playground will be a statement about the culture of Milton that places a high value on community, children, families, and play.

The design the Parks & Recreation Commission and Common Council approved will make this a destination playground with unique features, and the City needs community partners to help with funding to make this vision a reality. All donors will be listed on a donation recognition board in the following levels:
  • Bronze Level ($100 - $999)
  • Silver Level ($1,000 - $4,999)
  • Gold Level ($5,000 - $9,999)
  • Platinum Level ($10,000+)
At $5,000 or more, businesses or individuals may have the opportunity to sponsor a bench or a specific feature of the playground. Contact City Hall to see what is available.

The Parks & Recreation Commission would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that have already committed to the project:
  • Let’s Play City Construction Grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! - $20,000
  • Air Products - $10,000
  • City of Milton - $10,000
  • Penn Color - $1,000
  • Casey’s General Store - $500
  • Janesville Morning Rotary - $500
  • Bank of Milton - $500
  • Johns Disposal - $250
  • Woodman’s Food Market - $100
Donation forms, Build Day Sign Up, and additional information about the project are available online at www.milton-wi.gov/CrossridgePlayground.

For more information about this release please contact City Administrator Jerry Schuetz at 608-868-6900 or jschuetz@milton-wi.gov.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

City Hall Closed - July 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

City Hall will be closed July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in order to move to the new facility and in observation of the 4th of July. City Hall will reopen at the new location, 710 S. Janesville Street, at 8 a.m. on Monday July 7th.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

City of Milton Announces First Day of Operations in New Police Department/City Hall/Municipal Court Building


Mayor Frazier and the City of Milton Common Council are pleased to announce the first day of operations at the City’s new Police Department/City Hall and Municipal Court building will be on July 7th, 2014. 
 
The interior of the new facility is scheduled for final completion during the week of June 23-June 27th.   The City’s public works department is coordinating the move of both the police department and city hall staff during the week of June 23-27, with final technology components scheduled for installation on July 1st and 2nd.  The inclement weather this week has delayed the pouring of the facility’s parking lot, which is now scheduled to take place on June 26-27th.
 

City Hall offices, support services offices at the Police Department and Municipal Court Clerk office will be closed to the public on Thursday July 3rd, 2014, and Friday, July 4th, 2014. City staff in all Departments will be working during that time to ensure a safe and efficient move to the new building, as they move from their current buildings to the new facility. The Milton Police Department will continue to be operational throughout the move for all emergency and non-emergency responses.
 

City staff in all departments will continue serving the public to the very best of our ability during the move.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this exciting transitional period in our City’s proud history. We look forward to welcoming the public to the new building on July 7th, 2014.  An official open-house, including a public dedication and tour of the new facility will be scheduled for the first week in August.