Monday, March 28, 2016

Press Release - Robbery at Milton Travel Center

On Sunday, March 27, 2016, a robbery occurred at the Milton Travel Center Mobil convenience store.

At approximately 7 a.m., the Milton Police Department and Fire Department were dispatched to the Milton Travel Center on Arthur Drive for an injured male. A customer found the Mobil convenience store clerk bleeding from the head in the bathroom. When emergency personnel arrived, they found the store clerk with a laceration to his head. The clerk was conscious, but confused and disoriented from the injury. He stated that he could not remember what had occurred or how he was injured. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and held overnight for observation.

A review of the security camera footage revealed the following:

At approximately 6:05 a.m., an unknown male suspect pulls up to the gas pumps and begins fueling his vehicle. At 6:12 a.m., the suspect finishes fueling, enters the Mobil convenience store and walks out of camera view toward the bathroom area. The bathroom area of the store is not covered by security cameras. At 6:17 a.m., the clerk, who was behind the counter, also walks toward the bathroom area. At 6:18 a.m., the suspect walks back into camera range and goes behind the sales counter. The suspect begins filling a plastic grocery bag with various brands of cigarettes. The suspect also attempts to open the cash register, but is not able to gain entry. The suspect leaves the counter area and walks toward the refrigerated coolers. At 6:20 a.m., the male leaves the store, enters his vehicle and leaves the parking lot.

As the employee was off camera when injured, the precise mechanism of injury remains under investigation.

The male suspect is described as a white male wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and light colored shoes. The vehicle he was driving is an early 2000s maroon Pontiac Grand Prix with no front license plate.

The best stills from the surveillance camera footage are below. *Note: The time stamp on the camera footage is not correct as the time in the surveillance camera system had not yet been updated for daylight savings time.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Milton Police Department at 608-868-6910. After normal business hours, Milton Police Department can be contacted through the Rock County Communications Center at 608-757-2244. You can also provide information through the Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636 or through their website,

All media inquiries should be made to Scott Marquardt, Chief of Police, Milton Police Department.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Library Closed March 25 - April 3

Following the Common Council’s unanimous vote last week to accept Gilbank Construction’s bid for the library’s renovation, work is scheduled to begin mid-April on the first and second floor.

To maximize efficiency and lower project costs, construction will be done on both floors at the same time. To accomplish this, the library will move out of the first floor to its temporary location in the building’s lower level.

The library will be closed from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, April 3 to facilitate the short timeline to vacate the first floor, and the library will reopen on Monday, April 4. The UW-Shakespeare program will still be held on April 2 at 1:00 at the School District offices at 448 E High Street.

The temporary library will open on April 4 with regular library hours. Parking will be available in the Davis Street parking lot behind the building. Limited space will be available in the library’s High Street lot. Patrons will use the back door from the Davis Street lot to enter.

The temporary library will offer many of the current services, including public computers, a selection of the most popular titles of books and DVDs, proctoring, and computer classes. The library will continue to hold childrens, teens, and adult programs at a near-by location.

The expanded two-story library will be completed by the end of the year and will include features for the entire community. A children’s museum-quality exploration center, a makerspace for all ages to create and explore science, math, arts, and technology concepts, a hi-tech conference room for local organizations and businesses, and much more.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dog and Cat Licenses Due April 1st

Residents of the City of Milton are reminded that dog and cat licenses are due on or before April 1, 2016.  The fee for spayed or neutered dogs and cats is $8.00 and the fee for non-spayed or non-neutered dogs and cats is $15.00

Dog and cat owners must present a current rabies certificate when they purchase the licenses. Licenses purchased after April 1, 2016 will be assessed a $10.00 late fee per animal.

City Hall is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Residents can also mail a copy of the rabies vaccination information and the required fee to City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street, and staff will mail a receipt and the license.  The rabies vaccination information and the fee can also be placed in the payment drop box located outside of City Hall.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week - April 11-15, 2016

(MADISON) –   To give families a chance to test their emergency plans, a statewide tornado drill will be held during the evening of April 14, 2016. The drill is part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage people in Wisconsin to get ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.

Governor Walker has declared April 11-15, 2016 as Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have once again teamed up to sponsor the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday, April 14.  

For the first time, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 to give families and businesses a chance to test their emergency severe weather plans. Earlier in the day, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1:00 p.m. and a mock tornado warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens.

According to the NWS, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, there were 17 tornado touchdowns in the state. All of the tornadoes were either an EF0 or EF1. On August 19, 2015, two tornadoes touched down near Lake Geneva and Big Bend causing damage to area business. No one was injured.

The statewide tornado drill is a great opportunity for schools, businesses and families to test their emergency plans about what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes. The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April 14, the tornado drills will be postponed until Friday, April 15 with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drills will be cancelled.

Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the ReadyWisconsin website at Updates will also be posted on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

Monday, March 14, 2016

Open Houses Scheduled for 2015-2050 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan

Public Works Department
18 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53545

Janesville Area 2015 – 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan
Draft Plan Review Open Houses

Hedberg Public Library
Program Room (upstairs)
316 S. Main Street
Tuesday, March 15th
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Milton Public Library
430 E. High Street
Wednesday, March 16th
4:30pm – 6:30pm

You are invited to attend a public open house to review and comment on the 2015-2050 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan.  

Attendees will be invited to view maps of recommended projects and other displays about the Plan, and make specific or general comments. A brief presentation of the Plan will begin at 5:00pm.

The 2015 - 2050 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan evaluates existing transportation conditions in the Janesville area and recommends improvements for all transportation modes. The Plan establishes goals and objectives, identifies issues and needs, and recommends projects and programs to improve transportation in the Janesville/Milton area. Comments from the public will be integrated into the final plan, which is expected to be adopted in May, 2016.

If you are unable to attend a public open house but would like to comment, please forward comments to Terry Nolan at 755-3095 or email:

You are receiving this letter because you or your organization has been identified as a transportation stakeholder. If you do not wish to receive documents, please let me know.

Thank you for your interest and participation.

Terry Nolan
Associate Planner

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reconstruction to Start on the I-39/90 and WIS 59 Interchange

Starting this week, construction crews will reconstruct the Interstate 39/90 and WIS 59 interchange (Exit 163), as well as I-39/90 and the Rock River bridges, near Edgerton and Newville in Rock County. The interchange will be reconfigured into a diamond interchange with three roundabouts to improve safety, efficiency and reduce overall congestion in the area.

In early March, crews will begin construction of the new piers for the Interstate bridges over the Rock River. Boater safety signs will be placed at active boat launches along Lake Koshkonong and the Rock River. Boaters are asked to be alert for construction crews and work taking place in the river.

What you need to know:
  • Electronic weekly construction updates for these projects will start within the next few weeks, and continue through the 2016 construction season. 
  • I-39/90 will remain open to two lanes in each direction with periodic nighttime single lane closures (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and ramp closures at the interchange throughout the project.
  • The new WIS 59 bridge over I-39/90 will be constructed south of the existing structure to maintain access to area businesses and neighborhoods. 
    • The public should continue to patronize area businesses in the project area.
  • Occasional delays will occur as construction takes place, and we ask for your patience when traveling through the work zone.
  • All lane restrictions and work operations are weather dependent and subject to change.
  • Remember to be alert and slow down in all work zones.

Watch the narrated WIS 59 interchange drive-through video and view the WIS 59 interchange configuration. You can also view the preliminary Rock River bridge staging plans. Note: You may need to zoom in to see details.

The WIS 59 interchange project is expected to be completed in November 2016. The Interstate widening and Rock River bridge replacement project is scheduled to be completed in early fall 2018.

STAY INFORMED: I-39/90 Expansion Project website | Project Facebook page

For more information, contact:
Steven Theisen
I-39/90 Project Communications Manager
(608) 884-1230 |

WisDOT and the I-39/90 Project Team
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