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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rock County Transit Shopping Shuttle

Click on the image to the left to view information about the Rock County Transit Shopping Shuttle that will be available on December 5th for disabled residents and those over the age of 55.  Additional service is available to the general public on an as available basis.  The cost is $3.00 one way.

If you have any questions about the service, call (608) 757-5054.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Press Release - Burger King Traffic Accident

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger about the traffic accident at Burger King in Milton. 

On November 18, 2012 at approximately 3:45pm, the City of Milton Police Department and the Milton Fire Department were dispatched to the Burger King restaurant, located at 740 E. St. Mary St., for a reported traffic accident with injuries. Responders were informed that a vehicle had been driven through the North side of the building. 

Upon arrival it was determined that nobody was injured in the incident, however, the building did sustain heavy damage. 

Operating the vehicle was Constance Fisher, 74, of Milton. The investigation revealed that Ms. Fisher was accelerating too rapidly while attempting to park, causing the vehicle to jump the curb and impact the restaurant.

After conferring with officials on the scene, Burger King management decided to close the restaurant until the structure’s damage could be examined.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Gathering Place Receives Grant from Milton Fund

Below is a press release from Milton Executive Director Paula Schutt about their recent grant award from the Milton Fund.

The Gathering Place of Milton, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a $1,500.00 grant from the Milton Fund to support the 2013 Concerts in the Park. For more information about this program, please contact Paula Schutt, Executive Director of The Gathering Place at (608) 868-3500. 

This grant is made available from the Milton Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. The Milton Fund, an endowment fund to benefit Milton, responds to not-for-profit organizations wanting to start new programs, or expand current services and provides the greatest flexibility for addressing changing needs to advance the most promising, creative approaches to strengthening Milton. Grants from the Milton Fund have strengthened ties between generations and have encouraged community participation in the arts, education health and human service programs, and historical preservation. 

 For more information about how you can impact your community For good. For ever. through the Milton Fund, please call Jane Maldonis at 608-758-0883 or visit our website at

YMCA Facility Update

Breaking ground at the site of the new YMCA facility.
Here is a story about the work that began this week on the new YMCA facility in Milton: Work to begin next week on $4.2 million YMCA facility in Milton.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Press Release - Adopt-A-Grandparent

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger about the Adopt-a-Grandparent program.

We are proud to announce our partnership with local Mary Kay consultant, Michelle Klietz, in a Holiday program that can bring joy to some of our community members.

We are adopting the residents at our local assisted living centers and we want to present each of them with a special gift for Christmas. This may be the only gift some of them will receive this holiday.

We are asking people and businesses in the community to help us with this project by adopting a grandparent for Christmas. Your $10.00 will sponsor a special gift package for one resident and help them to have a Merry Christmas. Your name will be attached to the gift basket so they will know who sponsored their special gift.

To donate, please stop in to the Milton Police Department and fill out a pledge card. We will be delivering the packages in person during the holiday season.

Ms. Klietz has generously offered to donate all of her profits to the City of Milton Police Department’s Crime Prevention Fund.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Update - STH 26 Bypass Project

Below is an update on the STH 26 Bypass Project.

Good afternoon,

As you can all see the orange traffic drums and temporary construction signs are slowly disappearing. The crews will be working the remainder of the week to finish up miscellaneous punch list items throughout the project. This week will conclude the construction activities on State Highway 26 from John Paul Road to Townline Road. Crews are also wrapping up construction on the Milton bypass for the season. The new bypass around Milton will be operational next fall (2013).

The Batterman and construction crews have appreciated your patience throughout the past construction season. We are happy to report an injury free summer and thank you for driving cautiously through the construction zones. I hope you all enjoy the new and much safer section of State Highway 26. If you have any last minute questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the State Highway 26 project staff at our project field office.

(608)754-8217 - STH 26 Field Office, 4342 Milton Avenue, Janesville, WI 53546


Lance Wagner - Project Manager

Monday, November 5, 2012

Update on Leaf Collection in the City of Milton

The City of Milton is currently collecting only leaves from the curb area. Please have your leaves raked into the curb area by November 19th.

Due to the nature of our equipment and disposal, we are unable to clean up garden waste, twigs, pumpkins, plants and dirt. If your leaf pile contains these items, they will not be collected.

Please use the Yard Waste Disposal bins at the Public Works Building at 150 Northside for all types of yard/garden waste (no branches). The next brush collection is in January.

If you have any questions about what you can rake into the curb, call Public Works at 868-6914. Collection will continue at weather permits.

Press Release - STH 26 Bypass Signage Workshop

Below is a press release from the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism (MACCIT) about an upcoming workshop about State Highway 26 Bypass Signage.

The MACCIT organization recognizes the pending impact to all Milton area businesses as it relates to the Hwy 26 bypass and reconstruction. MACCIT has attempted to keep our membership and the greater community aware of the changes since the project was introduced several years ago. We have done this through a number of channels, including various meetings, networking opportunities, and other communications throughout the evolution of the highway expansion plan. 

Looking forward, we will continue to remain informed and aware of the highway reconstruction project as it nears completion in 2013. We want to allow the opportunity to get involved to address the needs of our members and take their guidance and the guidance of others as we develop our strategies for the future of Milton. 

We have scheduled a meeting with Derse on Tuesday, November 13th at 8am at Ott Schweitzer, 616 Gateway Dr. They will present an overview of the blue sign process; who's eligible, the process and timeline. City Administrator, Jerry Schuetz will provide an overview on what's allowable from the City and their process. 

We will have a short workshop afterwards to get feedback from the business community on priorities and desires for the area. We will develop an action plan and taskforce and set-up a series of workshops for this project. This meeting is open to the public 

For more information on the blue signs, eligibility and costs, visit

MACCIT supports the efforts of all Milton area businesses, to meet and successfully overcome the challenges presented by this project. We strongly believe in our community's strengths; including our great schools, friendly people, and overall business climate have positioned us for a positive and prosperous future.

If you are interested in participating but unable to attend, contact MACCIT at

Press Release - Farm City Elevator Burglary

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger regarding a reported burglary at Farm City Elevator.

On November 4, 2012, at approximately 9:30am, our agency responded to a reported burglary at Farm City Elevator, located at 302 Vincent Street.  The investigation revealed that entry was forced to three different locations on the property.  The office, the basement, and an adjacent utility shed were all forcibly entered.

Stolen in the burglary was a First Alert brand security camera, valued at approximately $230.00.  The camera was still packaged in its original box.  Damage resulting from the forcible entries is believed to be in excess of $1000.00.

The incident took place between 6:00pm, November 3, 2012 and 5:30am, November 4, 2012. 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.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Press Release - Update on Buckaroo's BBQ Fire

Below is a press release from Milton Police Chief Dan Layber about the fire at Buckaroo's BBQ.

On October 31st at 8:54pm the City of Milton Police Department and Milton Fire Department were dispatched to Buckaroo’s BBQ, located at 231 Front Street, for a structure fire. Upon arrival Officers observed flames inside the building, and the fire appeared to be concentrated more in the bar area, on the Northwest side of the building. 

Fire Departments from Janesville, Edgerton and Fort Atkinson also assisted at the scene. 

The Milton Police Department contacted the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in investigating this fire. The State Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the federal ATF were also involved in the investigation of the cause and origin of the fire in addition to the Milton Fire Department. After lengthy examination of the scene by all agencies there was no evidence discovered to lead investigators to believe that the fire cause was arson. It is believed that the fire may have originated in the ceiling area of the bar area of the restaurant.

Notice - November 6, 2012 General Election Information to Voters

Here is a notice about the upcoming election from Milton City Clerk Michelle Ebbert.


City of Milton 
November 6th, 2012 General Election Information to Voters 

There is NO Absentee Voting on Monday, November 5th. 
There is NO Voter Registration on Monday, November 5th. 
Polls open at 7:00 am on Tuesday, November 6th. 

Absentee Voting: Friday, November 2, 2012 – Friday preceding the election – is the last day (5:00 p.m. deadline) for electors to make application in person to the municipal clerk for absentee ballots to vote in the General Election (except hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors). Per State Statute 6.86(1)(b).

Voter Registration: Friday, November 2, 2012 – Friday preceding the election - is the last day (5:00 p.m. deadline) for electors to register to vote in the General Election in the municipal clerk's office. Per State Statute 6.29(2)(a).

Voter Registration IS allowed on Election Day. Please be sure to bring proof of residence (a legal document with your current address) and a Wisconsin issued government identification card (driver’s license, ID card, Passport). Please call with questions.

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (formerly State Elections Board) 
 Main Desk: 608-266-8005 

City of Milton
868-6900 ext. 5  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2nd Annual Dash for the Splash - November 10, 2012

The Goodrich Square Steering Committee will be hosting the 2nd Annual Dash for the Splash on November 10, 2012 to benefit the Goodrich Square Splash Park. A 1-mile Fun Run/Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. followed by the 5K at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATE: Registration will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Milton Community House, 20 Parkview Drive. The event will start and end near the Milton Community House, just down the block from where the Goodrich Square Splash Park will be located on the corner of Parkview Drive and High Street.

The cost is $20 for one person, $30 for two people, or $50 for a family. Each participant will receive a Dash for the Splash t-shirt. Extra t-shirts can be purchased for $8 each, and additional donations will also be accepted.

Registration forms are available on the City’s website ( and at City Hall (430 E. High Street).

The Goodrich Square Splash Park is part of an overall plan for the Goodrich Square downtown district that was finalized in 2010 as a response to the State Highway 26 bypass. The Goodrich Square Steering Committee was established in 2010 to work on implementing the various features of the master plan.

If you would like to volunteer for the event or have any questions, contact City Administrator Jerry Schuetz at (608) 868-6900 ext. 4 or by e-mail at