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