Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gilbert Myers Named 2016 4th of July Parade Marshal

Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Myers has been named the 2016 Parade Marshal for the 4th of July Parade that will take place on July 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.

Gil moved to Milton in 1949 with his wife, Georgianna, from northeastern Ohio.  He ran a veterinary practice on Madison Avenue with his colleague Dr. Hal Deal until building the Rock Veterinary Clinic in the late 1960s.  Gil served on the Milton Junction Village Board and the Police and Fire Commission prior to Milton and Milton Junction merging on April 1, 1967.  He was a member of the Milton Kiwanis and the American Legion, was active in his local church serving on several committees, and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.  Gil currently volunteers at The Gathering Place.  Gil is a World War II veteran having served in the European Theater during the war under General George Patton’s Third Army.

Parade Theme and Registration
Registration forms to participate in the parade are available at Milton City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street, and on the City of Milton website (  The 2016 parade theme is “Moments in Time.”  First, Second, and Third Place awards will be presented to parade participants for “Best Use of Theme.”

In an effort to assist with planning for the event, participants are asked to submit completed applications to City Hall by noon on June 24, 2016.  In the interest of animal safety and to comply with requirements from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, parade entries with horses will be required to show documentation of the current Coggins test during parade line up on July 4th in order to participate in the parade. All motorized vehicles must be driven by a licensed driver.  

For additional information contact Inga Cushman, Assistant to the City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at

City of Milton Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

The City of Milton is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fourth time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. The City of Milton is working to improve playability in Milton by improving existing park spaces.  By working to adopt a Comprehensive Parks and Open Space Plan, Milton continues to look for ways to expand and diversify opportunities for play in Milton.

“We believe in offering our families many opportunities to provide free flowing play.  We strive to make our parks fun, convenient, and educational.  We know that communities that play together, stay together!”  Mayor Anissa Welch.

Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in.  By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

For additional information contact Al Hulick, City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or

Community Award Winners Announced

The City of Milton will be holding its annual Community Recognition gathering on Thursday, May 26th at 5:00pm in North Goodrich Park.  This event will serve to recognize citizens and city employees that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the Milton community through their actions in 2015. The event is also a chance to recognize the many volunteers the City has serving on the various committees and commissions.

This year’s award winners are as follows:

  • Community Award - Nate Rogers
  • Police Officer of the Year - Ryan Schneider
  • Community Award - Dean Blaser
  • Library Volunteer of the Year Award - Bill Wilson 
  • Historic Preservation Award - Cori Olson
  • Historic Preservation Award - Phil Watson
  • Community Award - Lonnie Brown
  • Employee of the Year - Lisa Brooks

The Community Recognition Picnic will be held at the Milton Community House, 20 Parkview Drive. The City of Milton will provide BBQ pork sandwiches, BBQ Boneless wings, soda, and water. Community members are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to pass.

The picnic will start at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For additional information contact Al Hulick, City Administrator, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fire Hydrant Flushing Notice

Beginning the week of May 16, 2016, 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 (Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 10:30 am).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Library Closed May 12 & 13, 2016

The Milton Public Library will be closed on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, to allow construction crews to work on the lower level of the building. The project, which includes plumbing and remediation, will take two days to complete. The library will re-open (in its temporary location) on Saturday, May 14 with regular hours.

Construction work is currently on schedule, as demolition continues on the first and second floors of the building. Demolition will be complete by the end of May.

Excavation and footings for the new entrance will start next week, with the new foundation added around mid-May.

The library will also be closing a day or two in the summer and again in the fall to complete additional work in the lower level. The public will be notified ahead of time.

Any questions regarding the library construction or services can be directed to library staff at 608-868-7462.

The library is located at 430 East High Street with entrance at the back of the building on Davis Street. Hours are Monday - Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Rock County Clean Sweep 2016

Clean Sweep provides free or low cost disposal of hazardous chemicals to all urban and rural residents of Rock County.  There is a program for businesses too (see below; businesses must use the business program).  Drop-off events are held every year in communities around the county.

For 2016, drop-off sites will be:

  • Friday, June 17, Noon - 2 p.m., City of Edgerton Public Works Garage, 315 W. High Street
  • Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. - Noon, City of Beloit Public Works Garage, 2351 Springbrook Court
  • Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m. - Noon, Rock County Public Works, 3715 Newville Road, Janesville
Businesses, schools, and agencies that produce less than 220 lbs/month or stores less than 2,205 lbs of hazardous waste per year can contract to use Clean Sweep drop-off sites and pay only disposal charges.  

Detailed program information including what items are accepted, which are not, and what to recycle is enclosed and on the Rock County website.  

Clean Sweep is funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection and with donations from many area cities and towns and the county.

I-39/90 and Wis 59 Interchange (Exit 163) Update

Good afternoon,

We want to keep you informed of upcoming ramp changes at the I-39/90 and WIS 59 interchange (Exit 163), near Edgerton and Newville.

What you need to know:

  • Starting this Saturday (May 7), I-39/90 southbound traffic traveling to WIS 59 (Exit 163) must exit BEFORE the WIS 59 bridge on the new ramp.
  • The WIS 59 ramp to I-39/90 southbound is anticipated to be CLOSED starting Thursday, May 12 until Thursday, May 26 as crews build the new southbound on ramp. 
    • Signed detour route: Northbound Interstate to the WIS 73/US 51 interchange (Exit 160) to travel south.
  • Access to area businesses and neighborhoods will be maintained. Please continue to patronize businesses in the project area.
  • These operations are weather dependent and subject to change.
  • Please continue to slow down, be alert for crews working in this area, and drive with caution through all work zones.

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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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