City of Milton Staffing and Service Updates:
City of Milton Update - May 20, 2020
The Rock County Public Health Department announced Tuesday morning (5/19) they will be terminating their “Safer at Home” Order, effective Thursday May 21, 2020, at 8 a.m. In response to that termination, Rock County Public Health, in conjunction with a Task Force devised of local stakeholders, including the City of Milton and Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, has created a “Rock County Reopening” Plan which provides guidance for the community to reopen safely in a phased in approach. For more information about this plan, please visit the Rock County Public Health website (https://tinyurl.com/y796n3uz).
Although the “Rock County Reopening” Plan is not a legal order enforceable with penalties, the City of Milton strongly encourages our community to review and follow this approach. Additionally, in an attempt to create regional consistency, the City of Milton Administration, the City of Janesville Emergency Operations Center Safety Team, and the Milton/Janesville Fire Chief have created a resource document that outlines best practices and recommendations for businesses within all sectors to consider when reopening. That resource document can be found on the City’s website (https://tinyurl.com/ycqtl4zz).
Additionally, the City of Milton is in the process of reviewing municipal operations in relation to the Rock County Reopening Plan. Information regarding any changes to facility closures and operational changes will be made available as soon as decisions are made.
The City of Milton appreciates the patience and resiliency of our community during this trying time. Although we are moving into this next phase of our potential recovery, we want to make it clear that we are not in the clear yet. We continue to encourage the public to utilize recommended hygienic practices, physical distancing, and adhering to the advice of your medical professionals.
For more information related to the City of Milton and our response to COVID-19, please visit the City of Milton’s website at www.milton-wi.gov/COVID19 and follow us on social media for updated information.
City of Milton Operations Information - May 21, 2020
All City facilities are currently closed to the public. This includes City Hall, Milton Public Library, Police Department administrative offices, Public Works Department administrative offices, park pavilions, and the Community House. Below are reminders, tips, updates, and operational changes that have occurred in order to continue to provide services to our community members while also keeping everyone as safe as possible.
City Hall and General Updates and Information
- Payments can be placed in the drop box located outside of City Hall or mailed. You can also make payments online.
- Documentation you need to provide to the City can be placed in the drop box outside of City Hall.
- Voicemails left for staff in all departments will be checked on a regular basis and calls will be returned as soon as possible.
- Staff are also available by email. Use the staff directory on the City’s website to find email addresses for staff members.
- The deadline to purchase dog and cat licenses has been extended to June 1, 2020. You can purchase a license by mail, over the phone, or by placing payment in drop box at City Hall. More information is available online.
- All rentals of City facilities through May 2020 are cancelled, which may be extended depending on guidance and directives from local, state, and federal organizations. Staff will be in contact with individuals who have rented facilities to discuss rescheduling the event or refunding the fees. If there are any questions, please contact City Hall at (608) 868-6900 ext. 2.
- All City sponsored events through May 2020 will be postponed, including the Community Recognition Picnic, Milton’s Arbor Day recognition, and Make a Difference Day.
- The dedication ceremony for the Veterans Park Pavilion has been tentatively scheduled for July 5, which may be further postponed depending on guidance and directives from local, state, and federal organizations.
- Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #11 on March 22, suspending several utility-related administrative rules. Read the full press release here. Additional information is also available on the City’s website.
- Police officers will continue to respond to calls for service. However, in order to both maintain the health of our staff and to prevent potential spread of the virus in the community, officers are going handle as many calls as possible without coming into physical contact with others. Any calls that they can manage by phone, email, or a combination of the two will help to keep all of us healthy. If you need to contact a police officer, please call the non-emergency number at (608) 757-2244. Call 911 if there is an emergency, and you need an officer to respond.
Public Works Department
- The Department of Public Works will continue to perform essential services for the community, including, but not limited to, maintaining the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Staff are working staggered schedules and office staff are working from home as much as possible.
- Playgrounds officially opened again at 8 a.m. on May 21, 2020. We ask our community members to practice good hygiene and safe physical distancing. Please remain home if you are sick.
- Park bathrooms will remain closed until further notice.
- The Goodrich Square Splash Pad will remain closed until further notice.
- The park pavilions and the Community House will not be available for rental in the month of June. Staff will continue to evaluate when these facilities will open based on metrics being monitored by Rock County in conjunction with their Reopening Plan.
- Refuse and recycling collection will continue as scheduled. Refuse and recycling collection is considered an essential service. If there are any changes to the collection schedule, we will notify residents on our website and social media. The collection schedule is available on the City’s website.
- If you need a building permit, contact the Public Works Department at (608) 868-6914 or email Administrative Assistant Brenda Mathews at email@example.com.
Milton Public Library
- Programming continues for the Milton Public Library on all of their social media platforms.
- Curbside pickup at the Milton Public Library started on April 27. Check their website for more information.
Additional Resources (linked below)
Information about COVID-19 or the coronavirus from the CDC.
The guidelines are in accordance with CDC recommendations, DHS recommendations and WEDC Guidelines. Guidelines will help businesses take necessary steps to open and serve customers while keeping everyone safe.
Executive Orders from Governor Tony Evers' Office.
Press Releases from Governor Tony Evers' Office.
Information about COVID-19 or the coronavirus from the Rock County Public Health Department
Dashboard showing the status of the benchmarks in Rock County's reopening plan.
Information about COVID-19 or the coronavirus from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.