We are finally into spring! Highway is working hard to clear out ditches and repair potholes around town. We would like to apologize for the current condition of the roads but we assure you that our highway department is working to make repairs. In fact, the highway division has put down 68 tons of asphalt in the past two weeks. There has been over a mile of patching done on Murray Avenue, and other patching done on West Milton road. Work will be done around East road next. If you notice any particularly damaged areas, please feel free to contact the Town and we will do our best to get out there. In the meantime, please be cautious and respectful of the individuals working in the roadways or on the sides of the roads. We are currently preparing bid proposals for paving and there is a plan to spend $1.2 million on road repair. We ask for your patience during this waiting period.
There are many other projects currently underway aside from roadwork including: East Road Bridge Replacement, Lake Road Water Main Replacement, and the Southern Gateway Intersection. Bids will be awarded in May for construction in 2019. We have also recently had some selective logging done among the Lamoille River Walk and Bombardier Park and received $17,000 for the sale of the timber. The plan going forward is to use that money to create a path to the dog park and well as other recreational improvements. We want the park to look as good as we can make it. In fact, we have already received the 2019 Governor’s Excellence in Work Site Wellness Award, so we are on the right track.
In other news, we are sad to see two employees leave the Town offices. I would like to wish all the best to Victor Sinadinoski and Hally Yandow. Victor Sinadinoski has left his position as the Planning Director and is off to be the City Manager in Harbor Springs, MI. Michael Burris has stepped in to Victor’s position and I am confident in his abilities to take over for the planning and zoning office. Prior to Victor leaving, he and Michael were working together on an application for an Emerald Ash Borer grant, which they received in the amount of $2,000. This money will be used for preventative measures against the emerald ash borers as they make their way toward Milton. This will be implemented this summer. Speaking of staff, the Town employees recently were under a spending freeze for their budgets. This freeze has been lifted after funds were found and departments can now go forward to spend their money as projected.
Green Mountain Transit will be appearing at a Selectboard meeting on May 6, 2019 to discuss their rates and the potential of eliminating their 10:00 p.m. run to Milton. We will wait and see for the results of this meeting.
Call volume for police and rescue is at a record high and they are both currently in very high-demand. Amanda Pitts, the Zoning Administrator, has been working with property owners through violation letters to help clean up and improve the aesthetic of Milton. On the other hand, website volume is also at a high with an average of 4,000 visits per month.
Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank all of those who came out and showed their support on Town meeting day. We, as the Town, would like to thank you for helping us to reach our goals for Milton.
Please feel free to contact me at the Town Manager’s office 893-6655 or email me and I will be happy to assist you.