The leaves are beginning to turn and there’s a chill in the air as we say goodbye to summer and welcome another beautiful Vermont fall. It’s been a very productive summer throughout town government. We’re looking forward to continuing those efforts with several town highway projects, fall programming and more.
Capping off our summer festivities we made the most of the last long, warm, sunny days with our final Music in the Park concert. This summer proved to be the best attended, and Shake the Band’s performance did not hamper that trend. Folks really enjoyed the music as well as food provided by the Milton School District. We’re grateful to Food Services Director Steve Marinelli and the team for dishing up some delicious meals that night.
We were also thankful to have the Vermont Federal Credit Union sponsor a night of free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the park. It was a fun and popular event.
This summer’s National Night Out drew a record-breaking 1,200+ attendees. It was a great way to foster a sense of community through law enforcement, school, business and public interaction. We really enjoyed the ice cream sandwiches provided by Hannaford and hot dogs grilled up by Milton School District food services staff. A special thanks to Public Safety Director Taylor Yeates for leaving the festivities to buy more hot dogs for our attendees. Their full stomachs and smiling faces were a testament to your good effort!
We concluded the season with the end of six weeks of summer camps, which were all well attended. We’re looking forward to some fun fall programming around town.
We also wanted to take a moment to thank Bailey Reilly, Maizy Mooney and Carson Desranleau, three Milton students, who joined the grounds crew this summer. You kept our town looking good by mowing and trimming our properties. We’ll certainly miss you and are wishing you the best in your academic pursuits.
As some team members leave we also have some to welcome. This fall, Steve Edgerly joined the Wastewater Department as a Wastewater Senior Technician and Larry Underwood in the Highway Department as a Mechanic/Technician. They both bring years of experience in their respective fields. We look forward to working with them.
The police department also has openings and we’re eager to get new officers on board. We’ve had some recruits but the search continues there. We say a sad farewell to Ed Laurent who left the force to relocate to a warmer climate.
Our town offices have been especially busy, of late. We’ve had some recent water shut-offs around town and we’re sorry for any inconveniences they’ve caused. We continue to alert residents of shut-offs, and our town clerk’s office is attempting to streamline that process. It’s a tough time for all and we’re grateful for the hardworking crew here, as well as your patience.
In keeping with the water theme, our finance and public works departments along with my office are working to resolve an issue with metering and billing. It appears some high-volume users were being billed on the 1,000-gallon scale instead of the 10,000-gallon scale. The majority of our system is comprised of 1000 gallon scale residential use water meters. The water department crew has taken the time to photograph each large use meter so that our finance department can verify it is being properly billed. We appreciate their hard work and are working diligently to insure that every utility bill sent by the Town is accurate.
Our finance department disclosed that issue to auditors when they came to evaluate our records last week. The auditors’ visit went well, and we expect a good report will follow.
We’re making the most of this lovely weather and starting/finishing outdoor projects around town. Paving along Bear Trap Road, Everest Road, Lake Road, East Road, Cooper Road, North Road and Quarry Lane, commenced in mid-September. The selectboard has also authorized us to reconstruct Bartlett Road, which is a connector road between Route 7 and Milton Road.
Other projects include construction of a temporary salt shed at the highway garage. We will now have the ability to store most of the salt needed for normal winter operations. Milton has grown since the first shed was built and we’re excited to better house our resources.
We’ve reached the midway point of the Southern Gateway project. Later this year new traffic signals will be put in place there. It’ll be a nice welcome as visitors enter the town core.
We’ve heard a lot about the East and Lake Road detours and we’re happy to say work on the bridges and culvert are proceeding as planned. Please check out the construction portal on our website miltonvt.gov for the most recent updates on these and other Town projects. Thanks for your patience; it’ll be worth the wait.
Last up, we are going out to bid on the sidewalk gap project between Milton Rental and Hannaford. And that’s not the only new sidewalk in store. Due to the generosity of Eleanor Cadreact –who gave the town an easement along her property – we are working on a pedestrian-friendly path from Railroad Street to North Road. It comes as a welcome and needed addition due to high traffic in that area. We know the public will be thankful for it too.
Thanks as always for stopping by our offices and attending our meetings. We look forward to a wonderful fall and hope to see you around soon.
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.
Don Turner, Jr. Milton Town Manager