As most everyone is aware, the calendar that Waste Management sent us was wrong and the recycling did not get picked up on the 4th as the calendar stated. Recycling will get picked up on the 11th and will be every other week. I am working with Waste Management to get new calendars to everyone and one that I can post on the website for everyone to print. They also had the wrong Phone number on the calendar. The correct phone number is 920-568-2510. Please communicate this information to your neighbors and I will keep everyone updated on this and get the new calendar posted as quickly as I can.
In your tax bills you received a calandar for Refuse and Recycling Dates. The number on that calendar may not work. On the attached calendar is a phone number that should work. That number is 920-568-2510.
Please see the attached legal notice for the Caucus for the Spring Election that is scheduled for January 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will not be held via Zoom for legal reasons. We will set up two rooms here in the Office Building in the event we have more than 10 people show up.
Waste Managment did not get Tarrant Road on Mondays pick up and a couple of residents on A. They have committed to picking these up on Thursday of this week. I will keep an eye on this and inform everyone should anything change. Our disapointment has been communicated in no uncertain terms.
The next Town Board Meeting will be Monday January 11th at 7pm. Please watch later for the agenda. All Town Board meetings will be held in person and via Zoom. We must limit the number of people allowed in the Town Hall. We encourage everyone to try the Zoom feature. It is very simple to learn and use. I learned how to use it so anyone can.
The new 2021 Dog License Appliction are now posted. To find the License go to “Community” just above this area. Click on “Form and Permits” you will then see “Dog License Application 2021” click on that and it will bring up the new license.
This is an audit of the voting equipment used in the November 2020 General Election. This is not a recount of any ward but a comparison of how the Voting Equipment counted the votes of Ward 1 in comparison of a hand count of those ballots. This will involve approximatly 162 ballots being reviewed. These audits are mandated by state statute and the municpality and wards are selected at random by the Wisconsin Election Commission. Estimated time to complete the audit will be two hours. This audit is open to the public but we must limit the number of people in the Town Hall to no more than 10.
The Town of Milton Fire Department has provided great service to the residents of our town at a great value. Our 4 year contact ends in 2020. For the 2021 contract the price of the services provided has tripled in cost. The contract price in 2020 was $72,920 and for a one year contract for 2021 the new cost on the contract is $225,198. We also believe that in 2022 that price may increase more to a possible $495,456 as this is what was estimated at a meeting in September of this year and no major increase in 2021. This is why we were seeking a $300,000 increase in our tax levy at a meeting of electors scheduled for Monday Nov 9th at 7pm. Without a contract for fire services most everyone in the town would not be able to get fire insurance or the cost of fire insurance for you home would be so expensive that it would be unaffordable.
The Town has not looked to increase our levy in 5 years and was not planning to look to increase our levy this year but based on this espense we must. Remember, the smallest portion of your tax bill is the taxes that come to the Town. 8 cents for every dollar you pay. For every $1000 you pay in taxes about $80 comes to the town. Without the increase very little road work would be done in 2021 as the road work budget is the only flexible account. All other accounts are a set amount to be paid.
While the increase in our contract price is shoking, you need to understand why the increase. At this point, Milton and nearly all other fire departments are having problems recruiting fire fighters. At what they are currently be paid, you could make better money working as a greeter at Walmart. Fire departments need to ensure they are prepared to handle multiple calls. Several years ago, the Milton Fire Departmen and the Janesville Fire Department came to an agreement that both would repsond to emergency calls and the first one on sight would handle the emergency and the other would go back. This agreement should make us all sleep better at night know the speed of the repsonse will happen. Again this is a large increase but we need to support our emergency responders and building that team for the future and for the increase in population for all areas they cover. Please support the increase in tax levi limit for the future of the emergency services.