Managers-Message-bannerDear residents,

I would like to take this opportunity to share an update on some events happening in town.

Capital projects

The town purchased a 14-yard tandem dump truck to replace a 2005 International with high mileage and wear. One other tandem 14-yard dump and one 7-yard single axle dump truck have been ordered and are currently being built.

The town engaged Aldrich & Elliott engineers to do some design work for reconstructing a 500-foot section of Everest Road; work is scheduled for the fall.

The Vermont Agency on Transportation provided an update on the US-7/Middle Road/Railroad Street intersection project to the selectboard last month. VTRANS is no longer supportive of the preferred alternative the town has chosen. Completing only the northern hourglass as VTRANS desires is not acceptable to the town; the town will continue to work toward achieving the full hour glass design.

The town is also working on two sidewalk expansion projects: 1) McMullen Road between Hobbs Road and Railroad Street and 2) a portion of Cherry Street to Railroad Street. The town is experiencing delays in the review by VTRANS for the McMullen Street sidewalk project. The two projects are at varying stages of design.

The town is continuing work on an assessment for a new public works and recreation facility. A draft of the assessment will be discussed at a selectboard meeting in the near future.

The selectboard authorized a bid award last week to add a zero turn mower to the equipment available for town maintenance.

Finance 

The town held a tax sale this month on three properties. One was sold at tax sale. The town is continuing field work to prepare for the annual audit next month.

You can now make tax or utility payments through the town website here.

Police

On July 21, Milton police located a 2013 lime green Jeep Wrangler abandoned in the woods behind Birchwood Manor Trailer Park, located on West Milton Road in Milton. If anyone has any information regarding this crime, they are asked to contact the Milton Police Department at 893-6171.

Public Works

Public Works is continuing maintenance on gravel roads, pothole patching, leak detection in the water system, field maintenance and roadside mowing.

If you see a problem or area that needs service, you may request service online here, or you can call 893-6030 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Planning & Economic Development

The Selectboard held a second public hearing on the zoning ordinance amendments and subsequently approved them. The revision eliminates hotels and motels in a zoning district north of Hannaford that abuts existing residential development. Hotels and motels continue to be allowed in other commercial zones.

The board appointed Amanda Pitts to be zoning administrator and health officer for a three-year term.

Planning home improvements? Installing a shed or deck? Summer is a great time to tackle projects, but keep in mind that some projects require a zoning permit. If you’re unsure about permitting requirements, check out Planning’s Frequently Asked Questions here. We’re here to help you do it right, so you and your neighbors can protect your real estate investment. You can also reach us by phone at 893-1186.

Board and Commission Positions & Vacancies

The Town is accepting applications for the following positions:

Conservation Commission – one 4-year term beginning July 1, 2014
Conservation Commission – two terms to expire June 30, 2017 & 2018
Planning Commission – one 4-year term beginning 7/1/2014

You can download an application for these positions at bit.ly/1r4KEqK. You can turn in your application to the town manager’s office by mail at 43 Bombardier Rd. or by email to ajanda@town.milton.vt.us.

Upcoming Meetings (subject to cancellation or change):

Economic Development Commission: August 13, 8 a.m.
Development Review Board: August 14 & August 28, 7 p.m.
Recreation Commission: August 14, 6 p.m.
Selectboard: August 18, 6 p.m.
Planning Commission: August 19, 7 p.m.