By DON TURNER JR., town manager
It’s been a busy month here in Milton. It started out with Chief Police Brett Van Noordt retiring. On October 6, Brett’s last day we hosted a celebration event at the town offices with several speakers reflecting on his years of service. Brett’s coworkers both here in the town offices and the police department pooled resources to present him with a nice gift. Brett served the community for over 30 years and appeared to be pleased with the kind words bestowed upon him by the selectboard chairman, coworkers, law enforcement colleagues and members of the community.
Sgt. Steve Laroche has been appointed interim police chief and will serve in that capacity until a permanent replacement is named. The ad for a new police chief went out last week. To date we have received a number of applicants interested in the position. We will now seek volunteers to serve on committee which will conduct the initial review. I would like a committee of seven including one member of the selectboard. If you’re interested in serving on this committee, please email or call the town manager’s office. We want to have a diverse committee representing as aspects of our community.
Our new public works director Dave Allerton started work last week as our water/wastewater superintendent Nate Lavallee prepares to depart for a new job in a larger community. We welcome Dave and wish Nate our best as they both take on new challenges in their respective careers. Art Garrison and the staff at water/wastewater are stepping up to take on more responsibility as we search to replace Nate.
Work began last week on a portion of the Everest Road reconstruction and Quarry Lane culvert replacement projects. Both of these projects have been in the planning phase for quite some time and it is nice to see construction begin. Both projects should be completed within the next few weeks. Our paving contractor Pike Industries will return this week to finish our paving projects. McMullen will be need to be finished at the railroad crossing, Railroad Street paved from Main Street to the railroad crossing and Lake Road will be paved from approximately 20 Lake Rd. to the intersection of Everest Road. When paving is completed, we will have spent just over $1 million on paving this summer. This is a great start, but we have a lot of work to do to get our roads in the condition that we all want.
In the last several weeks we have had a number of incidents of vandalism on both sides of the recreation park. We have also had incidents in the municipal building and library where loud and rowdy teens are loitering in the lobby during and after hours. Leadership team will work with the library, staff and police to insure that people visiting the municipal building, recreation facilities and library have a safe and respectful experience.
In closing, Milton has an important vote coming up on November 14. This is an exciting opportunity for us to redefine our community. Utilizing tax increment financing dollar,s we can improve safety, build new sidewalks and improve the image of our town. This is our last opportunity to invest millions of dollars in Milton projects that have been talked about for decades. If approved, you will see new sidewalks, trees along Route 7, street lighting and roads reconfigured at Middle Road, Railroad Street and Route 7. This may lead to the creation of a town green as well. Let’s work together to make our town a better place for people to live, work and raise their families. Please get out and vote on November 14.
Feel free to contact me at the town manager’s office at 893-6655, and we will be happy to assist you in any way possible. “Milton: Getting Stuff Done Together.”