From Thursday, May 31st at approximately 10 a.m. until Monday, June 4th at 5 pm, the railroad crossing near the Prairie Moon Museum will be closed for the installation of new railroad track by BNSF Railroad. Please use an alternate route to your destination (Indian Creek Road entrance or Cochrane entrance).
Attention Town of Milton Residents:
CCT has contracted with Mid-States for the engineering work on the Town of Milton Broadband Expansion Project. You will see white trucks in the township, gathering needed data to deploy the mainline fiber. Most of their work will take place alongside the road, in the road right-of-way (ROW). If they need to enter onto private land, they will seek permission to do so. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call CCT at (608) 248-2323.
Board of Review Notice for Town of Milton
The Board of Review of the Town of Milton will meet on May 9, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. at the Milton Town Hall, W984 Lower Eagle Valley Road, Fountain City, WI 54629 for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into session pursuant to Wis. Stat. Sec. 70.47(1). Due to the fact the assessment roll is not completed at this time, it is anticipated that the Board of Review will be adjourned until a later date, with an Open Book to precede any scheduled Board of Review.
Kalene Engel, Town Clerk
The Town of Milton Polling Place for the April 3, 2018 election has been moved from the Town Hall to Cochrane-Fountain City High School, S2770 State Road 35, Fountain City, WI 54629. Voters should park in designated parking spaces near the Greenhouse/Agriculture Room Entrance (which is across the parking lot from the football field) and enter through the Agriculture/Tech Ed door. The parking lot will be marked with signs directing you to the voting location and election officials will be monitoring the door. Polling hours are from 7 am to 8 pm.
Town of Milton, Buffalo County
Dear Property Owner,
A Revaluation of all Real and Personal Property for theMunicipality will be conducted from June 1, 2018 through October 1, 2018. Please note the following from the WisconsinDepartment of Revenue:
Section70.05(5)(b), Wis. Stats. – Trespass
The trespass bill, which was signed November 12, 2009,states in part “Before a city, village, or town assessor conducts a revaluationof property under this paragraph [Section 70.05(5)(b) Wis. Stats.], the city,village or town shall publish a notice on its municipal Website that arevaluation will occur and the approximate dates of the property revaluation.The notice shall also describe the authority of an assessor, under Section943.13, Wis. Stats. And Section 943.15, Wis. Stats., to enter land. If amunicipality does not have a Web site, it shall post the required informationin at least 3 public places within the city, village or town.”.)
The trespass law entitles the assessor to enter a propertyonce during an assessment cycle unless the property owner authorizes additionalvisits. If the property owner denies the assessor access to the property, theassessor must maintain a list of denied entries. Sections 943.13 and 943.15pertain to the entry onto the property. Assessors and their staff shouldunderstand the conditions included in these statutes. The major conditions forentry are listed below:
-The reason for the entry must be to make an assessment onbehalf of the state or a political subdivision.
-The entry must be on a weekday during daylight hours, or atanother time as agreed upon with the property owner.
-The assessor’s visit must not be more than one hour.
-The assessor must not open doors, enter through open doors,or look into windows of structures.
-If the property owner or occupant is not present, theassessor must leave a notice on the principal building providing the ownerinformation on how to contact them.
-The assessor may not enter the premises if they havereceived a notice from the property owner or occupant denying them entry.
-The assessor must leave if the property owner or occupantasks them to leave.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact ouroffice. Sincerely,
Eric Kleven, Assessor
217 Skyline Drive
Eau Claire WI 54703
At the Town Board Meeting on February 14, 2018, the Town Board decided that Meeting Minutes would not be posted on the Town of Milton Website until they had been formally approved. Due to changes on the Board which occurred in January of 2018, and the absence of one of the supervisors from the February 14, 2018 meeting, the January 10, 2018 Minutes and the Minutes from the second meeting held on January 13, 2018 have not yet been approved. Those Minutes will be posted once they have been approved.
Does your home need repairs? Would you like to purchase a home? USDA Rural Development has funding available
to purchase and repair homes in eligible rural communities. Interest rates range between 1-3.25%. Grants for repairs are also available to income eligible households over the age of 62. For more information, contact USDA Rural Development at 715-345-7611. Additional information is also available at www.rd.usda.gov/wi
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity provider, lender and employer.
United States Department of Agriculture
5417 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482
www.rd.usda.gov/wi | “Committed to the future of rural communities”
Please send all SFH direct loan correspondence to the WI SFH direct email address at [email protected].
Please send all GRH loan correspondence to the WI GRH email address at [email protected].
Questions or comments regarding the GRH Program in WI should be directed to our State Office at 715-345-7623.
Town of Milton, Buffalo County has been certified as a Broadband Forward community by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin which distinguishes the township as supportive of increased broadband access by taking steps to reduce obstacles for private and public investment.
Governor Scott Walker signed The Broadband Forward! Community certification bill into law as 2015 Act 287.
“Town of Milton, Buffalo County is a great example of a rural Wisconsin community working hard to ensure their community is connected,” said Governor Scott Walker. “It’s an important stepping stone into further broadband expansion and economic development.”
“Expanding broadband is critical to Town of Milton, Buffalo County and we need to take all the steps we can to reduce the hurdles for deployment of additional infrastructure,” said (insert name of municipal leader). “Our Broadband Forward certification sends the signal that we’re serious about working with broadband providers to extend service.”
“The State Broadband Office at the Public Service Commission stands ready to serve as a resource to communities and providers looking to maximize broadband infrastructure investments in Wisconsin—with the goal of bringing broadband service to every corner of our state,” Walker said.
To assist in the expansion of broadband in Wisconsin, Governor Walker created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program in the 2011-2013 biennial budget. In 2015, Governor Walker and the Legislature tripled the amount of funding for broadband expansion grants to $1.5 million annually; with a total of $6 million allocated from the Universal Service Fund cash reserves, to fund grants over a 4-year period. “Our current budget allocates a historic $35.5 million in additional spending for broadband expansion efforts via the expansion grant program and TEACH grants,” said Walker.
“In addition to these significant and flexible public-private grants, a six-year, $570 million federal program is providing funding to expand rural broadband access in Wisconsin,” said Walker. “Any improvement in the speed and efficiency of these investments, such as that provided by the Broadband Forward! Community Program, will make a significant difference in Wisconsin.”
TOWN OF MILTON
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF ELECTORS
Notice is hereby given that a Special Town Meeting of the electors of the Town of Milton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, will be held on January 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Granum Auditorium of Cochrane-Fountain City High School, S2770 State Highway 35, Fountain City, WI. The purpose of the Special Town Meeting of Electors is to seek input from the electors on whether to use some of the town’s CapX funds to partially fund an expansion of broadband services to town residents.
Just prior to the start of the meeting, any qualified elector of the Town of Milton may sign up to speak at the meeting. A qualified elector is a resident who would be eligible to vote in an election in the township. The time allowed for each speaker will be limited by the Chairperson, based upon the number of persons wishing to speak. Persons who are not qualified electors of the township may attend the meeting, but will not be allowed to speak. An advisory vote of qualified electors will be taken at the conclusion of any comment or question/answer period.
Qualified electors who are unable to attend the January 10, 2018 meeting may express their opinion on the broadband expansion by providing written comments to Town Clerk by January 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Comments may be submitted by e-mail ([email protected]), fax (507) 457-0519, personal delivery or U.S. Mail (Kalene Engel, Milton Town Clerk, W823 Engel Road, Fountain City, WI 54629). All submissions must contain the name and address of the elector, a statement confirming that the elector is a resident of the township and a clear indication as to whether the elector SUPPORTS or OPPOSES using some of the town’s CapX funds to partially fund an expansion of broadband services to town residents. Persons from the same household must submit individual letters/comments in order for them to be counted separately. Any written comments which are received in an unacceptable format or after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, see www.townofmiltonwi.com.
Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of Milton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin will meet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 immediately after the conclusion of the Special Town Meeting of Electors (which starts at 6:00 p.m.).
Dated: December 22, 2017
By Kalene Engel, Town Clerk
Recently, town residents received a CCT Survey & Letters from Town Board regarding broadband expansion and other projects being considered by the town. If you want to provide input on which projects you support and are not able to attend the meeting on December 13th, please send your comments to Kalene Engel, Town Clerk. Comments should be in writing, dated and include the name or names of the persons expressing those comments, as well as their property address. Comments can be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to W823 Engel Road, Fountain City, WI 54629. Comments must be received by December 12th at 5pm to be included in the compiled list of comments which will be provided to the Town Board Chairperson and Supervisors.