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Posted on: June 27, 2023

Manager's Message: June 2023

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As we enter in to the long days of summer, school is out and the spring sports teams have played their final games. The spring Town paving projects are complete, and now we focus on the many other weather-dependent projects we do this time of year. The recent rain has greened up all of the Town properties, and they all look great. As we look forward to the July 4th celebration, I hope you get a chance to visit and enjoy some of the Town’s many natural resources.

Route 7 Paving is in the Works! 

I am happy to report that Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has informed us that they plan to pave Route 7 from the Colchester town line to the bridge at the end of Main Street. This is approximately five miles. The work will begin the week of July 6 and take approximately 30 days to complete depending on weather. VTrans, like the Town, has limited resources and thousands of miles of paved road. We work collaboratively on many projects annually with VTrans and are grateful they were able to find the resources this year to complete this much-needed paving project.  The Selectboard, Staff, State Representatives and residents have been advocating for the paving of Route 7 for the last several years. We ask for your patience as this and the bridge resurfacing project will both be in full swing through the month of July.

Grange Hall Reopens on Saturday, July 8

The Grange Hall is ready to reopen! Join us for an open house event on Saturday, July 8 to check out the newly renovated community meeting space. We can’t wait for you to see it! We are currently working on establishing rental fees and a scheduling policy. Follow the Town’s facebook page and the website calendar for event announcements. 

Cemetery Work Day ImageVillage Cemetery Work Day Was a Success

On Saturday June 10th over 40 people volunteered along with members of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association and Town Cemetery Advisory committee to upright one hundred forty seven old monuments that have shifted over the nearly 200 years they have been in place. A number of other monuments were cleaned as part of the annual work session. The members of the Masonic Lodge generously provided a free lunch for the volunteers. Thank you to all those that helped make the day a huge success. Check out photos from the event (video slideshow) 

The Town Clerk and Treasurer’s Office Had a Busy Month

Over the past month, the Town Clerk’s office has been especially busy with processing delinquent tax and water payments, among their other usual duties of notarizing documents, processing land records, issuing birth and death certificates and more. 

Unfortunately, we saw an increase in late water/sewer bill payments on the April billing cycle, with 516 accounts missing the initial due date. Most of these had paid by the time shutoff notices went out, and we had 30 shutoffs as of June 9. 

We are optimistic that the new automatic debit payment option will help improve these numbers as more users enroll. The deadline to submit paperwork to join this program for the July billing cycle was June 10, and we have 316 accounts enrolled. Click here to learn more about how you can enroll for the October water/sewer bill.  

Summer Events are Lining Up

Summer is here, and with it comes longer, warmer days and time to spend outside with friends and family. Don’t miss these great town-wide events coming up in the next couple of months! Subscribe to receive alerts when events are added to the Town’s online calendar.

Music in the Park has Returned on Tuesday Nights 

Skip making dinner and head to beautiful Bombardier Park West on Tuesday evenings to enjoy great tunes, delicious food for sale from Matt Mullen, lawn games and more. Plus, the Milton Farmers' Market is back and will take place alongside Music in the Park! Learn more and check out the schedule on this facebook post from the Milton Recreation Department. 

Join us for the Annual Milton July 4th Celebration

Join your friends and neighbors for a fun-filled Independence Day celebration with a parade starting at 11AM, plus fireworks and fun at Bombardier Park West from 5-10PM. To register a float, display, group, etc. for the parade, visit

National Night Out, August 1

Join us for a Night Out, celebrating police and community partnerships! Enjoy free BBQ, live music, kids games and family friendly activities, raffle, silent auction, safety demonstrations, the Milton Community Champion Award Presentation and more. Check out the facebook event with more information.

New Map Available for Re-Blazed Bombardier Park Trails 

Re-blazing has been completed on all of the multipurpose trails at Bombardier Park West, replacing over 200 plastic trail markers with painted blazes. You can download the new Bombardier Park Trails Map (PDF) here. A huge thank you goes out to volunteers Bonnie Pease and Brian Pease for their hard work and assistance with this project. Improvements are ongoing. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with these trails, please email for more information. 

Summer Programming in the Library

The Milton Public Library also has a lot of great programming on the schedule this summer for all ages, including the Science in the Summer Series for ages 7-9, the Teen Summer Reading Program for ages 12-18 and Adult Summer Reading BINGO. Please call 802-893-4644 for more information or to register. Follow Milton Public Library – VT on facebook for more event information. 

As always, I hope this message finds you and yours well. Our team looks forward to seeing you in our offices and around town soon.

Don Turner, Jr.

Milton Town Manager

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