Post Ice Storm Clean UP

Here is some information from the Town of Milton website for you to keep in mind if you have collected the broken tree branches and dont know what to do with them.

Post-Ice Storm Cleanup

The Town has been working with Halton Region and Milton Hydro on cleanup efforts following the ice storm that occurred between December 20 and 23, 2013.

Reporting Damaged Trees

The Town has been working diligently to resolve all known and reported damaged tree issues since the ice storm. Issues causing hazardous conditions are being addressed first, followed by non-hazardous issues requiring cleanup.

Town-owned trees

  • The Town will be looking after damaged Town-owned trees and larger tree limbs (greater than 15 cm/6 inches in diameter).
  • We ask residents to please report damaged Town-owned trees that still require attention to Engineering Services at 905-878-7252, ext. 2500 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by using the online reporting form:
  • Tree damage reporting form

Privately owned trees/large branches

  • For privately owned trees,  residents are encouraged to hire a local contractor to cut and remove debris from personal property and wires. These skills are specialized and Halton Region/Town of Milton staff do not have the equipment or expertise to perform them.
  • Residents can also deliver them to the Regional Land Fill site on Regional Road 25. Please note that Halton Region has waived all tipping fees in conjunction with the clean-up.
  • Residents may wish to contact their insurance company to check if their coverage can assist with the cost related to storm damage on their property.

Brush Pick-up

Urban Areas

  • Halton Region’s regularly scheduled garbage, recycling and green cart pick-up is continuing – with delays in some areas due to the volume of materials and inaccessibility of streets.
  • Until January 31, households may place out as many as 6 bags of garbage for collection on their scheduled collection day.
  • Brush debris will be picked up on the same day as garbage from January 6 to January 31 in the designated urban areas.
  • Branches are to be no longer than 2 metres (6.5 feet) in length and no wider than 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter.
  • Note: in some cases, all brush debris may not be picked up in one collection. Staff will try to pick up as much debris as possible each day.

Rural Areas

  • Halton Region will collect brush piles placed curbside in the rural hamlets of Campbellville, Brookville and Moffat. Collection will commence in Campbellville on Monday, January 6 and it is expected that this will take many weeks to complete.
  • Branches are to be no longer than 2 metres (6.5 feet) in length and no wider than 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter.
  • Note: in some cases, all brush debris may not be picked up in one collection. Staff will try to pick up as much debris as possible each day.

Brush Drop-off

Halton Waste Management Site

  • Residents and contractors can drop off brush debris at the Halton Waste Management Site free of charge through to January 31.

Mohawk Racetrack

  • Beginning Saturday, January 4 at 9 a.m., Mohawk Racetrack will be available as a brush debris drop-off centre.
  • The drop-off will be in Parking Lot A, which is located south of the main entrance, between Guelph Line and the main grandstand.
  • Signs will be placed on Guelph Line, and at the entrance road leading into Mohawk, directing people to the site.
  • The drop-off centre will be open for several weeks (closing date to be announced).

Questions?

For questions related to waste and/or brush debris collection, please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or by email.

Election Campaign Announcement

Earlier this morning I filed my nomination papers to run for the position of Local & Regional Councillor for wards 1,6,7 & 8.

This might come as no surprise to many as it’s been apparent that residents in our area have been under-represented during the last term.

I look forward to the campaign and meeting as many residents as possible and details on how you can support my campaign will be posted soon.  You can click on the Facebook link to the right and that will take you to a campaign page where you can comment, like and hopefully SHARE with all your friends and neighbours in Milton.

As resident of Milton for more than 10 years and the Local Councillor for Ward 6 since 2010, I have built a solid reputation as an active community member (United Way Milton, Milton Community Resource Centre) and an advocate for accountability and delivering efficient, cost-effective services.

I’m known for being engaged and accessible to residents and am seeking to represent Milton as the Local and Regional Councillor for Wards 1,6,7,8 to continue my tradition of open, transparent and accessible governance.

I am committed to protecting the taxpayer, building safe, strong and healthy neighbourhoods and engaging with my constituents to ensure that the needs and concerns of our growing community are well managed by Halton Region.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement in running for this position. There are so many challenges Milton faces in the upcoming years and it’s vital that we have strong leadership both at the local level and at the Region as well.

If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer/donate to my campaign, please feel free to call or email me at mike@mikecluett.ca

I’ll see you at the doors.

Town of Milton New Years Levee

Wondering what to do on New Years Day of 2014? Why don’t you come down to Milton Town Hall for the annual Mayor’s New Year Levee.

All the fun starts at 1pm and goes until 3pm.  Lots to see and do, so I look forward to seeing you then.

From Michael Gregory at the Milton Canadian Champion

Milton town councillors are inviting residents to join them for a festive kick-off to 2014 at the annual New Year’s Day Levee.

The traditional celebration will take place Tuesday, Jan. 1 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Milton Town Hall.

“Milton council is pleased to continue this tradition,” Councillor Cindy Lunau said in a news release. “We invite Milton residents and their families to join us in celebrating the new year.”

The event will feature musical entertainment and refreshments from La Rose Bakery and Tim Hortons.

Milton residents will also have a chance to discuss Town projects, and learn about council initiatives for the upcoming year.

Levee festivities date back to the mid-17th century when the governor of New France hosted an event to update citizens of the happenings back in Europe.

The tradition continues to be celebrated by many municipalities across Canada.

New Years Eve in Milton

Please join Mayor Krantz, myself along with other town councillors at 1130PM-12:30AM on New Years Eve at Milton Town Hall for the Annual Bell ringing in Victoria Park.

For over 100 + years Miltonians have joined in at the midnight hour to ring in the upcoming year.  Its always a great time to be had by kids of all ages.  Rain or snow or cold weather doesn’t matter…we want to see you out there on New Years Eve.

Special guests arrive every year as a surprise, so be prepared!

I look forward to seeing you there around midnight so we can ring in 2014 together.

Halton Region Lifts 3 Bag Limit Until Jan 31st

What a crazy week its been in Milton.  After two full days of freezing rain & snow, many parts of Milton were left in the dark as power lines were damaged due to the weather.  Many of us in wards 1, 6, 7 & 8 were spared the trouble of the long term power outage, there were pockets of darkness in the rural areas of town.

Over the last few days I have met with many of you to talk about the challenges we faced and what can be done in the future to ensure that in case this does happen again, we are going to be better prepared going forward.

Was it a perfect process? Not at all.  There were some issues regarding communication from Milton Hydro that I feel were addressed quickly and if you followed them on Twitter and their website, they did improve as the work continued connecting people back to the grid.

Many thanks goes to our field workers at Milton Hydro for their hard work and dedication to get the power back up as quickly as possible. From their most recent account it looks like almost everyone is back up and running.

With all of this in mind the Halton Region has decided to temporarily lift the 3 bag limit until January 31st so that homeowners affected by the ice storm can get their household waste out & aid in the clean up of broken branches around their properties.

From the Halton Region website

In order to assist with clean-up efforts after last weekend’s ice storm, Halton Region is lifting the three-bag limit for garbage pick-up, allowing households to place as much as six bags of garbage for collection on their scheduled collection day until January 31. Brush debris will also be picked up on the same day as garbage from January 6-31 in designated urban areas. For rural areas, Halton Region is coordinating additional resources.

Until January 31, residents and contractors can also drop off brush debris at the Halton Waste Management site free of charge. Large bins are also available at Lowville Park and Ella Foote Hall for residents to bring brush and wood from downed trees.

“I want to thank residents across the Region for their patience as we continue to work to clean up after the storm,” said Gary Carr, Regional Chair. “Halton is a compassionate community and I also want to thank the many staff from the local municipalities, councillors, utilities and the hundreds of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help their communities.”

Storm clean-up is expected to take several weeks and crews will work each day to collect as much debris as possible. However, due to the volume of brush to be collected it will take time and all debris may not be picked up in one collection. In order to assist with the clean-up, residents are asked to pile branches with a maximum of 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) in diametre and 2 metres (6.5 feet) in length on their regular garbage day.

For more information about Regional efforts related to the ice storm, please visit www.halton.ca/severeweather.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.