COVID-19

Updated 08/26/20

At the Town of Milton, the safety and well-being of staff, residents and visitors is always our priority. We recognize that we are here to assist you, your families and our emergency service responders.  We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation and taking steps to help keep our staff and residents safe.

Access to Milton Municipal Building is by appointment only. All visitors will be required to:

  • Wear a face covering while in the building
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from all employees
  • Do not visit if they have any respiratory illness, fever, or have had recent close contact with someone who is sick
  • Call the office they are meeting with on arrival to the building

 Public use of meeting spaces in the Municipal Building, Library, Fire Station, Wastewater Plant, Highway garage and Police Station is suspended.

We are closely monitoring and encourage all residents to follow updates and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

We are encouraging all residents to call or email if you need assistance from the Town. We are here to serve but in this unprecedented time, we want to protect the health and safety of our staff and residents. As always, thank you for your patience and continued trust as we manage through this time together.

Community Guide

Take a look at this COVID-19 Community Guide for information on how to prepare and protect yourself, what steps to take if you get sick, how to help others, and more.

Milton COVID-19 Flyer April 2020

Milton Helping Milton

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Milton residents are pulling together to help each other out during this time of need. The Town Manager’s Office has been receiving calls from residents offering assistance to others. To better pool these offers of support and to assist in providing support to Milton residents in need, please complete this form. If you have an emergency, call 911. 

Examples of assistance that may be in need or able to be provided include: Picking up groceries or prescriptions, meal prep and delivery, elderly check-ins (remotely or social distanced), daycare, tech support, pet sitting/dog walking, immediate repairs, and other assistance that may be needed.

Please note: This is not a tool to contact Milton Town Staff. This is a volunteer effort and may not serve all needs. If you have an immediate need, you may wish to find alternative help. In Vermont, 211 is the number to dial to find out about hundreds of important community resources, like emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, health care, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation agencies, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more.

Please Wear a Mask

Since COVID-19 may be transmitted by someone who does not have symptoms, a mask helps you protect others. You must still practice social distancing, wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Visit the Vermont Department of Health to learn more about how to use and make cloth face coverings.

Trash & Recycling Disposal

The Chittenden Solid Waste District Drop-Off Center in Milton has been reopened with temporary restrictions.

Myers Recycling Center in Colchester is open Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for trash and recycling drop off.

Situational Updates

Department Specific Information

Assessor

  • Assessors are conducting as much business by phone and email as possible to limit appointments.

Boards & Commissions

Champlain Water District (CWD) 

  • CWD utilizes a multi‐barrier approach to water treatment, including optimized filtration and disinfection. These processes are effective in removing and inactivating viruses, including COVID‐19, and result in a safe and reliable water supply as required by existing State and Federal drinking water standards. Connected users should continue to use and drink water from their taps as usual.

Finance Department

  • The Finance Department Director and Fiscal Assistant II will be working remotely and hours expanded to allow remaining staff to work at different times to avoid contact with others in office. Accounts payable, receivable and payroll are essential functions.

Fire Department

  • No public access to the Fire Department is allowed except for crew currently on duty.

Green Mountain Water Environment Association (GMWE)

  • GMWE is getting reports from all over Vermont about municipal sewer systems becoming clogged due to the flushing of disinfectant wipes and paper towels toilets.
  • Please do not not flush wipes, even if the package reads “flushable". Instead, dispose of them in the trash. When clogged, Wastewater system staff may have to clean out pumps, pipes, and screens by hand, increasing risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Human Resources, Administration, Facilities 

  • The Milton Municipal Building Community Room is closed until further notice.

Milton Public Library 

  • Milton Public Library’s building is closed to the public, but curbside pickupis available:
    • 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday
    • 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Summer Reading logs and BINGO cards, the library’s catalog, eBooks, and other online resources are available from the library’s website. When requested, your user name is your library card number, and your password is your last name, all lower case.
  • To reinstate an expired library card or apply for a temporary library card, call the library at 802-893-4644.
  • Online programs, including Friday story time, are on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • The library is a pickup site for Milton Town School District lunches for Milton residents age 18 and under. The program runs 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 15 through August 21.  Pickup is curbside, behind the library near the book drop.
  • The book drop is open, so you may return materials you have checked out. There are no fines.
  • The library’s free Wi-Fi (Milton Library) is accessible from your car in the parking lot. There is no password.
  • Keep in touch with the library on:

Milton Town School District

  • Milton Town School buildings and outdoor facilities including all playgrounds and tracks are closed to the public. Only staff and faculty can enter the buildings. Schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. Visit the Milton Town School District website for information about maintenance of learning at home, free meal deliveries for students, and more.

Planning and Zoning Department

  • The Planning & Zoning Department recognizes the hardships that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on local businesses. In response to this, the department has enacted Temporary Permitting Measures for food trucks, outdoor seating, outdoor pick-up/sales areas, and signage. Please contact us with any questions.
  • Zoning and development review applications are being processed. During this time, we prefer electronic submittal of applications to apitts@miltonvt.gov and/or rsaunders@miltonvt.gov. There is a secure drop box outside the main doors to the Municipal Building where hard copies of the permit application may be dropped, or you can mail applications to Milton Planning & Zoning, 43 Bombardier Road, Milton, VT 05468. Payment can be made online, placed in the secure drop box, or mailed to the municipal offices. If you have any questions, call 802-893-6655 option 4.

Police Department

  • The Police Department employees are working 12 hour shifts including Chief, Sergeants, Detectives, School Resource Officer and Administrative Staff. This creates four teams working independently of one another, limiting exposure between teams on and off duty. The Police office remains open for appointments. Call 911 in case of an emergency.

Public Works Department

  • The Public Works Department continues to maintain highways, roads, water and wastewater system.
  • No activating water shutoffs or replacing meters until further notice.
  • Highway staff have been divided into two crews, working independently.
  • Water & Wastewater staff have been divided into two independent crews and Chief operator working remotely.

Recreation Department 

  • The Recreation Department will hold Summer Camps and other in-person programs with limitations and safety precautions in place. All current State of Vermont guidelines will be followed. 
  • Bombardier Park amenities closed until further notice include: Playground Structures, Fieldhouse, Restrooms & Water Fountain. All other Bombardier Park amenities are open for use with proper precautions.
  • Open spaces and trails at Bombardier Park, Milton Town Forest, Eagle Mountain Natural Area, Lamoille River Walk, and River Street Park are open for use
  • Users must adhere strictly to social distancing guidelines and all current State of Vermont safety guidelines while visiting parks and natural areas.

Rescue Department

  • The Rescue Department will respond to all emergency 911 calls, with new procedures:
    • Dispatch will screen people by asking three questions.
    • Rescue crew will contact hospital ahead of arrival.
    • Transfer of patients happens outside of the hospital.
    • Rescue crew decontaminates all equipment after every call, even if there are no symptoms.
  • No public access to the Rescue Department is allowed except for crew on duty.

Town Clerk & Treasurer

  • The Town Clerk & Treasurer office is closed to general public, with staff available by phone or email as normal.
  • Services are available online and in modified ways, including Dog Licenses, Tax & Water Payments, Green Mountain Passports, Tax Bills, Vital Records & Marriage Licenses, Land Record Research, Assessor/Lister Cards.
  • Residents are encouraged to utilize online payments and outside drop box for payments.
  • Title searchers allowed by appointment only.

Town Manager

  • The Town Manager’s Office will remain open by appointment only throughout the duration of pandemic. Town Manager staff and Human Resources Director will rotate to assure that the office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.
  • Town Manager will meet with Selectboard regularly with situational updates.
  • Town Manager will provide regular public updates to residents on available Town services.