Milton civic groups planning plaque for Bryan Stevenson

Memorandum of understanding to be considered April 5
April 2, 2021

Two Milton civic organizations are planning to dedicate a plaque to one of the town’s most famous sons.

Milton Historical Society and Milton Community Foundation plan to create a plaque honoring civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson that would be located at the historical society’s property on Union Street. The plaque would be paid for by the community foundation. Once the plaque is dedicated, it would be owned by the historical society.

The historical society and the community foundation are on Milton Town Council’s Monday, April 5 agenda to sign a memorandum of understanding with the town that would allow for the plaque to be located on town property should it ever be removed from the historical society site.

MCF President Steve Crawford said the project came from a suggestion by one of the foundation’s board members, and everyone thought it was a good idea. 

“Our plan is to have a dedication/unveiling event in the fall,” Crawford said. “Plans are in flux as we are unsure of the COVID situation and what Bryan might want for an event. We have asked him to consider any Saturday between Sept. 15 and Nov. 15.”

Crawford said Stevenson has had input into the look and wording of the plaque, which will resemble other historical markers around town. Once they have completed design and wording, he said the foundation will begin fundraising.

Alonna Berry, a cousin of Stevenson’s and an MHS board member, said, the society is planning an outdoor area to place the plaque.

“We are so excited that Milton is celebrating the accomplishments of Milton native Bryan Stevenson. Representation matters, and elevating the narrative of truth and reconciliation is important for the healing of our entire community,” she said.

Council to award two construction contracts

In addition to the plaque MOU, Milton Town Council is set to award two construction contracts for major projects around town during its 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 5 meeting at Grace Church.

First, the council will award a contract for a road repaving project in Shipbuilder’s Village. The second contract will be for a $1.6 million water system improvement project to replace water mains along Atlantic Street, Atlantic Avenue and Chestnut Street. Funding has been provided by the state Water Infrastructure Advisory Council at terms favorable for the town: interest-only payments during construction and 100 percent forgiveness once the project is completed.

Council will also discuss a request from Milton Attainable Housing to develop six parcels at the corner of Route 16 and Country Road into a residential/commercial complex. Council would forward preliminary plans to the planning and zoning commission for review.

There will also be a public hearing on an amendment to the zoning code regarding nonconforming uses, with a possible vote later in the meeting.

Finally, council will discuss a request from Milton Chamber of Commerce to close a portion of Magnolia Street for the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival, set for Saturday, May 29.

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