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Home Care In Milton, WA

Home Care Milton, WA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Milton S. Hershey Mansion gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Milton, WA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Great team, great clientele, available hours”

Joan K.

“The absolute best in home care services! Our family are so grateful for Phil, Deena and their entire home care team! We could not have cared for our mother at home without them!”

Lisa F.

“There is no better agency than Steve and his team. We went through 4 different agencies until we found them and have thanked our lucky stars. Reliable, educated and experienced. They have our family’s best interest and heart in mind.”

Christina M.

“The greatest in home care ever!! The staff was very knowledgeable and very caring about our needs.”

Brian F.

“They were caring, and did a good job when we finally got the right person. They were caring, efficient and they did a good job.”

Dwayne F.

“I felt confident that my mom was being taken care of and that she seemed happy with the caregivers. As far as her life she was well fed, her physical hygiene was taken care of, and she had company. I'd recommend them because the caregivers were well trained and they showed a lot of care for my mother and they also kept the family informed.”

Marie D.

“It takes some of the burden off of me. When I need schedule changes, such as today with an early morning doctor's appointment, they easily change the schedule when we need. I already have. I like that they come and check and find out what our goals are, as well as working with the provider that comes to our home. They are well coordinated.”

Lynette C.

“The services are essential because they're always on time. I would recommend Always Best Care because I like the people who they send. They're just outstanding.”

Grace C.

“The services have helped him the most by having no confusion about taking their pills. I want them to follow-up more often.”

Donna P.

“They help with things that I can't do anymore. I like that they always have someone for you.”

Robert M.

“I work for an assisted living community in Tacoma and often come across potential residents and their family members who use Always Best Care for in-home caregiving, as well as senior advising to find long term care placement. Phil and Steve are fantastic care partners, and great advocates for seniors in our area!”

Theresa L.

“I worked with Phil and Steve to try and find a memory care facility or possibly an adult family home for my mom who was in late stage Altzheimers disease. They were both so caring, empathetic, understanding and patient with us during the most difficult time for our family. Ultimately we were unable to move mom, but I never felt any frustration or impatience from them, only the utmost care and concern. I would recommend this place to anyone trying to find a care facility or home for a loved one.”

Jennifer W.

“They were proactive, nice, pleasant people. One thing I like about them is that they are very nice and professional, easy to work with.”

Richard A.

“The agency can make my life easier by communicating more. I like this agency because they are prompt.”

Danny J.

“I am not able to do a lot of things that I used to do for myself. They are responsive, and they do a good job at getting good employees.”

Thomas O.

“The whole team was great with my mom when she was finally discharged home, especially Roshea and Kelsey. I especially liked that they had consistent staff instead of a new caregiver every shift.”

debbie S.

“Having someone here to assist my parents has allowed me to focus on other things. They're good communicators, they're kind, and the caregivers do a good job.”

Dorothy L.

“The agency helps me not to worry about the client. The company could be better at finding caregivers for us faster.”

Jennifer W.

“They helped with things like light housekeeping. I liked that they were excellent at communicating with us.”

Melissa A.

“It is easier for us because someone is taking care of my mom. The caregiver is great.”

Steve B.

“They carry conversations with me. They are very smart nurses.”

Hellen B.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Milton, WA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Milton, WA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Livingston Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Milton Inn or visit Milton Historical Society, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Milton, WA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Milton, WA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your WA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Milton, WA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Broadway Manor
  • Milton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center - Bedrock Care
  • Allendale Long Term Care Facility
  • Seasons Retirement Communities
  • Milton Developmental Services
  • Aspira Martindale Gardens Retirement Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Milton, WA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Milton, WA

State of Washington says Milton megachurch violated environmental laws

The state is coming down on the controversial building of a megachurch in Pierce County. State officials say church contractors are violating environmental laws.SEATTLE — The state of Washington is cracking down on a controversial megachurch in Pierce County.Neighbors in Milton have been fighting this project since 2019, saying it puts wetla...

The state is coming down on the controversial building of a megachurch in Pierce County. State officials say church contractors are violating environmental laws.

SEATTLE — The state of Washington is cracking down on a controversial megachurch in Pierce County.

Neighbors in Milton have been fighting this project since 2019, saying it puts wetlands and wildlife at risk. Now they're hoping state regulators will help their cause.

Construction on this years-long, hotly-contested megachurch just got underway. The state found the builders are not following state environmental laws.

"I'm glad the state's coming in but I don't know what they'll be able to actually do. I mean, this is the very beginning of the project and nothing is being done correctly," said Milton resident Cheryl Reid-Simmons.

The area in the town of Milton is an important one for fish and wildlife. It includes two protected wetlands and a seasonal stream with Coho salmon that flows into Surprise Lake.

Last month, water quality inspectors cited the church twice for not following the laws aimed at keeping the species safe. The church is operating without a stormwater permit and without the appropriate fencing to keep dirty construction water out of streams and rivers.

"If there are repeated violations, that's when we move into enforcement and that really depends on the site," said Mugdha Flores, the communications manager with the Department of Ecology.

These are exactly the types of environmental issues nearby residents have been raising concerns about for four long years. They even took the issue to court trying to block construction of it, with no success.

"We have all kinds of wildlife in the lake," said Susan Castillo, who lives nearby.

Neighbors living along Surprise Lake said wildlife has already been hurt by the project and things only got worse a month ago when the church chopped down 100 trees.

"There were two owls over here that would call at night. You don't hear them anymore," said Reid-Simmons.

"So what will be the effect of runoff and any of the pollutants that might be happening due to all this due to the construction, due to the traffic this church is going to bring," said Castillo.

Residents said the City of Milton has been a big part of the problem. They said the city is giving the church a free pass over their concerns, including allowing the 92,000-square-foot church to be built in the middle of a single-family neighborhood with sensitive habitats all around.

KING 5 asked Milton officials about the new state citations. Planning Manager Angelie Stahlnecker said, "My understanding is there are a few minor corrections, and to be honest ... that's sort of normal."

State inspectors said if the violations aren't rectified, they can issue fines of $10,000 a day per violation. Neighbors said this validates their long-standing complaints and they hope it's the beginning of the church taking their concerns seriously.

"We try really hard to not live in a way that hurts our natural surroundings. So it's really sad that you can do everything. But then somebody just comes in and stomps all over it anyway," said Reid-Simmons.

KING 5 reached out to the Salvation Baptist Church which declined an interview but said in an email that their focus is on "ensuring compliance with the Department of Ecology."

After long fight, megachurch is under construction in this small Pierce County city

Milton residents watched last week as crews began cutting down trees along Taylor Street, clearing the way for a long-disputed new megachurch.In 2019, the Salvation Slavic Baptist Church applied to build a 92,000-square-foot church building with a 7,500-square-foot gym, K-12 school and parking lot for more than 500 cars. Four years later, it’s begun preparing the site for construction and will soon be issued a city permit for parking, utilities and underground work.When Cheryl Reid-Simons first saw the trees come down, sh...

Milton residents watched last week as crews began cutting down trees along Taylor Street, clearing the way for a long-disputed new megachurch.

In 2019, the Salvation Slavic Baptist Church applied to build a 92,000-square-foot church building with a 7,500-square-foot gym, K-12 school and parking lot for more than 500 cars. Four years later, it’s begun preparing the site for construction and will soon be issued a city permit for parking, utilities and underground work.

When Cheryl Reid-Simons first saw the trees come down, she was taken aback.

“It’s shocking,” said Reid-Simons, who lives across the street from the site. “I’ve had so many people come up to me who said that they found themselves teary when they saw it, because those trees have been there for longer than any of us.”

Originally, the site had 214 significant trees, about half of which are being cut down. The church will plant replacement trees on the property, city officials said.

City staff from Milton’s community development and public works departments will also be actively monitoring the site, said Angelie Stahlnecker, Milton’s planning manager.

Church officials declined to comment.

For neighbors like Reid-Simons and Chris Phillips, the work marks a definitive conclusion to a years-long battle against the development. The initial proposal quickly drew concern from neighbors, who felt a church of such size was simply too big for the neighborhood, which is zoned for residential single-family use.

Despite neighborhood opposition, the project was approved in 2021. Now, as Phillips gazes through her backyard to a spot where trees once towered, the sight of a newly cleared lot serves as a reminder of that lost battle.

“We felt like we were heard but not really listened to,” Phillips said.

One major concern is the project’s implications for traffic. Phillips said she feels the church would be better suited for a major thoroughfare, and that 500 cars could easily overwhelm the neighborhood’s roads.

The project also yields concerns over its potential environmental and water-quality-related impacts. The roughly 20-acre property where the church will eventually go has two wetlands and a stream connecting to Surprise Lake.

Reid-Simons said she sees the project as a missed opportunity to address housing needs in Milton, adding that she wishes the land would be used to build new homes instead.

“I’m sure they’re lovely, wonderful people, and I think that there are a lot of places where this church could be where it would fit and be an asset,” Reid-Simons said. “I just don’t think in the middle of a single-family neighborhood is it.”

Residential single-family zoning allows for conditionally permitted buildings like schools and churches. According to the city, the church project fits within Milton’s comprehensive plan.

“With any project, we’re just looking at, what does the code say it allows? What are the standards and conditions that the code outlines?” Stahlnecker said.

To come to an informed decision, Stahlnecker said, the city sought the advice of third-party traffic, stormwater and environmental consultants. The proposal also underwent a State Environmental Policy Act review.

The project is moving forward – but not without several conditions in place to help mitigate the impacts of construction. Stahlnecker said the permit requires the church to add sidewalks to Taylor Street and 23rd Avenue, assess traffic impacts and take measures to protect the property’s wetlands.

Even so, some residents remain apprehensive.

Reid-Simons said she hopes her predictions about the megachurch’s impacts are wrong. But she also hopes that other cities will see what’s happening in Milton and take steps to keep it from playing out in their own communities.

“If there was nothing the city could do about this, other cities better look at it and see what they can do to prevent this,” Reid-Simons said.

This story was originally published July 23, 2023, 7:05 AM.

How To Watch: 2023 Milton High School Football Vs. Western

Milton High school and Western High will face off on Thursday in one of the most anticipated matchups of the week.Following a 27-13 victory over Collins Hill, Milton will travel to South Florida to visit Western.Western is a great program filled with many highly rated recruits including star quarterback Davi Belfort, the son of UFC Legend Vitor.Belfort, who is committed to Virginia Tech, is hoping to lead his team to s...

Milton High school and Western High will face off on Thursday in one of the most anticipated matchups of the week.

Following a 27-13 victory over Collins Hill, Milton will travel to South Florida to visit Western.

Western is a great program filled with many highly rated recruits including star quarterback Davi Belfort, the son of UFC Legend Vitor.

Belfort, who is committed to Virginia Tech, is hoping to lead his team to success in his final season of high school football.

Milton is currently ranked as the 59th best team in the nation according to the HSFA Top 100, while Western is not on the list.

Although Western is not on the list, they are an extremely talented team that won’t make it easy for Milton.

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Kickoff will take place at 7:30 p.m. E.T in Davie, FL, the home of the Western Wildcats.

The weather forecast for Davie, FL predicts Thunderstorms in the afternoon, although they should stop by kickoff.

Conditions for the game are expected to be wet and slippery.

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Should a megachurch project move ahead in Milton? Here’s what a hearing examiner said

Editor’s Note: A previous version included an incorrect date to appeal the decision.A two-year fight against a megachurch in Milton has ended.A Pierce County Hearing Examiner determined that the Salvation Slavic Baptist Church’s application to build a 2,000-seat church in a Milton neighborhood ...

Editor’s Note: A previous version included an incorrect date to appeal the decision.

A two-year fight against a megachurch in Milton has ended.

A Pierce County Hearing Examiner determined that the Salvation Slavic Baptist Church’s application to build a 2,000-seat church in a Milton neighborhood should be approved.

The church filed for a conditional-use permit in April 2019 to develop nearly 20 acres at 1707 23rd Ave.

The proposal includes a 92,000-square-foot church, holding up to 2,000 people, a 7,500-square-foot gym, a 26-student classroom and 546 parking stalls. The city’s population is 8,697, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

Hearing examiner Stephen Causseaux issued his decision Sept. 30. Causseaux said the proposal does not break any city code restrictions on development because there are no restrictions.

Opponents have raised more than $36,000 on experts, attorneys and studies to stop the church, said Chris Phillips, organizer for Citizens for Small Town Milton. The group contested the city’s conclusion that there would be no significant impacts to traffic, the environment or noise. They primarily argued that the city’s comprehensive plan states a development should not “adversely affect the established character and planned character of the surrounding vicinity.”

The hearing examiner said in his findings that Milton has not adopted any code amendments to protect the “small town character” or specific regulations. Causseaux said the code never distinguishes between “large and more neighborhood scale institutions” in residential areas.

Phillips was surprised by the clarity in the decision. She thought the residents’ group put up a strong argument. She worries that this project will change her neighborhood charm.

“Once you put a large impact development into the residential zone, you have lost the small-town character,” she said. “It feels like they have just nixed that. Just say goodbye to small-town Milton.”

Andrew Chepel, the church’s project manager, said Salvation Slavic Baptist Church did not have a comment on the decision at this time.

The church, currently located at 10622 8th St. in Edgewood, was built in 1992. The church also offers a school program from kindergarten to 10th grade.

According to the hearing decision, the Salvation Slavic Baptist Church congregation consists primarily of those whose families immigrated to this country from Russia to escape religious persecution. The church told the hearing examiner it has outgrown its Edgewood facilities, counting 1,200 church members and 180 students.

City staff and elected officials have spoken out against the project. Former Milton Public Works Director Nick Afzali once oversaw the planning department. He resigned in July over the proposal, saying it was not “compatible” with his values.

“In short, due to the size and location of the proposed SSBC, this proposed development neither promotes walkability nor it is compatible with the current residential character and fabric of the neighborhood – both of which are key tenets of my professional core values,” his letter to city officials said.

Four of the city’s seven council members have written letters or testified against the development. Council member Phil Linden has been vocal and told The News Tribune he was profoundly disappointed in the decision.

Linden said this should be a cautionary tale to neighboring towns and cities to tighten up planning codes.

“The citizens did their part and did it well. Unfortunately the existing city code is what failed them,” Linden said.

He pointed to the more than 2 million square-foot warehouse that was approved off 5th Avenue last year as proof that this is part of a larger problem in the city.

“There is vulnerability in the code, and both of those land use decisions have shown that. Milton is a victim of its own code,” Linden said. “Other communities have fortified and protected their citizens more substantially.”

Milton’s council unanimously passed a bill on March 15 to put a pause on conditional-use permits in residential areas for six months under the advice of Afzali to address gaps in development code. The moratorium is still in place.

Opponents of the development have until Oct. 21 to appeal the decision to Pierce County Superior Court.

Milton’s senior planner Brittany Port said if no timely appeals are filed, the church can begin submitting building plans to be approved. Once the city gives the green light, there is a “pre-construction conference” to discuss requirements of construction like noise control and erosion mitigation.

Philips said the citizen group would not be moving forward with an appeal.

“The citizens did what we could and to fight through large groups and lots of letters and talked to the City Council and got nowhere,” she said. “So it really does feel like the city will make their own decisions on where they go from here.”

She believes the uproar over the church development has voters watching mayoral and City Council races closely, especially candidates’ positions on the issue of development.

This story was originally published October 5, 2021, 12:54 PM.

City of Milton overlooked Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribes' concerns about megachurch construction, lawyer says

Construction on a Megachurch has begun in Milton. KING 5 has learned that tribal concerns voiced to the city were overlooked, breaking typical treaty rights.SEATTLE — Concerns from the Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribes over the construction of a new megachurch in Milton were overlooked by the city, according to an Indigenous rights lawyer who says the new build could be violating treaty rights.The megachurch is prompting environmental, traffic and housing concerns from multiple groups. The Salvation Baptist Church bought a ...

Construction on a Megachurch has begun in Milton. KING 5 has learned that tribal concerns voiced to the city were overlooked, breaking typical treaty rights.

SEATTLE — Concerns from the Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribes over the construction of a new megachurch in Milton were overlooked by the city, according to an Indigenous rights lawyer who says the new build could be violating treaty rights.

The megachurch is prompting environmental, traffic and housing concerns from multiple groups. The Salvation Baptist Church bought a single-family zoned piece of land to build the 92-thousand-square-foot building.

"I saw the trees go down last week and that was sad," said Milton resident Jeoffrey Cross.

"The sanctuary holds 2,000 people in one seating so that's a lot of people coming," said Chris Phillips who lives a block away from the property. After fighting the construction of the church for years, Phillips says her hopes diminished when the trees were cut down. "I just don't want to see it happen, but then again, I feel like it's a done deal and I'm done with it."

The City of Milton conducted the necessary state environmental reviews before construction and found two wetlands and a stream to Surprise Lake with endangered Coho Salmon on the site. The Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribes wrote letters to the City of Milton in 2021 with their main concerns focusing on fish blockage and stormwater infiltration that could result in the death of the fish. The city responded to the Puyallup Tribe by inviting them to a public comment session.

"The fact that the tribes were invited to public comment and in fact their comments were treated as public comments rather than intergovernmental communications is very telling," said Gabriel Galanda who does not represent Puyallup or Muckleshoot Tribes but is an Indigenous rights lawyer. He said even the hearing examiner, who reviewed the project, listed the Tribes' letters in the public comments section when they should have been held in higher regard.

"If it's not illegal, they certainly violated best practices," said Galanda who believes more should have been done to address the Tribes' concerns. He said the city should have made more of an effort to meet with the Tribes per treaty agreements.

"It seems the City of Milton or at least its politicians don't appreciate the supremacy of Indian treaty rights and particularly fishing rights," said Galanda.

Former Milton Public Works Director Nick Afzali resigned in 2021 over the project. In his resignation letter, obtained by KING 5, he wrote in part the church "does not align with my core values as a professional who has been serving the public… for the last thirty years." Afzali was the State Environmental Policy Act official who conducted the environmental reviews.

"They had 20 acres and they are pretty much filling up every square foot except where there are wetlands and streams," said Phillips.

This is what Phillips, a former architect, had to say when asked if the city did everything right: "No. That is my professional and personal opinion."

KING 5 reached out to Milton Mayor Shanna Styron Sherrell multiple times about how the city handled the project. She declined to comment for this story but said the church went through neighborhood meetings, city council meetings, public hearings, and appeals.

Even after all of that, Galanda believes it's not too late for the city to respond.

"The project should be paused, and the City of Milton should engage in government-to-government consultation with the Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribal nations regarding the impacts this project will have on treaty rights," Galanda said.

Trees have recently been cut down and construction work is currently happening. KING 5 should learn more about the church's plans through the permitting process in the coming months.

A spokesperson for the church told KING 5 they chose that property because of its proximity to their other church. When asked about environmental concerns, they pointed to the long approval process but declined to answer additional questions.


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