By DOUG NURSE www.ajc.com
The Milton City Council has approved a resolution calling on the school board to consider the concerns of local residents who say the school's huge septic system and runoff is a health hazard.
Many residents oppose the new school site on Freemanville Road, and have asked the City Council to intervene. The city has no authority over where schools are placed by the Fulton school board, which acts independently of municipalities.
Residents say it will pour large amounts of effluent and chemicals into the ground, and they fear it will pollute nearby creeks that feed Little River and the Etowah River.
"We had some residents who hired an engineer and did some tests and shared some environmental concerns," said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "The school board people said sure, pass it on to us."
Residents also worry about traffic and noise and other attendant problems that come with a high school.
The resolution fell short of condemning the selection of the 116-acre site as requested by some residents. The resolution asks the school board consider working with the City of Milton to conduct additional tests and to coordinate with regulatory agencies to ensure that the new high school is designed and built in a safe and environmentally sound way.