Friends and Neighbors,
Last Monday, September 15th, the Milton City Council approved a plan to move forward on a sewer service area agreement with Fulton County. This passed by a 4 to 3 vote, with myself as one of the 4 in favor.
This plan basically defined the areas of Milton that have access to sewer and those that do not. It was based on an existing Fulton County ordinance, and actual additional areas that already are sewered, or had commitments from the County before Milton was formed to be sewered. There are divided opinions on this issue and I respect every one of Council's opinion.
This issue has been going back and forth for a long time and it has made things very unproductive both at the city and between our citizens, has cost a loss of key staff, and has cost $ thousands of dollars in legal opinions. As the leader of the city, I felt very strongly that this issue needed to be addressed and decided upon so that we may move forward as a city in a positive way, and allow us to work on future "quality of life" issues for our citizens. I honestly believe that if we waited 2 more weeks, or 2 more month, or 2 more years, the decision would have been the same.
It boils down to this:
Our staff and legal dept. recommended that we take 7 properties out of Fulton County's rendition of what they believed was the existing sewered areas. What I supported was this, minus 2 properties in Crabapple that were called for higher density by the approved Crabapple Master Plan.
Here are the facts and numbers:
1. Previous sewered area, Big Creek basin 3280.5 acres (13%), Little River basin 795.6 acres (3%), and un-sewered areas of 20,862.8 acres (84%)
2. Fulton County proposed sewered area, Big Creek basin 3344.9 acres (13%), Little River basin 795.6 acres (3%), and un-sewered areas of 20,798.3 acres (84%)
3. City of Milton sewered area that passed they other night, Big Creek basin 3287.6 acres (13%), Little River basin 795.6 acres (3%), and un-sewered areas of 20,855.6 acres (84%)*
These above numbers were provided by City of Milton Community Development Dept.
As you can see there are marginal differences in acreage and no difference in percentages of sewered vs. non-sewered areas. I feel confident that this decision will allow us to enforce and support a plan that will protect Milton and ensure that all of our commitments and promises can be up held for you, our citizens and neighbors.
Please feel free to give me a call at 678 993 7664 if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,Mayor Joe Lockwood