September 17, 2008 Update
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
On Monday, September 15, by a vote of 4 - 3, with Council Members Julie Zahner Bailey and Tina D'Aversa joining me in opposition, the Milton City Council voted to extend sewer service in our city. Please see relevant AJC article: "Bitter issue: Milton council agrees to extend sewer lines".
As a reminder from my previous newsletter, the mayor and council members did not receive the proposed Sewer Service Area map until last Friday afternoon, and we did not receive the proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Fulton County until after 2:00 a.m. last Sunday morning. Council had very little time, therefore, to review these documents before the meeting last night. In addition and perhaps equally (if not more) concerning, neither the map, nor the IGA, were posted on the city web site to allow the public any opportunity to review and comment on the items in advance of the meeting.
Dozens of citizens were in attendance at the meeting, and the overwhelming majority of these citizens asked the mayor and council to postpone consideration of these items to allow for an opportunity to review them. Despite this, a motion put forth by me to remove consideration of these items from the agenda and instead postpone their consideration for one week failed.
I also want to point out to you that there is erroneous information in an article on the City of Milton's web site. Despite what is stated in the article, sewer service was indeed extended with the 4-3 vote Monday night. See article by clicking here. Our city attorney stated into the record that the inclusion of tracts of land in the Crabapple area (colored red on the proposed Sewer Service Area map) as part of the motion to approve the map and IGA was indeed sewer extension.
The map and IGA must now be approved by Fulton County before the contract and the ability for Fulton County to provide sewer service can legally go into effect. According the Fulton County's web site, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) plans to vote on the proposed map and IGA during its September 17 regular meeting. Click here for agenda.
Despite what I believe to be a violation of the spirit of open and transparent government and a blow to many citizens' trust in their city's government, I remain eager to get down to the business of making our city a better place for us all to live, work, and play. I only want you to be accurately informed about the facts of this issue.
As always, I consider it an honor to serve you. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. I encourage you to let me and the other council members and mayor know how you feel about this and any other issue. Public comment is allowed during all of our meetings. In addition, our e-mail addresses can be found by clicking on the link below.
Council Member, District 6 (At Large)