By DOUG NURSE / www.ajc.com
Friday, October 31, 2008
The city of Milton is talking with the Crooked Creek subdivision about whether to abandon city-owned roads inside the large neighborhood and allowing Crooked Creek to become a gated community.
A meeting between officials with the city and the subdivision on Thursday didn’t result in any decisions, although the city is considering lessening requirements for privatizing city streets.
The city currently requires that 100 percent of all residents in the subdivision agree to pay for future maintenance of the streets if the city abandons them to the subdivision. Crooked Creek residents say that’s unrealistic and point out that some cities have much lower requirements. City staff members will poll other cities to see what their requirement actually are.
Residents there want to limit access in and out of the 600-home subdivision because, they say, their streets often serve as a cut-through for traffic from Ga. 9 to Frances Road.
When subdivision officials initially approached the city last summer, they wanted the city first to refurbish the roads in the subdivision, which would have cost $700,000. The city balked, although it is doing some regularly scheduled maintenance in Crooked Creek.
If the city abandons the roads and subdivision becomes a gated community, Crooked Creek would become responsible for maintaining the roads.