Friday, April 17, 2009

Milton News From Julie Zahner Bailey

Dear Milton Neighbors, Friends and Citizens,I hope everyone had a safe Spring Break and a blessed Easter and Passover. This release provides information regarding four items citizens have contacted me about over the last week:

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day -
this Saturday, April 18 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The City of Milton and Milton Grows Green, in concert with the City of Alpharetta and the City of Roswell are teaming up to provide a free opportunity for Milton residents to dispose of "bulky items". Scroll down for details.

Naming of the new elementary school on Birmingham Highway -
I have received many calls and emails inquiring about the naming of the new elementary school. An article ran in the Milton Herald last week noting three names that have put forth for consideration by the Board of Education: Birmingham Bend, Birmingham Falls and Birmingham Trail. Many citizens have inquired as to the process, how they can weigh in and who they can contact. I am providing this information to address those questions. The BOE will consider the three names currently before them at their Thursday, April 23 meeting. Citizens can send comments to members of the BOE as well as the Area Superintendent and the Superintendent of schools. The final decision is that of the Board of Education. Scroll down for more details including a link to the article from the Milton Herald and contact information.

Birmingham Park Clean-Up and Day of Service -
Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 - 4:00. Please do join us! Details are noted below.
Upcoming Special Use Permit Requests - Two Special Use Permit requests come before the Milton Council on Monday, April 27. They are located on Arnold Mill Road and the other at the corner of Birmingham Highway and Taylor Road. Scroll down for details.Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I consider it a serious responsibility and welcome any and all questions and comments.
All my best -
Julie Zahner Bailey

Milton City Council 770-664-5529 (home)404-310-6344 (cell)
Bulky Trash Amnesty Day -
Saturday, April 18 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.The Public Works Departments of Milton, Alpharetta and Roswell, along with Milton Grows Green and Keep Roswell Beautiful, join together Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., to offer residents a chance to clean out their garages, basements, attics and dispose of large, unwanted items at no charge.Residents can bring their items to the City of Roswell Public Works Division at 1810 Hembree Road. Proof of residency, such as utility bills, will be required.Due to the popularity of this event, you may encounter delays.
Materials will only be accepted at the site on April 18 and only during the hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that the line will be cut off at 2 p.m.Acceptable Items
Tires-must be off the rim, automobile tires only; limit 4 per car.

Deactivated cell phones
Computer equipment Unacceptable items
Household hazardous waste
Any fluids including motor oil and anti-freeze
Household batteries
Construction and demolition materials
Yard waste
For more information:Alpharetta and Milton residents should contact Terry Porter at 678.297.6200 or Roswell residents should contact Janet Liberman at 770.641.3715 or
Naming of the New Elementary SchoolLocated on Birmingham Highway
The Board of Education put together a naming committee made up of administrators, citizens, teachers and parents to help come up with ideas for a name for the new elementary school located on Birmingham Highway in Milton. The committee met twice discussing a wide range of name options. At the second meeting, a vote was taken and the names with the most votes were brought forward to the Board of Education who will make the final selection.
The three names currently before the Board of Education are: Birmingham Bend, Birmingham Falls and Birmingham Trail.A recent article in the Milton Herald from the April 8th edition has sparked a lot of questions from citizens including how can citizens provide input to those making the decision regarding the final name for the new elementary school. Comments can be sent to the members of the Board of Education as well as the Area Superintendent and the Superintendent of Fulton County. Use this link for contact information.Additionally, the Thursday, April 23 BOE meeting is open to the public. Use this link for details regarding the meeting location and times.Please note, while I am a member of the naming committee, these names do not necessarily represent my personal choices, but instead were names that received the most votes from the full committee. Link to the April 8 Milton Herald Article.
City-wide Volunteer Effort Scheduled to Clean Up Birmingham Park
A city-wide volunteer effort to clean up Birmingham Park will begin on April 25. This project, spearheaded by Milton Grows Green and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is part of two national clean-up programs, "The Great American Cleanup" and "Day of Service." Residents are encouraged to join in this major park cleanup by contacting Among the projects scheduled are the clean-up and repair of a house in the park, clearing fences from prior farming use, clearing fallen trees and limbs for chipping, mowing and clearing pastures, repairing Old Bullpen Road, and the clearing of a dump beside that road. Projects are available for all skill and fitness levels. Youth may participate with adult supervision at non-dangerous sites.
Individuals are encouraged to sign up to work a half or whole day on projects appropriate for their fitness and capabilities under the close supervision of team leaders at each project location. These programs are sponsored by a number of local and national groups including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, the Boy Scouts of America, Keep America Beautiful and its Georgia affiliate, the City of Milton and Milton Grows Green. Other civic, religious and environmental groups in the Milton area have agreed to participate in the April 25 cleanup including the Milton Business Alliance, the Birmingham Hopewell Alliance and student groups from Hopewell Middle, Northwestern Middle, St. Francis High, Alpharetta High and Milton High Schools. Additionally, boy scout troops and environmental volunteers from past clean-up projects, including Rivers Alive and "Bring One For the Chipper" Christmas Tree recycling program, will participate.
Area churches of various denominations, including Bethany Baptist Church, Community of Christ and Stonecreek Church will also be providing volunteers at the 202 acre park. "Besides accomplishing great work, this project offers a wonderful opportunity to create and strengthen relationships, and create a framework for a stronger community," said Jim Brown, project coordinator for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marc Arrington, Milton Grows Green's project supervisor for the Great American Clean-up, noted that "while we are involved in several projects that are part of the Great American Clean-up, we are gratified to be working with the Day of Service volunteers and others on cleaning up Birmingham Park, which should make it more accessible to Milton's citizens."


Miltonville said...

Regarding the name of the new elementary school, I wish they would have considered naming it Birmingham Community School, or just plain Birmingham Elementary School. In keeping with the flavor of preserving some of the past in Milton of more humble and simpler times, I think it would be more appropriate.

Many years ago, there was The Hopewell School and Northwestern Elementary School. When the old schools were closed, and later new schools were built, they named the middle schools after the old elementary schools.

There is a proposed new middle school planned to open on Freemanville Road in the next few years, and by naming the elementary school on Birmingham with a version of "Birmingham", they will most likely find a new name for that middle school and will break the tradition.

From talking to folks as part of my MILTONville history project, I've found that north of Crabapple (in our city limits) there were three well known communities: Hopewell, Freemanville and Birmingham.

So, that's my 2 cents, but honestly I can't complain too much since I did not get involved in the meetings where the BOE/City of Milton asked for input from the community.

But still, I wish it was called just plain ole Birmingham instead of a name that sounds more like a fancy subdivision.

Of all three, Birmingham Trail sounds the best to me. I wonder what Y'all think??

-Patti Silva

P.S. And please, don't say nasty things about my comment. Please?? It's just my opinion and in the big scheme of things, it doesn't matter anyway. So be nice, okay (smile).

Anonymous said...

I agree with you totally Patti.

Don't really understand where "Trail", "Falls" or "Bend" came from?

Adding something like that is unnecessary, like you said, what's wrong with just "Birmingham Elementary" ?


Anonymous said...

Oh...and Trivia Question for you:

What was the "planned" name for Alpharetta Elementary School?

It even shows in the concept drawings that are hanging up in the hall by the main office.


Anonymous said...

Milton ES?

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Anonymous said...

Julie, thanks and when will your next walk be?

Anonymous said...

Tina and Alan, get your cut and paste ready!

Anonymous said...

I just received my big fat giant tax bill yesterday. Most of which goes to the Fulton County schools. You know what burns me up? My kids bus stops at a local farm and the bus picks up 2 girls to take them to Hopewell middle school. The girls parents are here illegally and both parents are getting paid cash under the table and living on the rich giant landowners property.