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Friday, July 31, 2009

News from Council Member Alan Tart

Courtesy - News from Council Member Alan Tart

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Be sure to take advantage of the savings this weekend during Georgia's annual Sales Tax Holidays for the back-to-school season. See details below.

Tomorrow is the final day to make your wishes known regarding the location of the Milton library.

The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Board of Trustees plays a critical role in advising and making recommendations to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on library matters. For example, they will make a recommendation later this year to the BOC on the site selection for the new Milton library. The Fulton County BOC ultimately decides where the new Milton Library site will be.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to the Library Facility Master Plan (April 2009 Version),
click here.

As stated in the FAQ, likely site selection criteria that will be used by the Library Board of Trustees include: close proximity to public transportation; pedestrian and bicycle friendly access; high visibility and easy identification; proximity to neighborhoods, schools, daycares, and other educational institutions; and area for adequate green space.

Please submit your site recommendations by July 31, 2009 to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System via the following ways:
Online:
www.afpls.org, click on Library Site Input
Email:
librarycomments@fultoncountyga.gov
Fax: 404-335-5291
Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303


I have heard from many of you already on where you think the library should go. Although the Milton city council does not determine the location of the new library, we can weigh in to these deliberations. I would like to hear from those of you who I have not heard from.


Please send this newsletter to others who might want to receive it. They can register to receive future newsletters from me.

I consider it an honor to represent you. Please
contact me with your views on any issue that needs to be addressed or whenever I can be of service.

Sincerely,

Alan TartCouncil Member (District 6, At Large)
AlanTart4Milton@comcast.net
Cell: 678-464-8550

Couldn't make it to the last city council meeting? Watch it on-line now!
Click here.

Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Started Today

Legislation adopted during the 2009 session of the General Assembly provides for a sales tax exemption from both state and local sales taxes for certain items purchased July 30 - August 2, 2009. HB 120 also provides an exemption for specific energy and water efficient products purchased October 1 - 4, 2009. Information related to that holiday will be available at later date. Remember to support your city's businesses!During the "Back to School" sales tax holiday period, a sales tax exemption applies to purchases of tangible personal property in the following categories: Articles of Clothing: The exemption applies to articles of clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item. Clothing accessories such as handbags, umbrellas, cuff links, handkerchiefs, jewelry, key cases, wallets, watches and watch bands, and ponytail holders and/or similar hair products are not exempt. See lists of exempt items. Personal Computers: A single purchase of $1,500 or less of personal computers and/or related accessories is exempt. If the single purchase exceeds $1,500, the entire transaction is taxable. See list of exempt items. General School Supplies: The exemption applies to the purchase of general school supplies with a sales price of $20 or less per item. See list of exempt items. The exemptions are intended for an individual's personal use. The exemptions exclude items rented, leased, purchased by businesses, or purchased for resale. The exemptions do not apply to items sold at theme parks, entertainment complexes, hotels, restaurants, and airports.
More information . . .

Milton Public Library Site Selection

Courtesy - News From Council Person Tina D'Aversa

News From Tina D'Aversa


This is an update to my newsletter sent earlier this month.
Today is the deadline to share your comments with the Fulton County Commissioners so they can make the best choice for the new Fulton County Library to be located in Milton, Georgia Please share this information with your neighbors. All Milton residents should consider provide to the site selection for the new Fulton Public Library in Milton.

Dear Milton Neighbor,

Before your summer is over and as the kids plan to go back to school, take a few minutes to provide your comments to your local government decision-makers.
It is an exciting time to live in Milton, Georgia. Your Milton Mayor and City Council are considering a permanent City Hall location since the lease for the current City Hall is nearing the end. At the same time, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners are considering a location for the new Milton Public Library. It is important that citizens provide input to the preferred locations for both City Hall and the Library. The Mayor, City Council and City Manager should have your input before making a decision on a permanent City Hall.
Please contact the Milton City Council and tell them your preference for Milton's City Hall.

Two of the areas being considered:
Crabapple (Southern Interior of Milton)
Highway 9 Deerfield (Northeastern Milton Gateway)
There may be other sites you feel should be considered.
Now is the time to let your opinions be known on where you think our City Center and City Hall should be and why. Please e-mail me or the other council members with your preference.

joe.lockwood@cityofmiltonga.us - Mayor
karen.thurman@cityofmiltonga.us - District 1
julie.zahnerbailey@cityofmiltonga.us - District 2bill.lusk@cityofmiltonga.us - District 3burt.hewitt@cityofmiltonga.us - District 4tina.daversa@cityofmiltonga.us - District 5alan.tart@cityofmiltonga.us - District 6

Proposed Milton Public LibraryThe Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Board of Trustees plays a critical role in advising and making recommendations to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on library matters. They will make a recommendation later this Summer to the BOC on the site selection for the new Milton library. The Fulton County Commissioners decide where the new Milton Library site will be.


The likely site selection criteria that will be used by the Library Board of Trustees include: close proximity to public transportation; pedestrian and bicycle friendly access; high visibility and easy identification; proximity to neighborhoods, schools, daycare centers, and other educational institutions; and area for adequate green space.
Please submit your site recommendations by July 31, 2009 to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System via the following ways:

Online:
www.afpls.org, click on Library Site Input

Email:
librarycomments@fultoncountyga.gov
Fax: 404-335-5291
Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303
Input on New Library Sites? The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System requests citizen input on sites for five of the eight new libraries to be built during Phase I of the Library's Facility Master Plan. If you have a recommendation for a site for any of the five libraries listed below, please let us know by July 31, 2009.
Visit the website by clicking here to provide your input to the location of the Milton and Alpharetta Libraries.
Site selection applies to the five of eight new library sites where a parcel of land has not yet been identified:

Milton
Alpharetta
Stewart-Lakewood
Southeast Atlanta
Northwest Atlanta

Wolf Creek (site has been identified)Palmetto/Chattahoochee Hill Country (site has been identified)East Roswell (site has been identified)

The Library Bond Referendum, approved on November 4, 2008, in the general election vote, will significantly enhance Fulton County's public libraries with 8 new libraries, 2 expanded libraries and 23 renovated libraries. The library system is currently developing a timeline for Phase I of the Facility Master Plan, which includes construction of eight new libraries and expansion of two libraries. Library staff is working with Fulton County Land Division to research possible sites for the new libraries, with the goal of making selections by mid-2009 so that design can begin in late 2009. A project management firm will be selected in 2009 to assist in Phase I of the Facility Master Plan, and the selection of architects and engineers is expected in late 2009.
Information from previous newsletters is available on my web site at tinadaversa.com.

I hope this update helps keep you better informed of our city news. We have a City Council Meeting Monday night, August 3, 2009, 6:00 PM, If you would like to stop by with your comments at that time, please know that you are always welcome at Milton City Hall!

Join me tomorrow, August 1st as we celebrate and honor our veterans and their families at the Old Soldiers Day parade! It is my honor to serve as your city council representative from District 5. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Tina D'Aversa
Milton City Council Member
District 5 at large
678-242-2498 Direct
www.tinadaversa.com

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead


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July Meetings and Events Click on the event title for additional information or the Calendar link below.

July is National Parks and Recreation Month


City of Milton May Meeting Calendar of the City Boards and Commissions

Milton Milers Walking Club
Milton walkers meet at Starbucks at Bethany Bend and Highway 9 each Sunday at 7:00 PM and walk for health wellness and neighborly conversation

Crabapple Farmers Market


Join your neighbors each Saturday morning in July and August at the open area adjacent to the Faire La Belle Salon and Olde Blind Dog Tavern 12650 Crabapple Road. Saturday 9 AM to 12 noon.

PAST

Parks & Recreation Town Hall Meeting July 16, 2009, 6:00 PM, Milton City Hall

PAST

Community Planning Charrette

Saturday, July 18, 2009, Session 1: 9 AM to 12 noon Session 2: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Milton City Hall City Council Chambers

PAST City Council Special Called Work Session - Transportation Planning - July 27, 2009, 6:00 PM

Tax Free Holiday

July 30, 2009 - August 2, 2009
Every little bit helps! Remember that today through Sunday, August 2, 2009, you pay no tax on many items for back to school including school supplies and computers.

Old Soldiers Day Parade
August 1, 2009, 9:00 Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia
City Council Meeting August 3, 2009, 6:00 PM
Milton City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Milton, Georgia 30004


SAVE THE DATE FOR A CELEBRATION

Please join me at the home of Paul and Dani English Saturday, August 15, 2009, for some "southern" food and spirits. The English are hosting a celebration on my behalf and you are all invited. Watch for invitations coming next week.

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 7:00 PM at the English Home on Thompson Road.

Casual summer attire is appropriate.

Featuring Entertainment by Milton's own: RYE


Join us each Sunday at 7:00 PM at the Starbucks on Bethany Bend Road, Milton. The walk is 3.5 to 5.5 miles.


Milton Milers Walking Club Kick-Off

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

News from Karen Thurman, Milton City Council Member

Courtesy - News From Council Person Karen Thurman

Dear Neighbors,

Council Member Bill Lusk and I want to thank all those who took the time to attend the Crabapple Town Hall meeting. We also want to thank Milton residents Buck Bell, JT Adams and George Ragsdale and many of our city and county staff and consultants for their presentations at the meeting. Over 175 people attended the meeting and I know that the Mayor and City Council Members welcome your feedback on any the items that were presented.


For those that were unable to attend the meeting, a survey concerning the Crabapple area was distributed and is now available for completion online. We ask that you complete only one survey per resident. The survey can be accessed at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=btS7EpaaKIFFqsS2yiuYvg_3d_3d

The Fulton County Library System is requestingcitizen input on sites for five of the eight new libraries to be built during Phase I of the Library's Facility Master Plan. If you have a recommendation for a site for the Milton library or a preference in location for the library, please let them know by July 31, 2009.


You may submit your site recommendations via the following ways:· Email:
librarycomments@fultoncountyga.gov
Fax: 404-335-5291· Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

Thank you again for allowing me to serve you in Milton.Sincerely,

Karen C. Thurman

New Library Site Selection - Citizen Input Requested by Friday, July 31, 2009

Courtesy - News From Council Person Julie Zahner Bailey

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is requesting citizen input on sites for five of the eight new libraries to be built during Phase I of the Library's Facility Master Plan. The Facility Master Plan, approved in the November 4, 2008 general election, will significantly enhance Fulton County's public libraries with 8 new libraries, 2 expanded libraries and 23 renovated libraries. Of the 8 new libraries, 5 have not yet been sited. One of the new libraries is going to be in the City of Milton and another in the City of Alpharetta. Your direct input is requested.Community engagement has been the cornerstone of our Facility Master Plan, and Fulton County is asking for specific recommendations and citizen input for the following library locations from the various communities: MiltonAlpharettaStewart-LakewoodSoutheast AtlantaNorthwest Atlanta Note: Sites have already been identified in the following three locations: Wolf Creek; Palmetto/Chattahoochee Hill Country; and East Roswell. We have been asked to help let people know about this opportunity for input. Citizens should submit library site recommendations by July 31, 2009 to the Library Staff via:
Online:
www.afpls.org, click on Input on Library Sites
Email:
librarycomments@fultoncountyga.gov
Fax: 404-335-5291
Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303


Please feel free to contact Anne Haimes, Group Branch Manager at 404-730-1881 or anne.haimes@fultoncountyga.gov if you have any questions about this process.As always, citizen input is critical to all decisions facing our community. Please take the time to provide input as noted above directly to the Library staff and please send me information as well as to where you believe the new library in Milton should be located as well as input regarding an Alpharetta library. Your input matters. It is an honor to represent you.

Take care, Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council
770-664-5529 (home)
404-310-6344 (cell)
Julie4Milton@mindspring.com
www.Julie4Milton.com

Birmingham Falls to open near capacity

By Candy Waylock / Appen Newspapers

Ronald "Tracy" Trussell has opened a few schools in his 27 years as an educator. But standing in the nearly-complete Birmingham Falls Elementary, he proclaims this one to be nearly perfect.
"I've been a part of five new school openings, and I can say without a doubt that this is the best school construction I have ever seen," said Trussell, who officially opens the school to new students Aug. 10. "The [construction firm] was out here every day making sure everything was right. And I was right there with them."
From the tile work, to the painting, to the horse trail (the only school in Fulton County to boast such an asset), Trussell has been amazed at the professionalism from the contractors, Evergreen Construction.
"The attention to detail down to the smallest items has been amazing," he said.
Trussell especially loves the heating and cooling system that provides individual controls for each classroom and actually filters the air as it is circulated. He predicts that system alone will keep kids healthier with fewer allergy and asthma issues.
Not that everything has gone as smoothly as the construction. Trussell was still waiting for his school-issued computer in mid-July, relying on his assistant's machine – brought in from her home – to stay in e-mail contact. And the first Open House date had to be pushed back a few weeks when certain city requirements weren't complete.
But standing in the hallways, with staff and contractors putting the finishing touches in place for the July 26 opening, Trussell is envisioning a vibrant school filled with students.
The school is a courtyard design — one of two prototypes typically used for elementary school construction in Fulton County — and has the capacity for up to 850 students.
It will open just 100 students under capacity and is expected fill in a few short years as Milton continues to grow.
Birmingham Falls sits on about 20 acres off Birmingham Highway near White Columns subdivision and is the northernmost school in Fulton County. Its 54 classrooms cost about $20 million to build – which includes the land purchase of $2.7 million. The school was funded through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), a one-percent tax in Fulton County for education.
Birmingham Falls' main building will be a familiar one for students. The elementary school they all came from – Summit Hill – is the identical floor plan. But that's where Trussell hopes the comparisons will end.
"I'm looking forward to building a unique identity for Birmingham Falls," noted Trussell, who promises to incorporate a waterfall onto the campus at some point to reflect the name of the school. "This will not be Summit Hill – Part 2, but a school with its own traditions and its own way of doing things."
With every student feeding in from Summit Hill and steeped in the traditions of that school, he recognizes it might be a bit of a battle to chart his own course, but he's up for the challenge. Already the school's PTA is active and the school foundation – started nearly the day Trussell was named principal – has been busy raising funds and establishing business connections.
Parents involved in the PTA will be tasked to take an active part in the classroom, with Trussell urging members to focus on the kids, not the cash.
"It's something I do that may be different from other principals," said the previous principal of Creekview Elementary in Alpharetta. "I have charged the PTA to be instructionally focused in the classrooms ... assisting with small groups, tutoring, running the science lab and computer lab."
Fundraising – which is the main focus for most school PTAs – will be left to the school's foundation, noted Trussell.
"I have two outstanding organizations already in place and both groups are going gung-ho," he said. "I feel very fortunate to be a part of this North Fulton community ... the support is amazing."
Since being named principal at Birmingham Falls last December, Trussell has held several community meetings to meet the parents and students. In addition, he gave "homework assignments" to each new student this summer to send him photos of themselves and their families, along with answers to 10 questions. The photos were on display at Birmingham Falls during the Open House on July 26; the answers to the questions will help him get to know students before school even starts.

Saturday charrette proves popular


By Jason Wright / Appen Newspapers

Turnout was higher than expected at the two-session charrette — or community planning meeting — at Milton City Hall July 18, with about 50 people showing up to give their opinions on the future of the city.

The charrette, which focused on land use and development and how to implement growth strategies in Milton, was one of the final pieces in the city's multi-stage Comprehensive Plan process slated to end with final approval by Dec. 31.

"We're ratcheting down toward implementation," said Community Development Director Alice Wakefield.

The crowd was formed into two groups for the first, more heavily attended meeting, and one for the last. The participants talked about Milton's "character areas" – those eight agreed upon corridors from May's community meeting that define the city such as Crabapple, Deerfield and Birmingham – gave their thoughts on maps showing where growth could occur and discussed implementation of city policies concerning such growth.

"There was lots of active dialogue," said George Ragsdale, head of Milton's Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (CPAC). "We're trying to get the community to tell us how and where to put development eventually. It's a 25 year view of what Milton could be – so where do we need to start working?"

Ragsdale said there was a common thread among the comments collected by consultants Ecos Environmental Design at the charrette."As we make Milton more attractive, more people will come," he said. "So how do we accommodate those new people and maintain our rural character? You're in a chicken-and-egg situation."

The meeting was about getting as many different viewpoints as possible, said Ecos Environmental Design representative Shannon Kettering to a group discussing whether or not Ga. 9 should be defined as a future growth area or scenic corridor.

There were, of course, some differences of opinion."This is not a about consensus, guys – this is just a broad discussion," she said. Ragsdale agreed and said everyone's comments will be "assimilated" into CPAC's work on the final plan, which is slated to be to council in September."We want to get as broad a cross section of community input as possible," he said.

Council OKs longtime landscaper

By Jason Wright / Appen Newspapers

July 27, 2009

It took nearly an hour and a half of conversation and roughly four months of deferrals, but by a 4-3 vote July 20 Milton's City Council approved a use permit for a longtime Birmingham Highway landscaper.

The situation began in January when Robb Nestor's American Gardens, which has been on Ga. 372 for 15 years, was cited by a Milton code enforcement officer who noticed it didn't have the appropriate permits to operate.

Nestor, who said he had no idea he was operating illegally because he'd always worked with Fulton County, had to apply for the permit. County business license records forwarded to Milton in its early days apparently didn't include Nestor's business.

"I'm not surprised the county suddenly realized you had a business when you've had a business license for 15 years," said Councilwoman Karen Thurman. "That happens at Fulton."

Nestor's current set up meant he also needed variances to Milton's zoning laws — an original one for business access to Taylor Road, since Birmingham Highway is a state road requiring Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT) approval — and two newer ones for existing greenhouses encroaching into city-regulated shielding areas.

City staff recommended denial of the greenhouse variances because they violated the strict letter of the law. Milton's Planning Commission, however, saw the grey area — moving the greenhouses, which are made of glass and weren't minded by neighbors, could be a huge hassle — and recommended approval of everything.

As part of the deal, Nestor agreed to deed restrict the land so no larger businesses could be built there.

Council was split on the issue and showed signs of what a few at the meeting called "deja vu" — meaning the marked infighting that plagued the group in its infancy.

Councilman Alan Tart, who had voiced his opposition to the permit since April, told Nestor he was approaching the case as if it were a new business. As such, he suggested Nestor didn't need the access to Taylor Road and should deal with GDOT on Birmingham Road.

"You get more state and city people involved and you have to spend more money," said Nestor. "I just can't afford it."

Tart was joined in his opposition to the variance for Taylor Road by councilwomen Tina D'Aversa and Julie Zahner Bailey. Both said they had received parental concerns that Nestor's two trucks on Taylor Road would be a hazard for nearby children.

The rest of council disagreed."We're missing the forest for the trees," said Councilman Burt Hewitt. "We're getting pretty good things, good restrictions, by allowing this access to a local road."

Lockwood concurred."I don't know if I would ask my worst enemy to get involved with GDOT," he said.

Zahner Bailey tried to defer to the case for GDOT input and because the night's meeting agenda did not list all the variances. The motion was denied 4-3. Hewitt then moved to approve following all of Planning Commission's recommendations, which passed.

"I can appreciate their thorough consideration," said a clearly relieved Nestor. "That's why I live here."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MEDAL OF VALOR PRESENTED TO MILTON POLICE OFFICERS

Courtesy City of Milton, GA

MILTON, GA., July 28, 2009 - Milton Police Officers Nathan Allen and Andrew Phillips will be recognized and presented with the Medal of Valor by the Mayor and Council at the Aug. 3 City Council Meeting. On May 10, Allen and Phillips responded to an automobile accident with injuries on Hopewell Road. Upon their arrival they found the vehicle overturned and on fire. The victim was dangerously close to the burning vehicle and the officers had to combat smoke, high heat and difficult terrain to rescue him. Allen and Phillips removed the unconscious man from the crash site and transferred him to medical personnel. "Officers Allen and Phillips performed with professionalism and courage in the face of significant personal risk to assist a citizen," said Capt. Shawn McCarty. "As such they are presented with the department's first ever Medal of Valor in recognition and appreciation of their fine efforts."

Allen and Phillips are the first Milton officers to receive this high honor. Incorporated on December 1, 2006, the City of Milton is a distinctive community that embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing the city's rural character. The City of Milton is committed to maintaining the unique quality of life for its residents while efficiently delivering essential services to residents and businesses in an interactive community environment. For more information, visit www.cityofmiltonga.us, or call 678-242-2500.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Video from The Constantly Growing Milton Farmers Market!

All:

The Milton Farmers Market continues to gain momentum. Located in the heart of Crabapple each Saturday from 8am to noon, it is a bee hive of activity as vendors share their "Good mornings" ,weekend chatter, and homemade and home grown items. So come on out and be a part of some great Milton Georgia fun!















Fire on Freemanville Road

Late Saturday night at approximately 1am, a fire occured on property owned by the BOE off of Freemanville Road. A small house scheduled for eventual demolition was lost.

We have contacted a member of the Milton Fire Department in the hopes of receiving more information.

Many thanks to Melissa for bring this to our attention!

Support Woof Em Down Dog Biscuits!

Woof Em Down Dog Biscuits is working with The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub to help generate monies for homeless pets. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Crabapple. Event time is 6pm to 8pm.

Zach and Thomas Eller, the founders of Woof Em Down, have raised a total of $8000 since the creation of their charitable organization. 100% of their profits have been donated.

So come on out and support a Milton business and a Milton Charitable Organization for a night of fun, good food, and entertainment!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Great Deals At Your Milton Philly Pretzel Factory!

SPECIALS THRU AUGUST 2, 2009

MONDAY & TUESDAY:
$1.00 HOT DOG
$1.75 SPICY DOG, BRATWURST OR ITIALIAN SAUSAGE
$3.50 HOT DOG COMBO
$5.00 SPICY DOG, BRATWURST OR ITIALIAN SAUSAGE COMBO

(COMBOS INCLUDE: 2 MEATS, 1 BAG OF CHIPS AND 1 DRINK)

WEDNESDAY:
$1.00 PRETZELS ALL DAY LONG

THURSDAY:
$2.50 KIDS RIVITS & DRINK
$2.00 SNACK PACK ALL DAY

FRIDAY:
BUY A PRETZEL GET A PRETZEL FREE

SATURDAY:
5 PRETZELS FOR $5.00
25 PRETZELS FOR $13.00

SUNDAY:
BUY 5 PRETZELS GET 5 FREE25 PREZELS FOR $13.00

Milton Super Target Sales July 26-August 1

Sutton and Dodge T-Bone Steaks $5.99/lb
Sutton and Dodge New York Strip Steak $7.99/lb
Market Pantry Sliced Honey Ham $3.99/lb
Pens, Watercolors, Book Covers, and more all for $.50
Mead 1 subject notebooks, Elmer's 6 pack glue, and more all for $1.00
Deer Park 24 pack .5 liter bottles for $3.50

Buffy Trent Store Team Leader *SuperTarget 2431 *

The Milton Farmer's Market will be held of this Saturday, July 25 in Crabapple. The market will run from 8am to noon each Saturday until early Fall. Participants will be setting up shop west of The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub right across the street from Chateau De Nail. Milton grown produce available for purchase will include tomatoes, corn, pumpkin, squash, peppers, watermelon, and okra. Other local vendors will offer honey, eggs, and various types of flowers. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact Ginger Enloe at gingekirk@aol.com or direct at 770 653 0551 or Tim Enloe at 770 653 0552.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Milton Community Development Director Resigns

Milton Community Director Alice Wakefield resigned on Tuesday, July 21st. Mrs. Wakefield had been with the city for approxmately one year. Prior to that, she worked for Fulton County in the same capacity.

No word yet on a replacement. As more information comes to light, we will post it here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fulton County BOE Investigated

The following news segment from CBS Atlanta focuses on the Fulton County Board Of Education's questionable dealing with Office Depot. As it would turn out, the Board ended up spending over $1.5 million dollars more on school supplies than they had to.

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/19692994/detail.html

Monday, July 20, 2009

Suspect arrested in string of bank robberies

By ALYSE KNORR
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


David Conn, 30, was arrested on July 14 in Decatur by the FBI-led Atlanta Metropolitan Major Offenders unit in conjunction with investigations by Sandy Springs and Atlanta police, FBI spokesman Steve Emmett said.

Conn was arrested for the July 1 robbery of a Wachovia bank at the Birmingham Crossroads in North Fulton, the June 25 attempted robbery of a Bank of America on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs and the June 10 robbery of a Wachovia on Northside Parkway in Atlanta, said Sandy Springs spokesman Lt. Steve Rose.
Sandy Springs police and AMMO officers located Conn, whose last known residence was in Canton, by following leads from a note he used to rob one of the banks and left at the scene, Rose said.


The suspect wrote a note saying he had placed a bomb in the building and demanded money, Rose said. When he fled the scene, he left the note behind.

The note had been written on a loan-for-title document from Title Max, and investigators were able to contact the company and form a short list of potential suspects.
Investigators then narrowed down the list and identified Conn by comparing bank surveillance photos with photos of the potential suspects.


Conn, who is in Fulton County jail, has been charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery by Sandy Springs police and two counts of armed robbery by Milton and Atlanta police, Rose said. Investigative holds have been placed on Conn by Alpharetta police and Cherokee County, according to Fulton County jail records.

Because the robberies were a “note job” and involved no weapons, prosecution is being left to local jurisdictions and no federal charges have been pressed, Emmett said.
The FBI became involved in the case because the money taken is federally insured, Emmett said.

Milton Farmers Market Pictures!

"Money Plant" Is A Plenty At The Milton Farmers Market!

Mr. Westbrook is eager to share smiles and home grown tomatoes!

The craftsman and the client.

Young Entreprenuers Of Milton!

The Sunflowers brought plenty of smiles...and a bee!

How hot is too hot?

Home Grown Veggies From Stable Days Farm on Bethany Road!

Many Thanks to Nikki Haslett of "Through The Eyes Of Nicola Photography" for these wonderful shots. To find out more about the wonderful photography talents of Miss Haslett, please click here=>http://www.accessmilton.com/Advertisers/NikkiHaslett.php


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Milton Farmer's Market This Saturday!


The Milton Farmer's Market will be held of this Saturday, July 18 in Crabapple. The market will run from 8am to noon each Saturday until early Fall. Participants will be setting up shop west of The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub right across the street from Chateau De Nail. Milton grown produce available for purchase will include tomatoes, corn, pumpkin, squash, peppers, watermelon, and okra. Other local vendors will offer honey, eggs, and various types of flowers. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact Ginger Enloe at gingekirk@aol.com or direct at 770 653 0551 or Tim Enloe at 770 653 0552.

Milton News from Julie Zahner Bailey


Dear Milton Citizens, Friends and Neighbors - I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer. This year's second annual Milton Citizen's 4th of July Parade was another great display of love of country and community. There were decorated bikes, wagons and horses and everything in between. Thanks to those who were able to participate.
Meanwhile there are some very important meetings approaching dealing with the future of Milton. I encourage your participation because without it the results may not reflect your desires for future growth, development patterns and parks and recreation. Your voice and opinions matter now more than ever. This upcoming week there are two City sponsored activities that are designed to solicit the input of citizens regarding Parks and Recreation and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan:
Parks & Recreation Meeting - Thursday, July 16th 6:00 p.m. at City Hall

Your input is needed regarding what type of parks and recreation you desire for Milton. Come prepared to discuss your expectations and ideas for both active and passive recreation, styles of parks, whether you support land acquisition for additional green space and more. Your presence and proactive participation matters. Please do not assume your ideas and goals for this critical component of our community will be addressed by someone else.

Comprehensive Land Use Planning Meeting Saturday, July 18th at City Hall

Two sessions - 9a.m. till 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. till 4 p.m. Charettes -- which are interactive sessions that involve citizens in land use, transportation, rural preservation and development pattern decisions - will be facilitated by our consultant ECOS Environmental Design, Inc.. These sessions could be the most important element of the Comprehensive Land Use Planning process so far as citizens will have a direct hand in helping shape the future of Milton. You will be asked to weigh in on where development should occur, where it should not, which areas should be preserved, whether new commercial and office activity nodes should be allowed in certain areas such as New Providence and Birmingham Highway area, where roadways should be expanded or not and much more. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in at least one of these two sessions on Saturday, July 18. Bring a family member, a friend and a neighbor. Your opinions and voice will have a direct impact on the future of our community. This link will provide additional input on this meeting.
Other City of Milton Meetings -
There are a variety of other City meetings taking place in the next few weeks including the Monday, July 20th Council meeting at which two Special Use Permits will be on our zoning agenda (scroll down for more details), Historic Preservation Committee on July 15th, Planning Commission on July 28th, etc. Please see the right margin of this release for details. You can also use this link to view the City of Milton calendar.
In other news, the City of Milton now has live, web streaming capabilities for Mayor and Council meetings, Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and Design Review Board meetings. This is a terrific way for citizens to view real time discussions taking place at these various city meetings. Public participation at the actual meetings is still critical, but this allows citizens that otherwise can not attend in person to have a first hand view of discussions and decisions being made. Link to streaming video!
It is an honor and privilege to represent you, your families and your interests. Your opinions, ideas and questions matter to me and help ensure I am representing the desires and expectations of the majority of citizen's, so keep your comments coming. I am available via email, phone or to meet to discuss matters of interest to you. Continue to enjoy your summer and time with family.Thank you for placing your trust in me. All my best -
Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council
770-664-5529 (home)
404-310-6344 (cell)
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Upcoming Rezonings/Use Permits
U09-01/VC09-01, Frank Schafer, 13120 Arnold Mill Road (Deferred from 4/27/09 to the 5/18/09 and again to the July 20 Council meeting)
Requesting a use permit for a landscaping business on 1.74 acres at a density of 3,908.04 square feet per acre (Article 19.4.27). Applicant is also requesting a 3-part concurrent variance:
1) To delete the 50' buffer and 10' improvement setback along the west property line from the right-of-way for a distance of 140' (12H.3.1 Section C.1).
2) To delete the 50' buffer and 10' improvement setback along the east property line from the right-of-way for a distance of 140' (12H.3.1 Section C.1).
3) To allow a sign located less than 10' from the right-of-way (Article 33 Section 21.C).

Use these links to view the two analyses prepared by staff on this case. The first link provides the initial staff analysis followed by a changed analysis as found in second link.Staff analysis of 2/24/2009Staff analysis of 3/24/2009Updated Staff analyses will be available via the City of Milton calendar/agenda - please review prior to July 20 hearing.
U09-02/VC09-02, Rob Nestor, 15150 Birmingham Highway/Taylor Road,
(Deferred several times due to additional variances identified - now coming to July 20 Council meeting)
Requesting a use permit for a landscaping business on 3.926 acres at a density of 387.92 square feet per acre (Article 19.4.27).
Applicant is also requesting a 3 part concurrent variance:
1) to allow access from Taylor Road, a local street (Article 19.4.27.B.1).2) to allow the existing strucures, a gravel drive and septic system to encroach into the 50-foot undisturbed buffer and 10-foot improvement setback along the south property line as shown on the site plan (Article 12H.3.1.C.1).3) to allow the existing structures along the south property line as shown on the site plan to remain within the 50-foot setback adjoining the AG-1 District (Article 19.4.27.B.3).

Updated Staff analyses will be available via the City of Milton calendar/agenda - please review prior to July 20 hearing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

News From Tina D'Aversa


Freedom Rings in Milton

The 2nd Annual Fourth of July Citizens Parade was a grand success. Many families travel during July but the lucky families who joined the parade had a fun time. The pets and wagons and horses were patriotic. Red. white and blue was flowing!

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Dear Milton Neighbor,

It was a pleasure seeing so many neighbors at the Independence Day Citizens parade July 4th. I had a great time riding in the truck and throwing candy and footballs to the children. If anyone did not get a football, give me a call and I will hook you up!

As you continue to enjoy this hot but glorious summer, please remember that city business continues. We have several meetings this month that offer the opportunity for public input.

Parks and Recreation Town Hall Meeting 6:00 PM, Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Milton City Hall
This meeting will afford citizens the opportunity to tell city staff, consultants and planners what types of park develop is needed in Milton. Citizens should be prepared to discuss the types of programs you would like to see the city provide in the future.

This is a wonderful time to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month in the City of Milton. Come out and make sure your voice is heard. Milton's most important asset is you.

Comprehensive Plan Community Planning Charrette July 18, 2009

This is the meeting forum during which citizens have a more formal voice in determining the future of the City. Your thoughts and suggests are always welcomed and this is a great opportunity for you to share with the city staff and planners.

The Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) and the Community Development Department are hosting this Community Planning Charrette as part of the City's 2008-2028 Comprehensive Plan. There will be two identical sessions as follows: Community Planning CharretteSaturday, July 18, 2009Session 1: 9 AM to 12 noon Session 2: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMMilton City Hall City Council Chambers

Crabapple Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 6:00, Alpharetta's Crabapple Government Center. This meeting hosted by Council members Thurman (District 1) and Lusk (District 3) will offer presentations from members of the community who have ideas for and proposals for future development in Crabapple. Crabapple is a unique historical part of our Milton community and should be revered and preserved for future generations to enjoy. Make sure you come and learn more from business leaders and citizens from the community.

Each of these meetings will be informative and worth your time to attend!

Celebrating the Anniversary of ADA

The month of July is a time when we celebrate the anniversary of the American's with Disability Act (ADA) and also support National Parks and Recreation Month. Click here to more about MDAC and ADA. You can also visit the city web site to check out the photo taken during the recent proclamation we presented at the July 6, 2009, City Council Meeting.

Budgets Tighten - Call for No Tax Increase

I do not need to tell you that citizens, cities, counties and states across the U.S. are all experiencing financial challenges. Some of the financial challenges are greater than others. We are fortunate in the City of Milton to have a balanced budget and opportunity to remain fiscally conservative. The City of Milton has amended the 2009 budget to adjust for tax revenue shortfall and other slow revenue collections. The city council and staff have worked hard to make sure the city continues to operate with a balanced budget with appropriate spending even in these tough economic times.

There are some implications that citizens will face from the federal, state and local level. One such issue impacts the Homestead Relief Grant that many residents receive. While it is not a huge amount of money, it is a sign of some financial concerns I have which are spawned from federal and state level funding. The city council is committed to making sure we do everything possible to continue the high level of city service and support to all tax paying citizens and their families.

I do not support an increase in taxes. I support smart and appropriate spending. Join me at upcoming City Council Meetings listed below to learn more about the financial implications to you in these financially challenging times.

It is my honor to serve as your city council representative from District 5. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Tina D'Aversa
Milton City Council Member
Ddistrict 5 at large
678-242-2498 Direct
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

Homestead Relief Grant Funding (review from July 1 newsletter)

Fulton County has decided not to fund the homestead exemption fund this year. This is a product of the fiscal challenges facing the state and country. The HTRG shows up as a credit on the tax bill. For Milton City taxes, the credit amounts to $37.85 per eligible property. For County and school taxes, the credit is around $215. To be eligible, the property owner must live in and own the home as of January 1 and file for homestead exemption with the County prior to the April 1 deadline. A city must first extend the credit to the property owners and then submit a reimbursement request for it. This year's legislative session produced
HB143 that amended the HTRG program to provide for procedures, conditions and limitations. It basically states that HTRG will be funded if there is money to do so. The decision to give the credit to the tax payers lies with the council members and commissioners of each municipality/county if the funding is available. The county is not likely to pay this since the state says the funding will not be there this year.

The city of Milton finance director spoke with the Dept of Revenue representative that handles the HTRG program and she said that it is highly unlikely that any funds will be appropriated in the near future given the condition of the economy. Since the State will not be able to fund this program, our citizens will experience an overall increase of approximately $250 in their tax bills this year. This equates, on average, to $37.85 attributable to Milton and $215 attributable to the County. It affects around 6,800 properties in Milton. The city council will discuss appropriate action by the city during an upcoming City Council Meeting. We have asked our city manager and finance director to review the budget for additional reductions and some minor tightening in order to ensure no reduction in service delivery to citizens and no increase in taxes.

Meetings and Events Click on the event title for additional information or the Calendar link below.

July is National Parks and Recreation Month
City of Milton May Meeting Calendar of the City Boards and Commissions

Forth of July Citizens Parade July 4, 2009, 9:30 AM, Milton City Hall

City Council Meeting July 6, 2009, 6:00 PM City Council Meetings are scheduled three Mondays a month at City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Milton, Georgia 30004
Milton Milers Walking Club
Milton walkers meet at Starbucks at Bethany Bend and Highway 9 each Sunday at 7:00 PM and walk for health wellness and neighborly conversation

Disability Awareness Committee Meeting July 8, 2009, 7:00 PM, Milton City Hall

Milton Grows Green Meeting, July 9, 2009, 6:00 PM, Birmingham Fire Station Parks & Recreation Town Hall Meeting July 16, 2009, 6:00 PM, Milton City Hall

Community Planning CharretteSaturday, July 18, 2009, Session 1: 9 AM to 12 noon Session 2: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMMilton City Hall City Council Chambers

City Council Meeting July 20, 2009, 6:00 PM

City Council Special Called Work Session July 27, 2009, 6:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE FOR A CELEBRATION

Please join me at the home of Paul and Dani English Saturday, August 15, 2009, for some "southern" food and spirits. The English are hosting a celebration on my behalf and you are all invited. Watch for invitations coming next week.

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 7:00 PM at the English Home on Thompson Road.
Casual summer attire is appropriate.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Site Suggestions Needed For New North Fulton Libraries

Eight new libraries are scheduled to be constructed as part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's facility master plan.

Of those, three will be located on existing or donated land parcels, including a library at the edge of East Roswell Park.

The library system is seeking input from citizens on the location of the remaining facilities. Parcels of land have not yet been identified for new libraries in Milton and Alpharetta.

The public is invited to submit site recommendations by July 30 through one of the following ways:

- Online: www.afpls.org, click on input on New Library Sites.
-E-mail:librarycomments@fultoncountyga.gov
-Fax: (404) 335 5291
- Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303.

It should also be noted that Accessmilton.com conducted a poll earlier this year. The two choices given to vote on for Milton were the Hwy 9 area and Crabapple. The question and results were as follows:

"Where should the proposed Milton Library be built?"

Results: Highway 9 - 38% Crabapple - 62%

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thurman, Lusk plan Crabapple meeting

by Jason Wright / Appen Newspapers

July 10, 2009

Council members Karen Thurman and Bill Lusk are holding a meeting for the public July 15 at the Crabapple Government Center to discuss the many issues facing the growing Crabapple Crossroads area.

Lusk said the meeting will be an opportunity for curious citizens to hear the latest information regarding speed limits, intersection improvements and the Crabapple portion of the recently passed Community Identification Sign program featuring its backer, Buck Bell.

"We'll be discussing what has been approved and what types of things are in the works," said Lusk. "What's going on right now and what has been proposed."

Both Thurman and Lusk said they were excited for a presentation from local developer J.T. Adams of Lodestone Development and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods about plans for the northwest quadrant of Crabapple – basically the area behind the Olde Blind Dog that includes Wieland's Braeburn.

"That will be worth the price of admission right there," joked Lusk.

Thurman stressed, though, that neither city staff nor elected officials have seen the plan. Its inclusion in the program is not to be construed as being endorsed by the city.

Thurman said she's very pleased to announce publicly recent monies given to the area for the "Safe Routes to School" grant allowing for new sidewalks.

The meeting will also serve as a good introduction for a lot of folks to the developing Transportation Master Plan – which has money set aside to deal with Crabapple's storied traffic jams — and the Comprehensive Plan, Thurman said."Hopefully we can give out some information and get some information from the community about what they think of it," she said.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Milton Town Hall Meeting

Many thanks to Council Person Karen Thurman for bringing this to our attention.

Please join us for an informative session on specific issues and concerns for the Crabapple Crossroads area.


Are you interested in finding out what is happening at the Crabapple Crossroads and surrounding area? Are you curious about a plan proposed by property owners for the northwest quadrant of the Crossroads? Would you like to see a library in Crabapple? Are you hoping for sidewalks that would allow you to more safely walk to schools, restaurants, etc.? Would you like to see a program allowing for community banners to give specific areas of Milton a greater sense of identity? Are you interested in upcoming city sponsored events for the area? Do you have an opinion concerning Crabapple that you just want to express? If so, you won't want to miss this Town Hall Meeting.


What: An old fashioned Town Hall Meeting
When: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Where: The Alpharetta Government Center at Crabapple Crossroads (The old church across from the Shell station)
Why: An update on items of interest to the Crabapple Crossroads area, a discussion on community signs and a master plan for the NW quadrant proposed by members of the community and a chance for you to pose your questions and offer feedback
Who: Hosted by Council Members Karen Thurman (District 1) and Bill Lusk (District 3) Spread the word. Come, be informed and be heard. This is your chance to hear what is happening, view community member sponsored proposals and give us your feedback. We hope to see you next Wednesday.

Friday, July 10, 2009


The Milton Farmer's Market will be held of this Saturday, July 11 in Crabapple. The market will run from 8am to noon each Saturday until early Fall. Participants will be setting up shop west of The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub right across the street from Chateau De Nail. Milton grown produce available for purchase will include tomatoes, corn, pumpkin, squash, peppers, watermelon, and okra. Other local vendors will offer honey, eggs, and various types of flowers. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact Ginger Enloe at gingekirk@aol.com or direct at 770 653 0551 or Tim Enloe at 770 653 0552.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Mayor Lockwood's Monthly Message

Parks and Recreation

As a city, we are charged with providing numerous services to Milton residents including police, fire, community development, public works and court services. Although that list is broad, it certainly does not cover all the services the city’s citizens have come to expect. And while most of those services involve making Milton as safe as possible, we also want it to be as enjoyable as possible. Part of that enjoyment comes from outdoor and leisure activities.

The City Council, staff and I know the importance of parks and recreation services. Many of us are active in various recreational pastimes like walking, jogging, horseback riding, or playing a sport. For that reason and others, the council and I plan to proclaim July as “Parks and Recreation Month” in the City of Milton.

We began our pledge to provide outstanding parks and recreational services back in December 2008 by creating a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Since then, the board has made a lot of progress including focusing on several important quality of life issues that affect all Milton citizens. Since its inception, the board has taken on the responsibility to look at the parks and recreation program in Milton as well as make recommendations on issues such as funding, budget, staffing, future park sites and ideas for recreation programs.

The board’s biggest challenge to date is the parks and recreation comprehensive assessment. Once complete, this document will guide the city in its future park planning and program ideas. The advisory board has worked side by side with our hired consulting firm, EDAW, Inc., and have had input from the beginning of the planning process.

Together, both groups have reviewed the parks and recreation inventory in Milton, looked at both the parks and facilities owned by the city as well as those facilities that are owned or managed by other organizations. The assessment also will include design standards for what future park development should look like.

EDAW will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. This meeting will give the community a status update on the assessment and will allow you an opportunity to give input on the plan.

The community is invited and encouraged to attend this open meeting, see what is being done, and give your comments and opinions. Each person will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on various options and alternatives, which will help give direction to both the Advisory Board and to EDAW.

The assessment is the first step in a long-range master planning process to help prepare for the future of Milton and I hope to see all of you July 16.

Sincerely,Mayor Joe Lockwood

Road Closure on Saturday, July 4

Deerfield Parkway will be closed on Saturday, July 4 from 10 till 11 a.m. See the large circled area on this map. Small circles indicate closures to thru-traffic.

Detours:
South on Deerfield Parkway from S.R. 9: Detour left on Webb Road, then right on Morris Road to Deerfield Parkway.
North on Deerfield Parkway from Windward Parkway: Turn right on Morris Road, then left on Webb Road to Deerfield Parkway.
East on Webb Road from S.R. 9: Continue on Webb Road, then right on Morris Road to Deerfield Parkway.
West on Webb Road from Morris Road: Continue to S.R. 9, turn left on S.R. 9 to Windward Parkway, left on Windward Parkway to Deerfield Parkway.
NOTE: Deerfield Parkway will be closed to thru traffic at Morris Road. However, Verizon Wireless employees stationed in Building Two may continue through with caution, traveling north on Deerfield Parkway only. Building Three will not be accessible until the roadway reopens.
NOTE: Deerfield Lake Townhomes residents must enter from the north end of Deerfield Parkway at Webb Road for left-in access only. Residents will be allowed to make a right-out turn only.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Do Milton County advocates have conflict of interest?

By D.L. Bennett
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Three north Fulton elected officials face questions about whether their support for re-creating Milton County conflicts with their duties.

The questions confronting two school board members and one commissioner go something like this:

— Where do you draw the line on support for local constituencies who might want to see Fulton split when that’s not in the interests of the entire county or public body?

— Should a local office holder take official actions that would undermine the county interests and further the cause of splitting Fulton?


“It’s like having a terrorist in Congress,” said Commissioner Bill Edwards, who brought up the issue before the commission on Wednesday. “Everything we do could be undermined. This is about the future of this county.”

The Fulton County attorney was asked Wednesday to gather information on the activities and intent of a new committee helping advise state lawmakers on what it will take to split up Fulton. Edwards said he hopes to refer the matter to the county’s ethics board for an advisory opinion.

Commissioner Lynne Riley chairs the legislative advisory panel. And, two school board members, Ashley Widener and Katie Reeves, serve with her.


The group was created by House Speaker Pro-Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) and Rep. Jan Jones (R-Milton), who both have long advocated for creating a new county from the suburbs north of Atlanta. Burkhalter said there’s no conflict.

“This is a legislative advisory committee,” Burkhalter said. “They are all citizens first and elected officials second. This is in no way a conflict. They are fully entitled to have their own positions.”

Riley said Wednesday she would tread very carefully as she makes votes that could impact Fulton’s future and on issues involving the possibility of a new Milton County encompassing the suburbs north of Atlanta. “I respectfully disagree (that there’s a conflict),” Riley said.

Widener said she could understand why opponents of a new Milton County say there’s a potential conflict. She noted her constituency’s overwhelming support for splitting Fulton could conflict with the interests of the countywide school board or school system.

“That’s the tightrope I’m elected to walk,” Widener said. “I’m not going to bury my head in the sand and be so naive as to say this isn’t going to happen.”


The school board has not taken an official position on Milton County. Commissioners are on record as opposing its creation, and that’s prompted them to ask if they can prevent their own members from supporting a new Milton. David Ware, county attorney, said the majority can’t muzzle minority members.

“We are elected to represent the interests of our constituencies,” Riley said. “By design, we don’t always agree. If we did we’d only need one member.”

Cobb EMC Recognizes Milton police at third annual Steak Out

Courtesy Appen Newspapers

MILTON — Cobb EMC recently hosted the third annual Steak Out event, a luncheon to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers who protect communities within the EMC's service area. Approximately 50 law enforcement officers and city officials from around the area attended the event, which was catered by Longhorn Steaks Acworth.
At the luncheon, which included live bluegrass music from Old Mill Road Band, law enforcement officials won a wide range of door prizes provided by local businesses."Cobb EMC is proud of the strong relationship it has forged with law enforcement and government officials in its service area," said Sam Kelly, vice president of public relations at Cobb EMC. "These individuals make sacrifices every day to keep us safe, and this event is Cobb EMC's way to recognize and thank them for their service."