In the spirit of the recent Milton Peoples Forum, we at Accessmilton.com thought it would be a good idea to continue to offer questions to all six candidates. As the campaign season comes closer to an end, look for a new "Call All Candidates" question every two days until election day. Today's question asked the candidates:
Where would you like to see the Milton Library located and why?
Karen Thurman - The decision on the location for the Milton library will be made by the Fulton County Commissioners after they receive a recommendation by the Library Board of Trustees. Since the library system is county-wide, they will look at many factors in determining the location that would best serve all Fulton County residents. One of the main factors is proximity to other Fulton county libraries. My hope is that the sites they choose for both the library to be located in Milton and the library to be located in Alpharetta will be situated so that people living in the Crabapple area, Birmingham area and the Highway 9 area will have easy access to one of the two libraries
Bernard Wolff - I recommend that the Milton Library be placed near Highway 9/Windward Parkway
1. This most closely complies with guidelines set forth by the Library Board.
2. It is in a comparatively densely populated area
3. It is close to schools
4. It has excellent access to I-400, Highway 9, and other major roads
5. Traffic is more manageable at this location.
6. Public Transportation will more likely be available at this location versus alternatives.
7. It would be a positive addition to Highway 9 area residents, in contrast to the type of commercial development they have experienced so far.
Bill Lusk - Mr. Lusk did not respond to this question.
Al Trevillyan - It is important to note that Fulton County will make the final decision on where the library is located although Milton should do what it can to influence that decision.
Two areas are currently being considered, Hwy 9 and Crabapple, although I would like to see greater community involvement to investigate other possible locations. While both current locations are viable choices, I believe the Hwy 9 area would be preferred because of established traffic flow, availability of city services and proximity to maximum number of schools.
Tina D'Aversa - While originally being open to other areas of our city hosting the new library, Isupport the Highway 9 / Deerfield area for the site of the new Fulton Public library for the following reasons:
I have had the opportunity to see the Windward Parkway at Webb Road proposed siteplan it is very easily accessible and meets all the criteria listed by the libraryselection board.
This site is within a 2.5 mile radius of the following and is accessible to 14 public and private schools, 5 daycare centers and many businesses including Wal-mart, Kroger, Lowes, Home Depot, Costco and more. The beautifully wooded site also has room for a park and lake amenity, and can be expanded in future years. The site is accessible by public transportation and is walking distance of the Highway 9 gateway to Milton. There are many townhomes, apartments, single family residents,farms and retail shopping villages along Highway 9 which will further support thelibrary in the area. Windward Parkway at Webb Road is a great site for the new Fulton County Library in Milton.
Joe Longoria - Mr. Longoria did not respond to this question.