During election time there is always rhetoric about each candidate's views. I have always believed that the measure of a person can be counted not by what they say they will do, but by what they actually do. I think it is important to look past the talk and look closely at the record.
Preserving the PastMy husband Mark and I moved to this community over 25 years ago. I had fallen in love with the area after my family moved to Crabapple in 1979. As a teenager, I grew up riding my horse along the streams and over to the banks of the Chattahoochee in North Fulton. After graduating from Georgia Tech, I knew that the North Fulton area was the community where I wanted to live. My family frequented the shops and I remember Crabapple as a quaint crossroads community before it became noted for the congestion we now see.
My love for this community moved me to get involved in preserving our area and our quality of life long before I pursued public office. I served as the Co-Chairman of the Northwest Fulton Overlay and as Chairman of the Rural Preservation Plan Committee. I also had the privilege of working on the Crabapple Master Plan Committee. This committee worked with Fulton County and with the development community to plan a true live/work/play community for northwest Fulton in the Crabapple area. Unfortunately, Fulton County did not adhere to all aspects of the plan and we in Milton have been left with areas where clear-cutting has occurred and shops and storefronts are vacant. Fixing these problems will take more than talk, it will take planning and experience.
My service continued as a member of the City of Milton Organizing Committee and as Chairman of the Budget and Finance sub-Committee. I have been honored to serve on the inaugural City Council and was your first Mayor Pro Tempore. In September 2008, I, along with your Mayor and the majority on City Council voted to limit the area in Milton where sewer was accessible to even fewer parcels than had previously been granted sewer by Fulton County. We continue to work with members of the community to insure that our rural character and quality of life are maintained. Over the past three years we have worked hard to reach out to residents and to the business community to get your input on what you want Milton to be in the future.
Securing the Future
Historically the northwest corner of Fulton County was made up of several crossroad communities - Crabapple, Field's, Birmingham, Hopewell, etc. These areas that were brought together to form the City of Milton, always have and always should be predominantly low density, single family residential and equestrian.
I believe that a strong comprehensive plan should be central to all decisions concerning growth and development. The Comprehensive Plan will reflect not only what Milton is today but also what we want Milton to be in the future. It will also determine how we can achieve that goal while preserving our rural character and the other attributes that make us a unique community.
One very important aspect of this plan is the financial model. The purpose of the financial model is to insure that both the plan and our vision for the future of Milton are financially achievable. As a CPA, I can promise you that I will evaluate all aspects of the model as thoroughly as possible.
I also believe all our citizens deserve park and recreation areas. This includes the development of Birmingham Park, the purchase of additional parkland, and the development of bike and pedestrian pathways.
Finally, I believe we must fix our traffic problems. Our transportation plan is in progress and will be finalized by the end of the year. Once approved, we must aggressively pursue grants and other non property tax based funding alternatives to insure that the intersection and infrastructure improvements recommended in the plan can be accomplished.
We, as citizens and business owners in Milton, must continue working together to plan for the future of Milton. We have an opportunity to preserve our past and secure our future. Let's make sure this happens.-Karen
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