People for Milton Say, "VOTE NOVEMBER 3rd"
Important City Council Race
Important City Council Race
The People for Milton encourage all voters to VOTE!
Go to the polls on Tuesday November 3, vote early until October 30, or vote absentee. (Link here for absentee voting instructions). Remember that all council seats in Milton are at-large seats. This means that you vote for all council seats regardless of where you live.
The People for Milton is a group of residents with opinions, based on research and facts, about this election. We proudly display our names in the right-hand column. (Below, Accessmilton edit due to posting format.)
Deciding who to vote for can be confusing with all the communications out there so it is important for you to get to know the candidates for who they really are. You will find that everyone in this race says they support essentially the same thing. But, the facts make it very clear where these individuals stand relative to citizen expectations for Milton. We believe this election, therefore, comes down to who can be trusted.
We trust Bernard Wolff (District 1, At-Large), Al Trevillyan (District 3, At-Large), and Incumbent Tina D'Aversa (District 5, At-Large). They are up against individuals who portray themselves as rural preservationist and protectors of Milton, but whose records prove otherwise.
We do not trust Incumbent Karen Thurman (District 1, At-Large), Incumbent Bill Lusk (District 3, At-Large), or Joe Longoria (District 5, At-Large). We believe they have a future carved out for Milton that is much different from the Vision of the majority of Milton's citizens. Thurman and Lusk voted to extend sewer in September 2008 (Sewer is a precursor to high density which in turn leads to more traffic, congestion, and loss of rural character). Link to AJC Article of 9/16/08 They have also approved nearly all variances asked for by developers (Variances are usually requested by developers when they wish to put more density on a property than what our zoning ordinance will allow). They both have family and business ties to the development community. They have their campaign signs on developers' properties, and developers attended their campaign kick-offs and fund their campaigns. Longoria, a newcomer to the scene with no local government experience, is staunchly supported by Thurman and Lusk.
NOTE: Accessmilton.com has had to manipulate the initial format of this campaign ad due to the limits of blogger.com.
Tina D'Aversa (Incumbent) OUR TRUSTED PICK IN DISTRICT 5!
Tina D'Aversa has been on our City Council since the City incorporated in 2006, and she has worked exceptionally hard to represent ALL Milton citizens. For us, Tina is especially vital to this city council because she lives along Highway 9, she teaches in one of our middle schools, and she knows the issues - comprehensively. Tina stands for what is right and speaks her own mind. Tina has shown herself to be free of political alignments in this election by endorsing two people running against incumbents Karen Thurman and Bill Lusk.
Tina has a proven track record of protecting our rural equestrian character. She consistently votes against variances to our zoning ordinance when no hardship is demonstrated. This has resulted in development that complies with our laws and is less dense, more harmonious with surrounding areas, and is less impactful on the environment.
Tina is an advocate for parks and recreation. She sponsored the resolution to create the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board - a citizen group formed to provide recommendations to the council regarding placement and design of parks. She has also been actively involved in improving the quality of life of citizens across Milton including the Highway 9/Deerfield area. She has partnered with council members and staff to initiate formation of the Milton Police and Citizens Together (MPACT) - an initiative designed to prevent crime and keep citizens safe.
Please visit her website: tinadaversa.com
Joe Longoria (District 5)
We are concerned about Karen Thurman's and Bill Lusk's support of Joe Longoria given that all three are promoting high density development as the main source of city revenue. Based on his alliances with people who support overdevelopment, we think it could spell trouble for Milton if he wins.
Mr. Longoria says he supports "Smart Growth" to raise revenue. " Smart Growth" is nothing more than high density development with homes tightly-nestled on very small lots. Atlantic Station in Atlanta is an example of a "Smart Growth" development.
An objective of "Smart Growth" is to provide housing for people of all income levels, and in order to do that, lot sizes must be smaller and more densely developed. In addition, "Smart Growth" provides a means for communities to incorporate more compact building design. Compact building design encourages buildings to grow vertically rather than horizontally and incorporates structured parking (i.e. parking decks) rather than surface parking (i.e. parking lots). In attempting to "preserve" available land and prevent "sprawl," "Smart Growth" calls for reduced buffers and setbacks between properties including commercial and residential development. The resulting "saved" greenspace is meager compared to what we enjoy today on larger lots. The compact design also means that there will be even more available land for more high density, commercial development. "Smart Growth" also discourages gating of subdivisions and encourages an open road network with road connectivity, therefore no cul-de-sacs.
While this type of development design may be acceptable and even "smart" in higher density areas like Deerfield and Crabapple, it is more appropriate in inner city, urban areas like downtown Atlanta. This design does not fit the sum of Milton's Vision. In fact, last year our Design Review Board (DRB) recommended (and a majority of our council later approved) improvements to our Highway 9 Overlay to include a 2-story height limitation on buildings and increased buffers. Ironically, the only council member voting against these improvements was Karen Thurman (Bill Lusk was absent).
Bernard Wolff (Challenger Against Karen Thurman)
OUR TRUSTED PICK IN DISTRICT 1!
Bernard Wolff is a standout in this election. His business background of 30+ years includes building small businesses from scratch to success. He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He has a sincere, confident nature.
As a resident of this area since the 1940's, Bernard has seen Milton evolve. We think his skills and background are right for Milton, and he is positioned to help us attract businesses that we want while maintaining our character and uniqueness and a place we are all proud to call home.
We believe Bernard will ensure responsible, managed growth and development through the consistent application of our existing land use policies and zoning ordinance.
He will not support sewer extensions. Bernard is ready and equipped to make headway as soon as he replaces incumbent Karen Thurman.
Please visit his website: bernardwolff4milton.com
(Incumbent from District 1)
Friend of Developers
(Incumbent from District 1)
Friend of Developers
As an original member of the Crabapple Master Plan Committee, she pressed for a failed plan that required no controls or transportation plan; it just called for high density. (FC REGULAR MEETING, JUNE 4, 2003). Many commercial and office buildings in Crabapple sit empty, and as we know, the traffic congestion is horrible. Thurman was the chairperson of the Finance Committee for the inception of our city. She said that our city had the funds to afford itself. Now she says we must allow more high density and commercial development to pay our bills.
Thurman claims that our city needs her on council due to her financial background as a CPA. Yes, Thurman claims to be the primary architect of the recently terminated contract between the City and CH2MHill - a contract that was poorly written, lacked performance measures or oversight, and included a huge profit markup for CH2MHill.
Thurman's so-called "financial oversight" has cost Milton taxpayers millions of dollars in the past three years. It is no coincidence that Thurman's re-election bid is supported by mostly developers. She has family and professional ties to developers and has voted for nearly every variance asked for by the development community. (Nothing new, she did the same thing for the 14 years she was on the Fulton County Board of Zoning Appeals).
Al Trevillyan (Write-in Candidate Against Bill Lusk)
OUR TRUSTED PICK IN DISTRICT 3!
Al Trevillyan is a "write-in" candidate. It is very important that voters understand that they must type in his name on the ballot. As a former member of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC), Al has been actively involved in the planning stages for the Milton we all love.
He has been very vocal that the city needs to do more to fill empty retail and office spaces. He will bring fresh, innovative ideas to the city council. For instance, Al has proposed that an Economic Development Commission be established to seek out quality businesses to add to our quality of life and fill up our empty store fronts. To raise revenue, he believes that we must first fill the vacant developments we have now before we build for the sake of building. We also trust that he will oppose efforts to extend sewer.
Unlike his opponent, we think Al will value and respect all citizens in Milton and will work to improve the quality of life of everyone in the city. He put his name in this race because he believes that incumbent Bill Lusk has consistently benefited developers by voting repeatedly for higher density, sewer extension, and variances.
Please visit his website: al4milton.com
Bill Lusk (Incumbent from District 3)
Less Talk, Little Action
Along with his consistent votes for higher densities, sewer extension, and variances without required hardships, Lusk has put forth measures attempting to silence the public and limit public discussion of issues by council members.
Following one meeting where citizens were vocal, Lusk wrote an e-mail calling Milton citizens, "a third grade class of misfits, incorrigible and spoiled brats."
His vote to extend sewer last September 2008, along with his views on sewer expressed to citizens and other council members, prove that he will support sewer extension again. Link to minutes of the 9/15/08 meeting.
VOTE on Nov.3 for Bernard, Al and Tina!
We think we could do so much better without Karen Thurman, Bill Lusk and their choice, Joe Longoria. There is simply too much at stake to elect council members that represent special interests or personal agenda. We're not promoting "no growth" - our commercial areas are needed for the tax base - but developing with reckless abandonment while so much stands empty puts nothing in Milton's coffers.
In order to preserve and protect the Milton we all love, please vote on November 3 for Tina D'Aversa, Bernard Wolff, and Al Trevillyan (Tre-vill-yan) remember to write his name on the ballot!
Let your voices be known!!
Some of the People for Milton:
John and Amy Bratten
Mark and Dianne Baker
Mike and Cindy Orr
Carl and Sharon Mays
Kurt and Julie Nolte
Roger and Ann Festa
Marilyn and Don Willis
Walter and Laura Dean
Rob and Laura Bentley
Leon and Lillian Cole
Jeff and Anna Anton
Bill and Tracey Schellhorn
Darryl Jan Porter
Dr. Dale Lane and Carol Lane
John and Kala McRae
Larry and Kim Daniels
Neil and Tara Chambers
Jim and Catherine Jones
Carter and Cary Schlenke
Dr. Herschel Beker and Jennifer Beker
Marty and Jan Lock
Dave and Tammy Duley
Priscilla and Ryad Kahale
John and Laurie O'Connor
Ken and Randy Hall
If you would like to become involved in the endorsement of honest, transparent, citizen- focused representation on the Milton City Council or if you have questions about the People for Milton coalition, please contact:People4Milton@gmail.com
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