Since Milton's incorporation back in 2006, it has been an interesting animal to watch. Decisions here, decisions there, decisions, decisions everywhere. Many of the verdicts have made little sense to me.
To begin with, the city website loves to promote Milton's "rural character". They promote it everywhere; even using a borrowed horse logo as the official city symbol. Yet, when is the last time you heard of a law or ordinance passed by the city council; both past or present, that had to do with the equestrians or open road residents of our community? I have heard nothing even though these people are the reason that Milton is refered to as "rural." Why they are not balancing their focus on this type of lifestyle is beyond me.
Next, we have the issue of police coverage. Milton is actually the second largest city in Georgia with exception to Atlanta when it comes to actual geographical size.
So, when an emergency comes your way, it is going to be a little while before they start knocking on your door. Yet our council approved the hiring of a parks director for $85k as opposed to bringing on additional officers. When an emergency transpires, seconds matter. Have they forgotten this fact?
Let it be stressed that I love parks and believe they are very important when it comes to a city truly being a desireable entity. However, hiring a parks director now when we only have three parks with only one currently available to use is premature at best. This fact is especially true when you consider that we normally have three to four officers per twelve hour shift. Point being, parks are like the icing on the cake and the officers are the eggs. Without the eggs, you have no cake to put icing on.
Finally, we come to the issue of speeding in Milton. Yes, I talk about it more than most, but passions are spawned by tragedy. No one is immune to this problem. Both subdivision and open road neighborhoods experience this dangerous habit daily.
However, there have been no fatalities due to wrecks within our subdivisions. Yet, there have been six in our open road neighborhoods. Even with all this information right in front of council, they are now looking at ways to help cover costs in slowing down people in...guess what...the subdivisions! Remember, everyone drives the open road neighborhood roads but not everyone drives the subdivision roads.
In conclusion, Milton needs to wake up and remember that for every action, there is equal and just reaction. When dealing with problems, fix the one that harbors the biggest negative return first and then go down the list. After all, changing a tire doesn't fix a car leak.