By Tim Enloe /Accessmilton.com
As with any topic that touches a nerve with the Milton citizenry, we do our best to find answers to questions asked by our readers.
One of which was in regards to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decision to allow the Fulton County Board of Education to encroach into a stream buffer for another high school being built off of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Roads.
Not only did we email the city council, but all the BZA members as well TWICE. The responses were few and far between.
We did hear from Council member Hewitt relaying to us that his appointment (Todd Chernik) voted against the encroachment.
In addition. Council Member Tart responded as well as his appointment; John McRae. Mr. McRae voted against also.
Finally, we did hear from Council Member Zahner Bailey. She wrote " In short, my understanding is that there was a motion to defer the case given much data was missing. My appointment, Scott Kilgore, supported this request for deferral in order to get the necessary information, but the motion to defer failed. " Bailey went on to state that she was going to review the formal record.
We appreciate all of these individuals taking the time to respond to our questions on behalf of our readers; the citizens and voters of Milton.
On the other hand, it was disappointing that the majority of elected and appointed officials did not respond to our question which simply asked "How you ( or your appointment) voted on the stream encroachment and why?"
Mayor Joe Lockwood
Council Member Lusk
Council Member Thurman
Council Member Longoria
Gary Willis (Mayor)
Marcia Parsons (District 1)
Scott Kilgore (District 2)
Walter S. Rekuc, Jr. (District 3)
Todd Chernik (District 4)
Nancy Plesnarski (District 5)
The encroachment was approved 5-2.
It is our hope that this negative trend of not responding to the public's questions does not become common place. After all, the lack of communication from Fulton County was one of the reasons citizens voted for incorporation in the first place.