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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

City Admits Theft Of Logo.

City of Milton Logo Left; Accessmilton logo Right.

By Temura Bly; Accessmilton.com.

Amazing as it might seem, the City Of Milton finally
publicized that they 'borrowed' Accessmilton.com's logo.


Reported directly from city hall, an employee stated
"I was amazed it took this long...everyone knew."


Looking back, Accessmilton founder Tim Enloe was pleased.
"Finally! Finally! Finally! All we wanted was recognition.
Only now does it finally happen after almost 4 years."


On going problems had come up as to what the solution would be.
Legal advise a plenty, the decision was made for the city to
seek another logo to represent their brand. Click below to see.


The New City Of Milton Logo.

Going Places (1948).



In light of all the government action going on these days, we thought the cartoon above might prove interesting.

Many thanks to "The Constitutionalist" for bringing this to our attention.

Fire hydrant maintenance may dirty water.

Sediment could be loosened with semi-annual check.

MILTON, GA., March 31, 2010 - Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar would like to alert residents the department's semi-annual fire hydrant maintenance may cause sediment to appear in their water.

Edgar said the city-wide maintenance effort will last into mid-April. During testing, firefighters flow the water in the hydrants until it runs clean.

Depending on hydrant placement in the water main system, this may inadvertently cause sediment to be loosened in the lines. Edgar said crews try to push the water out systematically so no households are affected. However, sometimes - in a cul-de-sac, for instance - it is not possible.

As a result residents may see temporary discoloration in water coming from their faucets, showers, washing machines or dishwashers, said Edgar. If this happens, please call the City of Milton at 678-242-2570.

"We'll be happy to come out and flush the line," said Edgar.

The City of Milton Fire Department would like to stress that the sediment is not an issue with the Fulton County Water & Sewer Division. It is merely a natural occurrence in the lines.

New Poll Up.

All:

We have a new poll up. It asks:

"Which Should The City Activate To Slow Down Speeders In The Open Road Neighborhoods?"

Have your say today in the upper right.

Our previous poll asked:

"Should Birmingham Park Have Equestrian Facilities?"

THE RESULTS:

47% - Yes.
53% No.

Get a glimpse at life in Milton City Hall.

Take a tour of your government during Georgia Cities Week April 18-24

Courtesy Appen Newspapers

Dear Milton residents,

We at City Hall are always looking for ways to make your Milton government more open, more accommodating and easier to use. And this April, everyone in the city has a truly great opportunity to make this ongoing mission a reality during Georgia Cities Week.

Now in its 11th year, Georgia Cities Week, scheduled for April 18-24, is a program created by the Georgia Municipal Association to highlight everything a community’s government can be. In Milton, we take this opportunity to shine seriously. As such, I would like to invite everyone to experience life at City Hall.

Tours of your government buildings are always encouraged, but with today’s busy lives, we understand that it may be somewhat low on your priority list. During this week in April, why not make it a point to come to City Hall, located at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, and take a tour by yourself, with friends or with your family?

One of our many committed and friendly staffers would be pleased to show off where they are proud to work. While there, you can talk to the various department heads, get answers to any lingering questions you may have and view city equipment like police cars (barring, of course, they aren’t in service).

We, the elected officials and City Hall professionals of the City of Milton, want every last one of the roughly 30,000 people in this city to know how committed we are to serving you. Why not give us an opportunity to show you first hand? Here’s hoping we’ll be seeing you very soon.

Sincerely,

Mayor Joe Lockwood

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Eight Too Late.

An Editorial By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com

It was a rainy dangerous day when it happened. I
remember because I got to work late due to all the thunder
and lightning.

I received a call from my Mom about 30 minutes in to my shift. "Tim!",she exclaimed "Patrick's been in an accident!" An officer had come to the house and notified her. All he could say was that she needed to get to North Fulton Hospital ASAP.

I took my time getting to the hospital.The whole commute, I was not worried. After all, my family had already lost three members by tragic means. We paid our dues, right?

My two older brothers Harvey (3) and Joseph (6 mths) were killed in a fire when they were toddlers and my father had been killed a year prior to this day's accident in another fire. No. Patrick was fine; maybe a broken arm or something. It was also September 22nd, Patrick's 25th birthday. With all that to consider, what were the odds? Pretty slim, right?

We turned off the machine on September 23rd, 2000. After all, no one should die on their birthday. I held his hand as he slipped away. Yes. I know everyone dies. However, to have someone ripped out of your life in such a fashion creates a hole that you will never fill.

Since that time, I have worked diligently to make the streets that my family and friends frequent safer. I petitioned Fulton County prior to the incorporation of Milton to lower the speed on my road and have officers in the area more often.

I presented a workshop to Milton City Council, staff and citizens in January of 2009. With a Power Point presentation and almost a month of research, I laid out my plan to make the open road neighborhoods of Milton safer for ALL. Cost to taxpayers would be zero. I also had some local citizens from various walks of life come up and speak as well.

I had hoped that those in charge would utilize some of my suggestions. To date, not one idea has been implemented. Since then, we have lost four more which makes a total of eight since incorporation. Eight too late.

In the wake of this past weekend's tragedy, we ask ourselves yet again; "What to do?" While I could go over the numerous points from my previous Power Point, I will wait. For now, we need to implement the following immediately:

1. Support Our Milton Police Officers - I have had the honor of coming to know many of these heroes who put their lives on the line each and every day to keep my family safe. They are top notch. However, we have had numerous witch hunts against them by various residents upset about a ticket or the like. To those types, sit down and wake up. We pay these people to uphold the laws we voted for to keep citizens safe. Would you rather them take your taxpayer money and do nothing?

2. Hire More Officers - It is known as deductive reasoning people; not that hard to understand.

3. Milton Pace Cars - This is one of the recommendations I pushed in my past presentation. The idea is simple. Make a pledge to your family / loved ones that you will obey the speed limits and not drive under the influence and you expect the same from them. A Pace Car Participant would be recognized by a small magnet on the back of their car which simply states "Milton Pace Car." People do a lot of crazy things for love. What is wrong with using such passion to keep yourself safe for your family and them you?

4. Support The Open Road Neighborhood (ORN) Ideology - Like it or not, those that live in our ORNS are in neighborhoods. Look up the definition and you will see that it is more than applicable. The more we groom and educate others that our open roads are neighborhoods and not Milton400, the safer and slower everyone will be.

Will our city leaders finally wake up and do what they need to do? Will we see immediate action? Will lives be saved that would have been lost? I would like to tell you 'yes', but can't. There has been so little action to date. The story of the Pope family will fade into history as so many other tragedies have. Other topics will take precedence and the various agendas to right these wrongs will dissolve with time.

I hope I never have to write a column like this again, but don't bet on it. You can expect next year's piece titled "Ten Too Many." Let's pray they prove me wrong.

I miss you younger brother. Be sure to toss the football with Harvey and Little Joe, but let Dad be all-time quarterback. You know how he loves that...

Milton officers recognized for DUI enforcement.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving recently honored Milton police officers Nathan Allen, left, and James Hickerson, right, for their combined 85 DUI arrests in 2009.

Media Contact:
Capt. Shawn McCarty
shawn.mccarty@cityofmiltonga.us
678-242-2570

MILTON, GA., March 30, 2010 - The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently recognized two Milton police officers for their combined 85 DUI arrests in 2009.

Officers James Hickerson and Nathan Allen were among dozens of officers across the state recognized by MADD, which is dedicated to stopping drunk driving.

Hickerson received the group's "Silver Pin" for his 52 DUI arrests in 2009. He is one of only 96 officers in the state to receive this award, which is given to law enforcement professionals who make between 50 and 99 DUI arrests.

Allen received a "Bronze Pin" for his 33 DUI arrests. He was one of 223 officers state-wide who received the award for making between 25 and 49 DUI arrests.

MADD's Golden Shield Honor Award also memorialized Adam Stephens of Milton, who was killed in May 2009 in an alcohol related crash while on a city road.

A house full of history found in Milton.


Courtesy Jonathan Copsey / Appen Newspapers

March 29, 2010 MILTON - Katherine Johnson is proud of her home. She’s lived there since the 1950s, turning what was once a simple shack into a two-bedroom cottage nestled among thick forest in the most rural part of Milton – what was then unincorporated Fulton County.

A lifelong collector, Johnson and her husband accumulated hoards of trinkets for their home, from the fireplace made of rocks blasted from the construction of I-285 to the old cavalry sword that hangs above it, everything has a story. The dresser in her room used to be an old wooden tool chest that she and her husband found by the side of the road in a mud pit in the 1970s. A little cleaning and new coat of paint, and it’s still used today. She still keeps her mother’s wedding dress in a prominent display in the living room. What’s more amazing is that the dress is from 1906.

Do the math. That pegs Katherine at quite an age. 98 in fact, and still going strong.

Katherine was treated to a special visit from Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood last week as a part of “Mayors for Meals,” a program from Senior Services North Fulton’s Meals on Wheels, helping the elderly with prepared meals.

Katherine took advantage of her visitors to give them the grand tour of the home, showing off her collections as well as the rather lengthy wall of family photos – all four generations of it. Despite being born in Atlanta, Katherine seems to enjoy her life in Milton, where she’s spent the majority of it.

“I’d rather be here than in Atlanta. It’s quiet and good out here,” she said.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pope Life Celebration To Be Held At Birmingham United.

Courtesy Atlanta Journal Constitution provided information to this story.

A celebration of life for both William Pope and his son Bryce will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Birmingham United Methodist Church in Milton.

To sign the Legacy Guest book, click here=>
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=william-and-bryce-pope&pid=141255048

To sign the Northside Chapel Guest book, click here=>
http://www.northsidechapel.com/

Please keep the Pope family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

For more information on Birmingham United, click here=>
http://www.birminghamumc.org/

Father, Son Killed In Car Crash. (CBS ATLANTA)


Courtesy by Katie Brace, CBS Atlanta News Reporter

MILTON, Ga. -- A North Fulton community is reeling from the death of a father and son. The two were killed in a car accident.

Friends are remembering Bill Pope and his 11-year-old son who were killed in a car crash. The child's best friend, Jeffrey Schoendorf, survived.

Milton police said Pope was driving with the kids at 10:20 p.m. Saturday. They do not know why, but Pope lost control of his Mercedes on Birmingham Highway. He went across the road and hit two trees.

Rob Lafferty lives near the crash site and is a friend with Schoendorf family. He rode with the child in the ambulance. He said, "It's got to be hard for him. That's his best friend. To lose your best friend, that's hard."

Family friends said Schoendorf broke his wrist. Sunday night he was in good condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. He is expected to be released on Monday.

The Popes live in Canton. They are prominent members of the Christian community in North Fulton County. Bill Pope was the Vice-Chairman of the Board for The Academy, a Christian School that closed its doors in January. He also ran his own consulting company called Pope Global Ventures.

Family friends say they are in shock and are standing-by to help the family. Bill Pope is survived by his wife and daughter who is in eighth grade.

Kimberly Sharpe knows both families and said, "Anytime you go through a tragedy like this with anyone who has such an impact on the community and family. It helps us all dig a little deeper and live each moment like it's your last because it could change in a second."

Schoendorf and the younger Pope were fifth grade classmates at the Fellowship Christian School in Roswell. The school says it will have grief counselors at the school on Monday.

To view a video segment on this story by CBS Atlanta, click here=>

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video/22983517/index.html

Letter To The Editor: "Is Anyone Out There? Is Anyone Listening?"

Letter To The Editor From Patti Silva / Miltonville.com

Dear Mayor, Council and Manager, and whomever else will listen:

This is one of those get a cup of coffee emails. Even if you don't read this now, I hope you will at some point. In advance I apologize but I still cannot accept that someone has lost their life on our roads again. Not one but two this time.

I just received this photo of the dad from a friend who knew him and when I look into his eyes I just cannot stop crying. I suppose that is his son on the right that may have been in the accident and lost his life as well. And there, is that the wife and mom? I'm completely sick and saddened and I don't even know these people. I'm seriously hurting because just by looking into his eyes, and even before I saw their picture, I knew he was a good man. A loving husband. A great father.

What do we do with this grief for a neighbor? How do we just go on and on? How do we help the family? How can I express my dismay and grief --and, I don't know how to explain to you how deeply it affects me and my own family. Every time. There have been too many fatal accidents in the short time we've lived in Milton. It's like we live in fear. Every time there is a death, it stirs up again.

The first time this happened was the night of the first Milton election. A boy named Parker Jackson. I'm speechless when I think of him. I do not know why his death so profoundly affected me but it did. He really did. As most of you know, his legacy is golden at Milton High School. I didn't know it at the time but I stood at the road of Summit Hill in the rain with a council person's sign as his mom stood on the opposite corner with the opponent's. We watched the ambulances go by together. Little did we know. But then almost instantly I had this sinking feeling in my entire being because I just knew.

Last night something happened and I want to tell you. I swear it is true.

My friend's son came up the driveway in his brand new truck. He and three other Milton High School boys. A couple of them wearing their Letterman jackets. It looked like a scene out of a movie. After I gushed over their high school's musical production of Grease I saw the night before, I stopped them before they left. I walked up to the brand new 17 year old driver in his brand new truck and I said this: I know you will think I'm a crazy mom which I am but will you please listen to me and stay off two roads in our area. Birmingham Highway and anywhere on Providence or New Providence Roads. I looked into his eyes in fact all of theirs, and said I knew that they knew why. They all did. Every one of them.

Our roads are not safe. Weather gets bad. People speed or talk on their phone. Good drivers mess up. Good kids mess up. Great Dads mess up. Look at him

It doesn't matter how the accident happens, who is at fault, but rather how are you supposed to not hit a tree if your tires go off the road even one foot. It is the natural landscape on the sides of our roads. Often there is nowhere to go. We have hundreds of houses where there were only two or three in a mile, and more people are trying to pass on two lanes at 50+ miles per hour than ever. It's because it rains and accidents happen in the rain but because there is nowhere to go but off the road downhill driving in most cases at 40-50+ miles per hour we don't survive. Sometimes not even driving that fast. You just try to avoid the center line because normal human error puts you over the line sometimes yourself at that rate of speed.

We all know it. Anyone who lives here knows it.

If you've moved to Milton from somewhere else like me then you know what it felt like when you first drove here. You cannot believe how fast you must drive on roads like Freemanville or Hopewell in such a long, narrow section of road! And then soon you get right in the groove and do the same thing. You get comfortable with it. That's not okay when none of us know how to run off the road properly, as if there is a way to do this at the posted speed limit. It's not okay when some of my elderly Milton friends have to get their mail in fear every day or sometimes can't get it because of a freeway in front of their house either.

What are we going to do? I'm still flabbergasted that the State has not fixed the "Bermuda Triangle" of Milton at the intersection of New Providence and Birmingham Hwy. Can you imagine? How many accidents have happened there and near heart attacks we all have when trying to cross each day. It's like a really bad nightmare that won't end. But we have to live it every single day to get our families to the other side of the road.

Take a closer look into the eyes of this family. We have to do something. I think we have a Responsibility here. Every single death seems to be because no matter what you do - it doesn't matter how, why, what or where - if you go off the road you will hit a tree and die. This man didn't have to die. Parker Jackson didn't either. And the other ones. We should not only protect families from harm but also families who grieve every time there is a loss in our community. The ones who witness the death at the scene. That's not okay. And those of us who see ourselves just like these people. We are human. I'm so afraid it will be you or me.

I'm painfully sad over this and so very afraid for our community.

Will anyone do something or do I have to try and just let it all go.
Thanks for listening.

-Patti Silva

PS What do I want you may ask? I want a city-wide maximum speed limit of 35 mph. I want that death trap intersection fixed immediately. I want 3 and 4-way stop signs everywhere. I want those roadside warning signs showing a car going off the road and hitting a tree with a big "x" in red. I WANT the Milton Police to collect revenue and then turn around to educate us all. Go ahead, ticket me. I want that small town feeling where we all know the officers names and the teenagers, and even me, know that they are watching out for them. That village thing. Make a presence. We need that. We need You. We need to be Safe. That's what I want.

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"Riddle Me Milton" Winner!

All:

We have a winner in the "Riddle Me Milton" quiz! Rebby Breaden guessed correctly when he offered up "Golf Ball" as his answer for this week's riddle.

Rebby will now receive one coupon giving him a free Chicago Dog at Milton's own Chicago Eatery, Bobby G's!

Many thanks to Rebby for playing!

Remember, every Monday we will challenge you with another Riddle about your city with a wonderful Bobby G's Chicago Dog waiting for the winner!

To find out more about Bobby G's, click here=>http://www.accessmilton.com/Advertisers/BobbyGs.php

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Riddle Me Milton" Monday!


All:

"Riddle Me Milton" is sponsored by Milton's very Own Bobby G's Chicago Eatery!

Every Monday, we will be sharing a riddle that will focus on stories that we have posted right here in the Accessmilton.com news blogg.

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If no one gets that week's riddle right, we will upload another one the following Monday.
Last week's answer was: a pine tree.

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Getting ready for a pounding for a score we hope to make
Today I might be high, I might be low, I might be lost
No doubt they will purchase replacements at various costs
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Many use me all year round but others start in May
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Who knows? It could be my day to be a hole in one.

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Father, son killed in Milton crash / AJC Update


By Larry Hartstein
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The founder of a global consulting firm and his 11-year-old son were killed late Saturday night when their Mercedes sedan ran off the road and slammed into a tree, police said.

William Pope, 45, and his son Bryce were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, in the 16000 block of Birmingham Highway in Milton, police said.

Another passenger, 11-year-old Jeffrey Schoendorf, was rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he was in good condition Sunday.

"We don't know why yet, but the driver lost control," Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty told the AJC.

A passerby reported the accident about 10:20 p.m. Police have no witnesses.

All three occupants were wearing seat belts, police said.

William Pope was the founder and managing partner of Pope Global Ventures, a Canton-based consulting firm specializing in sales, marketing and professional development. Pope graduated from Valdosta State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and completed the Kellogg Executive Management Program at Northwestern University.

The company Web site described Pope this way: "He maintains balance in his professional and personal life, ensuring that works gets done on time and that he has plenty of time to spend with his wife and two children, to go golfing and fishing, and to be active in his community."

Pope, originally from Thomaston, is survived by wife, Jane, and daughter, Madison.

Milton Police: Father, Son Killed In Crash: Updated

Courtesy WSBTV

MILTON, Ga. -- A father and his 11-year-old son were killed in a Saturday night crash in Milton, police said.

Channel 2 Action News has learned the victims are 45-year-old William Pope and his 11-year old son Bryce.

Milton police said the two were killed about 10:20 p.m. Saturday when their Mercedes sedan ran off the Birmingham Highway and hit a tree.

Police said Pope and his son died at the scene and that a passenger, 11-year-old friend Jeffrey Schoendorf, is in good condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Milton police said it's not known at this time why the car left the road.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Pam Martin spoke to a man who witnessed the crash. "It breaks your heart and you hope there is something you can do and there is nothing," Rick Mann said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

***WSB Video Segment on Wreck.***

All:

Here is a WSB-TV report on the wreck. Pam Martin reports:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/22979777/detail.html

***Milton Police: Father, Son Killed In Crash***

Editors Note: Including this wreck, Milton has experienced 8 vehicle fatalities since incorporation. All eight have occured in the open road neighborhoods of Milton. We typically have three to four officers on duty per twelve hour shift. Milton covers an area of 40 plus square miles.

Courtesy WSBTV.com

MILTON, Ga. -- A father and his 11-year-old son were killed in a Saturday night crash in Milton, police said.

Channel 2 Action News has learned the victims are 45-year-old William Pope and his 11-year old son Bryce.

Milton police said the two were killed about 10:20 p.m. Saturday when their Mercedes sedan ran off the Birmingham Highway and hit a tree.

Police said Pope and his son died at the scene and that a passenger, 11-year-old friend Jeffrey Schoendorf, is in good condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Milton police said it's not known at this time why the car left the road.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.

***Father, son killed in Milton crash***

Editors Note: Including this wreck, Milton has experienced 8 vehicle fatalities since incorporation. All eight have occured in the open road neighborhoods of Milton. We typically have three to four officers on duty per twelve hour shift. Milton covers an area of 40 plus square miles.

By Larry Hartstein
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


A father and his 11-year-old son were killed late Saturday night when their Mercedes sedan ran off the road and slammed into a tree, Milton police said.

The accident happened about 10:20 p.m. in the 16000 block of Birmingham Highway.

The driver and his son were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, the boy's 11-year-old friend, was rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he was listed in serious condition.

"We don't know why yet, but the driver lost control," Milton Police Capt. Shawn McCarty told the AJC.

A passerby reported the accident. Police have no witnesses.

The driver was in his 40s, McCarty said. All three occupants were wearing seat belts.

Police have not released the victims' names.

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Buckhead Ed", Atlanta Liberals Snuff Out Milton County in 2010.

By Maggie Lee / Beacon Media

Milton County is dead for the year, as the clock hits midnight on its last chance for 2010. It was an unholy between a myopic Buckhead Republican and the Black legislative Caucus that stalled the resolution for at least another session.

"Buckhead Ed" Lindsey, the only Republican House member representing Atlanta and a contingent of liberal Democrat legislators from inside the perimeter blocked Milton county from getting on the 2010 statewide ballot. Supporters of HR 21, the constitutional amendment to create the county, didn't quite have the two-thirds super-majority they needed on "Crossover Day" to pass the resolution, and they ran out of time. Backers say they were very close to garnering the 120 votes they needed when the clock struck midnight.

"It was close, but it wasnt close enough for a vote. It was a great attempt. We kept whipping. We came pretty close. We had some people change their votes. It was a valiant effort," lamented a fatigued Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs).

"Crossover Day" is the last day for legislation to pass one state legislative chamber or the other. The initiative slipped away before there was any debate on the resolution that could have started Milton on the path to secession.

The House attempted to handle nearly fifty pieces of legislation in fourteen hours, an impossible task; Milton didn't make the cut.

"I don't know what they were doing, but I know what I was doing: lobbying against it," said Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta.)

House Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) had pledged to bring the resolution to the floor if she had the votes, and Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) was helping her. But opinion was bearish under the Gold Dome all day.

The legislature will now take a week's vacation. Afterward, each chamber will start hearing bills received from the opposite side of the capitol. The session will end in ten working days.

The future of the Fulton County Republican Party is now in question, as a large contingent of members, the bulk of which are in North Fulton County, want to create there own "Milton County Republican Party" and abandon the Fulton organization. "Why have a Party when we can't even stand together on this fundamental issue," said one GOP elected official, who preferred anonymity. Another legislator said the "The Lindsey Alliance" was like the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939. "Ed did us in. He doesn't represent me. He has to go."

Milton County proposal dead for the year at state Capitol.

By Jim Tharpe
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


A controversial proposal to carve Milton County out of north Fulton County died in the state House of Representatives late Friday night, unable to get the two-thirds vote it needed to stay alive.

House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) decided just before midnight not to bring House Resolution 21 to a floor vote. Jones, the proposal’s key supporter in the House, said proponents were within three or four votes of the 120 they needed in the 180-member chamber.

“We waited and tried to get the votes as long as we could,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 11:55 p.m. “We came up a few votes short.”

Jones said she will reintroduce the bill next year. The proposal needed a two-thirds vote of the House because it would require amending the state constitution.

“This is just the beginning,” Jones said as the Legislature prepared to adjourn on Crossover Day, the day bills must pass one chamber or languish for the year. “Fulton County has been put on notice.”

Milton County supporters have argued that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is unresponsive to the needs of north Fulton residents and wasteful with their tax dollars.

But opponents said splitting the county would hurt the city of Atlanta and what remained of Fulton County. That, they said, could hurt the entire region.

Milton supporters argued the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs should be permitted to form their own county if voters first approved the idea in a referendum.

“There’s a lack of proper governance in [Fulton] County,” state Rep. Wendell Willard (R- Sandy Springs) said earlier this month at a hearing on the proposal. “And that’s the fuel that drives this engine.”

Milton and Campbell counties were merged with Fulton during the Great Depression as a cost-cutting measure. Jones’ bill would have permitted voters to re-create historically merged counties.

Democratic opponents blasted the proposal, and Rep. Joe Heckstall (D-East Point) argued the proposal has racial underpinnings -- south Fulton is majority black; north Fulton is majority white.

Jones’ proposal also ran into opposition from one member of her own party. Republican Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) opposed the part of the plan that would let only residents of the proposed county vote on its creation during a second vote. Most of Lindsey’s district is in Buckhead, which would not be part of the new county.

“She’s fighting very hard to reform a county she believes is out of control,” Lindsey said. “I’m fighting very hard to reform a county that I believe is out of control. I just want to make sure my constituents are at the table and have a say in those reforms.”

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves had called the 1932 merger of Fulton with Milton a “marriage” that Milton County proponents are trying to tear apart.

“This divorce would have a disastrous impact on all parties involved,” Eaves said. “It’s a lose-lose situation.”

But Roswell Mayor Jere Wood had argued that divorce is sometimes necessary. In this case, he said, it might cause some short-term pain, but the long-term benefits would be worth it.

“The divorce is because it’s not working out,” said Wood, a major backer of Milton County whose city would be within its boundaries. “I see irreconcilable differences.”

State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) said that instead of creating a new county lawmakers should come together to reform the Fulton County Commission.

Bruce, chairman of the Fulton County Legislative Delegation, has criticized a major study on the proposed county by the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. The study, he said, only looked at the feasibility of creating Milton County and neglected to study the impact the new county would have on Atlanta and the remnants of Fulton County.

MILTON COUNTY VOTE NOW HOURS AWAY -- "TOO CLOSE TO CALL"

Courtesy Beacon Media

The House vote today on the re-creation of Milton County is on the agenda and should come to a floor vote sometime today. Pronounced "dead" by insiders just a few weeks ago, House Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) and her legion of supporters for the resolution have worked feverishly to get the two thirds majority -- 119 votes -- they need for passage.

The House vote today on the re-creation of Milton County is on the agenda and should come to a floor vote sometime today. Pronounced "dead" by insiders just a few weeks ago, House Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) and her legion of supporters for the resolution have worked feverishly to get the two thirds majority -- 119 votes -- they need for passage.

BEACON POLITICAL ODDS POSTED

Beacon Political Odds-Maker John Breech has just posted the odds for passage as 6-5 against, down from 2:1 against on Monday. "Support for the measure, led by Burkhalter who cut several overseas business trips short to rally the troops has dropped the odds in the last seven days," Breech explained.

PREDICTIONS

Gold Dome Beacon state house correspondent Maggie Lee laid the 6:5 odds against and bet the amendment will fail.

"Chatter off the House floor is bearish on Milton," Lee said. "Comments range from 'down in flames' to 'I remember when they were trying to do this thirty years ago'. On the one hand, Republican solidarity remains pretty tight. On the other hand, Democrats crossing the aisle will incur wrath from their (D) Fulton colleagues. Maybe we'll hear more at the buffet lunch House Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) is sponsoring today."

Beacon managing editor John Fredericks bet "yes" and predicts it will carry today. "I'll bet on Jones, Burkhalter and the facts any day," Fredericks said. "The logic in this amendment overwhelming favors passage. But it's the North Fulton legislative team that will pull it through. You don't win a lot of money wagering against Jan Jones, Mark Burkhalter, Wendell Willard and Chuck Martin, and I'm not about to start now. It passes."

Fredericks predicts Milton County Victory Today In House

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How to Find a Personal Trainer Who is Right for You.


By Elaina Smith; Studio One To One

Gone are the days that only the rich and famous can
afford personal trainers.

Today, personal trainers are affordable, more abundant, and
are an option for anyone wanting to achieve their fitness goals.
Often, the most daunting task can be finding a qualified personal
trainer in your area who best matches your workout style. Learn
how to find the right personal trainer for you.

Start your search by asking yourself a few questions:

What certification will my ideal personal trainer possess?

There are over 200 personal training
certifications, but only 8 are accredited by the
National Commission for Certifying Agencies and are the
most widely recognized. Be sure your personal
trainer has one of these certifications.


What rate am I willing to pay?

Expect to spend $60-$70 per hour for training
from a qualified professional in the North Fulton area. Some
trainers offer the option to share sessions with a partner to
make it more affordable.

What qualities will my ideal personal trainer possess to
ensure I meet my fitness goals?


Part of the service a personal trainer provides
is ensuring you stay motivated. Your first meeting should include
a goal-setting discussion. Ideally, the trainer will conduct a
fitness assessment and record your measurements prior to your
first workout. Then, the personal trainer should measure
periodically to compare results and assess progress toward
meeting you goals. Bench marking at regular intervals can help
quantify your success and ensure you stay motivated to keep
training.


How much time do I have to commit?

The most common formula for success with a personal
trainer is two to three hour-long sessions per week.

Where do I want to work out?


Personal trainers may conduct their sessions
at a gym, in your home, or a private studio. If crowds intimidate
*or distract* you, you may want to avoid trainers who train at
an open gym. If you’re more comfortable training in a private
environment, find a trainer who can accommodate you.


How do I want to measure my success?

A good personal trainer will define your goals
along with you, design a custom program, and deliver results.


Making the investment in a personal trainer is a
big decision. They can be very motivating, keep you safe, and
help deliver the results you haven't been able to achieve alone.
Most importantly, remember that just because a person calls
themselves a personal trainer does not mean they are worthy
of the title. Do your homework, meetwith them in person, and
go with your gut instinct on making a decision. This is a
very worth while investment in you and your health, after
all!

Elaina Smith owns Studio One to One, a personal
training studio located in Milton, GA. For more information,
visit
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RBC Bank of Milton feeds The Cops...AGAIN!


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By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com

Thanks to RBC Bank of Milton, this past month our Milton Police
Officers were able to enjoy both Papa John's Pizza & Panera Bread.


This month, RBC Bank of Milton is back with another tasty gift.
In hand was some good food from Milton's own Arby's restaurant.


Carrie Schwimmer of RBC wanted to make sure that these heroes
had some add on's as part of the package. Therefore, two 2 liter
bottles of Coke were given as well as some easter goodybags filled
with candy for desert.


Mrs. Schwimmer went on to relay how much she and her
staff appreciated the Milton Police Department,

"We really appreciate everything (they) do! Thank you so much!"


Many thanks to Carrie Schwimmer and her wonderful staff at
RBC Bank of Milton for supporting our Milton Police Heroes. Due
to great Milton businesses such as RBC, the 'Feed The Cops'
program is on it's way to being a wonderful program for all involved.

And of course, many thanks to our Milton Police Heroes for putting their lives on the line each and every day in keeping Milton families and property safe.

Meet King Joe.



In light of all the government action going on these days, we thought the cartoon above might prove interesting.

Many thanks to "The Constitutionalist" for bringing this to our attention.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Milton County Gets Through Rules, Historic Floor Vote Set For Friday.

By Maggie Lee / Beacon Media

Two down, one to go. But the last hurdle is huge for the recreation of Milton County.

By a close voice vote, the plan for Milton County revival squeezed through the state House Rules committee and is en route to a Friday floor vote.

"It's essentially the net result of years of the mass exportation of services and tax dollars" from north Fulton county, said Rep. Mark Burkhalter (R-Alpharetta), explaining his support of the resolution. It would start the constitutional change that would enable Milton to secede from Fulton County. Rep. Tom Rice (R-Norcross), whose district covers part of north Fulton, said the resolution is long since due.

House Resolution 21 can't be substantially amended on the House floor, according to parliamentary procedure. But it must pass on Friday; that's "crossover day", the deadline for bills and resolution to make it through one chamber or the other.
If it passes the House and is heard and amended by the Senate, House leadership must agree to changes or the full house may try to amend the resolution. House Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) has pledged not to bring the bill to the House floor unless she's sure it will be passed.

BURKHALTER ON OVERDRIVE

Sources say supporters are now just a hand full of votes short.

Burkhalter, who has taken the reigns as Jones' defacto floor leader and majority whip on the issue, is said to be working around the clock this week under the Dome to corral last minute support for the amendment. Jones's caucus leadership is divided on the issue, as her Majority Whip, Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), dubbed "Buckhead Ed" by this newspaper, is working against the initiative. If Jones and Burkhalter bring HR21 to floor, it means they have the votes they need --or are within one -- to win passage on Friday. They need 119 votes, now that Rep. Graves (R-Gainsville) has resigned from the house to run for Congress.

The legislative session will end ten working days after crossover day.

Milton County proposal headed for House battle.

By Jim Tharpe
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


It will be North vs. South in the state House of Representatives on Friday in a war over re-creating Milton County out of what is now north Fulton County.

Supporters and opponents of House Resolution 21 expect the controversial measure to hit the House floor on crossover day, the day when legislation must pass one chamber of the Legislature or languish for the year.

House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) spent much of the week lobbying lawmakers on her proposal, which would permit voters to revive a county merged with Fulton during the Great Depression as a cost-saving measure.

The resolution needs a two-thirds majority of the House -- 120 votes -- to pass, a steep political test for any legislation. Republican sponsors need to pick up at least 15 Democratic votes to move the proposal forward. The two-thirds majority is necessary to change the state constitution to permit more than 159 counties.

Most House Democrats oppose the plan, saying it would hurt the city of Atlanta. They have assailed Republican proponents, accusing them of trying to create more government. And some have argued the measure is racially divisive -- Atlanta and south Fulton are majority black, while north Fulton is predominantly white.

“I think we have the votes to stop it,” said state Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta), who chairs the Fulton County legislative delegation. “I don’t think they have, or will get, 120 votes for this."

Jones said the north Fulton cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs should be permitted to form their own county if voters first approve the idea in November. Supporters argue that 80-mile-long Fulton County is too big and too politically divided to be effectively governed.

Supporters say they have picked up some support this week, and at least one opponent said it's hard to make a call on HR 21's chances.

“It’s a very fluid situation right now,” state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Things can change up here this late in the game."

Lindsey, whose Buckhead district would not be in the new county, is one of the few Republicans to oppose the plan. Even Lindsey contends the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is “bloated and blind.” He has a separate piece of legislation, which is lodged in committee, to limit the board’s power.

If the Milton County proposal clears the House, it would still need to get a two-thirds vote in the state Senate and be signed by the governor. Voters would then have to approve the referendum in November. A later vote of potential Milton County residents would be required to establish the county.

Make Mine Freedom.



In light of all the government action going on these days, we thought the cartoon above might prove interesting.

Many thanks to "The Constitutionalist" for bringing this to our attention.

Letter To The Editor: Drumming Up Support For Mr. Kapral!

What does it mean to lose a gifted teacher whose value way exceeds expectations? How do you measure his worth?

To say all music teachers or any teacher for that matter is interchangeable is like saying all doctors are interchangeable. Which would you choose for your operation – a general surgeon, or one who specializes in your ailment?

Like many music teachers, Mark Kapral could be losing his job due to a recent decision by Fulton County to release any teacher employed less than 50% at the high school level. Mark teaches 60% at Summit Hill Elementary and 40% at Milton High School… at least that’s what’s on paper. However, Mark is not your average music teacher and band director. Here are the facts:

Mr. Kapral started Milton High School’s indoor drumline three years ago and it has already achieved national recognition. Under his leadership, Milton became one of only two high school indoor drumlines in Georgia to ever earn a bronze, silver, or gold medal in the world championships and the only high school drumline in Fulton County that competes at the second highest level in the country. He also managed to lead Milton’s symphonic band in grade 6 composition, the highest level piece of music available, at their large group performance. In addition to leading the Milton drumline for many hours weekly, Mark teaches three concert bands, three percussion ensembles, instructs percussion students every Thursday from Northwestern Middle School and teaches steel drum. These feats alone would be impressive, however this is just a fraction of what Mark Kapral brings to the table.

He is also one of the few band directors around with complete knowledge in all areas of band including brass, woodwinds and percussion, whereas many band directors teach only one of these three.

Like a teacher obsessed, Mark’s mission is making sure every student has the skills needed to be the best and he does this by going way beyond his job description. In fact, although he’s required to teach only two classes at Milton, based on the percentages laid out by the county, Mark teaches an additional two classes with zero added compensation.

This past week, the middle school LGPE music competition was held at Mays High School on Fulton’s south side, quite a trek from North Fulton, and although he didn’t have to be there, and doesn’t get paid to be there, Mark Kapral was there – giving his support to Northwestern Middle School’s 7th grade band. And if there’s a band student whose grades are faltering, Mark not only counsels them, he monitors their progress to make sure they’re keeping their grades up. Because of this, many of his students have gone on to receive scholarships and pursue music degrees.

To his students, Mr. Kapral, or Kappy as they lovingly call him, is much more than a teacher and bandleader. He’s an inspiration. He’s the sole reason they practice hours upon hours every day with steel determination and an unfaltering desire to live up to the expectations of the man they all look up to and greatly admire. A man who means so much to them, he’s managed to turn high school from being a chore into something they actually enjoy and which will undoubtedly affect them the rest of their lives.

Please, don’t let our Mr. Kapral get away.

Sincerely,

Hal Eisenberg

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Planning Commission Denies All Three Tower Applications.


Citizens Speak In Support of Towers / Double Click To Enlarge Screen.


Citizens Speak In Opposition To Towers / Double Click To Enlarge Screen.

By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com

An estimated 60 plus people showed up at City hall as T-mobile's
application to the Milton Planning Commission for
three cell tower permits were heard.


The properties in question are a 50 acre parcel on New Providence Road,a 26 acre parcel on Hopewell Road, and a 10 acre parcel on Mountain Road.

T-mobile representative Shawn Blassingill was more
than prepared as he laid out the argument for. Among other
things mentioned, he relayed that T-mobile has meet all
land use requirments and has not asked for one variance.
In addition, he stated that normally T-mobile looks for
industrial or commercial properties for location, but in
Milton's case there are none.


Sunnybrook Farms resident and tower opponent Kay Norvell made statements on many problems that she viewed the towers would bring; among other things having a negative impact on property values in the area. "This is a commercial structure.There are no commercial structures in our area. The Residents in this area bought their homes because of the residential and or rural view that Milton has to offer," she said. Mrs. Norvell was accompanied by an estimated 15 people from surrounding subdivisons.

John Bogino, owner of Seven Gables Farm and applicant from Hopewell Road, differed relaying that this is a property rights issue and nothing more. He claimed he is well within the law.

Sunnybrook Farms Resident and Realtor Bob Strader concured stating that property rights are one of the founding principals of the country. "If you deny a property owner to rent, mortgage, grow crops, make a living off of their land...as long as it adheres to the laws and zoning that are set fourth, then in my mind it's tenamount to theft," commented Strader.


While the Planning Commission made their decision, it should be stressed that this is merely a recommendation that will be handed off to City Council. There, the final decision will be handed down.

In Milton's brief history, we have witnessed a woman getting ticketed and threated with jail time due to a horse manure pile, an attempt to close a Milton Greenhouse business by Reddstone subdivision, and now towers being denied even though they meet all requirements.

But the question remains; does one property owner have the right to tell another what to do with their property?

That answer is yours to decide.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Participants needed for Citizens' Police Academy.


The City of Milton's Police Department is looking for residents interested in taking a free, nine-week Citizens' Police Academy.

Community Outreach Officer Andrew Phillips said the Citizens' Police Academy will features a class size of between 10 to 20 students learning about procedures, uniform patrol division duties, SWAT operations, traffic enforcement and basic police investigations regarding motor vehicle accidents and narcotics.

Participants will also tour Alpharetta's jail and C3, the communications hub from which Milton's calls for service are dispatched. Hard dates for the start and finish of the Citizens' Police Academy will be finalized based on class size and resident response.

For more information, please contact Phillips by e-mailing andrew.phillips@cityofmiltonga.us. There is also a form online available for those who wish to participate. Please click here. The form is available on the "Forms" page under "Online Forms" or on the Police Department's "Community Outreach Program" page. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Planning Commission Denies All Three Tower Applications.

***STORY AND VIDEO WILL BE UP WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON***

George Ragsdale Voted In As Planning Commission Chair.


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By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com

Paul Moore was unseated in a vote of 4 to 3 which
resulted in George Ragsdale becoming the Planning

Commission Chairman.

Moore had held the position for over three years.

The vote was last on the agenda after the applications
from T-mobile were heard.

While we do not have all the specifics, evidently what came into
question was Ragsdale speaking before a board without the
Planning Commission's approval earlier this month.

George Ragsdale is now the chairman for both the Planning
Commission and CPAC.

One a side note, Council Member Karen Thurman spoke at the beginning of the meeting in regards to what she relayed were misconceptions about the historic preservations ordinance.

Planning Commission Agenda / March 23, 2010 / 7:00pm

1. Invocation.

2. Pledge of Allegiance.

3. Call to Order.

4. Public Comment.

5. Approval of Action Minutes - February 23, 2010 Planning Commission Meeting.

6. U09-23 - 2880 Mountain Road by T-mobile to obtain a use permit for a 145 foot tall
monopole cell tower with an additional 4 foot lightning rod for a total of 149 feet (Article 19.4.7)

7. U09-04 - 14495 Hopewell Road by T-mobile to obtain a use permit for a 150 foot tall monopole cell tower with an additional 4 foot lighting rod for a total of 154 feet (Article 19.4.7)

8. U09-05 - 13302 New Providence Road by T-mobile to obtain a use permit for a 150 foot tall monopole cell tower with an additional 4 foot lighting rod for a total of 154 feet (Article 19.4.7)

9. Election of Chair and Vice-chair of the City of Milton Planning commission.

10. Discussion of proposed amendment to the City of Milton Planning commission by-laws.

11. Adjourn.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A tree grows in Milton.

Tree Committee, City Officials help with Arbor Day event.

The City of Milton celebrated Arbor Day March 20 as city staff, elected officials, volunteers and representatives from the Georgia Forestry Commission planted trees and unveiled the city's "Tree City USA" award at Fire Station No. 41 on Arnold Mill Road.

The ceremony, a product of Milton's volunteer Tree Committee and Arborist Mark Law, kicked off at 10 a.m. The Georgia Forestry Commission's Joe Burgess was on hand to give the city its "Tree City USA" awards and raise a flag commemorating the city's dedication to tree preservation.

To see a gallery of photos from the event, click here.

Accessmilton.com Joins Facebook.

All:

We are now on facebook.

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Hopefully, this addition will make Accessmilton.com more beneficial to the Milton Georgia community.

Many thanks to Patti Silva for the suggestion!

John Albers for State Senate.

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NOTE: Accessmilton.com encourages all candidates running for office both locally and state wide to share information with us on their campaigns. This type of information does not mean that Accessmilton.com is endorsing one candidate as opposed to another. Here, all are treated equally and with respect.

Help Re-Create Milton County!

Engage With Us! Phone Bank for the Re-creation of Milton County!

Greetings Belle Isle Supporters!

This week is do-or-die for the legislation to Re-create Milton County in 2010. Of all the legislation currently being considered this piece will directly affect our way of life in a positive way! We need to encourage 20 Democratic legislators to vote for H.R. 21 to ensure its passage into law. We need your help!Please join us to call the legislators and encourage them to vote yes!
We will meet Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM at:

Belle Isle Law Group
178 S. Main St. Suite 250
(corner of Hwy 9 and Old Milton Pkwy)
Alpharetta, GA 30009

We have a list of the legislators that need to be called and a script you can read from if your not sure of what to say. I'll put the coffee on and we will have some bagels and pastries to keep you going.If you need more information or directions call me at 770-572-1570.

Thanks!
Belle Isle Campaign
____________________________________
The gift limit is $2,400 per person or company, but all contribution levels are welcome! Checks should be made payable to "Belle Isle For Senate" and mail to:
178 South Main Street
Suite 250
Alpharetta, GA 30009

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"Riddle Me Milton" Winner!

All:

We have a winner in the "Riddle Me Milton" quiz! Tammi Kimsey guessed correctly when she offered up "Pine Trees" as her answer for this week's riddle.

Tammi will now receive one coupon giving her a free Chicago Dog at Milton's own Chicago Eatery, Bobby G's!

Many thanks to Tammi for playing!

Remember, every Monday we will challenge you with another Riddle about your city with a wonderful Bobby G's Chicago Dog waiting for the winner!

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Milton's 'Feeds The Cops' With Some Fine Dining!


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By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com

Few restaurants can compete with the elegance and fine dining of Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails.

A true Milton Georgia asset, patrons are sure to leave this restaurant more than satisfied thanks to the attention to detail and vast knowledge shared by general manager Jimmy Carter and head Chef Boyd A. Rose.

Both men are also very active within the Milton Community. Not only are they members of the Milton Business Alliance, but they also jumped at the chance to support the men and women who make up the city's police force by joining the 'Feed The Cops' Program.

This past Thursday, Milton Officers who worked the evening shift were treated to a wonderful 'Milton's' meal which included jumbo crab cakes, salmon croquettes, and carrot cake. In addition, each meal came with a $10 Milton's coupon for the next time around!

We would like to thank Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails for standing with Accessmilton.com in their support of our Milton Heroes.

We would also like to thank the Milton Police Department for putting their lives on the line each and every day for keeping Milton families, businesses, and property safe.

Remember, the more we look out for those looking out for us, the better off everyone will be.

John Albers for State Senate.


Milton County News!

Last Friday, 3/19 another legislative educational session was held downtown. John Albers, leading candidate for State Senate once again represented North Fulton residents. As the first speaker to the committee, Albers reminded legislators why 234 years ago we declared our independence – taxation without proper representation. The facts are clear and the time for Milton County has come. For more information, please contact us at
www.votealbers.com.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Riddle Me Milton" Monday!


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"Riddle Me Milton" is sponsored by Milton's very Own Bobby G's Chicago Eatery!

Every Monday, we will be sharing a riddle that will focus on stories that we have posted right here in the Accessmilton.com news blogg.

If you are the first to figure out the riddle, you will recieve one of Bobby G's very own authentic CHICAGO HOTDOGS FREE!

If no one gets that week's riddle right, we will upload another one the following Monday.
Last week's answer was: a star.

THIS WEEK'S RIDDLE!

I stand tall near many o' home
I am all across Georgia
From Blairsville to Rome
Some baby me with a nice manicure
Kindness like this can bring a positive allure
Others remove me every chance they get
for cold is my enemy and I just might split
I come with accessories like needle and cone
but beetles are my enemy and hard to condone.

WHO AM I?

Answers must be sent to sales@magnoliamedias.com / subject line "Riddle Me Milton" with your answer within the body of the email.

Winner limited to one prize per month! So, if you've already won for this month, you don't qualify for another chance at winning until the following month.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Milton's Weekend Features!

Chef’s Features

Starter:

Salmon Croquette
with creamed corn and haystack potatoes

Buttermilk Fried Calamari
with roasted jalapeno lime dipping sauce and red chile syrup

Entrées:

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
with crawfish scallion mashed potatoes, lemon garlic broccollini
and roasted tomato sherry beurre blanc

Grilled Bone-in New York Strip and Grilled Basil Marinated Jumbo Shrimp
with roasted cauliflower grits, truffle asparagus
and wild mushroom red wine demi


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Are You Passionate About Milton?


Are you passionate about Milton, Georgia? Do you have a zest for writing? Would you like to make some extra cash on the side?

Then give us a call. We are looking for people like you to bring a true citizen's perspective to the numerous issues and topics that affect the city each and every week!

You can reach Accessmilton.com at 770 653 0552 or email us at sales@magnoliamedias.com / Subject Line: I like to write!

Who Is Milton's Latest Land Developer?

By Maggie West / Staff and D. Jefferson Bean / Staff / Beacon Media

Talk about running out of gas.

Milton’s Feb. 16 Planning Commission meeting denied D Squared Development the necessary rezoning to build a gas station on the acute-angled intersection of Bethany Bend and Hwy. 9. The parcel’s disillusioned owner, Mehdi Jannatkhah, left the meeting without comment. An attempt was made by this newspaper to contact him at 2490 Dallas Hwy. the address on the petition. The ride down Dallas Hwy. in Marietta led to a chain-link-fenced drainage ditch between two banks: 2480 and 2510.

Afterward, telephone calls to the city of Marietta’s Business License Division and Cobb County’s Chamber of Commerce resulted in numerous dead-end database searches. There were no records found for D Squared Development.

TWISTS, TURNS, AND TWIRLS, OH MY

Before a standing-room-only crowd of 64, on March 15, D Squared Development, LLC prepared itself for a third round of revisions and negotiations. Milton’s City Council voted 6-1 to defer the final decision until its May 17 session, however, sending it one more time through the tedious cycle. Milton’s Planning Commission will review the revised plans on April 26.

Or will they?

In resident Heidi Sowder’s words, “I don’t see the community changing their minds, and the impact the gas station will have at that location will still be the same.” Apparently, Councilman Joe Longoria agreed. Deeming the deferment “a waste of time,” he cast the sole “nay” vote.

In the film noir world of Milton politics, though, the council’s decision was merely the tip of the iceberg.

SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT

After the hearing, Jannatkhah was questioned outside the city hall attempting to clarify the incorrect address on the petition. Jannatkhah said it was an honest mistake, replied, “Oh, it should’ve been 2489, which is the address of the gas station I own across the street.” When asked why the petition was filed under the physical address of the Shell Food Mart at 2489, instead of D Squared Development’s actual location, Jannatkhah snapped, “I have an address. It’s on Peachtree Street, downtown,” and walked away.

An internet search and a call to the Fulton County Property Tax Division yielded the address of 1800 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 615 for D Squared Development. Following both leads, a trip to said address was in order. There was no suite 615 on the sixth floor, though.

Further inquiry led to the building’s mailing office, wherein an employee, speaking on condition of anonymity, noted that he still returns undeliverable correspondence addressed to D Squared. “You missed it,” he said. “Two days ago, I sent back a stack marked ‘return to sender.’” Also, the management office says that no such company had ever occupied the phantom suite.

To Cobb and Fulton Counties, and the cities of Atlanta and Marietta, D Squared Development was a veritable Avalon or El Dorado — the stuff of fairytales. Yet another internet search revealed that the only noteworthy enterprise of the same name was a completely unrelated tech firm in La Grande, Oregon.

But this nebulous LLC somehow owns a parcel of land in Milton, Georgia and has plans to build on it.

WILL THE REAL MEHDI JANNATKHAH PLEASE STAND UP?

Manta.com lists Mehdi J. Khan as the owner of the Shell Food Mart at 2489 Dallas Hwy. Is this Jannatkhah? Blockshopper.com indicates that he owns a $2,000,000 house in Los Angeles, under the name Jannat Medhi Khah. Same person? Variations of his name appear on numerous websites: Khah, Jannat Khah, Jannat-Khah, and Jannatkhah — all surnames. In most cases, he is mentioned with his wife, who also changes her last names from Pereira to Khah to Jannatkhah and back again.

Additional research confirmed the existence of D Squared with several other LLCs, all connected to Jannatkhah.

Further investigation may lead to a veritable rabbit hole of information. After all, who writes the incorrect address on an application that becomes public record?