Dear Milton Citizens, Friends and Neighbors -
I am hopeful your Easter, Passover and Spring Break have been blessed. For those who have traveled this week, I pray you and your families are back at home in Milton safely.
The recently mailed Parks & Recreation survey is due back to the City of Milton by April 19th. Please fill these out and return them. Your input will shape the future of our parks and recreation system; how it looks and feels, whether we pursue additional lands, what recreational programs we pursue and how we fund them. If you have not received a survey, please contact our new Parks Director,Cyndee.Bonacci@cityofmiltonga.us and our City Manager, Chris.Lagerbloom@cityofmiltonga.us. They will mail you a survey.
Monday night, April 12 - the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee meeting (CPAC) - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. City Hall, Executive Conference Room;agenda
This is a critical meeting as there is discussion about converting hundreds of acres of AG-1 land to Commercial and Office in a variety of areas throughout the City including Arnold Mill, Crabapple, "Central Milton" and Highway 9 via the future land use map. Citizens need to be aware of these potential forthcoming recommendations. As your representative, I am very concerned about the direction of our future land use plan and have voiced my concerns to the CPAC committee and Council. More recently, the "financial model" being discussed now is being relied on too heavily for land use planning. It has a multitude of assumptions built in -- i.e. it is a "guesstimation" tool and is helpful for evaluating various scenarios, but is very imperfect-- yet, there is a very real risk it now is being used as a mechanism to drive large amounts of commercial expansion in areas never intended for the densities being proposed. Citizen input is needed and soon. Public comments are allowed at this CPAC meeting. Send your comments to CPAC,via this link.
Monday night, April 12th - City Council -agenda
There are no zoning items on this agenda. The majority of items of import -- including the cell towers -- are under "first presentation", which means they are read, but are not heard until the next Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 26, 2010.
Saturday, April 17th - Milton's first Earth Day Festival, sponsored by the Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) will take place at Birmingham Park. 10:00 - 3:00p.m. Please plan to attend and enjoy our beautiful parkland and Spring in Milton. Scroll down for more details.
Tuesday, April 20th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Open House at Crabapple Government Center to discuss two intersections and planned improvements: 1) the Birmingham Highway and Providence Road intersection and, 2) the Arnold Mill and Providence Road intersection. This is an opportunity for citizens to see the proposed plans and to provide input. See right margin for more details.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 1 for the "Walk for Water" at 10:00 a.m. This is a non-competitive walk that covers 2.6 miles. This event is being sponsored by the Birmingham United Methodist Church in Milton to help promote awareness of the impact on people's lives caused by unsafe drinking water and to raise funds to provide a solution to safe water for Haiti. Please scroll down for details.Please see the right margin of this release for other upcoming meetings and events. And, please scroll down for details on certain of these subjects. As always, I consider it an honor and a privilege to represent you and your families interests. Please let me hear from you regarding any concerns, ideas or questions you may have. Please remember, your opinions, presence and voice is needed regarding all issues and decisions faced by the City of Milton.
Milton's first Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 17 from 10 am to 3pm
at the Birmingham Park
The event, sponsored by The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG), will feature information about existing and future environmental projects and programs in Milton. Outside vendors of environmental products and services will be included, along with park tours, a display of the winners of an environmental art competition and hands-on demonstrations.
In addition, restaurants that follow and promote sustainable practices will have booths, alongside information about sustainable packaging and farm-to-table menu ingredients. Come celebrate Earth Day and enjoy Spring in Milton and our beautiful community with a visit to the Birmingham Park. Use thislink for the full article.
"Walk for Water" - Sat., May 1, 10:00 a.m.
The 2.6 miles family walk begins at Birmingham United Methodist Church This event is a 2.6 mile walk in Milton beginning at Birmingham United Methodist Church to raise awareness about the need for safe drinking water around the world and in Haiti and to raise funds to purchase a "Living Water Treatment System" to Haiti.