Dear Milton Citizens, Friends and Neighbors -
For all the Moms in our community, Happy Mother's Day. And for all of our mother's whom we honor, thank you for all you have done for us.
On the City front, last week I provided you information about an agenda item scheduled to be heard at our May 3 Council meeting. The agenda item read as follows:
- Discussion and Vote on Justice Norman Fletcher's Proposed Sewer Map with Fulton County, Georgia, pursuant to the Service Delivery Strategy Act Court Ordered Mediation. (Agenda Item No. 10-1129)
- Motion to approve eight parcels passed 4-3 (Councilmember Bill Lusk put forward the motion to approve the proposed mediated position PLUS all additional parcels requested by Fulton County for sewer extension - the motion was seconded by Council member Joe Longoria. Lusk, Longoria, Lockwood and Thurman voted to approve the motion).
The result of this motion and vote is that approximately 138 acres of land from Arnold Mill to Green Road to Crabapple Road to Freemanville to Mayfield is poised for sewer extension. These parcels were never intended for sewer as they are in the Etowah Basin. In September, 2008 when a majority of Council voted for sewer extension, these 138 acres of land were not included in the then vote to extend sewer to some parcels.
The City Attorney and the Community Development Director at the time said for the record that these parcels would represent sewer extension. This was restated for the record last Monday night by the City Attorney when asked to state his position. Nevertheless, by a vote of 4-3, a majority of Council voted to approve this latest wave of sewer extension.
Please note that since this vote, the Mayor and Council have received additional requests for sewer extension from other landowners.
Subsequent to the May 3 meeting, citizens have inquired as to how it can be that a vote of this magnitude -- a vote and motion that went way beyond the proposed mediated position of the court mediator -- could proceed without ample time for the public to be apprised of the issue, much less the specifics. These are all questions that need to be posed to the City Manager, the City Attorney and those who voted to allow this to proceed despite any details being formally posted or available.
If you wish to review the proceedings of the May 3 agenda item and vote, use this link from the City of Miltonwebsite.
Please note, this agenda item had only been advertised for the one week prior. Citizens had questioned why there was no information posted accompanying the agenda. The response they had received was that it was potentially confidential information, yet it was discovered subsequent to the City of Milton Council meeting that Fulton County had posted the maps and letter tied to this issue without concern. Click here for the letter and map.
If you have concerns, questions or comments about this issue, please provide me your input while also contacting staff and the entire Council. Your input matters.
Also, there is a Work Session scheduled for Monday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. and a Council meeting on Monday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m.. The agendas for these meetings and others is in the right margin. Please note, public comments are always welcome at Work Sessions and Council meetings.
It is an honor to represent your interests.
Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council