April is an extremely busy time in Milton, as I’m sure you will notice by the sheer size of this month’s newsletter. My guess is that everyone is glad to be out and about in a warm Georgia spring, myself included, and wants to get together.
In fact, that busyness is what makes April the perfect month for the Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities Week, held this year from April 17-23. Now in its 12th year, this designation is part of an effort to raise public awareness about the services cities perform and educate the public on how city government works.
There might not be a time of the year more chock full of opportunities for Milton residents to interact with their government. Almost every week this month has meetings, events and more. Following is a rundown of just a few of the things you can look forward to this month – besides Spring Break, of course.
Official population announced While Milton’s official population of 32,661 was technically revealed in late March, the winners of our “Guess Milton’s Population” game will be announced this month. The three folks who got closest to that number are being contacted now, so expect to see something real soon.
Summer camp registration now open This year we are launching our first summer camps – Camp Bethwell and Camp Happy Hearts. While Milton-resident-only registration was held in March, it is now open to everyone, regardless of where you live. Check out the city’s Web site for more information.
Crabapple Crossroads presentation April 11 After a few weeks of round-the-clock work, Lew Oliver, Inc. Whole Town Solutions will present its Crabapple Crossroads plan April 11 at 5 p.m. in a special called work session prior to the Milton City Council Meeting. This presentation will show off the input brought to Milton’s City Hall throughout the numerous meetings and design sessions needed for this process. Make sure you’re there to see what this area could look like in the future.
Library meeting April 12 The next day, the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the future Milton library. I know this has been a hot issue with a lot of residents, so be sure to attend this meeting and let your voice be heard.
Recycling Rally April 14 Milton is once again partnering with corporate citizen Verizon Wireless to bring residents a recycling event. This time, the Recycling Rally will be held April 14 at Verizon’s headquarters on Deerfield Parkway. Come on by and drop off your old electronics and appliances.
Earth Day Festival April 16 Milton Grows Green and the City of Milton are once again bringing the community the Earth Day Festival, held at Birmingham Park. Just like last year, there will be plenty of food, activities and eco-friendly vendors, plus a whole lot more.
That’s just a quick rundown of some of the bigger events happening this month. Of course, we’ve always got our regular slate of citizen committees at City Hall. So why not stop by and say hi? I think you’ll be glad you did.
Sincerely, Mayor Joe Lockwood for Accessmilton.com