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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Milton Campaigns Hit The Phones.




By Accessmilton.com

We have received numerous emails about pre-recorded city council campaign calls hitting Milton residents throughout the city over the last 24 hours.

It should prove interesting to see how opponents respond to each other's actions as each campaign gains momentum.

Milton, Alpharetta plan Sept. 11 ceremony.


By Accessmilton.com


'We Remember' ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. in Alpharetta.


MILTON, Ga., Aug. 31, 2011 - To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the bravery shown by first responders during the heinous terrorist attacks, the cities of Milton and Alpharetta will hold a "We Remember" ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11 at City of Alpharetta Memorial Park, located in front of Alpharetta Public Safety Headquarters.

Everyone is invited to this event, which will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. The park is located at 2565 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta.

This somber ceremony will include music, a large aerial flag display, speeches from elected officials and public safety personnel and the placement of a large memorial wreath by a joint honor guard comprised of police officers and firefighters from the cities of Alpharetta and Milton. The ceremony will end with "Amazing Grace," "Taps" and the release of doves courtesy Georgia Doves.

"We invite our residents to attend this ceremony and come together as a community to remember the bravery of our first responders on that infamous day,"
said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "Our hope is to simply do our part in remembering the lives of all those lost in the attacks."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You Are Invited To Meet Matt Kunz.


Courtesy Matt Kunz Campaign

CANDIDATE FOR MILTON CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2
Thursday, September1st at 7pm

Barn Bottle Shop in the Publix shopping center at Birmingham Crossroads.
980 Birmingham Road, Milton, Ga. 30004

Enjoy wine and cheese tasting while meeting the new candidate for Milton City Council

Sign up sheets available to volunteer for the campaign and of course
contributions needed and deeply appreciated.

GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATE MATT KUNZ

Milton has come a long way since becoming a city. Now all of us who are invested in Milton stand at a crossroads and we have a clear choice. What’s at stake is our very future as a rural and equestrian community. We need a new way of doing business to tackle the opportunities and challenges of the future. This election represents a moment of opportunity for our community.

Finally, we have a candidate who really cares about our city, who is personally involved in the community, not a community activist/organizer. We have a candidate who will work to promote and preserve all of Milton’s assets, including our business community. We have a candidate who will bring a new tone of civility and cooperation to city government. We have a candidate who actually listens. It’s up to us to make that candidate our new councilmember--Matt Kunz.

With a personal love of the outdoors, Matt knows that Milton’s greatest asset is its unique rural lifestyle. Protecting that special lifestyle will be his top priority as a member of the Milton City Council.

As a financial advisor with a solid background in economics and business, Matt knows that Milton must increase its revenues and that the only way Milton can increase revenue without raising taxes on its citizens is to attract more business to existing commercial areas, which are suffering high vacancy rates. Milton must become a friend to business.
With a long record of local community involvement, Matt has had a positive impact on our community. You will be impressed with what he has accomplished.

People just naturally like Matt, and you will too. With a positive, can-do attitude, Matt is ready to serve all the citizens of Milton. We need your support now.
Please meet Matt this Thursday, and bring a friend, or two, or three. Let’s change the way Milton does business.

District 2 Seat To Have A Race.

By Accessmilton.com

Announced today, Matt Kunz will be competing with Julie Zahner Bailey for the District 2 seat.

With this in mind, only the District 4 seat currently held by Burt Hewitt is left without an opponent.

A History of Matt Kunz

Heritage

Matt Kunz is the son of former NFL Atlanta Falcon offensive tackle George Kunz and Gainesville, GA native Mary Sue Kunz. They moved to Scottsdale AZ for the off-season after his playing rights were traded to the Baltimore Colts where he played another 5 seasons. At the end of his NFL career, George ventured into McDonald’s restaurants in Show Low, AZ, but eventually moved his family to Las Vegas, NV, where he grew his McDonald’s businesses. Matt attended St. Viator Elementary and Bishop Gorman High School. Participating in the Boy Scouts and sports during this time, Matt achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, participated in the National Honor Society, captained two varsity sports in Football and Wrestling, and was selected as the Most Outstanding Senior Young Man in his high school class.

College

Matt attended the University of Notre Dame. While majoring in American Studies, he took classes in American Government, History, Literature, and Art. During this time, he became a walk-on linebacker in the football program, playing for head coaches Lou Holtz and Bob Davie, as well as future Florida head coach Urban Meyer. He was selected by his peers and the coaching staff to be the only walk-on to travel every game his sophomore year, earning playing time on special teams along with an Orange Bowl ring. His junior year, he played often, traveling coast to coast in the US, but also participating in a game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. His senior year, experiencing four early losses with a new coaching staff, Matt asked for a meeting with head coach Bob Davie. The outcome lead to actions that spurred the greatest turnaround in Notre Dame history from a 1-4 record to a 7-5 finish including a bowl game at the Independence Bowl. Matt graduated from Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies in 1998. He has often been asked to give speeches about his experiences at Notre Dame and how it pertains to leadership. He has done so for Catholic schools in Fort Wayne, IN, the Alpharetta High School Future Business Leaders of America, and the Roswell Rotary Club.

Family

Matt met his wife, RaDonna, in 2000. RaDonna had already lived off Deerfield Pkwy since 1997 when she fell in love with the area. Matt and RaDonna married in 2002 and lived in the Villages of Devonshire Apartments until they bought their first home together in the Sable Point community. That was in 2003, and they have lived in their home ever since. Together, they raise their three dogs: Jack, Buster, and Rockne. They also have a cat named Vinnie, and two beta fish. They enjoy spending their free time walking their dogs at Birmingham Park and North Park, spending time with neighbors, reading, fixing the house, and playing racquetball.

"Americans are mindless robots under capitalism."

All:

With so many opinions out there today regarding the status of the country, we stumbled upon the following opinion. Meet Miss Maxy; an American voter.

Be advised that cursing is used.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

2011 Milton Council Election To Be Non-Event?



By Accessmilton.com


With only one challenger having made himself known, could the 2011 Milton Georgia City Council election be a non-event?

Currently, only District 6 Candidate Alan Tart will have an opponent; that being Lance Large.

Neither Districts 2 or 4 have had anyone step forward as of today.

Regardless, we shall all soon see with the quailifying date ending this upcoming Friday, September 2nd.

If you or someone you know is interested, please preview the following information regarding registration and dates=>

Municipal General Election Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Qualifying dates for candidates: Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, 2011

Qualifying fee for candidates: $390

Last day to file Notice of Candidacy and have name on Municipal General Election Ballot 21-2-132(3)(A): Sept. 2, 2011

Legal notice: Notice is hereby given for a municipal election on Tuesday November 8, 2011, to elect three (3) Council Members (Districts 2, 4, 6) of the City Council. The Districts for this election are currently occupied by City Council Members Julie Zahner Bailey (District 2), Burt Hewitt (District 4), and Alan Tart (District 6). The qualifying period for candidates opens Monday, August 29, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. and closes Friday, September 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. Any person desiring to run for office shall qualify in the office of the City Clerk by filing a Notice of Candidacy. Candidates must pay to the City a qualifying fee of $390.00 for the office of a City Councilmember.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

On A National Note...


Courtesy Gather

'Hawkeye' the Loyal Dog Finds a Home After Capturing World's Heart

"Hawkeye," the loyal dog who became a worldwide web sensation after photos and videos of him refusing to leave his master's side—even in his funeral casket—hit the web, will be cared for by a close friend of Navy Seal Jon Tumilson, say family members.

Although Tumilson's funeral was held last week, it wasn't until Thursday that pictures and videos of the moment circulated the web and pulled at the world's heartstrings.

Tumilson was one of the Navy Seals killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan earlier this month and his funeral was attended by more than 1,500 mourners. But it was Hawkeye who captured the heartbreaking grief over the tragedy by refusing to leave the spot in front of Tumilson's casket and whimpering from his loss.

Naturally, the first question would be, "what will happen to Hawkeye now?"
Family members are reporting that the faithful Labrador Retriever, who was a personal pet and not a military dog, will be cared for by neighbor Scott Nichols. The loyal dog will be in good hands as Nichols has cared for Hawkeye before, usually at times when Tumilson was deployed.

It's very comforting to know that Hawkeye will be cared for by someone who already knows and loves him. But it's plain that even if a close friend had not stepped in to take care of this magnificent example of "Man's Best Friend," offers to adopt the dog would be pouring in from all over the world.

It's obvious that Jon Tumilson would never have thought that his loyal companion would ever be world-famous for displaying such uncanny, human-like emotion. But it is fitting that Hawkeye has expressed the profound grief, in his own way, that most people would find hard to do.

Be well, faithful friend. Mission accomplished...

Police: Family surrounds shirtless intruder.

Courtesy Wsbtv.com

MILTON, Ga. -- New residents of a Milton home were shaken up after a strange encounter with an intruder, Milton police said.

A couple with children moved into in their home on Nettlebrooke Lane a week before they were confronted by a strange man in their home earlier this month, according to a Milton police report. Sanford Baker, 51, is facing aggravated assault, criminal damage and burglary charges in the incident.

Homeowner Joseph Preuth told officers he was awakened by a loud commotion, and he discovered a shirtless man, armed with a metal shelf bracket, demanding his daughter. Police said Baker had driven his car into the front of the home and threw bricks into windows to break in.

According to the report, Baker said he had been told that his 13-year-old daughter was being held at the home and kept probing after Preuth told him she wasn’t. Preuth’s mother, wife and her brother surrounded Baker and called police, the report said.

Officers arrived and questioned Baker, who was apparently disoriented. The report said he was unable to accurately answer questions about the day of the week, the U.S. president and how he had arrived at the home. Baker was hospitalized for evaluation.

Officers spoke to Baker’s wife, Regina, who said he “lost it this morning,” according to the report. She said their daughter was safe at home and blamed pain medication from a recent surgery as a possible explanation for his behavior, the report said.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Milton gets first glimpse of budget.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Milton City Council got its first look at the proposed 2012 budget this week, a budget calling for a 6 percent increase in spending over this year. The $18.6 million spending plan includes increases in police, fire and EMS.

It also calls for extra expenditures in roadway paving and intersection improvements, one-time capital improvements the Council may elect to fund through its general fund balance. The city has looked to its reserves, which over time have built up, to help fund some of the street projects. The city's fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

View the preliminary 2012 budget.




By Accessmilton.com


At the Aug. 22 Special Called Work Session Milton’s City Council got its first look at the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget. You may view the proposed budget by clicking here=>
http://www.cityofmiltonga.us/vertical/Sites/%7BABDC6828-BCD1-4EB9-8063-A52F3C899020%7D/uploads/08-22-2011-Packet.pdf


Saturday, August 20, 2011

‘Sex and the City’ resemblance tips cops to burglary suspect.

By David Ibata
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The burglar in her bedroom looks just like Smith Jerrod. That's what a Milton woman -- an apparent fan of “Sex and the City" -- told police, giving them a break in the investigation of burglaries in a local neighborhood.

“She was in bed, woke up and saw him standing at the bedroom door,” Milton police Capt. Shawn McCarty said. “When he saw she was a awake, he left the house.”
“Once she gave us a description, that’s what helped us narrow it down to this individual,” McCarty said. “She said he looked like the young guy from ‘Sex and the City,’ a young guy with blond hair.”
Specifically, the woman told Channel 2 Action News, he looks like Smith Jerrod, Samantha Jones' romantic interest on the HBO show.

At first, McCarty said, investigators didn’t think much of it, “but he actually does look pretty much like the guy.”William Jarrod Ewing, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary in the Crooked Creek subdivision where he lives, police said. He was taken to Fulton County Jail, where he bonded out Thursday on $20,000 bail.

Milton police said they received six reports of attempted burglary and burglary from April 7 to June 11.

Each incident involved a suspect trying to gain entry, or actually breaking into a home through back windows and doors between 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. -- eventually coming face to face with one of his victims, the woman who gave police a description.

All of the homes back up to the Atlanta Athletic Club golf course.

Ewing emerged as a person of interest because he was known to roam the area at night, police said.

Also, he had been arrested June 29 by Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies on Francis Road at the Forsyth County line. Ewing was charged with being a pedestrian under the influence and underage consumption of alcohol, police said.

Physical evidence linked Ewing to at least one of the burglaries, police said. Also, they had the eyewitness’ description.

Channel 2 went to Ewing’s address on Thursday afternoon, but no one answered the door.

Smith Jerrod was played by actor Jason Lewis on "Sex and the City." For more information on the character, go to the show's website.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Suspect charged in string of Crooked Creek burglaries.



Courtesy Milton Police Department


William Jarrod Ewing lived in neighborhood.


MILTON, Ga., Aug. 18, 2011 - Milton police arrested a 20-year-old Crooked Creek subdivision resident Aug. 16 and charged him in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred in the neighborhood from April to June.

William Jarrod Ewing was charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary and taken to Fulton County Jail, where he bonded out Aug. 18 on $20,000 bail.

Milton police said from April 7 to June 11, six reports of attempted burglary and burglary were taken in Crooked Creek, the city's largest neighborhood. The crimes escalated until one resident was confronted in her home. Each involved a suspect trying or gaining entry into the home through back windows and doors between 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Additionally, all the homes backed up to the Atlanta Athletic Club golf course, which winds through the subdivision.

Officers developed Ewing as a person of interest because he is known to roam the area at night. Additionally, he was arrested June 29 by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Francis Road at the Forsyth County line and charged with pedestrian under the influence and underage consumption of alcohol.

Milton detectives linked Ewing to at least one of the burglaries by physical evidence and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Post August 15 City Council meeting wrap-up.

By Accessmilton.com


Post August 15 City Council meeting wrap-up

PUBLIC HEARING
1. An Ordinance of The Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Fix The Ad Valorem Tax Rate of the City of Milton for Fiscal Year 2011; and for Other Purposes.
(Agenda Item No. 11-163)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

Motion to close public hearing approved 7-0


ZONING AGENDA
1. RZ11-14/VC11-03 - 14375 Providence Road by Segars & Snidow, LLC from C- 1 (Community Business) and AG-1 (Agricultural) to C-1 (Community Business) and AG-1 (Agricultural) for an Existing Building for a Total of 3,085 Square Feet and a Three Part Concurrent Variance to Reduce the 50 Foot Buffer and 10 Foot Improvement Setback Along the West, North, and East Property Lines to 0 Feet, 0 Feet and 20 Feet Respectively [Sec. 64-1141 3.a.].
(Agenda Item No. 11-164)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)

Approved 6-1


2. ZM11-02 - 170 Cox Road by Wall to Wall Soccer Centers to Modify the Following Conditions of U86-64. Condition 1.a. as follows: Two Recreational Soccer Fields, Six Mini-Soccer Fields, a 1950 Square Foot Clubhouse and a 2500 Square Foot Storage Building Including Restroom Facilities; to Modify Condition 2.a. to Modify the Site Plan Submitted to the Community Development Department on July 5, 2011; to Modify Condition 3.g. as Follows: Limit the Free- Standing Project Identification Signage on the Entire Property to No More Than One Unlighted, Double-Faced Monument Sign Adjacent to Arnold Mill Road or Cox Road, Having No More than 32 Square Feet Per Face and Further Not to Exceed 6 Feet from Finished Grade Measured from the Base of the Sign Structure.
(Agenda Item No. 11-165)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)

Approved 7-0


3. RZ11-15 - Text Amendment to Amend Chapter 64, Article VII, Division 5 (State Route 9 Overlay District) as it Pertains to Outdoor Amenity Areas.
(Agenda Item No. 11-166)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Work Session August 8, 2011)
(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)

Approved 7-0


UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Approval of an Ordinance of The Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Fix The Ad Valorem Tax Rate of the City of Milton for Fiscal Year 2011; and for Other Purposes.
(Agenda Item No. 11-163)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Public Hearing held on August 15, 2011)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

Approved 7-0

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fundraising total over $50,000.



By Accessmilton.com


Milton firefighters have passed last year’s totals for fundraising in the 2011 Fill the Boot Drive for the MDA, taking in $50, 907.18.

This year’s total reflects five days of collections, with A shift raising $11,878.19 from passing motorists Aug. 12. There is still one day of collections left on Sept. 2, and it will also be carried out by A shift, said Fire Chief Robert Edgar.

“In a year that has already been a struggle due to natural disasters and the economy, it is a huge relief to see how giving the citizens of Milton have been,” said Angela Brown, fundraising coordinator for the MDA. “On behalf of our patients, thank you, thank you and thank you for helping us reach for a cure!”
Last year Milton was second in the state in fundraising, bringing in more than $48,000.

In just four years, the City of Milton Fire Department has raised more than $161,000 for MDA, which uses the money to aid local children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases by providing wheelchairs, leg braces, clinic visits, support groups and a chance for children to attend Camp Walk-N-Roll.

Visually impaired issues forum tomorrow.

By Accessmilton.com

Empish Thomas to speak at Aug. 16 meeting

MILTON, Ga., Aug. 15, 2011 - Don't forget that the Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) will host a "Community Link" forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 16 featuring a speaker from the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI).

The open forum will take place in City Council Chambers at Milton's City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107E. Everyone is invited, and there is no RSVP required.

Empish Thomas, Public Education and Referral Specialist for CVI, will discuss and present a video highlighting the group's work, including a low-vision clinic, rehabilitation programs, support groups, counselors and other services tailored to different age groups and needs.

Thomas will also answer questions and suggest tips, strategies and tools for living with visual impairment.

MDAC promotes inclusion of persons of all abilities in every aspect of community life through education, advocacy and influence on public policy. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit www.cityofmiltonga.us.

CVI is Georgia's largest comprehensive, fully accredited, private facility providing rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. Its mission is to offer a wide range of needed social and rehabilitation services to enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to learn to cope successfully with the loss or absence of vision. For more information on CVI, visit www.cviga.org.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Near Miss On Bethany Road.


Double Click To Enlarge Screen.


By Accessmilton.com


The Open Road Neighborhoods of Milton Georgia continue to increase with recreational activity. More often than not, citizens are using these residential nodes for cycling, jogging,and horse back riding.


The video above was shot at 10am on Sunday morning. The location is Bethany Road between
Mayfield and Providence Roads. Of interest are the four cyclists and one jogger enjoying the rural character of Milton.


This section of Bethany Road is home to 44 families.


On average, Milton Georgia typically has three officers per twelve hour shift. The city is almost twice the size of Alpharetta geographically.

You're Invited to Alan Tart's Re-election Campaign Kickoff Party.




Courtesy Friends of Alan Tart.


You are invited! Save the Date!
Alan's Re-election Campaign Kickoff Party will be on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mambo Jambo Cafe, 5310 Windward Parkway, Milton, GA 30004.


Click here for directions=> http://www.mambojambocafe.com/directions.html


Meet Alan, discuss with him your wants and needs for Milton, and help energize his successful re-election campaign! Also, check out what your neighbors are talking about...the delicious food and atmosphere of the new Mambo Jambo Cafe!

R.S.V.P. by August 21 encouraged but not required.

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Alan Tart Interviewed by Milton Herald and AccessMilton.com
Recently, Alan was interviewed by Milton Herald and AccessMilton.com. The questions were not known in advance. The questions dealt with possible changes to Milton's charter, safety on our open roads, whether our sign ordinance should be changed to allow neon lights, strategies for preserving our rural, equestrian character, and privatization of streets.

Click here to link to Alan's video=>
http://campaignwindow.com/alantart4milton/press/index.cfm?Fuseaction=press

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Call to Action - How You Can Help

Make no mistake about it...this is an extremely important election for Milton. This is what you can do to ensure our success on Nov 8:

•Donate
•Display a yard sign - Order now!
•Host a meet and greet or fundraiser
•Volunteer to be part of the Friends of Alan Tart campaign team
•Register to Vote (Deadline is Oct. 11)
Please let me know how you can help and feel free to contact me with any questions or issues you may have. Thanks again for your support!


Sincerely,



Alan M. Tart

Council Member (District 6, At-Large)

Milton, GA

Email - AlanTart4Milton@comcast.net

Website - http://AlanTart4Milton.com


News from JZB - Upcoming Zonings, Back to School & Fall Events.



Courtesy Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey.


August 14, 2011

Dear Milton Citizens, Friends and Neighbors -

I want to wish all of our students, teachers, administrators, volunteers, parents and community members a terrific start to the new school year. Whether it be elementary, middle, high school or college, it is important to pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be part of a community with so many amazing folks that come together every year to ensure our youth have an excellent education across multiple disciplines and reinforced values of kindness, honesty, hard work and care for others. The positive partnership that exists between parents, teachers, administrators and the broader community is just one more example of the uniqueness of our special community.

With so many schools back in session on Monday, please take extra care in driving our roadways. Be patient with one another as we all navigate our roads with more students, buses, carpoolers and pedestrians up and about earlier in the day. And if your commute takes a little longer, use the time to make a positive connection with someone via a wave or a simple smile. It is amazing how that one small act of kindness can make the difference in someone's day.


This release also references important information and updates regarding the following items:

Three rezoning items on the Monday, August 15th City Council agenda: Providence Road, Cox Road and Language re: "Outdoor Amenities" added to the Highway 9 Overlay.
Paving projects to begin - the next cycle of roadway pavings are underway. Please note below the specific listing of roadways.
City of Milton budget cycle underway - please review the schedule of meetings, review draft budgets as they evolve and provide input directly into the process. We have a special called session to begin discussion of this on, Monday, August 22 at 6 pm.
Upcoming Fall events - the Milton Round-up, Crabapple Antique Festival, Mayor's Run, River's Alive event & more.
Meeting schedules for Commissions, Boards and Committees - look to the right margin of this release.
The details of each of these items are found by scrolling down in this release or looking in the right margin.


Please know I remain committed to serving your needs and representing the interests of you and your family. I have been your community voice on Council since we became a city, and have been representing this unique area as a dedicated volunteer and steward for well over 17 years. This has been home for my family and I for almost 25 years. My passion and dedication to our collective community has never been greater. Your proactive involvement in our community remains critical if we are to ensure a balance between retaining the beauty and uniqueness of Milton while also ensuring appropriate design guidelines and growth patterns for all of Milton. Our community is not great by chance, but instead by choice. Please ensure your voice continues to help provide the roadmap for what choices we make as a Council and as a community.


Thank you for placing your confidence in me.



All my best -

Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council
404-310-6344 cell
770-664-5529
julie4milton@mindspring.com
www.julie4milton.com

Baileyfarmandgardens@mindspring.com

www.baileyfarmandgardens.com

Three Rezoning Items on Council Agenda

Providence Rd., Cox Rd. & Text Amendment

Monday, August 15th at 6 pm


1) RZ11-14/VC11-03 - C-1 to C-1 / AG-1 encompassing 1.05 acres with three concurrent variances. 14375 Providence Road between Birmingham Hwy & Freemanville.

The Providence Road rezoning requests is to rezone from .26 acres of C-1 to 1.05 acres of C-1 / AG-1 with a three part concurrent variance to reduce buffers and Improvement setbacks. While the parcel has a partial C-1 zoning of .26 acres that dates back to 1962, this rezoning request is to expand the area allowable for C-1. Currently it is being used for storage for a sign company with very limited parking. The rezoning request if approved would allow this parcel to be utilized for expanded commercial uses and would allow for more intense use of the property, i.e. more than the current storage, including expanded parking. Staff's analysis includes some proposed prohibited commercial uses, but the list is not all inclusive. Your input and opinions on this and all rezonings is important. Please use this link for the complete analysis from staff. As is the case with all rezonings, public comment - whether in support or in opposition - is allowed during the public comment period.



2) ZM11-02 - 170 Cox Road at the corner of Arnold Mill.

The Cox Road/Arnold Mill rezoning request is to modify the conditions of the existing use permit, U86-64. The conditions requested would allow for two recreational soccer fields and six mini soccer fields along with the existing clubhouse, storage and restroom facilities. The additional condition request would allow for a free-standing project identification sign either facing Cox Road or Arnold Mill with no more than a 32 square foot sign face not to exceed 6 ft. in height. Please use this link for the complete analysis from staff.



3) RZ11-15 To amend Chapter 64, Article VII, Division 5 as it relates to Outdoor Amenity Areas in the State Route 9 Overlay District

This language is intended to require a certain percentage (up to 10% of gross land area of a development of certain sizes in the Highway 9 area) of an outdoor amenity areas accessible to the public. The intent is to enhance the Highway 9 commercial areas consistent with the requests of citizens and the Highway 9 Design Guideline committee. Please use this link for the proposed language.



City of Milton Roadway Paving Projects

The City of Milton will begin the second round of road patching and repair projects Tuesday, Aug. 16. The work is expected to last 45 days, depending on weather, and crews will be working from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The roads affected will be open to traffic but reduced to one lane. There will be message boards on the affected roads prior to work starting.

Following is a list of the roads to be patched or repaired:

Webb Road from Morris Road to Cogburn Road
New Bullpen Road from Birmingham Highway (Ga. 372) to city limit
Thompson Road from Redd Road to Tabbystone Pass
Freemanville Road from Providence Road to the bridge over Chicken Creek
Nix Road and a portion of Brittle Road will also receive repair work as needed
The cost of these projects is $1.49 million and the work
was awarded to the lowest bidder, Marietta-based Blount Construction Company, Inc.

Aug. 15 City Council meeting notice.

By Accessmilton.com



Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 Regular Council Meeting Agenda 6:00 p.m.

INVOCATION - Pastor Jacob Elzey, Vision Baptist Church, Milton, Georgia.


CALL TO ORDER


1) ROLL CALL


2) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Led by the Mayor)


3) APPROVAL OF MEETING AGENDA (Add or remove items from the agenda)
(Agenda Item No. 11-169)


4) PUBLIC COMMENT


5) CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of the July 11, 2011 Work Session Minutes.
(Agenda Item No. 11-170)
(Sudie Gordon, City Clerk)


2. Approval of the July 18, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes.
(Agenda Item No. 11-171)
(Sudie Gordon, City Clerk)


3. Approval of Financial Statements for the Period Ending November, 2010.
(Agenda Item No. 11-172)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)


4. Approval of a Construction Services Agreement between the City of Milton and The Tomal Corporation d/b/a Wildcat Striping and Sealing Co. for Guardrail Replacement on the Cogburn Road Bridge.
(Agenda Item No. 11-173)
(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)


5. Approval of an Agreement between the City of Milton and Onsite Civil Group, LLC for the Topographic Survey for Bell Memorial Park in the Amount of $5,400.00.
(Agenda Item No. 11-174)
(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)


6. Approval of a Temporary Access Agreement between Birmingham United Methodist Church and the City of Milton for the 2011 Milton Roundup.
(Agenda Item No. 11-175)
(Tom Gilliam, Parks and Recreation Department Program Coordinator)


6) REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS (None)


7) FIRST PRESENTATION (None)


8) PUBLIC HEARING
1. An Ordinance of The Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Fix The Ad Valorem Tax Rate of the City of Milton for Fiscal Year 2011; and for Other Purposes.
(Agenda Item No. 11-163)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)


9) ZONING AGENDA
1. RZ11-14/VC11-03 - 14375 Providence Road by Segars & Snidow, LLC from C- 1 (Community Business) and AG-1 (Agricultural) to C-1 (Community Business) and AG-1 (Agricultural) for an Existing Building for a Total of 3,085 Square Feet and a Three Part Concurrent Variance to Reduce the 50 Foot Buffer and 10 Foot Improvement Setback Along the West, North, and East Property Lines to 0 Feet, 0 Feet and 20 Feet Respectively [Sec. 64-1141 3.a.].
(Agenda Item No. 11-164)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)


2. ZM11-02 - 170 Cox Road by Wall to Wall Soccer Centers to Modify the Following Conditions of U86-64. Condition 1.a. as follows: Two Recreational Soccer Fields, Six Mini-Soccer Fields, a 1950 Square Foot Clubhouse and a 2500 Square Foot Storage Building Including Restroom Facilities; to Modify Condition 2.a. to Modify the Site Plan Submitted to the Community Development Department on July 5, 2011; to Modify Condition 3.g. as Follows: Limit the Free- Standing Project Identification Signage on the Entire Property to No More Than One Unlighted, Double-Faced Monument Sign Adjacent to Arnold Mill Road or Cox Road, Having No More than 32 Square Feet Per Face and Further Not to Exceed 6 Feet from Finished Grade Measured from the Base of the Sign Structure.
(Agenda Item No. 11-165)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)


3. RZ11-15 - Text Amendment to Amend Chapter 64, Article VII, Division 5 (State Route 9 Overlay District) as it Pertains to Outdoor Amenity Areas.
(Agenda Item No. 11-166)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Work Session August 8, 2011)
(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)


10) UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Approval of an Ordinance of The Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Fix The Ad Valorem Tax Rate of the City of Milton for Fiscal Year 2011; and for Other Purposes.
(Agenda Item No. 11-163)
(First Presentation on August 1, 2011)
(Public Hearing held on August 15, 2011)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)


11) NEW BUSINESS (None)


12) MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS


13) STAFF REPORTS


14) EXECUTIVE SESSION (if needed)


15) ADJOURNMENT
(Agenda Item No. 11-176)

Milton begins fall paving projects Aug. 16.



By Accessmilton.com

Work expected to last 45 days, weather permitting.

MILTON, Ga., Aug. 12, 2011 - The City of Milton will begin the second round of road patching and repair projects Tuesday, Aug. 16, said Carter Lucas, Director of Public Works.

The work is expected to last 45 days, depending on weather, and crews will be working from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The roads affected will be open to traffic but reduced to one lane.

"Drivers should expect delays in the work areas and find alternate routes if possible,"
said Lucas. "Please use extreme caution in the work zones."

There will be message boards on the affected roads prior to work starting, said Lucas.

Following is a list of the roads to be patched or repaired:

Webb Road from Morris Road to Cogburn Road
New Bullpen Road from Birmingham Highway (Ga. 372) to city limit
Thompson Road from Redd Road to Tabbystone Pass
Freemanville Road from Providence Road to the bridge over Chicken Creek
Nix Road and a portion of Brittle Road will also receive repair work as needed

The cost of these projects is $1.49 million and the work was awarded to the lowest bidder, Marietta-based Blount Construction Company, Inc.

For more information, call Angie Kapijimpanga, Public Works Department Citizen Responder, at 678-242-2562 or e-mail angie.kapijimpanga@cityofmiltonga.us.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mini-grant program volunteers needed Aug. 18.



By Accessmilton.com




Attention community builders: On Aug. 18 the City of Milton will hold a launch party for a mini-grant program aimed at funding projects that foster connection between neighbors, and we need you.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethwell Community Center, located at 2695 Hopewell Road in Milton. Anyone looking for a great way to get involved in their community is invited.

All projects in the program will be initiated, planned and implemented by residents, said Amanda Quintana, the program’s community builder and grant coordinator. But there has to be a core group of volunteers to ensure the process goes smoothly for everyone involved.

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Milton to launch neighborhood grant program.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton will launch a mini-grant program Thursday seeking volunteers to help with projects that support neighborhood improvements, promote neighborhood associations and fund projects that bring community members closer. The program is funded through the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Real Communities Initiative which provides Milton about $20,000 in federal funds. The city matches just less than $5,000.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Bethwell Community Center, 2695 Hopewell Road.

Information: amanda.quintana@cityofmiltonga.u s or call 678-242-2500.

North Fulton park becomes
 a north-south battleground.


Providence Park is currently undergoing environmental remediation and the center of dispute.


By Johnny Edwards and Patrick Fox

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It has been a quarry, a dumping ground, a park and a toxic cleanup site.

Enlarge photo Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com Providence Park is currently undergoing environmental remediation and the center of dispute.

Enlarge photo Fulton County Department of Parks and Recreation Among Providence Parks' features are rappelling off rock quarry walls.

Now, Providence Park is a battleground.

A battleground that one of north Fulton County’s newest cities wants to take over for just more than $4,000, but could earn the county government millions if it refuses the deal with Milton and sells the land on the open market.

The 42 acres of rugged woodland, with a lodge, hiking trails, a rock-climbing cliff and a lake it shares with a subdivision, has been closed to the public since 2004, when tests found lead, chromium, petroleum byproducts and other toxic chemicals in soil near a walking path. The cleanup should be finished by the end of next year.

After that, Milton hopes to make Providence a crown jewel in its burgeoning parks inventory for a price of just $100 per acre. Those plans are in jeopardy, though, with the property ensnared in the latest fracas between north and south Fulton leaders over the siphoning of tax dollars from one end of the county to another.

If a south Fulton commissioner gets his way, not only could Milton lose dibs on a massive tract of prime real estate, but Milton and Johns Creek could lose about $100,000 apiece in taxes that the county government has sat on for years, thanks to a gap in a 2008 state law that forced the county to return unspent taxes collected when the northern cities were still in unincorporated Fulton.

Underlying the dispute are lingering tensions between the northern cities that stepped out from under direct county governance, citing lackluster services, and the southern part of the county they left behind.

“All of us who were here at the time of the annexation, and me included, I’m here to tell you that you got bamboozled,” Commissioner Bill Edwards said at last week’s meeting.

A month ago, Edwards confronted county manager Zachary Williams when he discovered that $12,500 in south Fulton’s tax dollars had been spent over a five-year period cutting grass and maintaining grounds at the shuttered park within Fulton’s northernmost city.

Under contracts with the cities, money raised for the unincorporated area can’t be spent elsewhere.

It was an oversight, interim parks director Lisa Carter said. Providence used to be a county park, and since it hasn’t been sold to Milton yet, maintenance crews assumed it was still their responsibility.

The problem, though, is that the Parks Department is funded by the county’s Special Services District, which through a tacked-on property tax provides city-type services such as police and fire protection to unincorporated residents. With Johns Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs out of the mix, only south Fulton residents pay into the fund.

Edwards sees a conundrum whose only solution is to reclassify Providence Park as surplus county property. Doing so could deprive Milton of a $100-per-acre sale, the deal given to all newly formed cities for park space since the mid-2000s.

The property’s fair market value: $6.2 million, according to the county tax assessor’s office.

“Unfortunately, [Edwards] seems to be out to get north Fulton,” said Commissioner Liz Hausmann, who represents Milton. “For the commissioner, at the 11th hour, to try to change the status of the land, to try to take something away from a north Fulton city, is shameful.”Edwards points out that Providence stopped being a public park two years before Milton formed, when the county discovered pollutants seeping from 55-gallon drums stashed on the grounds. The Parks Department can’t touch it, he said, and maintenance can’t be funded by Public Works or through the $4,200 per month the county earns off a cellphone tower on the property.

Those are countywide general fund dollars, and there are no parks in the general fund, Edwards said.

“If it’s a park, then it must be in the [Special Services District], but it ain’t,” he said. “My whole deal is, call it what it is, then we’ll deal with it.”
Whether Edwards can muster the needed four votes to change the land’s classification is uncertain.

Last month, his motion to do so didn’t get a second, though Commissioner Joan Garner said later that she would have given him one had she understood his argument.

County spokeswoman Ericka Davis said in an email that the Public Works Department will handle maintenance now. There’s not much to do, she said, with the lodge sealed with plywood and the public kept away.

When work vehicles aren’t coming or going, the main gate stays locked, but joggers and walkers often slip past it. Milton resident Patti Silva has toured the park with friends and said she shudders at the thought of the city losing it.

“I would be very disappointed to hear there would be any problem with that because it was a big issue when Milton became a city — that we would have a certain amount of open space,”
she said.

City Manager Chris Lagerbloom said the city offered to acquire the noncontaminated portion of the park in 2008, which would have solved the maintenance problem. The county never made a counteroffer.

“We feel that the park at some point will be owned by Milton,” he said. “We have heard nothing other than Commissioner Edwards’ comments that indicate the intent of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners has changed. When the park is clean, we fully anticipate moving forward with the transfer of ownership.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

District 6 Milton GA Candidate Lance Large Interviewed.

Courtesy The Milton Herald & Accessmilton.com


The Milton Herald & Accessmilton.com have partnered together for the 2011 Milton Georgia City Council Election.


Going forward, you will see campaign related stories on both venues.


Regarding the Q & A, questions are not shared prior.


Best of luck to all the candidates!



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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

District 6 Milton GA Candidate Alan Tart Interviewed.

Courtesy The Milton Herald & Accessmilton.com


The Milton Herald & Accessmilton.com have partnered together for the 2011 Milton Georgia City Council Election.


Going forward, you will see campaign related stories on both venues.


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Best of luck to all the candidates!


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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Milton councilman announces re-election bid.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

District 6 Milton City Council Member Alan Tart formally announced his intention to seek re-election this week.

Tart, first elected in 2007, is a training officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has served as president of his homeowners association for more than five years. He said he plans to continue to defend the city's land use plan, while developing parks and recreation opportunities and maintain fully staffed police and fire departments.

August 8 City Council work session notice.

Monday, August 8, 2011 Work Session Agenda 6:00 p.m.

1. Meet and Greet with Dr. Edward Spurka, Principal, Bethany Bend High School Site.

(Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager)



2. RZ11-15 - Text Amendment to Amend Chapter 64, Article VII, Division 5 (State Route 9 Overlay District) as it Pertains to Outdoor Amenity Areas.

(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)



3. Discussion of City of Milton's Long Term Capital Project Financing Options.

(Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager, Stacey Inglis, Finance Director and Dianne McNabb, The PFM Group)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Press Release - Friends of Alan Tart.



Courtesy Friends of Alan Tart


Press Release

For Immediate Release

August 4, 2011

For more information, please call Alan Tart at 678-464-8550 or write to AlanTart4Milton@comcast.net.

Milton City Council Member Alan Tart (District 6, At-Large) Announces His Intention to Seek Re-Election

Milton City Council Member Alan Tart formally announced his intention to seek re-election today. Tart said, “The collective efforts of many hardworking volunteers, highly competent and professional city staff members, and elected officials have brought our city far in its almost five year history. I am proud to have had a vital role in our progress to date, and I look forward to putting my unique combination of energy, experience, and proven leadership to work for the city in my next term.”

Reflecting on Milton’s many successes in its short history, Tart added, “In today’s economic times, there aren’t many cities in Georgia or the United States, for that matter, that haven’t had to drastically cut back the quantity or quality of services they provide just to be able to make ends meet. Milton has not only been able to maintain existing services, but we’ve even been able to make gradual enhancements to enhance our citizens’ quality of life.” Tart shares credit for the city’s success with current city staff members and his fellow elected officials. “We have had to make some very courageous decisions in the past several years to ensure our citizens’ tax dollars are spent as efficiently and fiscally conservative as possible. The city needs policymakers like me who can make the tough decisions necessary to chart a new city’s future and who have the voting record to prove they are committed to doing what they say they’ll do in their campaigns.”

In a city that has historically been marked by pressure to overdevelop, Tart is known as a defender of the city’s land use plan, zoning ordinance, and design standards. “I believe the majority of our citizens expect our elected officials to make decisions that ensure our area retains its distinctive rural, equestrian character.”

Tart’s priorities for his next term include ensuring the fiscal responsibility and viability of the city in the short and long term, developing both active and passive parks and recreation opportunities for Milton’s citizens, and having fully staffed police and fire departments to meet the city’s needs.

Tart and his partner of 11 years, David, along with Tart’s daughter Madison, age 13, have lived in the Milton area since January 2005. Tart serves as a training officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he is actively involved on a national level with developing, interpreting, and providing training on food safety codes, regulations, and policies to protect citizens from the risks of foodborne illness. He also serves on an elite incident management team responsible for responding to natural disasters and national high security events like the Olympics, presidential inaugurations, and summits. He is a 1996 graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA, a 2008 graduate of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board Leadership Government Program, and has served as president of his homeowners association for over five years. More information on Alan can be found by visiting his website at http://alantart4milton.com.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

News from Friends of Alan Tart.




Courtesy Paid for by Friends of Alan Tart.


Dear Friends and Citizens:

I hope you and your families are doing well. I am seeking re-election to the Milton City Council (District 6, At-Large). I want to thank you for trusting me as your city council member these past three and a half years. It has truly been an honor.

My first term in office has been marked by preparedness, honesty, integrity, and commitment. I have learned a tremendous amount about community planning and zoning, parks and recreation, public works, transportation, municipal law, budgeting, and council and city staff relationships.

Most of all, I have learned how to be more effective and respectful in a political environment where the views of my fellow elected officials may not be the same as mine or in sync with one another. That experience will be needed as the city continues to move forward from where we began just five years ago.



My Commitment to You Four Years Ago



Four years ago, I committed to you that I would do the following:

Preserve Milton's unique, rural equestrian character
Support smart growth and development that adheres to our land use plan, zoning ordinance, and design standards
Support fully staffed, equipped, and trained fire and police departments
Be fiscally conservative with your tax dollars and cut waste
Take steps to improve the look and character of the Highway 9 area
Support adoption of a new comprehensive plan that charts our vision for the next 20 years
Support efforts to strengthen preservation of our trees, waterways, and historic structures
Vote against extension of sewer to areas of Milton not already on sewer
Support the creation of a city-wide crime prevention network
Expand recreation opportunities, acquire additional parkland, and begin the development of parks we already have
Provide for a local government that is accessible to and inclusive of everyone 



Accomplishments Thus Far



The collective efforts of many hardworking volunteers, highly talented and dedicated city staff members, and elected officials have brought us far in our five year history as a city. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that the accomplishments listed below were a collective effort, and I am proud to have had a vital role. During my first term in office, among other decisions and accomplishments, I am very proud to have:

Voted to approve development that meets our land use plan, zoning ordinance, and design standards
Voted to deny development that did not meet our land use plan, zoning ordinance, or design standards or that threatened our environment or our citizens' quality of life or safety
Voted to approve a fiscally viable City of Milton 20-year Comprehensive Plan
Assisted in the development of (and voted to approve) the City of Milton 2012-2015 strategic plan that provides city staff with a roadmap for executing the community's agreed-upon long-term priorities and vision
Co-sponsored a resolution to create a Highway 9 Design Guidelines Committee which later led to the adoption of enhanced design standards for future development in the Highway 9/Deerfield area. These will ultimately improve the look and feel of the area and make it more pedestrian-friendly.
Voted to approve height restrictions and enhanced buffer requirements along Highway 9 to ensure harmony between commercial and residential development
Voted to approve a joint Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant with Alpharetta for improving the character, look, and feel of the Windward/Highway 9 corridors
Voted twice to deny extension of sewer into areas of Milton not currently on sewer
Voted to approve a Transportation Master Plan that lays the foundation for needed intersection and road improvements and vehicular patterns in and around our city
Voted to terminate the services of CH2M Hill and transition most city services to a more traditional style of government - a move that saved the city $1.25 million in 2010 and will save another ~$1 million in 2011
Worked with staff to stand up the Milton's Police and Citizens Together (MPACT) program designed to support neighborhood crime watch programs and serve as a reporting and information distribution system for crime
Voted to approve the acquisition of land at Webb Rd. and Deerfield Pkwy. that will ultimately be made into a pocket park
Voted to form a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, make capital improvements to Bell Memorial Park, renovate the Bethwell Community Center, and complete a parks and recreation citizens' needs assessment survey that will serve as the basis for our first parks and recreation master planning process to begin this year
Approved numerous operating agreements with surrounding municipalities, schools, and youth associations and a summer day camp program, all of which greatly expanded our citizens' recreation opportunities
Voted for the adoption of a new Tree Preservation Ordinance that applies to both homeowners and developers and is designed to not only protect existing trees, but to encourage the planting of more native tree species as well
Supported the creation of a Historic Preservation Commission and voted to purchase the historic Hopewell House (built between 1805 and 1830) which will ultimately generate revenue for the city
Appointed the most diverse, professionally talented group of volunteers the city has to offer
Voted to approve three balanced fiscal years budgets that -
Enhanced services and the quality of life of our citizens and businesses
Retained a professional, highly competent city staff
Funded additional police and firefighters, as well as essential equipment and training
Repaired bridges
Paved roads and maintained gravel roads
Provided for multi-year funding needed to make intersection improvements
Funded the initiation of master planning for the Deerfield and Crabapple character areas
Has resulted in a $7.8 million fund balance (the difference between our assets and liabilities) as of FY '10



An Elected Official Who Does What He Says He Will Do....How Refreshing!



As you can see, I did exactly what I said I would do four years ago, which I hope serves as proof that I am a man of my word. If for any reason I cannot keep my promise to you, i.e. new information or data requires me to take a different course, I will tell you why. That's why I am asking for your support in my re-election bid. There is more to accomplish, and my unique combination of energy, commitment, experience, and proven leadership abilities will be vital to getting it done.



Plans for Next Term


In addition the same commitments I made four years ago, I commit to do the following in my second term:

Ensure fiscal responsibility and viability of the city in the short and long term
Continue to preserve Milton's unique rural, equestrian character including exploring creative ways to proactively protect and capitalize on this asset
Fully staff our police and fire departments
Expand parks and recreation opportunities for our citizens
Continue funding intersection and road improvements to facilitate traffic flow, manage speed, and improve driver, pedestrian, and biker safety
Support smart growth and development that adheres to our land use plan, zoning ordinance, and design standards and provides for interconnectivity that alleviates traffic
Promote new and existing businesses that improve the quality of life of citizens
Support the building of a public safety/community center complex in the Highway 9 area - a move that will save residents money on their homeowners insurance and improve response times
Support the design and building of a permanent city hall - a move that will save taxpayers' money versus what we pay now in rent for a city hall and will create a sense of place and permanence for our citizens
Support an update to the Crabapple Master Plan and a first master planning process for the Deerfield and Arnold Mill character areas. This is essential to ensuring quality, viable growth and development, character, and a sense of place and harmony in these areas.



Call to Action - How You Can Help



Make no mistake about it...this is an extremely important election for Milton. This is what you can do to ensure our success on Nov 8:
Make a monetary donation. Campaigns are very expensive, and I need your help.
Display a yard sign
Host a meet and greet or fundraiser
Volunteer to be part of the Friends of Alan Tart campaign team
Vote to Re-elect Alan Tart!
Please let me know how you can help and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks again for your support!


Sincerely,

Alan M. Tart

Council Member (District 6, At-Large)

Milton, GA

phone: 678-464-8550

website: http://www.campaignwindow.com/alantart4milton/

Milton approves street resurfacing work.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Milton City Council approved agreements Monday for more than $1.5 million in road repair and resurfacing work.

More Atlanta area news »
Officials awarded a $1.49 million contract to Blount Construction for improvements and resurfacing on New Bullpen, Webb, Freemanville, Thompson, Nix and Brittle roads. The projects are part of the city's annual upkeep schedule.

Another contract for $11,950 was signed with Cook Construction Services for work to repair erosion damage from Chicken Creek along Glencreek Way in the Shadowood Farms subdivision.

MDAC hosts visually impaired issues forum.

Empish Thomas to speak at Aug. 16 meeting.

MILTON, Ga., Aug. 3, 2011 - The Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) will host a "Community Link" forum at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 featuring a speaker from the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI).

The open forum will take place in City Council Chambers at Milton's City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107E. Everyone is invited, and there is no RSVP required.

Empish Thomas, Public Education and Referral Specialist for CVI, will discuss and present a video highlighting the group's work, including a low-vision clinic, rehabilitation programs, support groups, counselors and other services tailored to different age groups and needs.

Thomas will also answer questions and suggest tips, strategies and tools for living with visual impairment.

"We are truly fortunate for this opportunity to learn from Ms. Thomas' background and experience," said Kennard Woods, vice chairman of MDAC. "This program is a 'must' for those living with and relating to visual impairment and who want to facilitate and enjoy more independent lifestyles and integrated communities."

MDAC promotes inclusion of persons of all abilities in every aspect of community life through education, advocacy and influence on public policy. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit www.cityofmiltonga.us.

CVI is Georgia's largest comprehensive, fully accredited, private facility providing rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. Its mission is to offer a wide range of needed social and rehabilitation services to enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to learn to cope successfully with the loss or absence of vision. For more information on CVI, visit www.cviga.org.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Per Your Request-Your Recent Home Purchase...



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By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com


This past month, the City of Milton Georgia purchased a historic home built in 1805 on three acres for $250,000.00. The purchase was paid for by the tax payers and is located at 15690 Hopewell Road.


At the time, an article posted written by Patrick Fox of the Atlanta Journal Constitution titled "Milton buys old landmark for parks system" received over 40 comments; both for and against the move.


Resident Norman B was thrilled with the purchase commenting "The purchase of the property is great news for historic Milton. The council has done well in acquiring this piece of history."


However, the overwhelming majority of those comments were heavily against. "These purchases are so irresponsible and serving some bizarre whim of a few people who are in, in my opinion, the very dangerous position of spending our very limited parks and recreation resources. This cannot continue!!" shared one individual. Another stated "Who pays for the taxes, insurance, electricity and general lawn maintenance for this property? Tax payers of course. When did we ever say we wanted to buy and renovate old houses that fit less than 20 people?"And finally "This is just one more disgraceful, irresponsible use of power by our city officials to satisfy there personal whims. Bring on election day!"


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With such anger from those that pay the bills as well as numerous emails to Accessmilton.com wanting more information and requesting a tour showcasing the "good" and the "bad", we reached out to the City of Milton asking the same - A guided tour, both inside and out, of the tax payers' recent home purchase. Our goal was to give the residents more information as well as a city perspective on this issue. We were told that "Once our FAQ document is done, you are more than welcome to link to it on your site."


With no time table given and with the tract now being owned by all residents of Milton, we took it upon ourselves to go for a visit and video the grounds of this public property ourselves and hopefully answer many of the questions you, the taxpayers of Milton, are seeking.


Going forward, we encourage our readership to continue to point us in the direction they seek for information much like they have done here. Accessmilton.com was created for the citizens of Milton so that their voices may be heard. Always for the people - by the people.

August means back to school.

August is upon us, which means (in addition to a seemingly endless string of sweltering days) it’s time for school to start back up.

I’ve really been enjoying spending the extra time with my kids this summer, but I think it’s probably a good thing for them to get back into the structure of classes. My oldest will be heading back to college, so I’ll certainly miss her (though the trips to Tuscaloosa are always a lot of fun).

To maximize the time we have left before those school bells ring Aug. 15, I’d suggest bringing the whole family out to the last of our summer concert series. Like the others, the one Aug. 5 takes place at Birmingham Park and features a great local artist.

This time it’s Mandy Gawley, a wife and mother of two from Milton who is fulfilling a lifelong dream by singing and performing. Her song “Biscuits and Chicken” has been in rotation on 94.9 The Bull’s Backyard Country, so she obviously knows what she’s doing.

Last time out we had about 250 people come and enjoy the summer evening. There’s plenty of space at the park, so don’t expect crowds, lines, or bad parking. Just come, roll out the blanket, get a delicious hot dog from the Pup Truck (I recommend the Bulldog – chili and cheese) and relax. There are always lots of kids in attendance (bring yours and make some new friends) and acres of room for them to play safely, which makes it just about the best deal going in North Fulton.

This month we’ve also got a Visually Impaired Issues Forum hosted by our all-volunteer Milton Disability Awareness Committee. It will take place Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers and feature Empish Thomas, a speaker from the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired. If you or someone in your family is having sight issues, this is a tremendous opportunity to learn more and connect with others.

Before I go, make sure to mark your calendars, because fall is our boom time for programs. We’ve got the free movie under the stars Sept. 10, and the Antiques festival, my Mayor’s Run and the Roundup the first three weekends in October. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,
Mayor Joe Lockwood - Accessmilton.com

Second basketball skills camp through Aug. 5.



By Accessmilton.com


The second and last of the City of Milton/Up With Kids Sports (UWKS) basketball skills camps will be held Aug. 1 through 5 at Hopewell Middle School.

This camp, for children ages 6 through 17, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $135 for Milton residents. Half days are available for $100. Cost for non-residents is $202.50 for full days and $150 for half.




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Concerts in the Park Aug. 5.





By Accessmilton.com




The third and final installment of "Concerts in the Park: Boogie Down at Birmingham" presented by Doctors Express is here to help end your summer right Friday, Aug. 5. So why not spend one of the last weekends before school starts with friends, food and free music?

Milton's own Mandy Gawley, a wife and mother of two who is living her lifelong dream of singing, will bring the summer concert series to a close. She will perform cuts off her album "Life So Sweet," including "Biscuits and Chicken," as heard on 94.9 The Bull's Backyard Country.

For more information on Gawley, including links to her debut album, visit www.mandygawley.com.




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MDAC hosts visually impaired issues forum.



By Accessmilton.com


The Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) will host a "Community Link" forum at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 featuring a speaker from the Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI).

The open forum will take place in City Council Chambers at Milton's City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107E. Everyone is invited, and there is no RSVP required.

Empish Thomas, Public Education and Referral Specialist for CVI, will discuss and present a video highlighting the group's work, including a low-vision clinic, rehabilitation programs, support groups, counselors and other services tailored to different age groups and needs.

Thomas will also answer questions and suggest tips, strategies and tools for living with visual impairment.

2012 Model Year Roll Out and Gala Aug. 25.

By Accessmilton.com


Milton Friends of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will hold a 2012 Model Year Roll Out and Gala benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at RBM of Atlanta North, 345 McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta.

There will be food from local eateries, music, video games, a live and silent auction and a raffle drawing. Sponsorships are available. All proceeds go to fund the new Emergency Transport Vehicle to be stationed at the Forsyth Location.

For more information, please contact Amanda White at 404-217-4643 or awhite@etailpromotions.com.

Tax bills to be sent Sept. 1.

By Accessmilton.com


The City of Milton Finance Department reminds taxpayers that city tax bills will be sent Sept.1 The bills will be due Oct. 31.

This year, online payment will once again be available. It will launch prior to the Sept. 1 mailing date at the city's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us.

For more information, please contact the Finance Department at 678-242-2500 or info@cityofmiltonga.us.

B at the Movies Sept. 10.



By Accessmilton.com


The City of Milton will again provide a summer movie under the stars on Sept. 10 thanks to B98.5 FM and Publix -- Disney's Tangled.


The event will once again take place at Birmingham United Methodist Church.


Check out the following for information on this film=>
http://adisney.go.com/disneypictures/tangled/


To find out more about this summer movie series, please click here=>
http://www.b985.com/news/events/station-events/b-movies/nCRHM/



Milton Friends Golf Tournament Sept. 26.

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Join Milton Friends as they host their annual Milton Friends Golf Tournament to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Milton's Alpharetta Athletic Club East.

This golf tournament is open to any golfers who wish to play to support the new Forsyth Campus of Children's located at The Avenue Forsyth. They will host a silent auction, putting contest, special prize opportunity, continental breakfast and awards luncheon. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams and for a Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contest.


For more information, please contact Amanda White at 404-217-4643 or awhite@etailpromotions.com or visit their website at http://www.choa.org/miltontournament

Antique Festival Oct. 1.



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A tradition since 1969, the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival is a one-day-only outdoor gathering that features 50 Antique Dealers from 6 states and 50 local juried artists.

Thousands of antiques, from 19th century American Country furniture, to smalls, primitives and shabby chic, and unique pieces of art in all mediums (oils, photography, jewelry, scarves, birdhouses, glass-blown ornaments and much, much more) will sell quickly, so come early and stay all day for this old-fashioned festival.

Rounding out the show are roaming musicians, fantastic food and children's activities from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Goddard School.

There will be a free trolley to nearby parking lots and handicapped parking.

The Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival benefits the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA, the Crabapple Community Association, and other non-profit charities.

For more information for this event, please visit www.crossroadsatcrabapplefestival.com or contact festival organizer Sally Rich-Kolb at 770-448-3860 or by e-mail at crossroadsatcrabapple@gmail.com.

Bethany Bend feeder lacrosse.

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Bethany Bend feeder boy's lacrosse will have two teams play this fall.

All interested players, please e-mail the following information: player's name, age, school, seasons of LAX experience, contact information and interest in playing fall, spring or both to bbfeederLAX@yahoo.com.

For additional information, please visit our Web site at bethanybendfeederlax.com.

Hopewell middle receives recycling grant.



By Accessmilton.com


Dr. Lenora Patterson, right, the new principal of Hopewell Middle School, recently received a check from Cindy Eade, left, sustainability coordinator for the City of Milton, for the purchase of additional recycling bins throughout the school as part of Milton's Environmental Education Program.

Last year, the school embarked on a single-stream recycling program, increasing the volume of recyclables collected. Now students and teachers can recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic in their classroom bins, which are picked up weekly by the school's Eco Explorers Team members.

The grant program has been extended until Sept. 15 for additional schools to apply.
For more information, please contact Cindy Eade at cindy.eade@cityofmiltonga.us or call 678-242-2509.

Eco-programs at summer camp.



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Throughout the summer, hundreds of children attending Milton's Camp Bethwell and Joyful Soles have enjoyed learning interactive environmental programs, including how water pollution occurs in their community, papermaking and recycling.

Field trips to a local water park, learning how to make cheese by Harry's Farmers Market and a visit by a National Park Ranger as well as lots of arts, crafts and good, old-fashioned games have rounded out the great camp programs.

Need community service hours?

By Accessmilton.com

New this year at the Milton Roundup Oct. 15 there will be a children's craft tent sponsored by the Milton Herald.

With lots of little hands needing help, we need volunteers ages 13 and over to assist with the fun crafts and games.

So, if you are a teen needing Beta, National Honor Society, church, Boy or Girl Scout service hours, we can really use you.

To volunteer, please e-mail Cindy Eade at cindy.eade@cityofmiltonga.us or call 678-242-2509.

Milton Grows Green needs your help.

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The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) is expanding its environmental programs and events and needs your help as a committee member.

MGG has meetings the second Tuesday of the month, alternating between lunch and evenings. The next will be Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 41 (Birmingham Crossroads). The focus will be planning our booth at the Milton Roundup, a bulky trash and recycling event, Rivers Alive and our School Environmental Education Program.

Please join us by sending an e-mail to mgg@cityofmiltonga.us or calling Cindy Eade at 678-242-2509 and we'll add you to our e-mail list for future updates.

Milton welcomes newest AAR group.

City of Milton

We are thrilled to announce the Young Men's Service League has adopted a road in Milton and already has had two clean-ups, resulting in about 10 large bags of trash on Bethany Bend near the new high school.

With more than 20 people participating in each clean up, this group is bound to set records for keeping the cleanest roads in Milton. Great job everyone!

If your organization would like to adopt a road to clean up in Milton, please e-mail mgg@cityofmiltonga.us.

State seeks private filming locations.






Do you own a beautiful or historic home or property in the City of Milton that you would like to see on the big screen? Then enter it into the state's Camera Ready Community database.



This online resource, which you can learn more about here, is used by production companies looking to film in Georgia. All you need to do is fill out the online form and provide high-quality photos. They do the rest.





Click here for more information.

Be a part of the 2011 Milton Roundup.




The 2011 Milton Roundup sponsorship/vendor packet is now available online at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fsk9m7bab&et=1106767184445&s=255&e=001eZch1FjkaZ34ldrs1xHZkpkcdfiQvuoYrql5Hblb6pR-2V42MO94bAAjHs82iekWk_V-2DjdBZcd3TdLzzx--UZ95k3e9WXiIaRj3yR7-fWadwtNVl8D7A== and includes everything potential sponsors and vendors need to help Milton throw its biggest birthday party yet.



To download the packet immediately, click here. Otherwise, visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fsk9m7bab&et=1106767184445&s=255&e=001eZch1FjkaZ34ldrs1xHZkpkcdfiQvuoYrql5Hblb6pR-2V42MO94bAAjHs82iekWk_V-2DjdBZcd3TdLzzx--UZ95k3e9WXiIaRj3yR7-fWadwtNVl8D7A==, roll over the "For Residents" tab and choose "Milton Roundup." There you will find the packet, a letter from Mayor Joe Lockwood and a proposed event map. As vendors and sponsors come in, their names, logos and links to their Web sites will be added.



There will also be links from the city's home page in the "News Briefs" section from now until the event.







Click here for more information.

Info available for Mayor's Run.

By Accessmilton.com



Applications and sponsorship packets for the Third Annual Milton Mayor's Run, to be held 8 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Kohl's on Ga. 9, are now available at the City of Milton's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us.




To download the participant application, click here. For the sponsorship application and packet, click here.



For the second year, the Milton Mayor's Run will begin and end at the Kohl's in the Deerfield Place shopping center at the corner of Ga. 9 and Deerfield Parkway (click here for directions), said Tom Gilliam, Milton's recreation programs coordinator. It includes a 5K race and 1K fun run.