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
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!
Alan M. Tart
Council Member (District 6, At-Large)