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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Did You Know?



Many thanks to Steel Magnolia for sharing this information with us about Presidential Candidate Herman Cain.




Subject: Did you know this about Herman Cain?
I just found this Bio on Herman Cain;

Herman Cain is running for president. He’s not a career politician (in fact he has never held political office). He’s known as a pizza guy, but there’s a lot more to him. He’s also a computer guy, a banker guy, and a rocket scientist guy.

Here’s his bio:
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Master’s degree in Computer Science.
Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist).
Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).
All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!
Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers.
Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.
In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.
He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.
Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!
Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.
Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.
After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!
Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You’re Stupid.
Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).

He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half century.

The Beverage Depot - Your Football Headquarters!




To find out more about THE BEVERAGE DEPOT, click here=>
http://www.accessmilton.com/listing.php?id=7

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Milton Peoples Forum / Tuesday / October 18th.

My Vision for Milton = Our Citizens' Vision for Milton.




Courtesy Friends of Alan Tart



My Vision for Milton = Our Citizens' Vision for Milton


Citizen surveys show overwhelming support for our city’s Vision Statement: “Milton is a distinctive community embracing small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing our rural character.” Consequently, this Vision Statement serves as the basis for the city’s strategic direction (as outlined in our 2030 comprehensive plan and 2012-2015 strategic plan) and is the cornerstone of my decision making as your council member.

In the past four years, I have gained invaluable experience in finance and budgeting, land use and planning, parks and recreation, public safety, municipal law, and public works. I have also learned to be respectful and effective in a political environment. Through it all, I have remained unbiased and objective in my decision making and unwavering in my commitment to follow through on the priorities I outlined during my 2007 campaign.

As one of seven elected officials who have been entrusted by our citizenry to ensure our city's vision is realized, I take my position very seriously. Realizing our city’s vision has been central to every decision I have made. I remain committed to further realizing the city’s vision and mission in my second term by doing the following:

· Fully staffing our police and fire departments

· Developing our existing parks and acquiring new parkland, if necessary, to provide a comprehensive set of active and passive recreational options for our citizens

· Protecting our rural, equestrian character by –

o Approving growth and development that adheres to our land use policies, zoning ordinance, and standards related to environmental protection, architectural design, and traffic safety, and

o Capitalizing on the uniqueness of our city to build a sense of pride in our community and promote new and existing equestrian-related businesses

· Ensuring the overall financial stability of the city in the short and long term by only approving fiscally conservative annual budgets that ensure a lean government that provides efficient, top quality services to our citizens

In the September 7 edition of this publication, my opponent declared that, “Milton can be a best place to live, work, and play.” I could not disagree with this statement more. We already are the best place to live, work, and play! That is why my family moved to this area and why I have been involved in keeping our community great since moving here in 2005 – first as an HOA president and then as your council member.

Working together and remaining steadfast in our commitment, our Vision can REMAIN a reality for generations to come. Electing experienced, unbiased proven leaders, like me, to our city council will be vital to making this happen, and I stand ready to assist.

I would greatly appreciate your vote on November 8th and consider it an honor to serve you now.

Thank you,

Alan

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

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

On An Advertising Note...Ford Ad Yanked.

3rd Annual Milton Mayor's Run Oct. 8.

Celebrate after with a free concert at Scottsdale Farms

MILTON, Ga., Sept. 27, 2011 - Calling all Milton residents who like to hoof it or shake it for a good cause: The 3rd Annual Milton Mayor's Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Kohl's on Ga. 9, with a concert benefitting the Milton Fire Department's Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraising held that night at Scottsdale Farms Garden Center.

The 5K (3.1 mile) race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will circle Deerfield Parkway beginning and ending in Kohl's parking lot on the Deerfield entrance side (click here for directions). It is a flat, fast course that is perfect for runners looking to chalk up a good time. There will also be a 1K fun run for younger participants and novices.

Cost for participation is $20 if received before Oct. 3 and $25 after. That fee includes a quality, moisture-wicking T-shirt and plenty of food and fluids after the race.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Milton Parks and Recreation Department. To register using active.com, click here (please note there is a processing fee). To download the participant application, click here. You may mail or drop this application off at City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway Suite 107A, Milton, GA 30004.

The concert, featuring Atlanta blues rockers "LooSe ShoEs Band" - who else? - will kick off at 6 p.m. at Scottsdale Farms' seasonal pumpkin patch. It is free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of the Milton Fire Department's "Fill the Boot" Drive for the MDA.

For directions to Scottsdale Farms on Birmingham Highway, click here. To hear music from the LooSe ShoEs Band, click here. For more information on Scottsdale Farms, click here.

For more information, contact Tom Gilliam, parks and recreation program coordinator at 678-242-2519 or tom.gilliam@cityofmiltonga.us. You may also contact race organizer Pacesetters P.R. with questions by e-mailing pacesetr@bellsouth.net.

The 3rd Annual Milton Mayor's Run is sponsored by Cotton States Insurance, It's My Party Rentals, Kohl's, Comfort Zone Portables, Core Physique and Milton Chiropractic and Massage.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Presidential Candidate Herman Cain To Visit Milton.

Naming of New High School, Crabapple Transportation Meeting & Upcoming Events.



Courtesy Julie4milton.com



September 26, 2011



Dear Milton Citizens, Neighbors and Friends,

There are many important events, activities and opportunities over the next few weeks for you to participate in the future and fun of our unique community. This release provides you the details on the following:

Congratulations to our Parks & Recreation Department and our Communications Department for winning the "2011 Visibility & Marketing Award" for a single-event publication from the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association at the group's August conference in Macon. This year's award was in honor of the "Concerts in the Park: Boogie Down at Birmingham". For those of you who were able to participate in the three, free outdoor concerts, you experienced first hand the opportunity to gather as a community to enjoy great music on our evolving 202 acre park. Stay tuned for upcoming ways to participate and contribute to the plans for this parkland and other parks in Milton as our master planning initiatives are underway.
Tuesday, September, 27, Crabapple Transportation Planning Meeting/Open House - 6:00 - 8:00, p.m. Alpharetta Government Center. This open house format will provide citizens a chance to weigh in on several transportation improvements we have contemplated along with our staff, outside experts and the Georgia Department of Transportation to relieve some of the traffic issues in the Crabapple area. Certain of these elements and proposals come from the recently adopted Transportation Master Plan and the Crabapple Visioning Study. We want citizen input so please plan to attend this session.

Naming of the New High School:
The naming process of the Fulton County Board of Education for the new high school in Milton is underway. I was asked to participate in this naming process by the School Board and the new Principal as a member of the City Council. I am serving on this committee along with 24 other residents, parents and business partners. I am a non-voting member of the committee. I am very interested in getting input from the community regarding possible names for the new school. Our newest high school will be a critical element to our community and will be a landmark for years to come. The name of a school is important as it helps to bring the history of an area together with its' future.
Please know that the process for naming a new school is spelled out explicitly by the Fulton County Board of Education. This naming committee makes recommendations, but ultimately the final decision rests in the hands of the Fulton County Board of Education board members.
At this point, the committee has met once with at least two more meetings to take place; the next will be this coming Wednesday. For this reason, I would like your opinions on the names discussed so far by the committee. These names came from a thoughtful discussion of the 24+ folks present and include historical references as well as creative suggestions for ways to bridge the various areas coming together to form our newest high school. Please use this link to review the possible names and email me your input. I will gladly share your views with the committee members as they continue to hone the list.
I appreciate the opportunity to represent your interests and those of your family as I have for the last two decades as a volunteer, steward and your Council Member. I ask for your continued support as we move our wonderful community forward towards a continued bright and financially sound future. As always, let me know if you have any concerns or ideas. I welcome your direct input and feedback.

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

Crabapple Transportation Meeting
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and City of Milton will hold a public information open house regarding planned transportation improvements to the Crabapple area Tuesday, Sept 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The project is identified as GDOT PI 0007313 Mayfield Road at Mid-Broadwell Road.

This open house will be held at Alpharetta's Crabapple Government Center, 12624 Broadwell Road in Milton (click here for directions). Its purpose is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions and comment on the proposal. There will be no formal presentation.

Click here for more information.
Winter basketball registration is
now open
Registration is now open for the City of Milton/Up With Kids Sports winter basketball league for boys and girls ages 6 to 13.
To sign up for the league, click here.
For more information about the program, visit Up With Kids Sports' Web site at www.myuwks.com.


This program will take place at Hopewell Middle School thanks to an intergovernmental agreement with the Fulton County School System. Cost for residents is $115 and $172.50 for non-residents. That price includes a uniform and once-weekly practices and games for an eight-game season, plus playoffs.


Player evaluations will be held Oct. 23; practices start Nov. 1. Games start Dec. 3 and last through Feb. 11. Games will be held on Saturdays, though Sunday games may be necessary depending on participation. Practices will be held during the week and vary depending on team.

Please consider a donation to Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey

Monday, September 26, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mattformilton.com: My vision for Our City.



Courtesy Matt For Milton.com

I am pleased to share with you my vision for the Milton City Council District 2 position. As a staunch proponent of transparency and a believer in what Milton can be, I invite you to learn more about me. Most important, I want you to know what I will and will not support as your representative on the Council. Please bookmark my site, www.mattformilton.com , and check regularly as new content will be rolled out weekly.

My website is aimed at helping all Milton residents understand what’s at stake as we prepare for the November 8 election.

The quality of life we enjoy in Milton is precious. As a community we are at a crossroads. This election is not about the next four years, but the next 40. Protecting, promoting and enhancing Milton for all our residents is my top priority. As an avid horseback rider, I appreciate the importance of protecting and enhancing our parks, bike and riding trails and walking paths. As a football coach for six years in Alpharetta, I know how significant adequate playing fields are in the development of our youth.

Increasing revenue to the city is vital to maintaining our quality of life. I will work to relieve individual tax burdens and attract new non-homeowner based revenue.

Click here to see me speak about my vision for Milton=> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY1edzV78y0

The new website contains explanations of the key issues facing the city, information about my wife RaDonna and myself, how to endorse, make a contribution and how to contact me personally.

Click here to contact me=> http://mattformilton.com /


Click here to make a contribution=> http://mattformilton.com/

I am in this race to make a difference, not to make a career. My broad experience in the private sector and my extensive community involvement will help me contribute to the important work of the Milton City Council. I ask for your support on November 8.

I spent my early years on a ranch with 28 Appaloosa horses. My father, former NFL Atlanta Falcon offensive tackle George Kunz, taught me about what a team can accomplish when it works together. This is a tough race. I need you on this team to help me a big difference.


Click here to volunteer and/or request a sign=> http://mattformilton.com/

As an Eagle Scout, entrepreneur and a financial advisor, I understand how important it is to have someone who will not dictate to us, but listen. We are at crossroad and the stakes are high. I ask for your support and your vote.

Click here to invite me to your next event=> http://mattformilton.com/

For further information on the Matt Kunz for Milton City Council campaign, please visit the website www.matt4milton, or www.mattformilton, or
or email me at: mattformilton@gmail.com

Click here to contribute to my campaign=> http://mattformilton.com/

Winter basketball registration now open.

Player evaluations planned Oct. 23, games start in December.


MILTON, Ga., Sept. 23, 2011 - Registration is now open for the City of Milton/Up With Kids Sports winter basketball league for boys and girls ages 6 to 13.

To sign up for the league, click here. For more information about the program, visit Up With Kids Sports' Web site at www.myuwks.com.

This program will take place at Hopewell Middle School thanks to an intergovernmental agreement with the Fulton County School System. Cost for residents is $115 and $172.50 for non-residents. That price includes a uniform and once-weekly practices and games for an eight-game season, plus playoffs.

Player evaluations will be held Oct. 23; practices start Nov. 1. Games start Dec. 3 and last through Feb. 11. Games will be held on Saturdays, though Sunday games may be necessary depending on participation. Practices will be held during the week and vary depending on team.

First through third graders will play in a co-ed league, said Samuel Hines, founder of Up With Kids Sports. Leagues also may be combined by grade depending on registration numbers.

"We're going to compete, there's going to be fast breaks, shooting - we're going to teach these kids some basketball," said Hines, an international basketball star who began his youth leagues after a successful career that saw him inducted into the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame. "We're going to take it to another level."
For more information on Up with Kids Sports, visit its Web site, www.myuwks.com, or contact Hines at coachhines@bellsouth.net or 678-481-1749. You may also contact Tom Gilliam, Milton's Recreation Programs Coordinator, at 678-242-2519 or tom.gilliam@cityofmiltonga.us.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Signs, Volunteers and Donations.



Courtesy Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey.


Dear Milton Neighbors, Citizens and Friends,

As you may know, I am running for re-election for the Milton City Council.

This email list is comprised largely of supporters in my previous two elections. I am reaching out to you for three things - Sign Locations, Volunteer Support, and Donations.

My opponent has been heavily funded by the development community, with a paid political consultant for a campaign manager. This will obviously be a critical election to maintain a balance on the City Council. The community and I need your help.

Signage

May I please place small re-election signs at your road frontage? If so, please respond to this email with the following:

Your street address,
Best contact number if necessary, and
Any special instructions.
Volunteering
My campaigns and support have always been at the grass roots level. If you are able to volunteer to assist there are tasks large and small that would be helpful. Please let me know.

Donations

My campaign funding comes from the Citizens of Milton. If you are able to make a donation of any size to our campaign, I would be most grateful and the funds will be well used. Donations can be made via my website, which is www.Julie4Milton@mindspring.com.

I consider it an honor and a serious responsibility to represent your interests and those of your family, and have for more than two decades. I am committed to continuing to serve your interests and welcome your help.

Thank you for your support and friendship. I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,

Milton City Council

770-664-5529 (home)

404-310-6344 (cell)

www.Julie4Milton.com

Julie4Milton@mindspring.com

Baileyfarmandgardens@mindspring.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heritage and High Tech - A Vision for Milton.




Courtesy Large 4 Milton, Inc.


As we enter the campaign season, I think it is important for all of us to consider why we support a particular candidate for office. Our community will face several challenges over the next four years. These challenges are an opportunity for us to define who we are and who we are going to be.


Milton already is a special place to live. Our community has received numerous awards and is recognized as one of the most desirable cities to live, but is that all? I believe Milton can be the best place to live AND to work AND to play.


I embrace a concept I call "Heritage and High Tech." This simply means that we can jobs and preserve our way of life. We do not have to choose between the horse farms, having a neighborhood park system, supporting our local businesses and creating a business friendly environment. The choice we face is who will shoulder the burden.


Right now, approximately 85% of our revenues are generated by property taxes while only 15% is generated from businesses. This is unsustainable. With over 200 miles of roads to maintain and dozens of expenses, we have to grow our revenue. I support filling out our three existing commercial zones over raising our property taxes by embracing a "Heritage and High Tech" philosophy. This means supporting our small businesses and attracting high paying, low imprint and environmentally friendly jobs.


Yes, we have the opportunity to do more and that is why I am running. I need your vote so I can vote for you. If I can count on your vote, please join my team.
Lance

Rain barrel workshop set for Sept. 28.

$35 class to be held at Bethwell Community Center

MILTON, Ga., Sept. 20, 2011 - The Milton Grows Green Committee and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers are proud to present another in their series of rain barrel workshops Sept. 28 at the Bethwell Community Center.

This workshop will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and costs $35. The price includes water conservation tips, expert advice on maintaining an attractive landscape while minimizing water use, and the new-and-improved, 60-gallon, flexi-fit diverter rain barrel, which can save a homeowner 1,300 gallons of water during summer months alone.

All rain barrels must be pre-ordered. If you plan to attend, contact Richard Kinzel at rkinzel@comast.net or 770-485-2222.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hwy 9/Deerfield planning study.

To: Milton residents & property owners

From: Michele McIntosh-Ross, Planner

Re: Hwy 9 – GA 400 LCI Stakeholder Meetings

Date: 09-19-2011

Earlier this year the Atlanta Regional Commission awarded Milton a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant to do a planning study for the Hwy 9 area from Bethany Bend in the North, to Mayfield Road in Alpharetta, and the areas east of Hwy 9 to GA 400 (Deerfield). We have hired the consulting team, Urban Collage, and are ready to get started.

The LCI grant program provides funds to cities to conduct small area studies to determine strategies that link transportation improvements with land-use development in a way that would help improve the livability and sustainability of the area. Furthermore, at the completion and adoption of the LCI study, LCI areas become eligible for additional money that allows for the implementation of transportation projects identified in the LCI study. Per Milton’s comprehensive plan, the Hwy 9 and Deerfield areas were identified as future development areas in need of a master plan. This LCI study will allow Milton to accomplish this target identified in the comprehensive plan.

A very important aspect of the LCI planning process is gathering input and ideas from a broad spectrum of the Hwy 9 and Deerfield community. Therefore we are reaching out to you as a stakeholder in the community, and invite you to meet with the consulting team, Urban Collage, early in the process. We hope to get your initial thoughts on the current conditions of the area and your ideas for future growth.

Each meeting will be roughly an hour long, so drop by and plan to stay for an hour.

Questions: call Michele McIntosh-Ross at 678-242-2538 or michele.mcintosh@cityofmiltonga.us

All meetings will be held at Milton City Hall in the Community Development conference room Suite 107-F.

13000 Deerfield Parkway, 107-F
Milton, GA 30004

The Milton Garden Club Meetup.




Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden
will happen on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
When: 11:00 AM


Where: Floyd Keisler's Home
13230 Freemanville Rd
Milton, GA 30004

Milton Parks Dept. awarded for second year.

'Concerts in the Park' chosen for state 'Visibility and Marketing' prize

MILTON, Ga., Sept. 19, 2011 - For the second year in a row, Milton's Parks and Recreation Department has been recognized for its efforts in promoting the city's special events.

Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Tom Gilliam received the "2011 Visibility & Marketing Award" for a single-event publication from the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association at the group's August conference in Macon. The governing body of state recreation and parks departments chose to award Milton's "Concerts in the Park: Boogie Down at Birmingham" posters created and printed in-house by Communications Manager Jason Wright.

Last year, Milton was also honored for the "Remember to Remember" 2010 Memorial Day Ceremony campaign, which included posters, pamphlets and advertisements.

Wright was given the award at the Sept. 7 City Council meeting.

"The City of Milton is incredibly lucky to have someone with Jason's creativity and skill set to produce [our] publications and marketing pieces, because many cities and counties have to contract this work out," said Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood at the meeting. "It speaks volumes that Jason's work has been recognized two years in a row at the state level."

Doggie Lost Their Home!

UPDATE: Thanks to the Haase', this doggie found his away home. Many thanks!



Many thanks to Karl from bringing the following to our attention.


Wondered if you can post on access Milton. We found this dog standing at the end of our driveway this morning. She is very old, looks like a Rottweiler mix. No collar and was dehydrated. Looks like she might have recently had some treatment as front legs are shaved maybe indicating recent IV's? She can barely stand up she is so weak.

Anyway - I hate to think she was abandoned but I am worried it may be the case. Hopefully someone at AccessMilton recognizes her and can call us?

Karl Haase
770-475-6656
haasek@bellsouth.net

Post September 19 City Council meeting wrap-up.

Post September 7 City Council meeting wrap-up



UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 22: Fire Prevention and Protection.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 189)

(First Presentation at September 7, 2011 Regular Council Meeting)

(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)

Approved 7-0



2. Approval of an Ordinance to Adopt Amendments to the Fiscal 2011 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia, Amending the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Amending the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations, and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 190)

(First Presentation & First Public Hearing at September 7, 2011 Regular Council

Meeting)

(Second Public Hearing at September 19, 2011 Regular Council Meeting)

(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

Approved 7-0



3. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Adopt the Fiscal 2012 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia, Appropriating the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Adopting the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 191)

(First Presentation & First Public Hearing at September 7, 2011 Regular Council

Meeting)

(Second Public Hearing at September 19, 2011 Regular Council Meeting)

(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

Approved 7-0



4. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 11 - Business Occupation Tax, Licenses, and Regulation, of the City of Milton Code of Ordinances to Modify the Annual License Fee Levied on Insurers; to Provide for the Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances; to Provide an Effective Date; and for Other Lawful Purposes.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 192)

(First Presentation at September 7, 2011 Regular Council Meeting)

(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)

Approved 7-0



5. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 48 - Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, Article III, Division 2 of the City of Milton Code of Ordinances for the Abandonment or Acceptance of Public-Right-of-Way.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 193)

(Discussed at May 9th and June 13th, 2011 Work Sessions)

(First Presentation at September 7, 2011 Regular Council Meeting)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)

Approved 7-0 with revisions



11) NEW BUSINESS

1. Approval of A Resolution To Adopt The Updated Fulton County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 205)

(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)

Approved 7-0



2. Approval of A Resolution Amending Resolution No. 11-05-176, A Resolution Appointing a Member To The City Of Milton Design Review Board By Adding A Board Member For District 4.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 206)

(Councilmember Burt Hewitt)

Removed by motion and unanimous vote

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On A National Note...


Double Click To Enlarge Screen.

Crabapple transportation open house Sept. 27.

Project is northwest bypass with roundabouts.


MILTON, Ga., Sept. 15, 2011 - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and City of Milton will hold a public information open house regarding planned transportation improvements to the Crabapple area Tuesday, Sept 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The project is identified as GDOT PI 0007313 Mayfield Road at Mid-Broadwell Road.

This open house will be held at Alpharetta's Crabapple Government Center, 12624 Broadwell Road in Milton. Its purpose is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions and comment on the proposal. There will be no formal presentation.

"The project is for improvements at the main intersection and a northwest bypass around the main intersection with roundabouts at both ends," said Sara Leaders, Transportation Engineer for the City of Milton. "The proposed improvements include some elements from the recently completed Crabapple Visioning Study and the Milton Comprehensive Transportation Plan."

Proposed plan and project information will be available at the project Web site, www.miltonintersectionprojects.com. Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until Oct. 13. They may be submitted to:

Sara Leaders
Transportation Engineer, City of Milton
13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107A
Milton, GA 30004

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Disability advocate to speak at City Hall Sept. 22.

Joseph Sarra to discuss process of qualifying for Medicaid.


MILTON, Ga., Sept. 14, 2011 - The Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) will present a disability advocate who focuses on home and community-based services for children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities at MDAC's monthly Community Link Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

This 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.

Joseph Sarra, director of family support services for Atlanta-based Childkind, will discuss the various issues facing families struggling to understand Medicaid. He will also explain Childkind's services, which include family support (Medicaid waiver services, equipment, supplies); placement (skilled family foster care, connection to needed community resources); and transition support (insuring that parents are fully equipped to provide their children a safe, stable and loving home).

"Fifteen percent of Georgians are Medicaid recipients," said Kennard Woods, MDAC vice-chairman. "However, not all Medicaid programs - particularly those for children with disabilities - have income- or asset-eligibility criteria. So there are opportunities for help regardless of your income."

Information like this is often a surprise for families trying to navigate their way through the system, said Woods.

"For anyone related to children with special health needs or developmental disabilities, Childkind addresses real-life questions and can assist with the arcane process of qualifying for Medicaid," he said.

For more information on this program, contact MDAC at mdac@cityofmiltonga.us. For more information on Sarra and Childkind, visit the group's Web site, www.childkind.org.

Crossroads at Crabapple Festival Oct.

100-plus antique dealers and juried artists on hand.


MILTON, Ga., Sept. 14, 2011 - It's time again to stroll through beautiful, historic Crabapple on a cool fall day, taking in the wares of more than 100 antique dealers and juried artists from six states.

We're talking of course about the venerable Crossroads at Crabapple Antiques and Art Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Crabapple.

A tradition since 1969, this one day only, rain or shine, outdoor festival features thousands of antiques, accessories, and unique pieces of art in all mediums.

This festival benefits the Crabapple Community Association, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and many other local non-profit organizations. Parking and admission are free, and there will be a trolley available from nearby lots. Handicap parking is accessible from the City of Alpharetta Crabapple Government Center.

"We get quite a crowd, so shoppers need to come early for the best buys," said festival organizer Sally Rich-Kolb. "We have thousands of antiques - from 19th century American Country furniture, to vintage and 'shabby chic' finds - and unique pieces of art in virtually all mediums - oils, photography, jewelry, textiles, glass, wood turnings and so much more."
Included in the festival are roaming musicians, a varied menu of food items, trolley rides and children's activities from 2 to 4 p.m.

Please note, the City of Milton is a presenting sponsor of this event. It is not a city-run special event.

For more information, go to www.crabapplefestival.com or call 770-448-3860.

Seven Gables Fire.

Many thanks to Brenda Filer for sharing this with Accessmilton.com

Hello,

I am so so sad, as I'm sure everyone in our community is about the destructive fire at Seven Gables Farm yesterday.

A vinyl banner will be hanging beginning tomorrow or friday with this image on it and a lot of empty space (with Sharpies included), if anyone would like to write a note of encouragement or thoughts. Maybe it would be nice for them to know that their community cares about them......


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fire damages Milton historic home.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One of Milton's oldest homes sustained heavy damage from fire early Tuesday.

Members of the Milton Fire Department were dispatched to the Seven Gables Farm on Hopewell Road at 3 a.m. The house is estimated to be 150 years old and sits near the corner of Hopewell and Cogburn roads.

Owners of the house, John and Gail Bogino, escaped the blaze, which officials believe started in the garage. The couple lost four pets in the blaze.

Letter To The Editor.



Many Thanks To Abbe Laboda for this kind letter.

Hi Friends and Neighbors,

As many probably already know by now the beautiful and historic Seven
Gables Farm house burnt down last night on Hopewell. They lovingly
restored and added on in keeping with its historical integrity.
Everyone is fine, all the animals are fine except they lost 2 of their
cats and 2 of the older dogs. They lost everything! They are planning
to rebuild fortunately.

If you are like me, you often drive by and admire the beauty and hard
work put into the farm as well as rubber necking to see what
animals are out grazing. Which is the reason for the email. I just
thought it would be nice to show our support to John and Gayle by
putting a note of encouragement or scripture or another positive
sentiment in their mailbox. I stopped by to see if I could help and
put a heart in their yard, and Gayle said they were fine, but her
daughter in law said Gayle would never ask for anything. So maybe a
gift card to Target or Macy's etc would be a nice show of support.
They pay us everyday simply by having such a nice farm for all of us to
look at, I just thought we could pay them back in their obvious time of
need! Pass it on to your friends if you find it worthwhile and
appropriate!
Thanks,


Abbe

Detective Kevin Barry named Officer of the Year.



MILTON-

In a ceremony during the Sept. 7 City Council meeting, the City of Milton Police Department named Detective Kevin Barry Officer of the Year.

“Detective Barry was chosen as Officer of the Year not for a single instance or case, but for his total work ethic and abilities, his dedication and willingness to go the extra mile to see cases through,” said Police Chief Deborah Harrell.

As one of Milton’s four detectives, Barry spends his time trying to bring often difficult cases to a close. It’s hard, mentally demanding work, and requires incredible focus and persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Despite that pressure, Barry is known in the department for being patient, positive and pleasant to be around, even when he’s working extremely long hours or coming in to the station in the middle of the night to arrest wanted suspects tied to his cases, said Harrell. It’s because of this demeanor he was voted Officer of the Year by his peers.

“Being voted Officer of the Year by my fellow officers is one of the greatest honors of my career,” said Barry. “However, if it were not for their assistance, I would not have had the chance to receive this award. The combined efforts of the entire Detective Squad and Uniform Division made my accomplishments possible.”

Please Join Matt Kunz tonight.




Courtesy Matt For Milton

You are invited to come out for a very special reception tonight, Tuesday September 13, 2011. Meet Matt Kunz, candidate for Milton City Council District, 2 and Lance Large, candidate for Milton City Council District 6 at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub to discuss the key issues impacting life in Milton.

This election is too important to sit out. Come out and get educated.

Want to learn more?

For more information on each candidate, visit their websites at:
www.large4milton.com
www.mattformilton.com



See you this Tuesday at the Olde Blind Dog


What: Meet the Candidates

When: This Tuesday September 13, 2011

Where: Olde Blind Dog

12650 Crabapple Road

Milton, GA 30004-4022

Firefighter now an Ironman.



Danny Snyder completes extreme endurance race.


MILTON, Ga., Sept. 12, 2011 - With a final time of 13 hours and 35 minutes, Milton firefighter Danny Snyder claimed a personal achievement few know Aug. 28 - completing an Ironman extreme endurance race.

Snyder, who has more than 18 years in the fire service, completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in Louisville, Ky., capping off years of training that included triathlons, marathons, stair climbs and half-Ironmans.

"There were definitely times when I was doing a 100-mile bike ride and it was 95 degrees outside where I thought, 'I'm going to die out here,'" said Snyder, who also spent the last few months studying for a fire service promotional exam. "But you push through it and go through barriers you never thought your body could."It's an accomplishment that Fire Chief Robert Edgar doesn't take lightly.

"It is no secret firefighters need to be physically fit,"
he said. "We promote and require every firefighter to maintain a certain level of fitness in order to perform his or her job in a safe and efficient manner - and Danny has taken that philosophy to the ultimate level."
Edgar said Snyder is an asset to the department and a motivator for his fellow firefighters.

"We are very proud and fortunate to have Danny as a member of our team," he said.

Snyder is already planning on competing in another Ironman race in Panama City Beach in 2012. Right now he's in a "maintenance" training phase, which he will ramp up to the eventual seven hours a day of biking, running and swimming he needs to compete in the race.

"All this training is for me - it's so I can be an Ironman and no one can take that away from me," he said. "But if I can just inspire others to just get in motion, that means a lot to me."

Tragedy at A Milton Landmark.



Courtesy Bob Strader; liveinalpharetta.com

In the early hours of September 13th the Seven Gables Farm, a 150 year old farmhouse owned by John and Gail Bogino, caught fire and was consumed. Thankfully the Boginos’ were just able to make it out without injury. Most of their pets were saved; two cats and two dogs were not able to be found before flames took over the rest of the home.

If you have lived in Milton or Alpharetta for any amount of time then you know the Seven Gables Farm. Many of you know John and Gail personally. Both their farm and their family are interwoven into Milton. Maybe you haven’t met them personally but you’ve stopped the car along the fence to let your kids look at the goats and alpacas in the pasture. If you did, they probably invited you in to let your children pet the animals.

Friendly to everyone, nobody is a stranger at Seven Gables. In fact, just this morning John chastised me for not asking him to bring is tractor over to dig post holes for my new deck I’ve been working on. He said this as we stood outside the charred remains of his home, watching the fire department ensure all fires were out.

So, if you know them or even if you don’t, please stop by in the coming days to wish them well. I speak for all of the community when I say I’m so thankful that no one was hurt, but I’m sure they would like to hear from you.

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Accessmilton.com addition - Many thanks to Milton Resident Bob Strader for bringing this story to the attention of our readers. Much like Bob has relayed , it is imperative that the Milton community support the Bogino family during this difficult time. If you would like to help, please reach out to Bob, Accessmilton.com, and Protectmilton.com.

Many thanks to the Milton Fire and Police Departments for helping those in need.

Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 12 City Council work session notice.

Monday, September 12, 2011 Work Session Agenda 6:00 p.m.

1. City of Milton Budget Workshop - Presentation of Revenues and Expenditures/
Capital Improvement Project Prioritization.
(Discussed previously at August 22, 2011 Special Called Work Session)
(Presented by Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)


2. Presentation and Discussion by BetterWorld Books.
(Presented by Chris Lagerbloom, City Manager)


Friday, September 09, 2011

City of Milton Remembers 9/11.



Courtesy News From Alan Tart.

Milton Remembers 9/11.

At the September 7 City Council meeting, Council Member Alan Tart, along with the mayor and his fellow council members, proclaimed Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The proclamation was received by members of the Milton Police and Fire Departments, veterans, and family members of veterans or active duty military, including Ms. Tammy Kimsey, a Milton resident whose son-in-law is a naval aviator on the USS Ronald Reagan which has been flying combat missions over Afghanistan.

Tart said the proclamation was inspired by an idea that Ms. Kimsey had to challenge her neighborhood of Avensong and all City of Milton residents to display American flags this weekend in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks on America.

The proclamation was dedicated to those who lost their lives or were injured in the attacks of 9/11 and the many who gave (and continue to give) of themselves in service to their communities and to the country in the aftermath of the attacks. It calls on all Milton citizens and organizations to consider participating in the National Day of Service and Remembrance by engaging in activities of tribute, solemn remembrance, and charitable service and displaying US flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

The City of Milton will join the City of Alpharetta on Sept. 11 for the “We Remember” ceremony at Alpharetta Public Safety headquarters in City of Alpharetta Memorial Park located at 2565 Old Milton Parkway. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. Click here for more information. "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."
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Council Member Alan Tart Appoints Coach Ron Hill to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board .

At the September 7 City Council meeting, the city welcomed Coach Ron Hill to its fine group of city volunteers. Council Member Alan Tart appointed Coach Hill to fill the vacancy left by Sandy Shelly's departure from the PRAB. The city thanks Sandy for several years of hard work and thoughtful service.

Coach Ron Hill has spent the last 26 years devoted to coaching football at various levels. He currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Student Life at The Atlanta Sports Academy in Dawsonville, GA. His career started in 1985 with Chesapeake Bay Neptunes in the Pro Developmental League in Virginia. He held various positions up to Head Coach with two teams at that level compiling a 120-17 record over 13 seasons. He continued to coach at the high school level at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk Virginia under Larry Stepney. Coach Hill then coached under Willard Bailey at Norfolk St. University. In 2000, Coach Hill received a great opportunity to coach in the Arena2 League for seven seasons rising to Head Coach with the Manchester Wolves in New Hampshire. His career allowed him to work with young athletes from 20 states and coach in five.

Ron and his family moved to the Milton area in 2005. They are the proud parents of six daughters and one son. Three of their children attend college and are thriving in their own careers. Daughter Megan is studying at Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of their nationally ranked women's softball team. Son Aaron attends the University of Maryland. Ron and Dana's youngest twin daughters are 3rd graders at Cogburn Woods Elementary and are looking forward to following in their father's footsteps as young athletes starting at the recreation level here in Milton.

Ron is also a proud veteran of the United States Army. Some of his career recognitions include Minor League Football News Hall Of Fame Inductee - Class of 2008, 2011 Who's Who in Business Leaders of America, and 2-Time Developmental League Champions 1985, 1990.

Welcome Coach Hill!


Sincerely,

Alan M. Tart
Council Member (District 6, At-Large)
Milton, GA
Email - AlanTart4Milton@comcast.net

Website - http://AlanTart4Milton.com

September 11th – A Decade Later.



By: Senator & Firefighter John Albers

Ten years have come and gone since September 11, 2001. Now also known as Patriot Day is a time to remember all those affected and honor our first responders. 9-11 is the defining moment for this generation, our modern day Pearl Harbor. The image of six soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima has been updated to three New York City firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero. Each of these pictures represents the resolve of America and our never ending struggle to defend liberty and freedom.

The word surreal still comes to mind when I think of ten years ago. Each of us, in an instant, can remember where we were and what we were doing. Battalion Chief Joe Pfeifer, two ladder and engine companies knew what to do as they arrived first on scene at the North Tower at 8:52 a.m. They had to push their way through the crowd of screaming people to begin the rescue operation.

For generations my family has served as firefighters. Being a first responder is more than a family tradition, it is a calling. I cannot explain what compels us to rush into danger when all others run away. However, I know God is with us. At 9:03 a.m. the South Tower was struck and we realized it was an attack.

Cowards, masked as terrorists attacked civilians thinking we would cower in fear. They thought we would give in. They thought we would falter. They thought we would lose our faith in democracy, liberty and freedom. They thought they had won… THEY THOUGHT WRONG!

Once again, the sleeping giant awoke. Only this time, we arrived in a fire truck and patrol car wearing a different kind of helmet. The very best of America showed up ten years ago and I challenge each of us to live it every day.

Do you remember how you felt on 9-11-01, and the days after? Did you thank a police officer or give blood? Did you have a tear in your eye when you passed a fire station? Did you talk to complete strangers or give grace and forgiveness to those you previously denied it? Did you rethink your priorities or just hug your family and say I love you more often? Did you proudly display the American flag?

Each of us was affected in different ways. First responders all over the country went on high alert to protect the homeland. Ten years later, we still stand ready and answer the call.

At 9:37 a.m. the Pentagon was struck. At 9:59 a.m. Tower 2 collapsed, and at 10:28 a.m. Tower 1 collapsed. At 10:03 a.m., Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA. Todd Beamer and other passengers prayed the Lord’s Prayer followed by the most simple but powerful words of “Let’s Roll”. Their selfless act and ultimate sacrifice saved lives on the ground and inspired us all.

When it was all over, 2,996 people had died. Of the fallen were 343 firefighters and 72 police officers. Ten years later, you can ask any of New York’s Bravest and Finest or first responders from Washington, California, Texas, Georgia, etc. and they will proudly tell you, we are ready to respond.

We Will Never Forget. May God bless you, our great state of Georgia and the United States of America.

Hayden's Walk for Autism set for Sept. 17.

Awareness raising walk to kick off at Kohl's in Milton.

MILTON, Ga., Sept. 9, 2011 - The Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) and Milton Grows Green (MGG) are proud to announce Hayden's Walk for Autism, an event to raise awareness and funds for Autism, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. at Kohl's on Ga. 9 in Milton.

"This is precisely the type of event that allows people to make connections with each other in Milton, regardless of their ability level," said Neal O'Brien, chairman of MDAC. "Autism and spectrum disorders are very impactful to families and present tremendous challenges to everyone involved - so any chance we have to raise awareness, be involved and show support we are going to take."
Volunteers and participants from MDAC will join friends from another city-sponsored committee at the walk, MGG.

"Whether it is an Earth Day event, the Milton Roundup or a walk to benefit Autism awareness and fund raising, I am proud to support community events such as these," said Cindy Eade, Sustainability Coordinator for the city and MGG representative. "It is involvement with the community and support of our residents' passions and interests that make this a wonderful city in which to live, work and or play."

The walk is named for Milton resident Hayden Moore, a sophomore at Alpharetta High School. Moore, known as "Pudnum," his preferred nickname, was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. He has since become an advocate for Autism awareness, a journey that has taken him to the state capitol, television stations, and much more.

"Hayden is an amazing person, and he has changed our lives and the life of anyone who knows him,"
said Andre Moore, Hayden's father and organizer of the race. "He has such a unique loving and caring spirit." The walk is free; however, cash donations will be accepted for Autism Speaks, a national advocacy group. Tax deductible donations can also be made to Hayden's Walk for Autism.

Hayden's Walk for Autism is sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Springhill Suites Milton, Kicks 101.5 FM, Milton Grows Green, Walmart, CNN, Killer Creek Harley Davidson, Publix, CVS, Home Depot, Kohl's, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Woltin Family Chiropractic, Alpharetta Raiders Football, Children's Therapy Works, The Bridge Inn, 94.5 Lake FM, Hopewell Middle School, the Milton Disability Awareness Committee, Champion Physical Therapy, Autism Speaks, Bethany Bend Urgent Care, Target, Lotus Vision and 11 Alive.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Time To Laugh...RETRO.


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NOTE: Some adult language.

Post September 7 City Council meeting wrap-up.

Post September 7 City Council meeting wrap-up

NEW BUSINESS

1. Approval of a Resolution Amending Resolution No. 11-03-173, A Resolution Appointing A Member To The City Of Milton Parks And Recreation Advisory Board For District 6.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 194)

(Presented by Councilmember Alan Tart)

Motion to appoint member Ron Hill approved 6-0

Note: Councilman Bill Lusk was absent.



2. Approval of A Resolution to Accept the "City of Milton Visioning Plan" Dated March 11, 2011 Prepared by Lew Oliver, Inc. - Whole Town Solutions and as Amended by the Community Development Department.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 195)

(Presented by Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)

Approved 6-0

Milton officer goes on active duty.

Courtesy City of Milton

Chris Ward to be part of Black Sea Rotational Force 2012.

MILTON, Ga., Sept. 8, 2011 - The City of Milton wishes police officer Chris Ward the best of luck as he leaves the department for more than a year to go on active duty as part of the United States Marine Corps' Black Sea Rotational Force 2012.

Ward, who has been with the Milton police for just under two years and in the Marine Corps Reserves' Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion for five, found out he was being deployed yesterday, Sept. 7. He will leave for training Oct. 1 and begin operations in Romania in March, 2012.

"I'll be part of a group that trains Eastern European militaries for combat in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism in the Black Sea region," he said. "We'll also do some security operations and humanitarian work where it's needed."
The force is an increasingly important counter-terrorism unit, he said, as cells from Syria, Iraq and Iran move through Turkey into areas of civil unrest in Eastern Europe across the Black Sea.

Ward said he was certainly aware he might be deployed this fall, so there was a contingency plan in place should big life events need to be postponed. For example, he was supposed to get married in May of 2012. Now, he getting married tomorrow, with a ceremony planned when he returns.

"When I got that official e-mail, it became real,' he said. "I called my mother and my fiancée at 8 a.m. We settled on Friday because the next few weeks are going to be hectic."Police Chief Deborah Harrell said it's tough to let a hard-working officer go, but when it is in the service of the country, there is no decision.

"I wish him the best," she said. "There will always be a place in Milton's ranks for Officer Ward."
Harrell said Ward dedicated himself full-time to Milton's residents, so his dedication to his country is no surprise.

"This makes me immensely proud to work with him," she said. "I welcome him back to the force as soon as he safely returns."

On A Basketball Note...



Forward By Accessmilton.com


Rumors have swirled for a few years now regarding Milton High School's basket ball program.

Parents have contacted Accessmilton.com off and on regarding accusations of some students being "shipped in" to play with the orange ball and, in turn, taking the spots of other students.

Many thanks to "The Cake Lady" for bringing the following story to our attention.


Krop High (Fla.) Fined $53K, Barred From Playoffs For 3 Years For Cheating.
By Gus Garcia-Roberts, The Miami New Times


The Florida High School Athletic Association today released findings from its investigation of Aventura-area Dr. Michael M. Krop High's basketball team, which was disqualified from the playoffs last year amid amidst allegations of rampant cheating.

The verdict: For falsifying information in order to play ineligible students, Krop High is being fined $53,182. Its boy's basketball team, ranked number one in the state at the time of disqualification, will be barred from the playoffs for three years.

New Times' own investigative work appears to have played a large role in the association's findings: The three students found to be in violation-- Joseph Trevin, Angel Rodriguez, and Brian Delancy-- were discovered by this publication to have filed bogus addresses with the school district.

The financial hit is a relative bargain, discounted because Miami-Dade County Public Schools took action based on the association's investigation. Krop was facing a fine of $331,000 which was reduced, according to the athletic association, with the demotion and transfer of former principal Matthew Welker and the ouster of notorious coach Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez.

In addition, all public school principals and athletic directors in the county will have to attend a "compliance seminar" next year.

The athletic association's findings are redacted, but it's easy enough to figure out which players they refer to.

Residence information was falsified in the cases of guards Joseph and Rodriguez, according to the investigative report. Records showing that faculty member checked on their addresses were also doctored. In Joseph's case, the school produced a data card showing Joseph's dad was employed in Miami, but the kid himself told an investigator his dad worked in Georgia.

The school also failed to fill out a form showing that they did not improperly recruit Rodriguez or Joseph, who transferred from high schools in Puerto Rico and Georgia, respectively.

Brian Delancy's eligibility problems first cast a spotlight on the basketball team. Besides having failed to file proper immigration paperwork, Delancy was shown to have claimed conflicting guardians in documents filed with the county and the athletic association. As New Times first reported, Delancy's purported guardian Bernard Wright was a very sketchy basketball recruiter and long-time crony of Shakey Rodriguez.

The entire athletic department is now on administrative probation for four years, which means if any further cheating is uncovered, it could get dropped from FHSAA competition.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Meet Lance Large, Candidate for Milton City Council, District 6.



Courtesy Large 4 Milton

Good evening, this is Lance Large. I am excited to share with you that I am running for Milton City Council, District 6. We're having a Fund Raiser/Meet & Greet at the home of Chuck & Katie Campbell on Thursday, September 8, from 6:30 to 8:00P at 550 Kensington Farms Road. Would you please stop by for 10 minutes on your way home from work, from picking up the kids, or after dinner, etc. to meet me. I'd be very grateful. For more information about me, please visit my website at: http://large4milton.com/
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To see what I believe about the future of Milton click here: http://large4milton.com/platform

See the release below about my campaign.

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Milton, GA. ---Lance Large, resident of the Bellettere neighborhood in Milton, qualified for the Milton City Council District 6 race. Large, vice president of a local engineering firm and former small business owner is launching his first bid for office. "Milton is a special community, founded on the principles of local control, conservation and strong communities. My campaign is about working with the mayor and council to reinforce these ideals and lead us on a path to long term sustainability," Large stated.

"Milton is a wonderful place to live, work and play. As we transition and get our footing, we need leadership that understands how to create jobs through building our local economy, strengthening our sense of community and conserving our rural character." said Large.

Lance Large is a horse enthusiast who rides occasionally and currently serves as vice president of a local engineering firm. For over 30 years Lance has worked in the practice of civil engineering, and has been licensed as a Professional Engineer for nearly 27 years. Up until 2005 he was part owner and president of an engineering and landscape architecture firm, known mainly for its excellence in educational and governmental facility design. Lance is certified in four states and has worked with communities across the country. Lance states, "My professional career in the private sector is defined by two things: creating jobs and strengthening communities. I am ready to bring these experiences to bear in working with the mayor to preserve Milton's economic sustainability."
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if you can not make it tomorrow, please let me know your thoughts and what you would like to see Milton become. My email address is: Large4Milton@comcast.net

On A Texas Note...


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Per Your Request-Sign Placement.



By Accessmilton.com


Recently, we received a few emails regarding the requirements for sign placement in Milton.

We reached out to City Manager Chris Lagerbloom and this is what he had to share.

Tim,

Are you referring to 2x2 (the standard political sign we are seeing now)? If so, the setback required is 10 feet from the back of the right of way.

With respect to the school signage, they travel outside of our zoning
code which is where the sign ordinance is contained. The BOE
conforming to our ordinance is voluntary on their part. We try to
compromise with them occasionally, but ultimately they hold the trump
card.

Monument signage is different too.

Our whole sign code is available at WWW.municode.com.

Chris


Many thanks to City Manager Lagerbloom for his help with this question.

On A National Note...



National Cathedral Invites Muslims, but Not Evangelicals to 9-11 Service.

By Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio

A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event.

“A Call to Compassion” will include an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11th. It will feature the dean of the Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.

However, Southern Baptists, representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, were not invited to participate – and neither were leaders from any evangelical Christian organization.

“It’s not surprising,” said Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “There is a tragic intolerance toward Protestants and particularly toward evangelicals and I wish the president would refuse to speak unless it was more representative.”

Read more: http://radio.foxnews.com/2011/09/06/evangelicals-left-off-national-cathedral-9-11-event/#ixzz1XH1PbKP2

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

School Lowers American Flag, Elevates Foreign Flag.



By Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio

An elementary school in Colorado came under criticism after they lowered the American flag and elevated a Saudi Arabian flag.

The principal at Bauder Elementary School in Fort Collins said they did not mean to disrespect the American flag, according to a report in the Greeley Gazzette.

Principal Brian Carpenter told the newspaper that the American flag was immediately returned to its proper and prominent position at the school.

Read more: http://radio.foxnews.com/2011/09/05/school-lowers-american-flag-elevates-foreign-flag/#ixzz1XCQu1lNx

Monday, September 05, 2011

Sept. 7 City Council meeting notice.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 Regular Council Meeting Agenda 6:00 p.m.

INVOCATION - Pastor Patrick Abent, Inner Quest Church, Alpharetta, GA

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- 177)

4) PUBLIC COMMENT

5) CONSENT AGENDA

1. Approval of the August 1, 2011 Regular Council Minutes.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 178)

(Sudie Gordon, City Clerk)



2. Approval of the August 8, Work Session Minutes.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 179)

(Sudie Gordon, City Clerk)



3. Approval of a Professional Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Land Specialists, Inc. for Bethany Bend at Cogburn Road Right of Way Services.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 180)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)



4. Approval of a Construction Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Blount Construction Company, Inc. for Curb and Gutter Replacement on Kensington Drive.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 181)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)



5. Approval of a Construction Services Agreement between the City of Milton and The Tomal Corporation for Guardrail Replacement on Francis Road.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 182)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)



6. Approval of a Construction Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Blount Construction Company, Inc. for Intersection Pedestrian Improvements.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 183)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)



7. Approval of a Construction Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Strickland Pipeline and Construction, Inc. for Storm Drain Repair at 369 Taylor Glen Drive.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 184)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)



8. Approval of a Professional Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Urban Collage, Inc. regarding the City of Milton FY11 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Hwy 9 - Hwy 400 Small Area Master Plan.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 185)

(Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)



9. Approval of a Contract between the City of Milton, Birmingham United Methodist Church and Special Events Network for the "B at the Movies" Event on September 10, 2011.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 186)

(John Rebar, Parks & Recreation Director)



10. Approval of a Revised Parks and Recreation Event License Agreement Between the City of Milton and Kolleen Riddick of CorePhysique to Offer Fitness Camp Classes and Other Related Programs.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 187)

(John Rebar, Parks & Recreation Director)



11. Approval of Ratification of Ordinance No. 11-08-108 "Brown Bagging Ordinance" Previously Adopted at the Council's August 1, 2011 Regular Council Meeting to Correct Scrivener's Error in the Ordinance Form, Changing a Reference to Chapter 7 to Chapter 4.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 188)

(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)



6) REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

1. A Proclamation Recognizing 9/11 National Day of Service and Recognition.

(Presented by Councilmember Alan Tart)



2. A Proclamation Recognizing Detective Kevin Barry as Milton's 2011 Officer of the Year.

(Presented by Mayor Joe Lockwood)



3. A Proclamation Honoring Taylor Parrish and His Heroic Actions.

(Presented by Councilmember Bill Lusk)



4. Presentation of City of Milton's Georgia Recreation and Park Association "2011 Visibility & Marketing Award" to Jason Wright, Communications Manager.

(Presented by Mayor Joe Lockwood)



7) FIRST PRESENTATION

1. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 22: Fire Prevention and Protection.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 189)

(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)



2. Approval of an Ordinance to Adopt Amendments to the Fiscal 2011 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia, Amending the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Amending the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations, and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 190)

(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)



3. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Adopt the Fiscal 2012 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia, Appropriating the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Adopting the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 191)

(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)



4. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 11 - Business Occupation Tax, Licenses, and Regulation, of the City of Milton Code of Ordinances to Modify the Annual License Fee Levied on Insurers; to Provide for the Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances; to Provide an Effective Date; and for Other Lawful Purposes.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 192)

(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)



5. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 48 - Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, Article III, Division 2 of the City of Milton Code Of Ordinances for the Abandonment or Acceptance of Public-Right-of-Way.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 193)

(Discussed at May 9th and June 13th, 2011 Work Sessions)

(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)



8) FIRST PUBLIC HEARING

1. Approval of an Ordinance to Adopt Amendments to the Fiscal 2011 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia, Amending the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Amending the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations, and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 190)

(First Presentation on September 7, 2011)

(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)



2. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Adopt the Fiscal 2012 Budget for Each Fund of the City of Milton, Georgia, Appropriating the Amounts Shown in Each Budget as Expenditures, Adopting the Several Items of Revenue Anticipations, Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Appropriations and Prohibiting Expenditures to Exceed Actual Funding Available.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 191)

(First Presentation on September 7, 2011)

(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)



9) ZONING AGENDA (None)



10) UNFINISHED BUSINESS (None)



11) NEW BUSINESS

1. Approval of a Resolution Amending Resolution No. 11-03-173, A Resolution Appointing A Member To The City Of Milton Parks And Recreation Advisory Board For District 6.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 194)

(Presented by Councilmember Alan Tart)



2. Approval of A Resolution to Accept the "City of Milton Visioning Plan" Dated March 11, 2011 Prepared by Lew Oliver, Inc. - Whole Town Solutions and as Amended by the Community Development Department.

(Agenda Item No. 11- 195)

(Presented by Tom Wilson, Interim Community Development Director)



12) MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS



13) STAFF REPORTS



14) EXECUTIVE SESSION (if needed)



15) ADJOURNMENT

(Agenda Item No. 11-196)

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Courtesy Friends Of Matt Kunz & Elect Large 4 Milton, Inc.

Matt Kunz and Lance Large
District 2 District 6
Candidates for Milton City Council
Campaign Reception
Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub
12650 Crabapple Road
Tuesday September 13
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Meet the candidates and discuss the issues that will determine the future of our community.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Councilmember Zahner Bailey Press Release.



Courtesy Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey


PRESS RELEASE

September, 4, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Julie Zahner Bailey 770-664-5529 (h), 404-310-6344 (c)



Julie Zahner Bailey Seeks to Retain City of Milton District 2 Council Seat.


MILTON, GA (September 4, 2011) - Current Milton City Council member and incumbent for at-large District 2 Julie Zahner Bailey kicks off her campaign as a challenger filed paperwork to run for the seat in the November 8 election. The 23-year resident of the Milton area cites her extensive knowledge, strong leadership, unwavering commitment to citizen interests and unmatched hands-on experience with the issues facing Milton as the primary reasons she has been elected twice to represent the interests of Milton.

"I care passionately about ensuring Milton remains special, sustainable and a positive draw for the entire region benefiting all citizens and businesses." As evidence the Councilwoman points out that she has been at the center of preserving and protecting Milton's unique area for nearly 20 years. "As I complete my 5th year of City Council service, I have found that this is the most effective way to serve."


Zahner Bailey attributes Milton's rural and equestrian charm along with the consistent application of land use policies as directly contributing to the city's home values maintaining greater stability in this difficult economy. She further states, "I have the required business and governmental experience, knowledge and commitment to continue to move Milton forward, all the while protecting and preserving the elements that make Milton so unique."


One of Zahner Bailey's strong focuses on Council has and will continue to be the consistent application of Milton's comprehensive land use policies. "The decisions we make now and over the next several years as a city will echo for decades. Critical land use and master planning decisions lie ahead of us and it remains vital that my proven record of ensuring transparency and consistent application of Milton's land use policies remain at the Council table. I have no ties to special interest groups and have proven time and again that I am willing to stand strong on the issues that matter to the future of our community".
"And while the City must change and grow, this change and growth must follow a plan and design, or we end up just like so many other suburbs that simply become "anywhere USA".

Managing this change in the face of many pressures requires focus and discipline. It also requires strong leadership. It is not an accident that Milton remains rural and unspoiled. Zahner Bailey has been a critical component of ensuring Milton's quality of life is not lost or compromised by those who have special interests or a lack of experience required to protect and appropriately plan for the future of this incredibly special community.

Councilmember Zahner Bailey says she has been and will continue to be a consistent supporter of conservative fiscal management out of respect for the tax dollars paid by Milton citizens, which has resulted in a positive financial position for the City.

Councilmember Zahner Bailey graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Finance from Florida State University. She and her husband Bill are 23 year residents of the Birmingham community in Milton and have two children, Savannah, 13 an 8th grader at Northwestern Middle School, and Zachary, 17 a junior at Milton High School. Zahner Bailey is a Math and Special Education Teacher at Northwestern Middle School in Milton. Councilmember Zahner Bailey formerly was a corporate executive with both Citibank and Equifax where her corporate career involved management, finance, budgeting and strategic planning. The Bailey's also own Bailey Farm & Gardens, Inc., an ecologically friendly landscape, nursery and horticultural business, and are members of the Roswell Presbyterian Church and regularly attend the Birmingham United Methodist Church.

For more on Julie's background and accomplishments go to www.Julie4Milton.com

Contact information:

Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council District 2, City of Milton
255 Hickory Flat Road
Email: Julie4Milton@mindspring.com ; baileyfarmandgardens@mindspring.com
Phone: 770-664-5529 (h), 404-310-6344 (c)

Fulton sites test positive for West Nile virus.


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By David Ibata
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County has received 20 positive test returns for the West Nile virus, the county’s Department of Health Services reported Thursday.

The Georgia Department of Public Health notified the county that the virus was detected at the Greensferry Combined Sewer Overflow, Whitter Mill Park, Frankie Allen Park, 1388 West Ave., the Atlanta Mounted Police Station, the Tanyard Creek Combined Sewer Overflow, and the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center in East Point.

The tests results identified 20 mosquito "pools," mosquitoes of a specific species at a specific time and place that test positive for the virus.

“August begins the peak season for West Nile Virus,” Dr. Patrice A. Harris, director of Fulton Health Services, said in a news release. “The identification of these pools is a reminder to all of us to take precautions when outdoors.”
County health officials recommend that people avoid activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active; use insect repellent containing an EPA-approved active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; eliminate standing water outdoors, and change the water in birdbaths and small wading pools at least once a week.

Mosquitoes that feed on West Nile-infected birds can spread the disease to humans, officials said. Most people who get bitten by such insects do not get sick, and fewer than 1 percent of infected humans develop serious illness such as encephalitis. But those with chronic medical conditions are at greater risk.

For more information about the disease and its prevention, call the county’s Mosquito Hotline, 404-730-5296; or contact the Fulton County Department of Health Services, Division of Environmental Health at 404-613-1301 or online at www.fultoncountygahealth.org.