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Monday, October 31, 2011

The Milton Peoples Forum...Online: Question 3 / District 2.


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


As referenced this past week on Accessmilton.com, the Milton Herald and Accessmilton.com are continuing the Milton Peoples Forum online. The focus
is to ask questions that time did not allow us to address at this past week's event.


In order to insure equal visibility for both districts, District 2 candidates answers will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while District 6 candidates answers will be listed on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Candidates are limited to a maximum of 200 words per answer and are listed alphabetically.


Milton business owners are complaining that the city's current sign ordinances are too restrictive. Would you change it and if so, in what way?


DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE MATT KUNZ=>


"Are our current sign ordinances too restrictive? I intend to give Milton's sign ordinances careful thought, just as I will other issues, if I am honored to be elected city council member.

The aesthetic concerns of 34,000 residents, and especially our homeowners, take first priority with me. They have invested heavily in Milton by purchasing homes here and entrusting their families’ well-being to our community.

As well, our Milton families rely on the neighborhood dry cleaners, restaurants, auto repair shops and all other types of small businesses to complement their quality of life. These small businesses rely on appropriate signage and fair treatment to make a living. One does not preclude the other.
Will my input or vote ever allow signage that would hurt or damage our rural character? Certainly not.

We must bring fairness and balance that benefits our citizens in these decisions. My personal goal is to insure that my role on the council is to provide a loud, strong voice to keep personal taxes low and increase property values. The only time I will be louder is if I sense there is a push that may in any way pierce our rural culture."


DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE JULIE ZAHNER BAILEY=>


"Our sign ordinance was created based on Fulton County’s ordinance with some staff customizations based on Milton’s specific needs. With several years of experience, we have learned that some of the signage rules require adjustment.

I previously voted to allow modifications to the sign ordinance in certain areas for the allowance of a small neon sign. I remain open to re-addressing the sign ordinance. In fact, it is currently under review by the Planning Commission and will come back before Mayor and Council in November. We are evaluating % of window space for certain sign types, movable sandwich boards, flag signs for community branding, and more.

The sign ordinance is intended to protect and bring balance to our community. We must strike the right balance between appropriate business identification signage while ensuring that the development standards supported by citizens – including the look and feel of our commercial spaces – are not sacrificed. We should look to communities with strict sign codes that also flourish economically while maintaining their unique sense of place, including Charleston, Hilton Head and others. Milton citizens do not want to become Sandy Springs or Johns Creek. I am confident that we can strike the right balance. "

20 Facts About Milton's Financial Outlook.


Courtesy Friend Of Alan Tart


20 FACTS ABOUT MILTON'S FINANCIAL OUTLOOK


1. Milton's prodominently residential property tax base (86% versus 14% commercial) was the original intent when our city was founded. In fact, it is part of what makes us unique from Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Sandy Springs. Milton collects the highest per resident property tax revenue of any of the 13 cities in Fulton County - any city in GA, in fact. This is because the area has the highest average property values by a signficant margin. This more than compensates for the lower-than-average commercial tax base for your average city.

2. Our prodominently residential property tax base is absolutely sustainable. Prior to incorporation, UGA's Carl Vinson Institute conducted a study on the city's economic viability and found that we could sustain with services at or slightly above those provided when we were unincorporated Fulton County. Click here to read an article in the Oct 2011 Georgia Trend magazine that discusses Milton's strong financial footing.
=> http://www.georgiatrend.com/October-2011/North-Fulton-Magnet-For-Business/

3. Five years after the study and under the worst recession the world has seen since the Great Depression, our city is doing extremely well financially. In fact, we are doing better than anyone imagined we would do prior to our incorporation.

4. We already provide services way above levels provided by Fulton County with no increase in your tax rate. Contact me for examples of how Milton's current level of service is better than when we were unincorporated Fulton County. => AlanTart4Milton@comcast.net

5.In spite of the fact that Milton is only five years old, we are positioned to fully meet citizens' expectations relative to public safety, parks and recreation, and road and intersection improvements in the next few years.

6. We have a 5-year capital improvement plan (despite my opponent's misinformation) that is included in our annual budgets. In fact, our city manager projects seven years out for planning purposes. This plan is fully funded to repair bridges, pave roads, fix dangerous intersections, replace aging public safety vehicles, and secure new, state-of-the-art equipment for our police and fire departments.

7. Our transportation master plan calls for $2,200,000 per year to repair the backlog of paving we inherited from Fulton County and maintain our roads in good condition. $2,000,000 has been set aside for 2012 and $2,200,000 will be set aside every year thereafter (fully funded). Gravel road maintenance is fully funded at $145,000 per year.

8. My opponent claims that we have done enough "planning" and "studying" for parks..."it's time to build." However, we have only had a parks and recreation department for one year now. During this year, we secured available fields and recreational space through agreements with schools and surrounding municipalities to provide immediate relief to our citizens. Now, it's time to focus on developing Birmingham Park, ensuring that Fulton County delivers Providence Park to us clean and on time, and expanding Bell Memorial Park. Although a citizen survey of park and recreation needs has been completed, a master planning process has not been completed. If you like Forsyth's new park system and want Milton to have something comparable, then you need to know that it was a four year process that included a comprehensive master planning process at its onset. Every good project manager knows that the cardinal rule of project manamgement is that you first PLAN, then IMPLEMENT. As your council member, I don't embarck on expensive projects without first planning how your tax dollars will be used effectively and efficiently to fully meet your needs.

9.Six intersection improvements are underway at the following locations to improve mobility, accessability, and safety: a) Birmingham Rd. at Hopewell Rd., b) SR 140 Arnold Mill Rd. and New Providence Rd., c) Bethany Bend at Cogburn Rd., d) SR 372 Birmingham Hwy. and Providence/New Providence Rd., e) Mayfield Rd. at Mid Broadwell Rd., and f) Hopewell/Francis Rd. at Cogburn/Hopewell Rd. Intersection improvements require three to four years to complete and include design, right-of-way and easement acquisition, and construction. We are progressing on schedule with all of these projects, although you may not see construction underway yet. See progress of existing intersection projects=> http://miltonintersectionprojects.com/

10. My opponent claims that we must expand commercial to "ease the residential tax burden," yet we have the second lowest millage (property tax) rate of any city in north Atlanta: Johns Creek (4.614), Milton (4.731), Sandy Springs (4.731), Roswell (5.455), Suwanee (5.65), Alpharetta (5.750), Duluth (5.991). In comparison, all of these cities have considerably more commercial development and, consequently, less character and charm than Milton does. Seems obvious that more commercial doesn't necessary mean lower taxes.

11. Our millage rate is fixed by law, and it requires a referendum to change it.

12. We pay less for police and fire protection than most North Fulton cities, yet our land area is, in most cases, much larger. As a function of % total budget, Milton uses 39.83% of its budget with 39 sq. miles, Roswell 35% with 42 sq. miles, Sandy Springs 37.5% with 39 sq. miles, Johns Creek 44% with 32 sq. miles, Alpharetta 46.4% with 21 sq. miles. Milton's percentage goes down to 33% of our total budget when you include a conservative $3,500,000 increase in revenue we will get starting in 2013 from local option sales tax. These are your tax dollars coming back to Milton (rather than being handed to Fulton County) as a result of 2010 census numbers.

13. As the catalyst for supporting massive commercial expansion, my opponent references a line from pg. 17 of our comprehensive plan dated 6-6-11 which states, "BASED ON THE LIMITED FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF THE PLAN, it appears there would be a potential shortfall in revenue versus expenses as early as 2013." This assumption is outdated. Contact me to find out why=> AlanTart4Milton@comcast.net .
It is reckless leadership to "cherry pick" statements from documents on our website that are updated every 3-5 years and use these to promote changes in policy that could forever change our city without first understanding the scope and current financial situation affecting the validity of these statements.

14. Our city was attractive to developers and businesses before the recession, and we will continue to be attractive as the economy improves.

15. "Empty store fronts" is not a condition unique to Milton. It was not caused by our city's fiscal policies or lack of incentives, nor will it somehow be fixed by making reactionary, potentially revenue-reducing and character-changing, modifications to them.

16. Filling our empty store fronts and encouraging responsible growth and development in our existing commercial areas is a must for the quality of life of our citizens, but despite my opponent's assertion, even with these areas completely filled out, this is simply not enough commercial to change the property tax ratio.

17. To effectively change the property tax base ratio would require development the scale of Atlantic Station in Milton. Not only do our citizens not want that in our city, but our low population density would not support development of this scale. (Note all the empty store fronts we have now.)

18.A massive expansion of commercial development promoted by my opponent would have a detrimental effect on our residential property values and result in less revenue for our city.

19. Our citizens do not want to live in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, or Roswell. If they did, they would move there.

20. Our city needs experienced, objective leaders who will ensure we don't make reactionary, reckless, and uninformed decisions that will lead us down the path of becoming like these cities.

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Next Tuesday, Nov 8th, choose a leader from District 6 who has proven to be unbiased and objective...one who has the experience to ensure our city's vision remains a reality...a thoughtful leader who incorporates the will of citizens into decision making...a proven leader who makes careful, informed decisions before spending your hard earned tax dollars...one who will tell you the truth rather than just telling you what you want to hear in a desperate attempt to get elected. On Nov 8th, RE-ELECT ALAN TART, and together we will:

Fully staff, equip, and train our police and fire departments;
Develop our parks;
Complete road and intersection improvements;
Re-develop Crabapple to become the historic, "four corners" Village our citizens want;
Re-create Milton County;
Support our existing businesses and fill our empty store fronts with upscale businesses that contribute to our quality of life; and
Continue enhancing the level of service the city provides WITHOUT tax increases or a massive expansion of commercial that will lower your property values and quality of life and forever change our beautiful city.
Thank you for your support and vote on Nov 8th and for your confidence in allowing me to serve you these past four years.


Alan Tart

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Visit my website to learn more about my accomplishments and plan for Milton, to donate to my campaign, or just show your support by ordering a yard sign or providing an endorsement: http://alantart4milton.com .

Join me election night, 11/8, from 6:30-10:00 p.m. for my ELECTION NIGHT PARTY. Location: Erwoods Kitchen and Keg located at 12635 Crabapple Rd., Suite 310. See you there! Click here=> http://www.erwoods.com/

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Early Voting Still in Progress


Early Voting: Early voting continues through Friday, November 4. Early voting locations are:

North Fulton County Annex, 7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 232, Sandy Springs
Downtown at the Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree St., SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta
Absentee Voting: If you will be out of town on Election Day, November 8, and are unable to vote early, there is still time to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. You can print an absentee ballot application by clicking HERE=> http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/elections/voter_information/absentee_ballot_app.pdf

The completed application should be mailed to:
Fulton County Department of Voter Registration and Elections
130 Peachtree Street, SW
Suite 2186
Atlanta, GA 30303
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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
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

A Few Important Numbers.


Courtesy www.mattformilton.com




As a Financial Advisor I spend my days looking at numbers. It is my job to see both opportunities and challenges before they occur. I did the same thing before I decided to run for the District 2 seat held by my opponent, Mrs. Zahner Bailey. I would like to share a few numbers that jumped out to me.

2. Milton is the second wealthiest city in Georgia. Even in the face of the global economic downturn, Milton has more resources than any other city in Georgia, except 1.

86. That's the percent of Milton's revenues that come from homeowners. This is higher than ANY other North Fulton city. Looked at another way, our government is funded by individuals like you and me. My opponent said that she believes this is sustainable. Nearly every city planning organization says otherwise, including the Livable Communities Initiative that is consulting the city.

18. The City of Milton's budget for this fiscal year is $18 million.

7. That's how many millions of dollars Alpharetta will have as a surplus next year. Their surplus is equal to nearly 40% of our budget!

0. We have no public football, soccer or lacrosse fields in Milton.

0. We do not have any adaptive parks

0. The number of major adjustments we can make with our current revenue

Click here to endose my campaign!=>
http://www.mattformilton.com/endorse/




My opponent says this is fine. I disagree. This campaign is about generating revenue from some place other than you and me. This is about lowering our tax burden. This is about sidewalks, parks, recreational facilities, thriving communities and one making one great city, our city, even better.

8. The number of days until the election.

1. The number of votes I need from every voter in your home to win this election and help turn things around.

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




http://www.mattformilton.com/volunteer/=>
http://www.mattformilton.com/volunteer/




Early Voting is going strong. There are two early voting locations:

Sandy Springs:
North Fulton County Annex
7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 232
Sandy Springs
Downtown Atlanta:
Fulton County Government Center
130 Peachtree St., SW
Suite 2186
Atlanta
Or you can vote by mail:

Absentee:

You can also vote by way of an Absentee Ballot.


Click here=> www.sos.ga.gov/elections/elections/voter.../absentee_ballot_app.pdf
The completed application can be:

Mailed:
Fulton County Department of Voter Registration and Elections
130 Peachtree Street, SW
Suite 2186
Atlanta, GA 30303
Or
Faxed:
404-730-8839

Neat Halloween Facts!


Courtesy Holiday Insights.com


THE ORIGIN OF HALLOWEEN


Halloween's roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their "Druid" religion, November 1st was New Years' on their calendar. The celebration would begin on October 31st ,and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year, would rise up and roam the earth on this night.

This is an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld.

Halloween as it is currently celebrated with costumes, trick or treat, and superstitions, takes from this Druid Holiday.


ALL HALLOWS EVE


Halloween was commonly referred to as "All Hollows" Eve. It originated from the pagan holiday honoring the dead. The Roman Catholic Church created All Saints Day (also called Hallomas) on November 1st to honor Saints and All Souls Day on November 2and to honor and pray for the souls of the dead. These holidays were created by the church, in part to downplay the pagan holidays. Needless to say, it did not succeed. Halloween as we know it today, has grown from the ancient Druid Holiday. Along the way both fun, frights, and Satanic twists have been added to the mix.


A REALLY BIG SHOW!


Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending. Consumers spend over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. That's a whole lot of candy, costumes, decorations, and party goods.

Like Christmas, Halloween is steeped in traditions. While Christmas can be a stressful period, Halloween is all about fun. People really get into the Halloween tradition and "spirit". Some religions are against celebrating Halloween, citing it's roots in ancient Druid religion. While this is true, Today's Halloween celebrations are all about fun, with a generous amount of imagination.


SAMHAIN THE LORD OF DARKNESS


The Druid religion of Celtic tribes worshipped Samhain, the Lord of Darkness. The Druid New Year began on November 1st, as the hours of nighttime were growing significantly over the hours of sunlight. Hence, Lord Samhain reigned over the long winter months as the influence of the Sun god receded.


PUMPKINS ROOTS


Pumpkins have inhabited the planet for thousands of years. They originated in Central America. They were used then (and now) as a food crop. Over the course of centuries, pumpkins spread their vines across all of North and South America. When Europeans arrived in the New World, they found pumpkins plentiful and used in cooking by Native Americans. They took seeds back to Europe where they quickly became popular.

Did you Know? There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange? Hard to believe for such an important color? The same is true for the colors purple and silver. But, who cares about silver and purple...they are not pumpkin colors!

Growing big pumpkins is a big time hobby. And, serious at that. Top prize money for the biggest giant pumpkin is as much as $25,000 dollars at fall festivals. The current world record for giant pumpkins is 1446 pounds. Now that's a lot of pumpkin pies!

Carving pumpkins is a traditional and fun part of Halloween. You can carve simple designs or intricate patterns.


THE FIRST JACK O' LANTERN


The Irish carved Turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow's Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and Rutabagas.

When Irish Immigrants came to America, they quickly discovered that Jack O'Lanterns were much easier to carve out and began using them. This truly neat tradition quickly spread to the general population in America and elsewhere.


HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING


It is believed that the Irish began the tradition of Trick or Treating. In preparation for All Hallow's Eve, Irish townsfolk would visit neighbors and ask for contributions of food for a feast in the town.

There are also some references that the Boy Scouts played a role in the creation of Trick or Treating. This seems a bit odd, as Boy Scouts is well known for volunteering and giving, yet Trick or Treating is all about "receiving".

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Milton Peoples Forum...Online: Question 2 / District 6.


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


As referenced this past week on Accessmilton.com, the Milton Herald and Accessmilton.com are continuing the Milton Peoples Forum online. The focus
is to ask questions that time did not allow us to address at this past week's event.


In order to insure equal visibility for both districts, District 2 candidates answers will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while District 6 candidates answers will be listed on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Candidates are limited to a maximum of 200 words per answer and are listed alphabetically.


Our second question is:

Many of Milton's roads are very narrow and many have no shoulder whatsoever. In addition, Milton is a popular area for cyclists. Until Milton’s trail plan has been implemented, what can be done to make the roads safer for all travelers?


DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE LANCE LARGE=>


"This is a matter of revenue. Adding bike travel lanes to our existing roads can cost up to $200k per mile. With 190 miles of paved road (and 13 miles of gravel roads) for which Milton is responsible, our costs can rise into the tens of millions for this alone. Our current budget is only 18 million. This means we would have to allocate nearly our entire budget in back to back years to widening our roads alone. Simply put, we need more money. My campaign is focused on bridging the gap between what we need and we can pay for by diversifying our tax base and increasing revenues.

Right now we are funding our pavement plan at the suggested minimum-it's all we can afford to do. This means we cannot make progress on making our roads safer. This is unacceptable. We must generate more revenue immediately."


DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE ALAN TART=>


"I agree that more needs to be done to make our roads safer for bikers. Safety can be enhanced by doing the following:

• Continuing to fund intersection improvements already in progress at Bethany Bend and Cogburn; Cogburn/Hopewell/Francis; Arnold Mill and New Providence; Birmingham and New Providence; and Hopewell and Birmingham Rd. In addition, I am in favor of quickly initiating a traffic improvement plan for Crabapple.

• Increasing the number of police officers on each shift so that speeding and other traffic laws can be better enforced. This will be done in FY '12 with the addition of four new officers.

• Reviewing road safety signage and enhancing our education of drivers who must share the road with bikers

• Ensuring our trail plan is funded to provide alternatives to road biking as quickly as possible. Our five-year capital improvement plan includes funding at $1,000,000 per year beginning next year.

In addition, I commit to exploring the use of capital improvement funds for pavement management ($2,000,000 this FY and $2,200,000 in subsequent years), as well as aggressively pursuing grant opportunities, to add bike lanes along our most commonly used routes."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Two New Polls Up.



All:

We added two new polls to Accessmilton.com.


Once again, we focus our attention on the new high school. This time around, the polls ask taxpayers:

1. The final choices for the new high school mascot are as follows. Which do you prefer?
&

2. The final choices for the new high school colors are as follows. Which do you prefer?


Have your say in the polls section to the right.

Update on Mascot & Colors.

Many thanks to "The Cake Lady" for bringing the following to Accessmilton.com readers.


Courtesy http://www.bethanybendsite.com/


Posted: 27 Oct 2011 08:10 PM PDT

Last night Dr. Spurka met with 40 student representatives to develop the list of official mascots and color combinations that all our students will vote on. The students on the committee were from the following schools: Cogburn Woods Elementary, Birmingham Falls Elementary, Alpharetta Elementary, Summit Hill Elementary, Hopewell Middle School, Northwestern Middle School, Alpharetta High School and Milton High School. The final choices for the new high school’s official mascot are: The Broncos, The Bears, or The Jaguars. The final choices for the official school colors are: Navy Blue and White, Navy Blue, Caroline Blue, and White, or Navy Blue, Orange, and White.

Dr. Spurka, the principal of our new high school on Bethany Bend, is excited to invite you to help select the new high school’s official mascot and colors. All students who live within the new high school’s attendance zone will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Spurka and vote for the official mascot and colors for the new high school.

All students, elementary through high school, are welcome to stop by Northwestern MS on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6:00 to 7:30 or Hopewell MS on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30. While our school board is currently working on the school name, Dr. Spurka is excited to work with all his future students to give the school its official mascot and colors.

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day planned for Nov. 5.

Hembree Road location accepting items for free from 8 a.m. to noon.


MILTON, Ga., Oct. 27, 2011 - The City of Milton Public Works Department and Milton Grows Green are offering residents a bulky trash amnesty day Saturday, Nov. 5.

From 8 a.m. to noon, residents of Milton can bring items to the City of Roswell Public Works Division at 1810 Hembree Road in Roswell. Only City of Milton and Roswell residents will be served. Proof of residency will be required, and utility bills are preferred.

Some of the items that will be accepted are:

tires - must be off the rim, automobile tires only; limit 4 per car
sofas
tables
refrigerators
chairs
washers
dryers
televisions
deactivated cell phones
computer equipment and electronics
The following items will not be accepted:

paint
household hazardous waste
any fluids including motor oil and anti-freeze
household batteries
construction and demolition materials
yard waste
For proper disposal of these items, please contact either the Roswell Recycling Center at 770-442-8822 (motor oil and anti-freeze) or Chadwick Landfill at 770-475-9868.

Materials will only be accepted at the site on the day of the event and only during the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. Please note that the gate will close at noon.

For more information, please contact Milton Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Eade at 678-242-2509 or cindy.eade@cityofmiltonga.us.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

High school Naming Poll Now Closed.


Double click to enlarge image.


By Accessmilton.com


While the poll regarding the name of the new high school has closed, questions continue to arise on both sides of the arguement.


As we have stated numerous times, our polls can be manipulated if you know what to do. However, they are normally a pretty good litmus test of what the majority of voters are feeling.


Keep an eye on Accessmilton.com as we continue to follow this story.

The Milton Peoples Forum...Online: Question 2 / District 2.


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


As referenced this past week on Accessmilton.com, the Milton Herald and Accessmilton.com are continuing the Milton Peoples Forum online. The focus
is to ask questions that time did not allow us to address at this past week's event.


In order to insure equal visibility for both districts, District 2 candidates answers will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while District 6 candidates answers will be listed on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Candidates are limited to a maximum of 200 words per answer and are listed alphabetically.


Our second question is:

Many of Milton's roads are very narrow and many have no shoulder whatsoever. In addition, Milton is a popular area for cyclists. Until Milton’s trail plan has been implemented, what can be done to make the roads safer for all travelers?


District 2 Candidate Matt Kunz=>


"Milton has 203 miles of road with 406 miles of shoulders. Not all roads are safe enough to accommodate both vehicles and cyclists. Our Public Works Department has done an excellent job assessing the quality of our roads. Now we need to do a further study to identify those roads where we can reasonably provide for cyclists within our budget, while paying attention to the legal liability issues that inevitably arise. Common sense should prevail until we can put a more comprehensive plan into place, which of course, will require additional sources of revenue. I have previously proposed that additional funding should come from a reinvigorated private sector operating out of our existing commercial areas.

Going forward all repaving should include bike/running lanes. Revenues should be set aside for that purpose. In this way, we can balance the absolute need for safety with the desire to provide healthy recreational resources for our citizens. In the meantime, a range of well-known traffic calming measures can be implemented.

I should note that competitive cycling is big business these days. If cyclists from other areas feel safe on our roads, they will bring in additional resources, revenue and recognition to our city."


District 2 Candidate Julie Zahner Bailey=>


"Numerous initiatives are underway creating short/long-term improvements to road safety. These include:
• Milton’s Transportation Master Plan has been approved, setting in motion citywide improvements including corridor, intersection and bridge, equestrian and cyclist, disabled access, and pedestrian improvements.
• Corridor improvements are being coordinated with adjacent municipalities and the Atlanta Region Commission including Arnold Mill (140) and Highway 9.
• Intersection improvements are funded/underway: Birmingham Highway/New Providence, Arnold Mill/New Providence, Francis/Cogburn/Hopewell and Bethany/ Cogburn.
• We’re evaluating approaches for Crabapple and Birmingham Highway and Crabapple Road.
• Roundabouts, funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, will be utilized as they successfully calm traffic and reduce speeds.
• Speed reduction for our roadways is evaluated annually – some speed limits have already been reduced.
• Paving of roadways continues based on prioritization based on road condition. Our $7.8MM surplus fund balance will allow all needed annual paving at which time bicycle lanes should be marked for correct widths.
• I have proposed the City initiate a proactive driver and cyclist education campaign to communicate “rules of the road,” to improve safety.
• Sidewalks and other alternative pathways are being implemented through a variety of means including the Safer Routes to School program
."

TAG parent open house Nov. 2 at Bethwell.

Teen Advocacy Group will discuss classes on bullying, peer pressure, abuse.


MILTON, Ga., Oct. 27, 2011 - On Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. the non-profit Teen Advocacy Group (TAG) will hold an open house for parents of children from 6 to 18 to discuss the programs and activities it offers through a partnership with the City of Milton.

This meeting will take place at the Bethwell Community Center, located at 2695 Hopewell Road in Milton (click here for directions).

At this meeting, TAG counselors will provide information and answer questions on programs that affect children and how they approach life's challenges. Classes to be offered are modified by age of participants and include:

Bullying
Peer pressure
Dating
Body image
Violence and abuse
Substance abuse
Pregnancy
HIV/AIDS and STI/STD
Additionally, there will be information regarding a parent lecture series with a noted psychiatrist, athletic recruiter, obesity physician and scholarship expert.

Spots to this meeting are limited, so please RSVP. For more information, call 770-367-0662, e-mail info@go4tag.org or visit TAG's Web site, www.go4tag.org.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another PSA For The Road To Safety Program.


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The Milton Peoples Forum...Online: Question 1 / District 6.


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


As referenced this past week on Accessmilton.com, the Milton Herald and Accessmilton.com are continuing the Milton Peoples Forum online. The focus
is to ask questions that time did not allow us to address at this past week's event.


In order to insure equal visibility for both districts, District 2 candidates answers will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while District 6 candidates answers will be listed on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Candidates are limited to a maximum of 200 words per answer and are listed alphabetically.


Our first question is:


Milton currently has excellent fire and police department personnel. How does our compensation package for these individuals compare to what is being offered in adjacent communities and how would you suggest that Milton ensure it retains these good people?

DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE LANCE LARGE=>


"I recently had the privilege of doing “rides along” with our police and fire departments. Our officers are clearly highly skilled and well trained. Their compensation is comparable to that of Alpharetta. In fact, several officers from Alpharetta chose to work for the Milton Police Department. Unlike in other cities; our police officers do not share cars. This increases the sense of ownership and reduces taxpayer costs due to repairs, wear and replacements.

We are a growing community with new challenges and demands in the areas of public safety. I am committed to working with our police and fire departments to meet these challenges head on. As your Councilman, I will work on two aspects of retention. First, I will work to develop additional incentives, particularly for housing-related expenses, to make living in Milton more affordable. Studies have shown that having police and fire personnel living in the community reduces crime and helps maintain property values. In short, we all would benefit by having more officers living in Milton. Second, I will work on facilitating on-going professional development opportunities. To this end, I will support additional paid time off for advanced training."


DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE ALAN TART=>


"Our police officers and firefighters are without a doubt among the most professional, highly trained, and best equipped in the state. Our citizens are safer than when we first incorporated as evidenced by the drastic reduction in response times. I have consistently supported increases in staffing with each annual budget cycle to keep morale high, manage burnout, decrease response times, and increase the level of service we provide. For example, I supported hiring an additional fire fighter and four new police officers in the 2012 budget. This will allow us to add an additional police officer to each shift. Our police and fire departments have a very high retention rate due in part to the compensation package we provide including a highly competitive salary, health/dental/life insurance, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, matching 401(k), and a health and wellness program. As a result of our strong financial footing, we have also been able to provide annual cost of living increases that help to keep morale within the departments high. I remain committed to ensuring our police officers and firefighters are recognized, paid competitively, and are provided with the state-of-the-art equipment and training they need to keep themselves and our citizens safe. "

Getting warmed up for the RTS program...


Double Click To Enlarge Screen.VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.


By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com


As the second year of the "Road To Safety" program gets ready to kick off, we wanted to share the public service announcement from a saftey group in Europe to Accessmilton.com readers.


In consideration of how dangerous Milton's open road neighborhoods have become, all residents should watch this video and forward it to neighbors. Together, we can save lives.

Highway 9 planning meeting tomorrow.

Livable Centers Initiative kickoff at 6 p.m. in City Hall.


MILTON, Ga., Oct. 26, 2011 -Don't forget that if you want to have a say in the future of Milton's most populated district you need to come to the kickoff meeting for the Ga. 9 planning study tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 27 at Milton's City Hall.

The meeting, which includes a presentation and chance for public input, begins at 6 p.m. Click here for directions to City Hall.

Milton city planner Michele McIntosh-Ross urges residents to participate because the Ga. 9 corridor is home to roughly half of Milton's population and forms the core of its retail and transportation networks. Additionally, Ga. 9 is vital to Milton economically and for its visibility as a gateway and potential to be a truly walkable mix of residential, office and commercial uses.



In February, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) awarded Milton a $100,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant for a planning study of the Ga. 9 area from Bethany Bend to Mayfield Road and the areas east of Ga. 9 to Ga. 400, which includes Deerfield Parkway.

The LCI grant program provides funds for small area studies to determine strategies that link transportation improvements with land-use development. Ultimately, these studies aim to help improve the livability and sustainability of the area.

After the completion and adoption of the plan, the areas become eligible for additional money to implement the transportation projects identified in the study.

For more information on this meeting, please contact McIntosh-Ross at 678-242-2538 or michele.mcintosh-ross@cityofmiltonga.us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Milton Peoples Forum...Online: Question 1 / District 2.


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


As referenced this past week on Accessmilton.com, the Milton Herald and Accessmilton.com are continuing the Milton Peoples Forum online. The focus
is to ask questions that time did not allow us to address at this past week's event.


In order to insure equal visibility for both districts, District 2 candidates answers will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while District 6 candidates answers will be listed on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Candidates are limited to a maximum of 200 words per answer and are listed alphabetically.


Our first question is:


Milton currently has excellent fire and police department personnel. How does our compensation package for these individuals compare to what is being offered in adjacent communities and how would you suggest that Milton ensure it retains these good people?

DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE MATT KUNZ=>

"It is very important that the salaries and benefits we offer our police and fire department personnel be competitive. Fortunately, we are generally on a par with other cities in the area, and our retention rate reflects that. As a member of the City Council, I will ensure that Milton conducts annual benchmarking studies to compare Milton’s public safety policies and services to other cities of similar population and demographics. Most companies conduct benchmarking activities on a regular basis to assess salary levels, benefits and costs prior to their budget process. It is always beneficial to look at cities that are high performers, whether they are adjacent to us or in other parts of the country. A key to maintaining high morale and performance among our public safety personnel is to have consistent personnel policies that are applied uniformly and provide for ongoing feedback to our public safety employees. We tend to take these public servants for granted until we need them, but we should all recognize the invaluable service they provide to the citizens of Milton day-in and day-out."


DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE JULIE ZAHNER BAILEY=>

"The City of Milton has a very positive compensation package for public safety personnel. Our professional staff regularly reviews salaries and benefit packages relative to other municipalities ensuring we remain competitive in order to draw the best and the brightest while also retaining strong talent and I believe we are competitive. In addition to salary and benefits, the City of Milton focuses on wellness programs intended to proactively keep our public safety personnel in good health so they are in the best condition possible. We just approved a grant submittal to equip our fire stations with physical health equipment providing the ability to regularly exercise ensuring positive health to match the rigors of their job. We also approved a cost of living adjustment for the next fiscal year for public safety officers. The ability to retain and attract fabulous fire and police personnel is a combination of compensation, benefits, cost of living adjustments, a positive career path, a culture of trust, support and recognition, the implementation of best practices, and sound management with a commitment to open communication. We are ensuring an environment that welcomes input and encourages a healthy, open work environment."

Ummm...WOW!!!!


Double Click To Enlarge Picture.


Many thanks to "Steel Magnolia" for sharing this with Accessmilton.com readers.


The photo was taken at the entrance to Katlian Bay at the end of the road in Sitka , Alaska
....
The whale is coming up to scoop up a mouthful of herring......... (the small fish seen at the surface around the kayak).

The kayaker is a local Sitka Dentist. He apparently didn’t sustain any injuries from the terrifying experience.

The whale was just around the corner from the ferry terminal, and all the kayaker could think at that moment in time was: "Paddle Man - really fast!"

The whale's mouth is fully open with the bottom half under the boat.

If the whale had closed his mouth before he furiously paddled away -

He might have been LUNCH!!!
Look at the picture again -

He is in the whales MOUTH!

Second Annual Road To Safety Program Kicks Off.



The 2011 Road To Safety Program, supported by the Fulton County Board of Education, kicks off this year’s program inviting seven North Fulton County High Schools to participate in the second annual Road To Safety Video Competition.

The schools invited this year to participate are: Alpharetta, Milton, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Roswell, Johns Creek, and North View. Students (of driving age) from participating schools will create and submit a 2 minute video addressing the many dangerous situations and distractions teens are faced with as new and inexperienced drivers.

The Individual or Group Winner will receive bragging rights for their school, photo op in the newspaper, a full day's defensive driving course and other various prizes from local businesses in our communities.

Last year’s winner from Alpharetta High School was honored by the Mayors of Alpharetta and Milton, and their City Councils at City Hall and was also featured in the Milton Herald. This year the winning video and 2nd and 3rd place winning videos will be highlighted on Access Milton over the course of several weeks. In addition the winning video will be showcased at various events at participating High Schools. Deadline to submit entry is December 19, 2011. This year’s winner will be announced in January after the Holiday Break.

For more information on this contest please contact your high school, email Access Milton (tmenloe@aol.com) or email RoadToSafety@att.net. Registration forms, rules and guidelines, and release forms will be available through your schools next week.
Videos must be submitted to your school or Access Milton by the deadline!
Please email Director at RoadToSafety@att.net for instructions to submit video to AccessMilton directly.

The Road to Safety Program is offering the winning students opportunities for driving courses at the Richard Petty Driving School and also our newest supporter DriveSmartGeorgia.
Good Luck to all the students and the schools! Have Fun! Safe Driving!

Misson: The purpose of this program is to educate, inform, and increase the awareness of the distractions and dangers teenagers face as new and inexperienced drivers with the ultimate goal of saving lives.

Copyright@ 2010 RTS Program

Monday, October 24, 2011

School Bus Wreck Police Report.


Double Click To Enlarge Image.

Courtesy City of Milton Police Department.


Many thanks to Kathy Fies of the Milton Police Department for providing the following report to Accessmilton.com readers. Be advised that both Freemanville and Redd Roads are almost 100% residential.


ACCIDENT NUMBER: 1101891

AGENCY NCIC No. GA0605700

COUNTY: FULTON

DATE: 10/21/2011

DAY OF WEEK: Friday

TIME: 16:05

ROAD OF OCCURENCE: Freemanville Road

AT ITS INTERSECTION WITH: Redd Road

DRIVER 1: 1997 Dodg Ram 3500
REMOVED BY: United Towing

DRIVER 2: 2004 INTL 3000
REMOVED BY: Driver

REPORT BY: Kiel, B.C.
REPORT DATE: 10/21/2011

CHECKED BY: Borsey, J.
DATE CHECKED: 10/22/2011

REMARKS:

Vehicle 1 was directly behind Vehicle 2 On Freemanville Road. Vehicle 2 stopped to make a left hand turn onto Redd Road. Driver 1 said that he lost control of his vehicle attempting to stop and rear ended Vehicle 2. Driver 1 was issued a citation for following too closely.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

FALL AT BUTCHART GARDENS / Part 1.


By Accessmilton.com


With Fall upon us, we thought the following pictures of the season from Butchart Gardens would be of interest.


If you have a Fall photo of Milton, please email to us at tmenloe@aol.com and we will be happy to post it for you with credit given.

A Great Power Point!

http://www.southeuclidpolice.com/K-9Presentation.html

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Failure To Lead"

Courtesy Thehermancain


School Bus Involved In Wreck At Freemanville / Redd Roads.


Photo Courtesy of "Open Road Trooper"


By Accessmilton.com


While details are still limited, a regular visitor of Accessmilton.com took the above photo regarding a wreck believed to be between a Fulton County School bus and a construction truck with trailer.

According to this AM trooper, there was no visible damage to the bus but the truck
had severe damage on the front of the vehicle. The accident occured Friday afternoon and was at the intersection of Redd and Freemanville Roads.

We have emailed the Milton Police Department in regards to this accident and will post more information on Accessmilton.com as soon as possible.

What is the Only Source of Knowledge?




Courtesy Friends of Alan Tart


"The Only Source of Knowledge is Experience"

Albert Einstein

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. 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.

More importantly, I am very proud of the fact that I have accomplished everything I said I would accomplish four years ago. My proven experience and tested commitment to you, the citizens of Milton, will be vital as the city continues to move forward from where we began just five years ago.

The experience I have gained in my first term in office is evidenced by the following decisions and accomplishments that have made our city financially strong and able to provide a higher level of service than while under Fulton County:

Relative to Protecting the Quality of Life of Citizens.

Voted to approve a fiscally viable City of Milton 20-year Comprehensive Plan
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
Consistently voted to approve additional fire fighters and police officers with each fiscal year budget (for instance, we added four police officers this year alone)
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 accept the Crabapple Visioning Plan prepared by Lew Oliver, Inc. that will lay the foundation for traffic and infrastructure improvements, an enhanced "village" feel, and other pedestrian-friendly enhancements in the Crabapple area
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 study with Alpharetta for improving the character, look, and feel of the Windward/Highway 9 corridors
Click here to hear my opponent speak about his support of the gas station at Highway 9 and Bethany Bend and the developer’s subsequent donation to his campaign. Please note - I did not support this application.
Relative to Ensuring Fiscal Responsibility and the City’s Financial Viability and Strength

Click here to read an article in this month’s issue of Georgia Trend that discusses Milton’s strong financial position.

Voted to approve growth and development that met our land use plan, zoning ordinance, and design standards
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 $1,250,000 in 2010, another $1,000,000 in 2011, and an estimated $1,000,000 every year thereafter
Voted to approve FOUR 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, that has drastically reduced response time and level of service
Repaired bridges
Has resulted in a $7,800,000 fund balance (i.e. reserves) as of FY '11. This is 2.5 times more than is what is required by the state which is allowing us to use $1,300,000 in 2012 for additional paving and intersection improvment at Hopewell/Cogburn/Francis
Supported the development of a Five Year Capital Improvement Plan, detailed each year in our budget, that fully funds our roads, bridges, intersection improvements, city planning

Relative to Supporting Parks and Recreation

Voted to acquire a yet-to-developed pocket park at Webb Rd. and Deerfield Pkwy
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 to approve funding for a Birmingham Park Master Plan update to be completed in 2012 with park development to begin by 2013
Voted to approve funding for a citywide parks and recreation master planning process to be completed in 2012 with park development to begin by 2013

Relative to Improving Transportation, Traffic, and Intersection/Road Safety

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
Approved Five Year Capital Plan, detailed each year in our budget, that provides $2,000,000 for road paving in 2012 and $2,200,000 in subsequent years (fully funded based on pavement plan)
Approved multi-year funding and intersection improvements in progress at the following intersections:
o Arnold Mill/140 and New Providence

o Birmingham Hwy. and Providence

o Hopewell/Francis/Cogburn

o Bethany Bend and Cogburn

o Birmingham Rd. and Hopewell

Relative to Protecting Our Environment and Historic Assets

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
Voted to approve the adoption of a Historical Preservation Ordinance and supported the creation of a Historic Preservation Commission
Supported the purchase of the historic Hopewell House (built between 1805 and 1830) which will ultimately generate revenue for the city

I want to put my proven leadership and experience to work for you in my next term. Make no mistake about it, this is an extremely important election for Milton. I ask for your support in my re-election bid and your vote on November 8.

Thank you!

Alan
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Watch excerpts from the Milton Peoples Forum sponsored by the Milton Herald and AccessMilton.com that was held on Tuesday, 10/18. Compliments of Patch.com. =>
http://alpharetta.patch.com/articles/milton-distirct-6-candidates-push-experience-on-city-council-vs-real-world-experience#video-8162590

Early Voting

Early Voting: Early voting began Monday, October 17 and will continue through Friday, November 4. Early voting locations are:

North Fulton County Annex, 7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 232, Sandy Springs
Downtown at the Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree St., SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta
Absentee Voting: If you will be out of town on Election Day, November 8, and are unable to vote early, there is still time to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. You can print an absentee ballot application by clicking HERE=>
http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/elections/voter_information/absentee_ballot_app.pdf

The completed application should be mailed to:
Fulton County Department of Voter Registration and Elections
130 Peachtree Street, SW
Suite 2186
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Call to Action - How You Can Help

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
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


Experience and Innovation We Need.


Courtesy Large4milton, Inc.


Dear Friends,

We are at a critical juncture in this campaign. Both sides are sharpening their swords and the distinctions are becoming clearer. My opponent, Mr. Tart, is taking the position that everything is fine and asking us voters to not change horses in mid-stream. His principal argument is that experience should win out. I agree. I believe that experience, the right experience, is what we need, especially now!

My opponent, Mr. Tart, is a government regulator for the FDA. To be fair, during his four years on Council we've seen some positive things happen. I am running because of what we have NOT seen. We have NOT seen innovative approaches to solving our significant traffic issues. We have NOT seen Crooked Creek gated. We have NOT seen Crabapple sufficiently supported by my opponent. We have NOT seen an ability to fully fund our road improvements each year. We have NOT seen a program for constructing sidewalks, bike paths, or parks. The tragedy lies in the fact that my opponent and I live in the most densely populated part of Milton, yet he has done very little to help this part of our city. What we have seen is one roadblock after another. I believe we deserve better.

I am a Vice President of an award-winning design firm, a former small business owner, engineer and Conservative. My experience includes the creation of exemplary parks and other community facilities throughout the Southeastern region. I have worked with dozens of cities and counties across the region. I am running on a simple, three point platform: 1) attract high tech business to Milton’s existing commercial zones and support our business sector, such that their success can shoulder more of our tax burden, 2) strengthen our sense of community and 3) protect our rural community feel. In short, I am running on a platform of Heritage and High Tech. With the right kind of plan we can manage traffic more effectively.

I am a father and soon-to-be grandfather. I want to grow the legacy of Milton as a lifetime community of excellence, so that my grandchildren will one day choose to make Milton home just as I did.

With nearly 30 years of experience in design and working with cities and communities, I have seen the best and worst practices and I know that the key to success in any municipal design is community support.

Yes, we need experience on our Council. The question is, what sort of experience? Do we need a government regulator or a creative innovator? Do we want more studies or someone who has implemented best practices?

I am Lance Large and I ask for your vote and your support.

Remember to VOTE LARGE for MILTON!

Lance Large

Large4Milton, Inc. | 13800 Highway 9 North, Suite D-154, Milton, GA 30004

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Highway 9 planning meeting Oct. 27.


By Accessmilton.com


Livable Centers Initiative kickoff at 6 p.m. in City Hall.


MILTON, Ga., Oct. 20, 2011 - Want to have a say in the future of Milton's most populated district? Then come to the kickoff meeting for the Ga. 9 planning study Oct. 27 at Milton's City Hall.

The meeting, which includes a presentation and chance for public input, begins at 6 p.m., said City Planner Michelle McIntosh-Ross.

In February, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) awarded Milton a $100,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant for a planning study of the Ga. 9 area from Bethany Bend to Mayfield Road and the areas east of Ga. 9 to Ga. 400, which includes Deerfield Parkway.

"The Ga. 9 corridor is vital to Milton economically and for its visibility as a gateway and potential to be a truly walkable mix of residential, office and commercial uses that does not ignore Milton's equestrian heritage," said McIntosh-Ross. "We need residents to participate in this planning process and help define the area's future."
McIntosh-Ross said the Ga. 9 corridor is home to roughly half of Milton's population and forms the core of its retail and transportation networks. Robust public input into its future is of utmost importance to the future of the city as a whole, she said.

The LCI grant program provides funds for small area studies to determine strategies that link transportation improvements with land-use development. Ultimately, these studies aim to help improve the livability and sustainability of the area.

After the completion and adoption of the plan, the areas become eligible for additional money to implement the transportation projects identified in the study.

For more information on this meeting, please contact McIntosh-Ross at 678-242-2538 or michele.mcintosh-ross@cityofmiltonga.us.

Basketball league evaluations to be held Oct. 23.


By Accessmilton.com


Practices start in November, games in December.


MILTON, Ga., Oct. 20, 2011 - Don't forget that player evaluations for the City of Milton/Up With Kids Sports winter basketball league for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 will take place at Hopewell Middle School from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

There is still time to sign up for the league. To do so, simply click here=>
http://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=171677

The basketball program, like the evaluations, 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.

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.

Three age groups exist based on current rosters: 6 to 7 year olds, 8 to 10 year olds and 11 to 13 year olds. This is subject to change based on final enrollment numbers.

There are also spots open for volunteer or parent coaches. For more information, contact Up With Kids Sports Founder Sam Himes at coachhines@bellsouth.net or 678-481-1749.

For more information on Up with Kids Sports, visit its Web site, www.myuwks.com, or contact Tom Gilliam, Milton's recreation programs coordinator, at 678-242-2519 or tom.gilliam@cityofmiltonga.us.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Milton Peoples Forum Online Protocol.


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


As referenced earlier, the Milton Peoples Forum will continue online with questions that were not addressed due to time constraints at the event earlier this week.


If you have a question that you would like us to ask the candidates, please email to
tmenloe@aol.com. Be advised that we will not use questions going after one particular candidate. Questions posted in the comments section below will not be used as well.


There will be two questions asked to all four candidates each week with one question and answer being posted Tuesday and one question and answer being posted Thursday.


Candidates and advisors have been advised of deadlines and requirements.

Many Properties Renting In Milton.


By Accessmilton.com


With the ecomony, many Milton home owners are looking to lease out some or all of their home.

Rentals are in great demand.

With that in mind, Accessmilton.com is pleased to offer free listings for the rest of 2011 in our news blog section.

For more information, please email us at tmenloe@aol.com / Subject line: RENTALS.

Pit Bulls Kill Horse in Pasture North of Atlanta.

Courtesy Fox News Atlanta


CUMMING, Ga. - Authorities say two pit bulls are quarantined after they escaped from their home and attacked and killed a horse in a pasture north of Atlanta.

Forsyth County sheriff's Lt. David Waters tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( http://bit.ly/n9ASQf) that both dogs were still attached to the horse, including one clinging to the horse's mouth, when deputies arrived at the bloody scene.

Waters said the horse had numerous puncture wounds from the attack, which occurred about a week ago, and later died.

Authorities said the attack happened about a week ago, and the owner of the dogs faces two misdemeanor charges of failing to contain the dogs and failing to have one of the animals vaccinated.

Volunteers sought for Milton waterways cleanup.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton's "Rivers Alive" waterways cleanup, education and protection program is Saturday at Bailey Farm & Gardens, 255 Hickory Flat Road, one mile west of the Birmingham Crossroads.

Volunteers are asked to gather at 9 a.m. when they will be assigned to local waterways in the Coosa River watershed to remove debris. Waders and boots could come in handy. Younger participants will apply storm drain markers in a local neighborhood.

Registration and information: mgg@cityofmiltonga.us, baileyfarmandgardens@mindspring.com or 678-242-2509

And You Thought The Forum Was Over...


Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald


COMING SOON

Milton PD selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts.

All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


MILTON, Ga., Oct. 19, 2011 - Looking for a way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October? Why not sport one of the T-shirts now on sale through the Milton Police Department?

The $15 T-shirt (see design below) was designed exclusively for the City of Milton Police, said Officer Brian Kiel, who this year spearheaded the effort to raise money for breast cancer research. All proceeds from the sale of the shirt go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, he said.

It features the slogan "Real Men Wear Pink," which the department's male officers have adopted as their motto for October.

To download an order form for the shirt, click here=> http://www.cityofmiltonga.org/Susan%20G%20Komen%20Pre-Order%20Form.pdf.

Simply bring the form with cash or check (made out to Susan G. Komen for the Cure) to Police Headquarters at City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway Suite 107 F Milton, GA 30004

"My family has been personally affected by breast cancer, so I really appreciate the opportunity to raise money and awareness to end the disease," said Kiel. "I hope you'll join me and contribute a small part to this very important cause."


Quantum Bank donates to Milton Tree Fund.

Bank celebrates five years in Milton with gift to city.



MILTON, Ga., Oct. 19, 2011 - At a special ceremony Oct. 6, Quantum Bank donated $500 to the City of Milton's Tree Fund in celebration of five years in the city.

The money will be used to purchase and maintain trees in public areas, said Mark Law, Milton's arborist.

"We really appreciate the bank's generosity," said Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood, who accepted the check with Law at the ceremony. "This gift will go to good use as the city redoubles efforts to sustain this area's natural beauty."
Lauri Young, Quantum's vice president and director of marketing, said as the bank was planning its fifth birthday celebration, talks began about how to best thank the residents and business owners of Milton that have made Quantum's Bethany Bend location a success.

"The traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is wood," she said. "And since we knew environmentalism has been a hallmark of the City of Milton, everything just fell into place."

Post October 17 City Council meeting wrap-up.

Post October 17 City Council meeting wrap-up
PUBLIC HEARING
ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS
1. Approval of the Issuance of an Alcohol Beverage License to Red Sky at Night, d/b/a Zola Italian Bistro located at 2955 Bethany Bend, Suites 300 & 400, Milton, Georgia 30004. The Applicant is John E. Schiveree for Consumption on Premises - Wine, Malt Beverages & Distilled Spirits.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 228)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

Approved 7-0


2. Approval of the Issuance of an Alcohol Beverage License to El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant, Inc. located at 14155 Highway 9, Suite 500, Milton, Georgia 30004. The Applicant is Miguel Garcia for Consumption on Premises - Wine, Malt Beverages & Distilled Spirits.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 229)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

Approved 7-0


ZONING AGENDA
1. RZ11-16 - Approval of An Ordinance to Amend Section Chapter 64, Article XVIII, of The City Of Milton Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 64 of The City Code of Ordinances) to Amend The Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 215)
(First Presentation at October 3, 2011 Regular Council Meeting)
(Discussed at October 10, 2011 Work Session)
(Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)
Approved 7-0 with staff recommendations.


NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of A Grant Application to the Department of Homeland Security for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Sponsored by FEMA for the Purchase of Fitness Equipment for the Fire Stations to Support Our Wellness Initiative.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 230)
(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)
Approved 7-0


2. Approval of A Grant Application to the Department of Homeland Security for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Sponsored by FEMA for the Purchase of a Multi-Purpose Pumper-Rescue.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 231)
(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)

Approved 7-0

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Milton Peoples Forum is Tonight At 6:30pm.

Debate, Tuesday, October 18th 6:30 - 8:00, Annual Rivers Alive Clean-up & Early Voting.


Courtesy Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey



Debate, Tuesday, October 18th 6:30 - 8:00, Annual Rivers Alive Clean-up & Early Voting

Dear Milton Neighbors, Citizens and Friends -

Please join me at the "People's Forum" Debate Tuesday, October 18th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Stonecreek Church. This will provide another opportunity to reaffirm why this election is so important and why getting out to vote on November 8th is so critical to the future of our collective community. You can scroll down for details.

Additionally, please look to the right margin of this release for other upcoming meetings and events including this weekend's Annual River's Alive event where we'll be out and about cleaning up various waterways and roadways in our continual effort to keep our community beautiful while educating young and old alike about the importance of clean water. Keeping Milton's waterways beautiful and clean is always fun and it makes a difference!

Finally, please note that advance voting begins today. Please scroll down for details of where you can cast your ballots early for Julie Zahner Bailey or where you can find your precinct location to confirm where you will vote for JZB on November 8th. Please remember, this is an at large vote and every citizen votes for every District regardless of where they live.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your interests and those of your family. I take my role very seriously and consider it an honor to be your representative.


All my best -

Julie Zahner Bailey

Milton City Council

404-310-6344 cell

770-664-5529

julie4milton@mindspring.com

http://www.julie4milton.com/

Baileyfarmandgardens@mindspring.com

http://www.baileyfarmandgardens.com/


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Candidate Debate

The Milton People's Forum will allow each candidate to answer a series of questions on topics relevant to Milton. They will have 90 seconds to respond. Their opponent will have 30 seconds for rebuttal, and the original respondent will get another 30-second rebuttal. With questions so limited in time, the forum will progress quickly over a wide area of topics. This format will be used both for questions from the moderators as well as for questions from candidates aimed at their fellow candidates.

No campaign material or food is allowed at the forum.

Stonecreek is located at 13540 Hwy. 9 in Milton.
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2011 Rivers Alive

Join Milton Grows Green at the Rivers Alive annual clean up event on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its yearly starting point, Bailey Farm and Gardens, 255 Hickory Flat Road.

Volunteers will be assigned a predetermined waterway or neighborhood to clean up. Waders and boots are a plus for those who wish to venture into the streams. Younger participants can help at school sites or in neighborhoods with storm drain markers.

Groups of four or more need to pre-register.

For more information, e-mail Milton Grows Green at mgg@cityofmiltonga.us or contact Cindy Eade, Milton's environmental sustainability coordinator, at 678-242-2509 or cindy.eade@cityofmiltonga.us.
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Advance Voting Begins This Week

Voters may cast their ballot in person starting Monday October 17 to Friday November 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Those who vote in person during this period are not required to provide a reason for voting early, but must provide an acceptable form of Photo Identification.

Locations for voting in person during the absentee and advance voting periods are as follows:

Fulton County Gov't Center North Fulton Service
141 Pryor Street, SW 7741 Roswell Road
Suite 4064 Room 209
Atlanta, GA 30309 Atlanta, GA 30350

For additional information use this link or call the Voter Registration Office at 404-730-7072.

Voters across Milton, regardless of the District they live in, can cast votes for the seats in Districts 2, 4 and 6.

To verify your polling place please use this link=> http://sos.georgia.gov/MVP/

I hope I can count on your vote on November 8, 2011.

Milton Peoples Forum is Tonight and Early Voting Has Begun.



Courtesy Friends of Alan Tart


A Proven, Unbiased and Unwavering Leader

I believe, as the majority of citizens do, that Milton, with conveniences of a quiet Atlanta suburb but a unique, rural, small town, equestrian character, is a real gem in the State of Georgia. That’s why my family moved to Milton and why I have been involved in keeping my community a great place since moving here. Other cities like Alpharetta and Roswell, even Sandy Springs, once possessed the same attributes as Milton, but as the City of Atlanta grew, the uniqueness of these cities also diminished. I don’t want that to happen to Milton.

Milton needs elected officials, like me, who have PROVEN to be unbiased and unwavering in their commitment to ensuring Milton’s long term vision is realized and who can leverage their experience to enhance the quality of life of our current citizens and future generations.

Milton also needs PROVEN fiscal conservatives at the helm. I have a four year track record of fiscal conservative governance. Due in part to the decisions I have made during my first term, the city's financial outlook is positive - both in the short and long term.

Learn more about my accomplishments during my first term=>
http://www.campaignwindow.com/alantart4milton/

As we approach the five year mark as a city, Milton’s citizens want their government to remain lean, fiscally conservative, and financially viable in the short and long-term. They also want fully staffed and equipped police and fire departments with rapid response time, more parks and recreational fields, and safer roads and intersections.

As a citizen, father, and community leader, I agree that these are essential quality of life issues. So, just as I followed through on each and every commitment I made during my first term, I commit that I will fight hard to ensure that the following quality of life issues are accomplished in my second term:

· Our parks will be developed,

· Recreational opportunities will be numerous,

· Our police and fire departments will be fully staffed,

· Our roads will be improved, and

· Our most dangerous intersections will be safe.

We can do all this while maintaining a lean, fiscally conservative government, without having to compromise our way of life or rural, equestrian character, and without having to throw our more commercial areas like Highway 9 and Crabapple "to the wolves" and endangering the quality of life of citizens who live in those areas at the expense of other parts of the city.

Learn more about my priorities and commitments during my next term here=>
http://campaignwindow.com/alantart4milton/more/index.cfm?Fuseaction=more_57340

I ask for your vote on November 8. The experience I have gained as your council member these past four years and my track record of objective and unbiased decision making will be vital to Milton's success as we continue to progress as a young city.

Please consider donating, displaying a yard sign or car magnet, wearing a campaign t-shirt, endorsing me, and/or volunteering in some capacity. Remember that all district city council positions in Milton are at-large, meaning all citizens, regardless of the district in which they live, vote for every district position. Your individual vote DOES matter in a city election!

It is an honor and privilege to serve you.

Alan
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The Debate is TONIGHT! No campaign material or clothing allowed inside the church.
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Early Voting Started Yesterday

Early Voting: Early voting began yesterday, Monday, October 17 and will continue through Friday, November 4. Early voting locations are:

North Fulton County Annex, 7741 Roswell Road, NE, Suite 232, Sandy Springs
Downtown at the Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree St., SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta

Absentee Voting: If you will be out of town on Election Day, November 8, and are unable to vote early, there is still time to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. You can print an absentee ballot application here=>
http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/elections/voter_information/absentee_ballot_app.pdf


The completed application should be mailed to:
Fulton County Department of Voter Registration and Elections
130 Peachtree Street, SW
Suite 2186
Atlanta, GA 30303


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Call to Action - How You Can Help

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
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/

Etailpromotions Helps Give Visibility To Forum.


By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com


And yet another wonderful Milton business has offered up their services for the Milton Peoples Forum.


This time around, Mandy and Kevin White of Etailpromotions were kind enough to donate all the signage for the event.


MORE ABOUT ETAILPROMOTIONS


Etailpromotions provides Small & Medium Sized Businesses up to Fortune 100 Corporations Logo marketing merchandise from trade shows to employee incentives & apparel. Specializing in executive brands such as Cross, Waterford, Waterman, Monte Blanc, Cutter & Buck, and others from one piece to thousands. Rush delivery, custom designs, and bulk import opportunities along with matching specific demographics and budget, we can locate the perfect item to ensure future sales and WOW factor. Etailpromotions welcomes the chance to become your dedicated promotions partner.



So be sure to reach out to Etailpromotions the next time you are in the need for some signage or other logo related items. Not only will you be supporting a great Milton business but also a resident!


Etailpromotions can be reached here=>

Amanda White

awhite@etailpromotions.com
www.etailpromotions.com

770-753-4210 Office
770-753-0644 Fax
404-217-4643 Cell

The Milton Garden Club Meetup.

will happen on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Where:

7:00 PM Bethwell Community Center
2695 Hopewell Road
Milton, GA 30004

Monday, October 17, 2011

Milton Peoples Forum Tomorrow Night @ 6:30pm.

Stonecreek Church Offers Their Home For 2011 Forum.



By Tim Enloe; Accessmilton.com


In 2009, David and Julie Shannon were kind enough to offer their home up for the first "Milton Peoples Forum." Thanks to them, the inaugural event was a great success
at "Shannondale Farms" Equestrian Center.


For 2011, forum volunteers agreed that we must show another side of Milton when it
came to this year's forum location. Needless to say, Stonecreek Church was more than willing. They have been a complete joy to work with for all forum members involved.


In their own words from Senior Pastor Steven Gibbs, "We invite you to experience our Sunday Worship Gathering for yourself and discover why so many have made Stonecreek their church.

Stonecreek was created for those who are not here yet, and we give great attention to make sure your visit is meaningful. Our desire is that our Sunday Worship Gatherings inspire you toward your next step in your spiritual journey.

I invite you, your friends and neighbors to join us for one of our two identical Sunday gatherings, 9:30 or 11 a.m."


Open arms are obviously a big focus from this fine group of people; be it from a religious experience or simply wanting to help out a Milton neighbor.



So if you are looking for a place to be a part of or just want to get to know the Stonecreek Church congregation better, then reach out to them. They are truly an asset to the Milton community.



To find out more about Stonecreek Church online, go to http://www.stonecreekchurch.org/ .

ScreenSmith, Inc. Steps Forward To Support The People's Forum.

By Accessmilton.com


As we continue to showcase the businesses that help make The Milton Peoples Forum reality, today we would like to share Screensmith, Inc with Accessmilton.com readers!


Rick Smith of "Screensmith, Inc" focuses on various types of shirts, hats, etc and will personalize to your discretion.


An established North Fulton business since 1998 with 30+ years experience, Screensmith, Inc continues to service local businesses, schools, organizations and events with custom screenprinting and contract printing!


To drive for a visit, please use mapquest and type in 1320-B Union Hill Ind Ct, go 1.5 miles south of McFarland on Union Hill Road. Turn right onto Union Hill Ind Ct. and then immediately right into the parking lot. The entrance to "Screensmith, Inc" faces Union Hill Ind Ct.


Many thanks to Rick Smith and "The Screensmith, Inc" for making The Milton Peoples Forum a success!


ScreenSmith, Inc.
1320 Union Hill Ind. Ct.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
678-393-0355 / screensmith@bellsouth.net