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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Important Milton Meetings - Parks, Trails, Zoning Agenda, Crabapple Zoning Overlay, etc.


November 29, 2011

Dear Milton Citizens, Neighbors and Friends -

I hope you all had a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

This release is intended as a friendly reminder about a number of important meetings, including Parks & Recreation planning sessions, Trail update meetings and Council zoning agendas and public hearings. The first of these meetings is tonight as we all continue to work towards a master park plan for our wonderful community. Please review these various meetings and plan to attend so that your voice and opinions are a part of important upcoming decisions. There are many critical meetings noted with issues being discussed that will have a forever impact on the future of our collective community. Please be engaged.

Tuesday, November 29th, 7:00 p.m. (City Hall) - Parks and Recreation Master Plan Workshop meeting
Wednesday, November 30th, 7:00 p.m.(City Hall) - Trails Plan update Workshop meeting
Saturday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. (corner of Webb Road and Highway 9) - Milton Tree Lighting
Monday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. - City Council Meeting Unfinished business and Zoning Agenda - use this link to review details
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 - Stakeholder Group Meeting for the Crabapple Zoning Overlay District
This group, composed of 12 Crabapple business, resident and appointed citizen representatives, plus four Milton staffers, two consultants from project partner Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates and a planner from the Atlanta Regional Commission, is tasked with creating a form-based zoning overlay district and incorporating regulations for transfer of development rights. This meeting is open to the public.
Stakeholders noted on the City website can be reviewed by using this link.
Please note, other than one 10 minute presentation on "form-based zoning" there has been no detailed discussions in public regarding moving in this direction for the Crabapple area. This is a departure from current zoning practices and will require the involvement of all citizens.
Monday, December 12, 6:00 - City Council Work Session
Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. (City Hall)Birmingham Park Conceptual Plan Workshop
Thursday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. (City Hall) - Birmingham Park Conceptual Plan Workshop
Saturday, December 17, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Christmas in Crabapple
Monday, December 19, 6:00 - City Council Meeting Unfinished business and Zoning Agenda
This agenda includes the zoning agenda item for the creation of the controversial Historic Zoning Category along with other items.
Citizen involvement in the future of our unique community has never been more important. Please stay engaged and involved in all the opportunities and issues facing our community today and into the New Year and beyond.



As always, it is an honor to represent your interests and those of your family.


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

Christmas in Crabapple to take place Dec. 17.

MILTON, Ga., Nov. 29, 2011 - Perk up those ears for sleigh bells and pack the mittens, because the Fourth Annual Christmas in Crabapple holiday celebration will take place Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Milton's historic downtown Crabapple.

As always there will be Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday music favorites from local children's choirs, a community bonfire and photos with Santa. But this year's event also boasts free rides on a holiday train and a brand new "North Pole Passport" program featuring more than 20 participating local businesses.

As part of this program, families will be whisked from shop to shop, receiving small gifts and partaking in holiday activities. Those who return with a passport stamped by every participant receive a free, limited edition gift.

A limited amount of spaces are available for this exciting program, so make sure you RSVP to crabapplecommunityassoc@yahoo.com by Dec. 5 to reserve your family's spot.

It's all thanks to the Crabapple Community Association (CCA), the non-profit volunteer organization that has worked with the City of Milton to plan and execute this year's event. If any openings are left by Dec. 17, the remaining passports will be available first-come, first-served, said Kathryn Walker of the CCA.

"We've worked very hard to try and include every Crabapple business in this program so residents can experience all the great food, gifts and services available in this historic area," she said.

For more information on the Fourth Annual Christmas in Crabapple holiday celebration, contact the CCA at 770-870-4969 or crabapplecommunityassoc@yahoo.com or John Rebar, Milton's Director of Parks and Recreation, at 678-242-2489 or john.rebar@cityofmiltonga.us .

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Family wants Fulton to pick up education tab for student they say was abused.

By D. Aileen Dodd
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The question of determining whether Fulton County Schools should pay for private educational services for a special needs student who was allegedly abused by his teacher from 2006 to 2007 is nearing a conclusion.

A law firm representing the school district concluded the presentation of evidence in the case last week in the Office of State Administrative Hearings. Administrative law Judge Kim Schroer is expected to make a ruling by January.

The case questions whether Fulton County Schools properly followed federal protocol in providing services for former Hopewell Middle School student Alex Williams, now 18, who suffers from cerebral palsy, takes medication for seizures and is treated for multiple other disorders.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, school districts must educate students with disabilities, provide the support they need to learn, and work with their parents to make sure their individualized learning plan is being followed.

Chris Vance, a lawyer for the family, said Fulton Schools did not inform them about a known abusive teacher at Hopewell Middle. Witnesses at the school reported that the teacher had been punishing students by hitting them, leaving them tied to a chair in the dark and humiliating them.

"They wanted to cover it up," Vance said. "He was restrained in a chair, pushed into a room with no windows and left by himself in the dark. She hit them. She kicked them. She screamed at them. Now, he is a child with PTSD. When he's in a room with no window, he says, ‘Lights on! Lights on! Lights on!' "
Vance said the school's principal Frances Boyd, now retired, failed to investigate reports of teacher Melanie Pickens' alleged abuse. Pickens' teaching credentials have been revoked by the Professional Standards Commission, the agency charged with overseeing the conduct of certified teachers.

Fulton Schools' Marietta attorney in the case, Glen Brock, would not comment on the proceedings. A district official said the system takes the matter seriously and has changed policy in the hopes of preventing incidents like this. The system updated its Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting policy in August. It requires the mandatory reporting of the offenses as required by law and compels school employees to become familiar with the policies and procedures concerning child abuse.

"Something wrong obviously happened here," said Samantha Evans, spokeswoman for the district. "The things that the teacher and the principal are being accused of are just things that we would not like to see happen to any child."
Vance said Williams has regressed in his development and has become less verbal and less mobile. The administrative case is the first step in the family's pursuit of a federal and state lawsuit against the district and administrators who had knowledge of the teacher's alleged abuse, but did not report it.

Investigators hired by Fulton County Schools and from the state's Professional Standards Commission said there was abuse. No criminal charges have been filed in the case, Vance said, adding that the statute of limitations has not been exhausted.

Williams is one of several students whose parents are investigating abuse claims at Hopewell Middle.

Vance said she will ask that the district pay for his private education at home and training in his community so he can learn to become more independent. Williams is one of several students whose parents are investigating abuse claims at Hopewell Middle.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Trivia!



Thanksgiving Day is a very important day in the United States. There are many things that are especially related to the celebrations of the Thanksgiving Day. These include Thanksgiving turkey trivia, pilgrims, thanksgiving proclamation, thanksgiving as a national holiday and other things. Some of such facts are mentioned here which will not only help you enhance your knowledge about Thanksgiving Day but also make you enjoy this day with even more zeal.

1. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.

2. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

3. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.

4. The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.

5. The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.

6. The pilgrims sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.

7. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621.

8. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

9. The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.

10. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

11. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.

12. The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, was also invited there.

13. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

14. President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.

15. The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.

16. Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.

17. Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Whereas earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.

18. President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in the year 1939. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy of the state.

19. Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

20. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey as 'tom' to spite Jefferson.

21. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

22. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

23. When the Pilgrims arrived in North America, the clothing of the Native Americans was made of animal skins (mainly deer skin).

24. On December 11, 1620 the first Pilgrims (or Puritans, as they were initially known) landed at Plymouth Rock.

25. By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast.

In Milton, new city faces age-old tension over land use.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton, the North Fulton city founded to preserve an idyllic setting of horse farms and rolling spreads, has joined a long list of metro Atlanta communities that struggle to balance a low-density lifestyle against the need to build the tax base.

Complicating matters is that the city of 32,000 is almost completely surrounded by what it doesn’t want. Milton sits at the crest of Fulton County, just north of Alpharetta with its high-tech commercial properties and Roswell’s traditional bedroom community developments.

The closest thing Milton has to a downtown is the Crabapple crossroads, with a collection of small shops and restaurants, or the Ga. 9 Corridor with larger stores and offices. Strict zoning rules keep signs low and landscaping manicured.

City elections this month ushered in new council members who want the city to have warmer relationships with business and growth. That's created some angst among residents who fear the rural roots of their young city may wither. Others maintain that commercial growth is necessary.

"I'm on the front doorstep of change," said Laura Bentley, who, with her husband Rob left Johns Creek six years ago to buy a nine-acre farm on Bethany Church Road where she raises horses. "I don't feel there's a genuine understanding of preservation."
Milton was founded four years ago, joining the parade of cities like Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Dunwoody and Chattahoochee Hills in a drive to break from county rule. But, unlike most of the others, Milton incorporated much of its dedication to rural charm into its laws.

The conflict between commercial and aesthetic interests is nothing new in metro Atlanta, said one observer with direct experience.

"It's always been there, and the objecting public normally says they're willing to pay more taxes, but they don't want the industry," said Joel Cowan, founder of Peachtree City, the Fayette County city considered the region's model for planned communities. "In my experience, they're not willing to pay more taxes."

Cowan said Milton could be challenged by its "pretty low" allocation of space zoned for commercial. At the same time, he added, a dramatic shift is impractical.

"Changing land use has quite a negative impact on whoever lives there," he said. "If [Milton] had a large piece of undeveloped land and had a choice of making it retail or residential, that would be a different story."

From the outset, Milton let businesses know their place.

Less than 2 percent of the city's 25,000 acres is zoned for commercial, and 86 percent of the properties are on septic tanks, which limits their commercial use. By contrast, Peachtree City allocates 33 percent of its land to commercial and industrial use. Milton's neighbor, Alpharetta, zones 17 percent commercial, while Johns Creek allocates 9 percent.

"I like doing business here, but I think there are too many rules and regulations," said Justin Smith, manager of Milton Tire and Auto on Ga. 9. "The sign restrictions make it so when you drive by, you can hardly see us."
Smith said he couldn't advertise in front of his business when he wanted to hire service technicians.

"It's not very welcoming," Smith said.

That reputation travels beyond the city's borders, said Lance Large, who defeated incumbent Alan Tart for a City Council seat.

"I talked to many people outside the city and those within the city, and Milton had a very negative reputation for wanting business here," he said. "Even the businesses already here are really struggling with some of the requirements."
Large said it's important Milton broaden its tax base, and he wants to start by filling vacant retail space, even though the occupation rate is 94 percent -- higher than for the county.

Councilman-elect Matt Kunz said he worries the city's residential-heavy tax base will not support new parks and long-term street upkeep.

City officials, however, say Milton's balance sheet has never looked better. It shows a reserve of $7.5 million on a total budget of $17.4 million. Also, the city anticipates a bigger share -- $4 million-- in county sales tax and insurance premium tax money now that the census has adjusted its population upward..

The issue of becoming more business-friendly caught fire in the election homestretch when outside consultant Urban Collage reported that Milton's current tax base is "unsustainable." The remark, part of an ARC-funded study to determine development strategies along Ga. 9, bolstered the case for commercial growth.

It infuriated Tart, who had campaigned on his record of defending the city from commercial encroachment.

Tart grilled Urban Collage's Eric Bosman at a public meeting last week, asking why the firm would make a sweeping statement when it was hired to study only the Ga. 9 Corridor. He also asked how the company determined Milton's sustainability without looking at its financial records.

Bosman admitted the choice of words was insensitive, but added that evaluating surrounding economic conditions is relevant in a market study. The sustainability remark, he said, was based on confidential interviews with stakeholders along Ga. 9, businesses and focus groups.

Mayor Joe Lockwood downplays the idea that the city is becoming divided.

"If you want to rate the citizens and City Council on a scale of 1-10, I'd say I'm a 5, and the others run between 4 and 6," he said.

Many in business say the city could benefit from courting commercial interests.

"I'm not on one side or the other," said resident Mike Moss, executive producer at Timespeaks Productions, a media production company. "I think to have this quality of life, you have to have a strong business climate to help pay for things."
Consulting firm owner Curtis Mills considers himself "pro-business" but thinks Milton's zoning laws were established for a reason.

His ProCom Consulting, headquartered in a 19th-century home on Birmingham Highway, is a testament to his affinity for Milton's history.

"I thought we had a meeting of the minds (when the city was founded)," Mills said. "It seems like we agreed on something, which was the basis for a lot of people coming here, and then we go sideways. Being pro-business and preservation-oriented are not mutually exclusive."

Milton property values

Like other North Fulton cities, Milton has seen its net tax digest, comprised primarily of commercial and residential real estate, dip over the past five years.

2007 $2.150 billion

2008 $2.301

2009 $2.234

2010 $2.134

2011 $2.055

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Milton Garden Club Meetup.

Pot Luck Luncheon & Ornament Exchange
will happen on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
When: Where:
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
11:30 AM Highland Manor Subdivision Clubhouse
Milton Point
Milton, GA 30004

Post November 21 City Council meeting wrap-up.

Post November 21 City Council meeting wrap-up


PUBLIC HEARING
ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS
1. Approval of the Issuance of an Alcohol Beverage License to Boga Group, LLC, d/b/a Boga Taqueria located at 12890 Highway 9, Suite 180, Milton, Georgia 30004. The Applicant is Medardo Briceno for Consumption on Premises - Wine and Malt Beverages.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 256)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)
Approved 5-0
(Mayor Joe Lockwood and Councilman Burt Hewitt were absent)


ZONING AGENDA
1.U11-02/VC11-04- 12830 New Providence Road
Applicant: Inner Quest Church - A request to expand the existing 3,800 square foot church to add a new building consisting of an 8,320 square foot sanctuary for a total of 12,120 square feet within 2 buildings with a total of 224 seats. The applicant is also requesting a 4 part concurrent variance for the following:
1) To reduce the 75 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback along the west property line where the existing parking lot encroaches to a 25 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback (64-1141(3)(b.));
2) To reduce the 75 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback along the north property line where the existing and proposed parking encroach to a 25 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback (64-1141(3)(b));
3) To allow a 5 over 12 roof pitch (64-1146(3)(a));
4) To increase the front setback from 30 feet from the landscape strip to 250 feet (64-1145(3) (b)).
(Agenda Item No. 11- 241)
(First Presentation on November 7, 2011)
(Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)
Approved 5-0


2.RZ-11-18 - To create Article VI, Division 26, of the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 64 of the City Code) - H (Historic) District.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 242)
(First Presentation on November 7, 2011)
(Discussed at Work Session on November 14, 2011)
(Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)
Deferred by motion and unanimous vote to the Dec. 19 City Council Meeting


UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Approval of the Annual Re-enactment of the Ordinance Approving and Establishing the Regulation of Solid Waste Collection Services within the City of Milton, and Providing for the Scope and Nature of the Operation of Such Services.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 240)
(First Presentation on November 7, 2011)
(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)
Approved 5-0


NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of A Resolution Amending Resolution No. 09-11-110, A Resolution Appointing A Member To The City Of Milton Design Review Board For District 1.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 257)
(Councilmember Karen Thurman)
Motion to approve Marty Littleton passed 5-0

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Poll Up - Old Poll Results.


By Accessmilton.com


A new Accessmilton.com poll is now active.

It asks:
"Should Birmingham Park include equestrian facilities?"


Please have your say on the right.

The old poll asked "Should Birmingham Park be developed like Fowler Park?"
The results are below;

November 21 City Council meeting notice.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 Regular Council Meeting Agenda 6:00 p.m.

INVOCATION - Chaplain Remco Brommett, Chaplain for City of Milton Police and Fire

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- 247)

4) PUBLIC COMMENT

5) CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of the November 7, 2011 Regular Council Minutes.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 248)
(Sudie Gordon, City Clerk)

2. Approval of the November 14, 2011 Work Session Minutes.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 249)
(Sudie Gordon, City Clerk)

3. Approval of Financial Statements for the Period Ending February, 2011.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 250)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

4. Approval of a Contract with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC to Audit the City's Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2011.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 251)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

5. Approval of a Professional Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Tunnell, Spangler & Associates, Inc. for the Purpose of Providing Professional Planning Services for the Crabapple Area.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 252)
(Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)

6) REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS (None)

7) FIRST PRESENTATION
1. Approval of an Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Milton, Georgia, to Amend Chapter 38 to Adopt the Personnel Policies of the City of Milton Outlined in Chapter 38 as a Policy Resolution, rather than as an Ordinance Enactment.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 253)
(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)

2. Approval of an Ordinance to Ratify and Convert to Ordinance From a Prior Resolution of the Council Regarding a Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Wireless Charge.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 254)
(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)

3. Approval of an Ordinance to Amend Appendix A, Fees and Other Charges of the Milton City Code.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 255)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

8) PUBLIC HEARING
ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS
1. Approval of the Issuance of an Alcohol Beverage License to Boga Group, LLC, d/b/a Boga Taqueria located at 12890 Highway 9, Suite 180, Milton, Georgia 30004. The Applicant is Medardo Briceno for Consumption on Premises - Wine and Malt Beverages.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 256)
(Stacey Inglis, Finance Director)

9) ZONING AGENDA
1. U11-02/VC11-04 - 12830 New Providence Road
Applicant: Inner Quest Church - A request to expand the existing 3,800 square foot church to add a new building consisting of an 8,320 square foot sanctuary for a total of 12,120 square feet within 2 buildings with a total of 224 seats. The applicant is also requesting a 4 part concurrent variance for the following:
1) To reduce the 75 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback along the west property line where the existing parking lot encroaches to a 25 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback (64-1141(3)(b.));
2) To reduce the 75 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback along the north property line where the existing and proposed parking encroach to a 25 foot undisturbed buffer and 10 foot improvement setback (64-1141(3)(b));
3) To allow a 5 over 12 roof pitch (64-1146(3)(a));
4) To increase the front setback from 30 feet from the landscape strip to 250 feet (64-1145(3) (b)).
(Agenda Item No. 11- 241)
(First Presentation on November 7, 2011)
(Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)

2. RZ-11-18 - To create Article VI, Division 26, of the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 64 of the City Code) - H (Historic) District.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 242)
(First Presentation on November 7, 2011)
(Discussed at Work Session on November 14, 2011)
(Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)

10) UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Approval of the Annual Re-enactment of the Ordinance Approving and Establishing the Regulation of Solid Waste Collection Services within the City of Milton, and Providing for the Scope and Nature of the Operation of Such Services.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 240)
(First Presentation on November 7, 2011)
(Matt Marietta, Fire Marshal)

11) NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of A Resolution Amending Resolution No. 09-11-110, A Resolution Appointing A Member To The City Of Milton Design Review Board For District 1.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 257)
(Councilmember Karen Thurman)

12) MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

13) STAFF REPORTS

14) EXECUTIVE SESSION (if needed)

15) ADJOURNMENT
(Agenda Item No. 11- 258)

Online visual survey available for Ga. 9 LCI study.

Results allow staff, consultants to craft plan that meets local expectations.

MILTON, Ga., Nov. 20, 2011 - An online community character study is now available at the City of Milton's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us, as part of the city's ongoing Livable Communities Initiative (LCI) Grant study of the Ga. 9 area.

It is also always available at the city's Web site, www.cityofmiltonga.us, under "Your Government" > "Community Development" > "Ga. 9 Livable Centers Initiative Grant Information" > "Visual Preference Survey" or "For Residents" >"Current and Future Planning Documents" > "Ga. 9 Livable Centers Initiative Grant Information."

This survey includes a visual study of business, residential and green space areas. Residents are asked to rank the images based on their appropriateness for the Ga. 9/Windward/Deerfield parkways area. Additionally, there are a series of questions detailing transportation, business, housing and pedestrian access issues.

Results from this study, which is not scientific and is not intended to be, will give city planners and consultants from plan partner Urban Collage a good starting point from which to craft a citizen-based plan for business, housing and green space growth along Ga. 9 and Windward and Deerfield parkways.

"This study is a vital part of our efforts to plan this Ga. 9 area with the community's interests as our guide," said Michele McIntosh-Ross, planner for the City of Milton. "It is a simple, timely way for residents to show us what they expect from their largest residential and commercial area."

Friday, November 18, 2011

Parks planning meetings Nov. 29 and 30.

Residents needed to weigh in on Comprehensive Parks Plan, trail update.

MILTON, Ga., Nov. 18, 2011 - There will be two public meetings to kick off the City of Milton's Parks and Recreation planning process at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30, said department Director John Rebar.

The first meeting will cover the Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which lays out the timeline and expectations for all current and future department activities, including building recreation areas and establishing programs in them. The second, the next night, covers the Trail Plan update, which seeks to establish a system of pedestrian trails linking neighborhoods and public facilities.

Both will take place in City Council Chambers at Milton's City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107 E (click here for directions).

"This planning process is a must if Milton's residents are to have the parks, programs and green spaces they want very badly," said Rebar.

The Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey, which was mailed to every Milton resident last year, told planners Milton needs more public events, trails and open space for passive recreation and field space for organized recreation programs, said Rebar. This is the next step in that process - planning the spaces that will make those desires a reality.

"At the completion of this process in February, we will have what we need to look at funding and other options to get these plans built," he said. "We are well on our way to providing what our residents have said they want, and we need them to be part of this process so we give it to them in the right places, at the right cost and at the right time."There will be additional workshops Dec. 14 and 15 in which residents will be asked to help plan the currently passive 200-acre Birmingham Park and a final public input session Jan. 18. The Comprehensive Master Plan, which will include both the Trail Plan update and Birmingham Park Master Plan as components, will be delivered to City Council in early February by project consultants Moreland Altobelli Associates, Inc.

3 more cities to start Sunday package liquor sales this weekend.

By David Ibata and Johnny Edwards
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Three more cities, in Fulton and Gwinnett counties, confirmed Friday they will allow Sunday alcohol sales by local retailers to begin this weekend.

Union City in south Fulton County, and Auburn and Braselton in Gwinnett County, will allow the sales after residents voted in referendums Nov. 8 to approve the practice.

State law limits Sunday sales to to the hours of 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Individual cities are free to adopt stricter limitations; Jonesboro, for example, prohibits alcohol to be sold on Christmas Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Residents in localities throughout the state – including 51 in metro Atlanta -- were asked in the Nov. 8 election whether they approved of package liquor sales on Sunday.

Here's the latest list of cities near Atlanta to begin Sunday sales this weekend: Alpharetta, Auburn, Avondale Estates, Braselton, College Park, Duluth, East Point, Grayson, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Union City, Villa Rica and Woodstock.

Winder allowed Sunday sales to begin Nov. 13.

Voters in the city of Atlanta also approved Sunday sales, but under an ordinance passed by the City Council in October, the sales will not begin until Jan. 1.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 18 special called City Council meeting notice.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 Special Called Council Meeting Agenda 4:30 p.m.

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- 259)

4) PUBLIC COMMENT

5) NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of a Resolution Declaring the Results of the November 8, 2011 Referendum on Sunday Sales of Alcohol.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 260)
(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)

6) ADJOURNMENT
(Agenda Item No. 11- 261)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Milton to seek grant money to restore historic house.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton officials will pursue grant money to refurbish and repair the historic Hopewell House, purchased earlier this year for $250,000. Local architect Lew Oliver told City Council members Monday the house needs more in structural work to bring it up to safety specifications. Depending on how extensive the work, project estimates run up to $200,000.
The 3,683-square-foot building sits on 3 acres near the corner of Hopewell and Birmingham roads and is considered one of the oldest structures in Fulton County, dating back to the 1820s or 1830s.

Third annual Milton tree lighting Dec. 3.

Courtesy City of Milton


MILTON, Ga., Nov. 16, 2011 - Saturday, Dec. 3 is sure to have heaps of holiday cheer in Milton, as the city will hold its third annual tree lighting ceremony from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road.

Click here for directions to the tree lighting ceremony,which will be held in front of the Deerfield Place shopping center, home of Super Target, Kohl's, Petco and more. Click here for a listing of stores, coupons and more for the retailers at Deerfield Place.

The tree lighting ceremony will last 30 minutes, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and include a performance by the Milton High School Chorale and Milton's Mayor and City Council counting down to the big moment.

After the tree is lit, good St. Nick will arrive by fire truck to the tune of "Here Comes Santa Claus."

Following the ceremony, there will be refreshments, crafts, photos with Santa Claus and holiday music. It's an evening of fellowship with your neighbors - not to mention a perfect opportunity to get some holiday shopping done at one of Deerfield Place's many retailers.

Incorporated on Dec. 1, 2006, the City of Milton is a distinctive community that embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing the city's rural character. The City of Milton will provide opportunity and value in a responsive and responsible environment through active partnerships with the community and its stakeholders. For more information, visit www.cityofmiltonga.us, or call 678-242-2500.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank You & Upcoming Zonings, Meetings & Issues.


Courtesy Friends Of Julie Zahner Bailey.


November 13, 2011

Dear Milton Residents, Neighbors and Friends:

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful fall weekend in Milton following a reflective Veteran's Day. Thank you to all the veterans and to the men and women who protect our country and our freedoms every day. We owe you so much for your sacrifices on our behalf.

Also, many thanks for the opportunity and privilege to represent you and your family as your Council member. I am honored to have worked diligently on your behalf for many years prior to the city's inception and after.

While I had hoped for a different outcome in this election, I am pleased to complete my second term in December with the City of Milton in a very strong financial position, forward movement on our citywide Park Master Plans and Trail system (i.e. Birmingham Park master planning and Trail workshops are on the calendar for November and December) and so many great policies and programs in place to benefit our entire community.

I am passionate about seeing our community retain the characteristics that brought many residents here in the first place. My sincere hope is that the citizens will stay engaged and involved. Thank you, everyone for continuing to make Milton a unique place to call home and to all who participated in our re-election efforts.

Please know that I will continue to serve as your City Council member through the end of December and will work diligently through the completion of my second term.

All my best to you and your families as we enter this Thanksgiving season for there is so much to be thankful.

Blessings to each of you,

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



Upcoming Zonings, Meetings & Issues
There are some important meetings, zonings and ordinance changes that are forthcoming. Your review of these items and involvement will be important.



Monday, November 14, 2011 - Work Session: (Please note, public comment is welcome and encouraged at work sessions as well as public hearings):
Discussion about the vision for the Hopewell House (located at Birmingham Road and Hopewell).
RZ - 11 - 18 - To create Article VI, Division 26, of the Zoning Ordinance - H (Historic) District (see below for more details on this item as it comes for a vote 11/21/2011)
Discussion with Urban Collage regarding the Livable Communities Initiative (LCI), its potential impact for the Highway 9 area and a discussion surrounding the financial sustainability of the city.
Monday, November 21, 2011 - City Council meeting - Public Hearing:
U11-02/VC11-04 - 1328 New Providence Road - Applicant - Inner Quest Church. A request to expand the existing 3,800 sq. ft. church to add a new building consisting of an 8,320 square foot sanctuary for a total of 12,120 sq. ft. within two buildings for a total of 224 seats. The application also includes concurrent variances for a) a reduced buffer from the 75 ft. undisturbed buffer and the 10 ft. improvement set back to a 25 ft. undisturbed buffer and a 10 ft. improvement setback along with the west property line, b) a similar variance for the north property line, c) to allow for a 5 over 12 roof pitch and d) to increase the front setback from 30 ft. from the landscape strip to 250 ft. Please use this link for the details of this special use permit request. Staff and the Planning Commission have recommended approval condition thus far.
RZ-11-18 - To create Article VI, Division 26, of the Zoning Ordinance - H (Historic) District. This new zoning category would allow a property previously used for commercial purposes - even if it is not located in a commercial district - to be zoned commercial. The Planning Commission noted concerns with this zoning category as it could allow for spot zoning. Originally this zoning language was included as reference in the Historic Preservation documentation - even though several of us noted it did not belong there due to the zoning nature of the language. The Historic Preservation Division of the State of Georgia agreed requiring the city of Milton to remove this language from the Historic Preservation Ordinance. The City now is bringing forward a separate document that would enable properties in non-commercial locations to be zoned commercial if the Historic Preservation Committee deems the structure historic and if there is evidence of prior use. Another concern, however, is that "evidence" of prior use is noted as "personal affidavits" being acceptable as evidence. Click here for more details.
Tuesday, November 16th - Planning Commission - Public Hearing (however, there has been some discussion that this case may now have been deferred to the December Planning Commission agenda. If this is accurate, this rezoning case would then be shifted by a month and it would not come to the City Council until after the New Year, after my term and that of Alan Tart's have come to completion):
RZ11-19/VC11-05 15260 Hopewell Road Reunion Park, LLC - Hopewell and Thompson Road. Request by David Chatham to rezone from AG-1 (Agricultural) to C-1 (Community Business) and AG-1 (Agricultural) for an existing 1,180 square foot building and an existing 1,835 square foot single family residence (to remain AG-1)with a three-part concurrent variance to reduce or delete the required 50 foot buffer and 10 foot improvement setback (Sec 64-1141(3)(a)).
Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m - Master Plan Park Workshop - please plan to attend and participate.
Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. - Trail Workshop - please plan to attend and participate.
As you can see, there are some important items coming forward for decisions at both the Planning Commission and the City Council. Community input has never been more important and will continue to be critical to the future of Milton. Additionally, the workshops regarding our Park Master Planning initiatives and our trail system require citizen involvement. Please stay engaged and involved as every person, every voice will continue to make all the difference.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Affordable Pasture Boarding In Milton.



Property close to Crabapple in Milton available for affordable pasture boarding for horses. Price is $295.00 per month. Minimum six month agreement.

For more information on this property, please email us at tim.enloe@yahoo.com / SUBJECT LINE: Pasture boarding or call direct at 770 653 0552.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

MILTON: Defeated gay councilman cries foul over fake robo calls.


Coutesy 11alive.com


MILTON, Ga. -- Defeated in his first attempt at re-election this week, Milton City Councilman Alan Tart is crying foul.

"It is politics at its worst," he told 11Alive News on Friday.

Tart is talking about two robo calls that went out to many Milton voters the night before Tuesday's election.

He shared one with 11Alive, which said, in part, "As the only openly gay Democrat in North Fulton, Alan needs every vote to ensure that a progressive voice is heard on the council."
Tart said the calls are fakes, designed to help him lose the election, which he did.

First elected in 2007, he has never hidden the fact that he is gay.

He even has a photo with his partner on his campaign website.

But he never made an issue of it and neither did anyone else until the fake robo calls.

"It has nothing to do with my ability to do my job as shown by my track record the last four years," he insisted.

The fake calls came out not long after the Atlanta Progressive News website wrote articles on how unusual it was for Tart to hold office in a largely conservative, Republican suburb of metro Atlanta.

Tart also says he's an independent and not necessarily a Democrat.

Like those in other Georgia cities and counties, local elections are non-partisan.

It's even against election rules for anyone to campaign on behalf of a political party.

Fake campaign calls on behalf of a candidate who did not authorize them are also illegal under state law.

Tart's opponent, winner Lance Large, sent 11Alive News an email saying he had nothing to do with the fake calls which also pointed out he was the conservative Republican in the race.

"I did not launch, authorize or have any knowledge of who launched the robo calls," Large wrote.

Tart isn't blaming his opponent directly and he accepts the 57 percent to 43 percent loss.

But he has filed a formal complaint with Georgia's Secretary of State asking the office to investigate.

"It's incumbent upon me as a citizen who's still a resident of the city and as a citizen of this country just to shed light on this dirty politics," he added.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fulton superintendent 'concerned' about alleged abuse cover-up.


EXCLUSIVE: DA confirms criminal investigation into student abuse.

By Jeff Chirico

ALPHARETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Fulton County School System superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa said he is "concerned" about allegations of a cover-up of abuse within the district.

He spoke with CBS Atlanta on Friday morning, a day after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard confirmed that a criminal investigation has been launched into student abuse at Hopewell Middle School in Milton.

According to a district investigative report from 2007, school system employees knew but didn't stop former teacher Melanie Pickens from abusing students from 2002 to 2007. Avossa said he will make changes.



"We will work with staff on that, and if there are instances where folks didn't act appropriately we will hold them accountable," said Avossa.

Avossa, who was not the superintendent when the abuse occurred, said it is now policy for parents to be notified when children are abused inside the school by another student or staff member.

The announcement of a criminal investigation comes as CBS Atlanta News continued to ask Tough Questions about the abuse allegedly covered up by the Fulton County School System.

In a statement, Howard said, "Let me first begin by applauding CBS Atlanta's continued reporting of this matter. There is nothing more important to my office than the protection of children and holding accountable those responsible for bringing harm to our most innocent victims."
Howard continued to say Fulton County Schools and Roswell Police Departments are jointly investigating allegations of abuse by former special education teacher Melanie Pickens dating back to 2006.

Lisa Williams, the mother of a special needs child reportedly abused, got emotional when told of the criminal investigation.

"That's what I wanted," said Williams to reporter Jeff Chirico, when he broke the news to her.

Williams said she believes Pickens, and others within the district who knew but didn't stop the abuse, should be prosecuted.

Alex Williams, now 18, was reportedly shoved, cursed at and isolated by Pickens at Hopewell Middle School in Milton during the 2006-07 school year.

Lisa Williams, who said she learned of the abuse from another student's mother in 2010, testified that the district never told her about the abuse. Williams also said the district blocked out her son's name in a copy of the 2007 investigative report she requested. The district also withheld other records, she said.

"I was totally unprepared for the corruption. I feel they covered it up in an intentional attempt to prevent me from finding any of this out," said Williams, during a due process hearing in administrative court Wednesday.

The Williams family is requesting that the Fulton County School System pay for Alex's future education costs estimated at $2.5 million. "I will not send him back there," said Williams referring to Fulton County Schools.

An investigation was commissioned by the Fulton County Board of Education in 2007 to explore possible abuse of a student, Jake Marshall. The 29-page investigative report concluded that former special education teacher Melanie Pickens apparently mistreated six students.

The Fulton County School System has come under fire for failing to tell parents that their children were named as abuse victims in the report which called Pickens' actions "possibly criminal."

On Tuesday, Fulton County School Board President Linda Schultz testified she did not know more than one student was abused by a special education teacher, because she didn't read the investigative report.

Schultz testified that she did not know other children were abused, until she saw news coverage about it in 2011.

Williams' attorney, Chris Vance, said the school system should have notified police of the abuse. However, district officials did not notify police until 2009 when it forwarded information to its own police department. Fulton County school police captain Felipe Usury testified Tuesday he was instructed by his superior to close the case without forwarding the information to the district attorney's office to determine if laws were broken.

Educators testified Monday about student abuse they allegedly witnessed at the hands of Pickens.

Several former and current employees of the Fulton County School System told similar stories of abuse and neglect including hitting, kicking and shoving special needs students.

According to testimony Monday, Williams was shoved often by Pickens during the 2006-07 school year. Williams, who was 14 at the time, does not communicate verbally, and has trouble walking.

Teaching assistant Denise Baugh testified Pickens burped, passed gas and shook her buttocks and breasts in students' faces.

Several educators said they reported abuse to then principal Frances M. Boyd who ignored it.

In a bombshell admission, a coordinator for special education services for the Fulton County School System admitted that administration knew Pickens was abusing students for years. Pettes said she had recommended administration not renew Pickens' contract after her first year as a Fulton County employee in 2002. Pettes said Pickens had trouble handling the students.

The Fulton County School System investigated the abuse of student Jake Marshall in 2007 after a teacher contacted the Division of Family and Children Services. Marshall, now 19, is nonverbal and has trouble walking.


While being restrained May 21, 2007, Jake defecated and smeared feces on his body and the chair in an attempt to clean himself, Marshall's mother, Judy, said.

The incident led the Fulton County Board of Education to launch the investigation.


Pickens resigned from Fulton County Schools on July 25, 2007, five days after the school system completed the investigative report that confirmed allegations of abuse.

The report indicated the abuse occurred between 2004 and 2007. More than 10 teachers and school staffers gave statements to investigators, indicating they witnessed Pickens "hitting Jake on the back of the head." Statements also revealed Pickens kicked, cursed, pushed and regularly restrained Jake in a seclusion room for long periods of time.

"The investigation determined that the May 21, 2007, incident was the most recent occurrence in an extensive pattern of inappropriate and possibly criminal conduct Pickens subjected upon her special education students," the report read.

"I never anticipated that school would damage him,"
Alex's mother, Lisa Williams, said.

Doctors diagnosed Alex with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving Pickens' class.

"He refuses to say the word 'happy,' and that was one of his first words," said Williams.

Attorney Vance said school officials should have reported the abuse to police long before 2009.

"It is a crime not to report abuse of disabled students," Vance said.

Police have not charged anyone with a crime.

Vance said she believes the abuse and cover-up is symptomatic of a culture of abuse.

"It was tolerated, accepted and condoned. It is a complete lack of concern for children with special needs," Vance said.

Marshall said she settled with Fulton County Schools but could not talk about the agreement. The Fulton County School System would also not release the terms of the settlement, despite several requests by CBS Atlanta News.

Stay with CBS Atlanta for updates on this story.

Alleged Homophobic Fraudulent Robocalls in Milton Election.

Many thanks to Travis Allen for bringing the following story to Accessmilton.com readers attention.



By MATTHEW CARDINALE; www.atlantaprogressivenews.com

(APN) ATLANTA -- Alan Tart, the City Councilman in Milton whose election in 2007 was seen as remarkable--given that Tart is an openly homosexual man living in Georgia's most Republican city--says two robocalls may have led to his recent loss to challenger, Lance Large.

Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reported that Tart's sexual orientation had not become a campaign issue in the 2011 race.

However, following Tart's election loss Tuesday, Tart notified APN that two robocalls went out to some Milton voters. Tart believes the call may have been targeted towards presumed Republican voters.

In one robocall, Tart says someone was impersonating him, while in another, a woman was speaking about him in third person.

"I am the only openly gay Democrat in North Fulton and it’s important to re-elect Alan Tart so that a progressive voice is heard on the city council," one robocall said, according to Tart.

"As cited in the Georgia Voice, Atlanta Progressive News, and Project Q magazines [sic], Alan, as a progressive who is openly gay, is in a tight race against a conservative Republican Lance Large. Make sure to re-elect Alan Tart to keep a Democratic voice in a sea of Republicans," another robocall said.

Large beat Tart in Tuesday's election, 56.51 percent to 43.07 percent.

"It's been kind of like the stages of grief, a whirlwind of emotion," Tart told APN.

"Tuesday night was just kind of shock and anger. Yesterday was when the sadness set in. Today I'm realizing it is what it is - it can't be reset," Tart said.

"I can certainly shed light on things I'd like to say stand in the way of true democracy - a dirty, underhanded campaign that was done," Tart said.

Tart said he has a recording one of the robocalls, the one in third person; and is working on making an audio file.

"Not everyone in the city received the call," Tart said.

APN spoke with one Milton voter who said he did not receive the call.

"I started getting calls from supporters around 7:30 the night before the election. They were appalled at what they heard," Tart said.

"But the call says it's coming from the Re-elect Alan Tart campaign. The call is made to make the listener think it's coming from my campaign," Tart said.

As for the claim that Tart is a Democrat, "I consider myself more of an independent," he said. He said local elections have little to do with partisan politics. He typically votes in Democratic primaries, but says he has voted in a recent Republican Primary for Governor.

"In national elections, when they [the Republican Party] find a Republican candidate who values my family - I'll consider voting for them," Tart said.

"I think the call was intended to scare a very conservative electorate into not voting for me," Tart said.

"I wouldn't be that upset necessarily if it was from the Lance Large campaign, saying this is the Lance Large campaign and just thought you should know Alan is bla bla bla bla bla. That is completely different than saying I'm calling from the Alan Tart campaign and you need to reelect me because - . It's deceitful. It was meant to derail my campaign in the final hour," Tart said.

Tart said the robocalls came from the phone number 800 686 2134.

When calling the number, APN heard a voice recording which stated, "You have reached a non-working number at United Health Group. Please hang up and dial the number on the back of your ID card. Thank you."

Tart says he will be contacting a lawyer tomorrow.

OCGA 16-10-23 prohibits any individual from impersonating a public officer.

Large did not return a message left with his campaign phone number seeking comment. APN also left a message for Large through one of his campaign supporters, which he did not return.

Thank You MIlton!


Courtesy Mattformilton.com


To my friends and fellow residents of Milton.

The essence of TEAM is just this, to put a commitment to a cause, to trust in those others around us, and to love that which we want to see grow. This week, I was so proud to see so many people come together yesterday believing in a cause that was greater than themselves. These people culminated into a terrific team for the sake of the people of Milton, and I was both inspired and humbled as I watched them orchestrate their efforts. It was beautiful.

Now, as we look toward the future, I want to welcome all of the residents of the city of Milton to come together. Let's begin by recognizing those skills in each other and finding ways to work together for the sake of our community. There will be much to do, but I am confident as we adopt the principles of TEAM that we will help our community be all that it is capable of becoming.

I want to thank many who helped me in my campaign. First and foremost I want to thank my wife, RaDonna, who encouraged me to run from the outset. I wish to thank my campaign manager, Fred Hicks, who helped guide so many people during critical moments. I want to thank my opponent, Mrs. Julie Zahner Bailey, and her supporters for running a competitive and passionate campaign. I want to thank all those voters who voted their conscience for the sake of our future. And, finally, I want to thank all those members of our campaign team who took time from their daily lives and their families to spread our message to the residents of Milton through phone calls, door knocking, or holding signs in the rain before a Milton High School Game. Your efforts displayed the promise and the strength that is within the people of Milton.

Thank you, and I look forward to serving as your next District 2 City Councilman.

Sincerely,

Matt Kunz

November 14 City Council work session notice.

Monday, November 14, 2011 Work Session Agenda 6:00 p.m.

1. Discussion of the Hopewell House Vision.
(Presented by Lew Oliver)

2. RZ11-18 - To Create Article VI, Division 26 of the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 64 of the City Code) - H (Historic) District.
(Presented by Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)

3. Discussion with Eric Bosman Consultant from Urban Collage, Regarding LCI - Hwy. 9 Planning Study.
(Presented by Kathleen Field, Community Development Director)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Update On Possible Poacher.


By Accessmilton.com

Many thanks to Kathy Fies of the Milton Police Department for providing the following report to Accessmilton.com readers.

Many thanks to Officers Kiel, Wong, and Taylor for answering this call.


CASE #11-02013

DATE / TIME REPORTED=>11/06/11 11:29am Sun,

LOCATION OF INCIDENT=>13540 Bethany Road, Milton GA 30004

OFFICER=> Kiel, B.C.(1162)

ASSISTING OFFICER=>Wong, J. (1198)

SUPERVISOR=> Taylor, C. (1114)

NARRATIVE:

Report By : Ofc Kiel, B.C. #162

On 11-06-11 I was contacted by Georgia Department of Resources Ranger Psillis. Ranger Psillis is responsible for game and fish regulations in the Fulton County, Milton area.

Ranger Psillis said that he received a complaint about an illegal hunter in the area of 13540 Bethany Road, Milton, Georgia. Ranger Psillis said that he looked for the hunter for approximately an hour and could not locate. He also believed that the illegal hunter was using a firearm to hunt which is illegal in Fulton County. He asked that I deploy my police service dog "DaSilva" in a track for the hunter in the woods.

I located a camouflage stand/chair in the back of a red Nissan pickup. The vehicle was believed to belong to the illegal hunter. I used the chair as a scent article for "DaSilva" to track the hunter.

"DaSilva" smelled the chair and then began tracking very diligently in the woods west of Bethany Road and in a west-bound direction."DaSilva" began showing signs of tracking human odor. Approximately two hundred yards into the woods "DaSilva" indicated he was in the area of the human scent he was tracking. Approximately fifty yards ahead of us I observed a white male wearing camouflage walking toward us. I announced Police and K-9 presence and instructed the male to empty his hands of any weapons and walk towards us.

Ranger Psillis met with the man. He was identified as Anthony Rogers. Mr. Rogers said that he had permission from the land owner to hunt and was using a bow only to hunt with. Ranger Psillis confirmed these statements and released Mr. Rogers who left the woods on his own choice.

No further.

Learn about Sunday Sales.




In the Nov. 8 municipal election, voters overwhelmingly chose to pass the special referendum regarding Package Sales of Alcoholic Beverages on Sundays.

Starting Nov. 19, retailers with a valid alcohol license in the City of Milton can sell distilled spirits, wine and beer on Sunday between the hours of 12:30 and 11:30 p.m.

There are no additional fees or requirements for valid license holders. For more information, contact City Clerk Sudie Gordon at 678-242-2522 or sudie.gordon@cityofmiltonga.us.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A Presidential Man.

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New Poll Up.


By Accessmilton.com


We would like to thank one of the Accessmilton.com readers for the new poll question.


This time, we ask "Should Birmingham Park Be Developed Like Fowler Park?"


This poll will run for ten days.


Below are some photos of Fowler Park located off of Highway 9 right past Midway in Forsyth.


This park offers numerous baseball diamonds, a football field, a skate park, various pavillions, tracks, and restrooms. It also ties into the Big Creek Greenway.



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On A Political Note...

Thank you!


Courtesy Large 4 Milton


Wow, we did it!

I want to thank everyone who voted yesterday. We had one of the highest turnouts in Milton's history. You stood up and made your decision known. I am honored and proud that nearly 57% of you chose me to serve as your representative to the Milton City Council.

A campaign is life changing. Throughout this process I met so many wonderful people, passionate people and people who simply care about our City. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about what is important to you and thank you, again, for this opportunity.

This past Sunday we all turned our clocks back an hour; but yesterday we voted to move the wonderful city of Milton forward together. Now it is time to move beyond the campaign and on to the hard work ahead. Let’s make Milton the best place to live, work, play, and retire.

I want to say thank you to my wife who stood by me. I want to say thank you to my campaign team and manager, my supporters and everyone who believed my 30 years of experience have prepared me for tackling our issues on the horizon is the kind of balanced experience we need.

Most of all, thank you for your vote.

Lance Large

The Choice Is Yours.


By Accessmilton.com


Ok folks, this is your turn to be heard.


What poll would you like us to place on the right margin? With exception of elections, polls typically last ten days.


Feel free to leave your suggestion in the comments section below as well two possible answers with the third option being "other."


We will do our best to choose the most balanced question.


Thanks for participating.

Recent 2011 City Council Election Polls Closed.


By Accessmilton.com


With the 2011 Milton City Council Election coming to a close, so goes the Accessmilton.com election polls.


Once again, the polls on Accessmilton.com proved to be correct thanks to visitors like you.


Will the polls prove correct once again in 2013 with the mayor and three council seats up for grabs? Only time and you will tell.


Thanks for voting and being active in our home town.

Recent School Poll Closed.


By Accessmilton.com


The recent Cambridge High School polls on mascot and school colors are now closed. While the decisions have already been made with the mascot being a bear and colors navy and white, we thought Accessmilton.com readers would still like to see the final votes tallied here.

Registration now open for youth volleyball league.

Registration now open for youth volleyball league

Overkill Volleyball practices, games to be at Hopewell Middle School

MILTON, Ga., Nov. 9, 2011 - Online registration is now available for a co-ed recreational volleyball league for children ages 6 to 18, said Tom Gilliam, Milton's recreation programs coordinator.

To sign up at Overkill Volleyball's Web site, click here. After filling out the registration, click here to pay online. For more information on the program, click here.

"I am very excited to bring this program to the City of Milton, said Ileana Yustis, director of Overkill Volleyball. "We've had great success at Roswell, and I can't wait to see Milton kids get involved in the sport of competitive volleyball."

This program will take place at Hopewell Middle School thanks to an intergovernmental agreement with the Fulton County School System. Cost for residents is $150 and $225 for non-residents. That price includes a uniform and 90 minute, once-weekly practices and games for a six-game season, plus an end-of-season participation award.

Evaluations will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 (by age group - times posted Feb. 1) and practices begin Feb. 20. The first game will be held Feb. 25, with the season finishing up March 31. Please be advised that dates are subject to change.

For more information about this program, visit Overkill Volleyball's Web site, www.overkillvolleyball.org or e-mail info@overkillvolleyball.org. You may also contact Gilliam at tom.gilliam@cityofmiltonga.us or 678-242-2519.

Post November 7 City Council meeting wrap-up.

Post November 7 City Council meeting wrap-up
NEW BUSINESS
1. Approval of a Resolution Amending Resolution No. 10-01-126, A Resolution Appointing A Board Member to the Design Review Board for District 3.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 243)
(Councilmember Bill Lusk)

Motion to appoint Steve Check approved 6-0
Note: Councilman Joe Longoria was absent

2. Approval of a Professional Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Precision Planning, Inc. for Design Services Related to the Development of the Public Safety Facility on Highway 9.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 244)
(Carter Lucas, Public Works Director)

Approved 6-0

3. Approval of a Resolution Authorizing the Execution of Certain Easement Deeds and a Quitclaim Deed Regarding Properties Owned by the City of Milton, Georgia and the Fulton County Board of Education.
(Agenda Item No. 11- 245)
(Ken Jarrard, City Attorney)

Approved 6-0

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Milton OKs design contract for public safety building.

By Patrick Fox
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton moved one step closer Monday to constructing its first municipal building. The City Council unanimously approved a contract with Precision Planning of Lawrenceville to draw up designs for a public safety facility to be built on a 5-acre tract along Ga. 9.

City officials said the design phase of the project should take from 6-8 weeks, and construction could begin from 12-18 months later.

The design contract is for $325,000.

Sites selected for new Roswell, Alpharetta libraries.

Milton building still pending.


by Jonathan Copsey; The Milton Herald


November 08, 2011

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Fulton County Library Board of Commissioners has decided on five of the seven library locations and has begun the process of designing libraries for them.

The Board met Nov. 2 to chose the sites for the majority of sites that will be built with $275 million in bond referendum monies voters approved in 2008.

The sites of Roswell and Alpharetta are among those settled on. Roswell's will be at the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Fouts Road on land donated by the city; Alpharetta's will be incorporated into the new city center concept, paid for with bond money on the ballot.

"We're extremely excited to begin design on these important projects and in taking the next step in bringing new libraries to the communities that need them," said John F. Szabo, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Milton is still awaiting confirmation of where it will have its new library placed.

The five sites chosen were part of the Phase 1 building plan developed by the library system. Roswell and Alpharetta were selected quicker than Milton due to the offers of land by the cities. For any library in Milton, the library board will have to purchase land.

According to Kelly Robinson, public relations director for Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, construction of the new libraries is expected to begin sometime next year, with the new sites opening in late 2013.

Phase 2 includes the renovation of other libraries in the system and will begin once Phase 1 is completed.

For more information and updates on the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's Building Program, please visit www.afpls.org – see front page, Building for the Future – Library Building Program.

Kunz, Large claim victory in election.


Lance Large, left, and Matt Kunz, celebrate their victory at the Old Blinde Dog.


TSPLOST, Sunday sales also win.


by Jonathan Copsey; The Milton Herald


November 08, 2011

MILTON, Ga. - The Olde Blind Dog pub in Crabapple was the site of jubilation Nov. 8 as the campaigns of the Matt Kunz and Lance Large claimed victory.

With most votes counted, Kunz defeated incumbent Julie Zahner Bailey by nearly 10 points - 52-46 percent. Bailey's fellow council member Alan Tart lost to Large 47-52 percent.

Incumbent Burt Hewitt ran unopposed.

"We've got a great team of people here," said Kunz, who thanked his wife, RaDonna, for being the first to compel him to run. "Everyone working together is a very unique thing."
He added, "There's a lot of work to do tomorrow. I've got to get my nose in books to learn the nuances of government."
"Nobody expected this," said supporter Chris Gillig. "Six months ago, these guys [Kunz and Large] weren't even on the radar."Also on the ballot was the penny tax to pay for education improvements. This passed with 63 percent of the vote, county-wide. The sale of alcohol on Sundays passed in Milton with 76 percent.

Bailey, Tart Out; Kunz, Large In.



by Accessmilton.com


In a night where the results were changing by the minute thanks to visitors like you,
Incumbents Julie Zahner Bailey and Alan Tart fought hard to save their seats but in the long run, the victories went to Matt Kunz and Lance Large.


Many thanks to both Julie and Alan for their service to the city and congratulations to Matt and Lance.


Heres to 2013...

6 out of 7 Districts In; Incumbents trailing

JZB=517,374,348,178,217,254=1888
Kunz=472,349,378,197,283,481=2160

Large 484,354,413,178,254,517=2200
Tart 436,345,299,203,233,204=1720

2011 City Council Election Results.

By The Milton Herald & Accessmilton.com


Many thanks to Jonathan Copsey, Micah Thomas, Marty and Jan Lock, and Pat Enloe.

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Birmingham Falls Elementary

District 2

Matt Kunz - 295

Julie Zahner Bailey-
289
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District 6

Lance Large- 298

Alan Tart - 261
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Summit Hill Elementary

District 2

Matt Kunz - 349

Julie Zahner Bailey- 374
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District 6

Lance Large- 354

Alan Tart -
345
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Northwestern Middle

District 2

Matt Kunz - 378

Julie Zahner Bailey- 348
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District 6

Lance Large- 413

Alan Tart -
299
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Manning Oaks Elementary

District 2

Matt Kunz - 197

Julie Zahner Bailey- 178
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District 6

Lance Large- 178

Alan Tart -
203
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Hopewell Middle School

District 2

Matt Kunz - 283

Julie Zahner Bailey- 217
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District 6

Lance Large- 254

Alan Tart - 233
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Cogburn Woods Elementary

District 2

Matt Kunz - 481

Julie Zahner Bailey- 254
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District 6


Lance Large- 517

Alan Tart -
204
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Hopewell Baptist Church

District 2

Matt Kunz -

Julie Zahner Bailey-
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District 6

Lance Large-

Alan Tart -

2011 Election Day Photos.

By Accessmilton.com

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North-south fight over idle tax funds will rage on.

Many thanks to Travis Allen for bringing this story to Accessmilton.com readers attention.


By Johnny Edwards
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Fulton commission's decision last month to move $221,000 of Johns Creek's and Milton's leftover taxes into the countywide general fund infuriated the northside, re-galvanizing the movement to break off Milton County.

But it turns out the county won't be taking hundreds of thousands of dollars after all -- at least not yet -- and the north vs. south fight over where the funds should go will rage on. It's more about principle than the money itself, north Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann said.

"What I'm hearing from my constituents is this not only reinvigorates the call for Milton County," she said, "but also the reasons the cities were formed in the first place."The Finance department has finished an audit and decided that -- under the wording of the motion that six of seven commissioners approved -- only a smidgen of the money can be touched. All that could be moved is interest earned off funds sitting idle in the county's coffers for years -- about $12,700 from Milton's sum and $531 from Johns Creek's sum, according to county spokeswoman Ericka Davis.

Commissioner Robb Pitts made the motion to put the money toward some countywide purpose in hopes of ending a war of words between northside and southside leaders laying claim to it. Pitts said that if the first vote didn't cover the full $221,000, he'll have to make another motion and adjust the language.

"My involvement in it was to bring some sense to it and bring it to a fair and equitable conclusion," Pitts said. "The intent was not for (the money) to just sit there."
What complicated his motion: a last-minute stipulation inserted by County Attorney David Ware, disqualifying any funds that "relate to tax, fee and/or assessment liabilities that were incurred after the effective date of the Shafer Amendment."

The Shafer Amendment was state legislation enacted in 2005, barring the use of money raised in a specific area of the county from being spent somewhere else.

The $221,000 in question came from taxes levied on Johns Creek and Milton before they formed into cities in late 2006, when they were still part of the unincorporated county and paid a special tax for municipal-type services such as police, fire protection, parks and planning.

North Fulton leaders say putting taxes collected for that purpose into the countywide fund -- for such things as courts, the jail, libraries, senior centers and health services -- would be illegal.

"If Fulton wants to move the money into the general fund, which some call the slush fund, then they're welcome to do that,"
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said. "But I think it will come with consequences."
Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards initially wanted the monies transferred to unincorporated south Fulton -- his district -- arguing that since they were paid into the special services fund, that's where they belong now. He already succeeded in getting $12,500 from Milton's sum moved after discovering that the south's money had been erroneously spent on upkeep of Providence Park, in Milton, which the county is still decontaminating.

If no law requires the county to give up the $221,000, it shouldn't sit on it while facing a budget deficit, Edwards said.

"You can't stick taxpayers' money under a mattress at your house," he said.