Sunday, February 16, 2014

Milton buys land for City Hall.

Will be in Crabapple.

by Jonathan Copsey / The Milton Herald /February 10, 2014

MILTON, Ga. – Milton is enacting plans to build its own City Hall.

At their Feb. 3 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to make an offer for roughly $950,000 to buy two parcels of land behind the shops on Crabapple Road, totaling about 2.5 acres of land.

"The desire of council has always been to put City Hall in Crabapple," said City Manager Chris Lagerbloom at the meeting. "It is fair to say this would put City Hall right in the middle of things."

The city has made no secret of wanting a permanent City Hall to house government offices and hold community events. Since the city's creation in 2006, City Hall has been in rented offices on Deerfield Parkway.

The city plans to downsize its footprint in the Deerfield building in the coming years once a new courthouse and public safety building is completed. That project was put on hold during the recession and local option sales tax discussions.

The current rental agreement runs through April 2017, and Lagerbloom said he hopes to have a new City Hall by then. By shifting rent payments to debt payments, eventually the building would be completely paid off.

"This is exciting," said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "As we grow and build a place to gather and a sense of community, it was pretty unanimous that we thought the Crabapple area would be the best place to build our history and have a place for the community to gather."

The purchase was made possible thanks to a redistribution of sales tax revenue (LOST) that was negotiated last year. The revenue is based on Census figures and reflected a shifting of population from downtown Atlanta into the suburbs. Milton saw its revenue nearly double, rising from $4 million to $7.8 million annually.

According to Lagerbloom, revenues so far this year show the incoming monies are in line with projections.

An ordinance to amend the city of Milton radar permit to include the Cambridge High School zone.

Approved 7-0

Reappointment of Nancy Plesnarski to the Milton Board of Zoning Appeals for District 3/Post 1.

Approved 7-0

Reappointment of Travis Allen to the Milton Historic Preservation Commission for District 3/Post 1.

Approved 7-0

Enacting a moratorium for 180 days to bar the acceptance of applications for rezonings to the CUP, NUP, TR, R-2 and R-2A zoning districts.

Approved 7-0

A resolution adopting the Milton Parks and Recreation Department youth sports concussion policy.

Approved 7-0

Consideration of a land acquisition contract for a 2.1404-acre parcel of property in the Crabapple community of Milton.

Approved 7-0

Consideration of a land acquisition contract for a 0.3277-acre parcel of property in the Crabapple community of Milton.

Approved 7-0

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