Sunday, March 23, 2014

City Manager Responds To Bethany Road Trenching Case.

Yard trenching similar to this have plagued Bethany Road Residents since Milton Authorities repaved and widened the road without home owner discussion.

By Tim Enloe;

A case is currently pending which involves a resident in one of Crabapple's new subdivisions located on McCaus Lane taking a late model black Hummer and trenching the road frontage on open road residents properties on Bethany Road between Mayfield and Providence.

City Manager Chris Lagerbloom has taken the time to discuss this case as much as possible. Below you will find the majority of the email exchange. While we applaud the city's focus on charging this vandalizer to the fullest extent of the law, more must be done to protect the open road neighborhood residents and their properties. Since incorporation in 2006, not one elected official; current or past; has been a champion for the voice and lifestyle of this demographic.

Within this case, the city has a chance to not only spotlight this criminal and make them an example to the community, but it also offers an opportunity to stand by those that provide Milton the little "rural character" that still remains.

Begin Email Exchange=>

On Mar 19, 2014, at 3:59 PM, Chris Lagerbloom wrote:


Thanks for the reminder.

The Municipal Court is still holding the case active in a pre-warrant status while the parties work toward remedying the damage. That means the court will continue to monitor while the parties work with each other. This is a fine thing. If need be, the court can take the case up again if the parties don’t reach agreement. When it is finally adjudicated, we can get you a copy of the order. If I forget, no harm in reminding me to check from time to time.

Have a good afternoon…


From: Tim Enloe [] Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 4:01 PM To: Chris Lagerbloom Subject: Re: Open Records Request.

No worries- appreciate the info and applaud the city and staff looking out for the open road neighborhood residents. Amazing things happen when people work together towards a collective goal.

One last question- was the individual who trenched Bethany a high school student?


On Mar 20, 2014, at 7:07 PM, Chris Lagerbloom wrote:

No idea. I don't think so, but to us it's not really material, so we don't track that. I can figure out an age and you can make assumptions from there.

On Mar 21, 2014, at 5:26 PM, Chris Lagerbloom wrote:

Right now, all we have is who the vehicle is registered to. She did come to court with what appeared to be a younger boy, but since the judge is holding this in a pre-warrant phase, the identify of that boy is not available until the judge decides to either sign the warrant (in which case it will be so long as he is over 17 years old) or not (in which case it won’t matter any longer).


On Mar 21, 2014, at 5:28 PM, "Tim Enloe" wrote:


So just so I am clear, they have been found guilty- it's just a matter of sentencing?


On Mar 21, 2014, at 5:33 PM, Chris Lagerbloom wrote:

The judge held a final outcome and will take the case up again after the parties do whatever he requested them to do.

It's a standard way to hold a case open while "something else" occurs. Regretfully, I don't know what that something else is - or I would tell you.


From: Tim Enloe Date: March 21, 2014, 5:37:13 PM EDT To: Chris Lagerbloom Subject: Re: Open Records Request.

Got it.

I cannot encourage the city enough to use this case as an example of staff standing by open road residents and publicize it. To date, many open road residents are frustrated with the status quo, lack of voice, and double standards. Your call, but by beginning to champion those that make the area different, you might slow those chomping at the bit to divide their property and get out.


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