Thursday, March 27, 2014

Milton Council gives go-ahead to telecom.

Still subject to local ordinance.

by Jonathan Copsey / The Milton Herald

March 26, 2014 MILTON, Ga. – Milton City Council will allow a utility company to locate equipment on city land.

Council approved the item unanimously at their March 17 meeting, but that was just a formality.

Under state law, a city cannot refuse the request from a telecommunications company to place utilities in an area for service.

"State law allows a utility provider like Crow Castle to make an application and, if we do not approve it, state law deems it approved anyway," said City Attorney Ken Jarrard.

Houston-based Crown Castle, which owns, operates and leases towers and other infrastructure for wireless communications wanted approval to place its systems within the city's right-of-way.

There are no plans for towers, but there may be fiber optic cables installed in the right-of-way.

By approving the application, Crown Castle would still have to abide by Milton's city laws governing placement and the look of any new utility or tower.

"They must still comply with our telecommunications ordinance," Jarrard said.

Once the company has towers up and running, the city will be paid a percentage of their revenues from the towers.

Also at the meeting:

Milton officially owns most of the land in Crabapple that will one day hold its City Hall.

City Manager Chris Lagerbloom told the City Council

"This is a great thing for us and our community," Lagerbloom said. Mp> 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 2.5 acres of land.

Editor, Milton Herald Withdrawal of an application to rezone approximately 66.40 acres on New Bull Pen Road to develop 52 single family residences.

Motion to withdraw without prejudice by applicant approved 6-0

Withdrawal of an application to rezone 22.3 acres at 975 Birmingham Road and 15755 Birmingham Highway to develop 55 single family residences.

Motion to withdraw without prejudice by applicant approved 6-0

Consideration to modify site plan at 13660 New Providence Road, Mill Springs Academy.

Approved 6-0

Consideration of an ordinance to adopt amendments to the fiscal 2014 budget.

Approved 6-0

Consideration of a resolution appointing a member to the City of Milton Planning

Commission by appointing a board member for District 2/Post 1.

Approved, Noel Carpenter 5-0

Councilman Rick Mohrig was absent for the vote.

Consideration of a resolution for Crowne Castle's application for utilization of City of

Milton right of way for telecommunication facilities, as authorized by law.

Approved 6-0

Consideration of an application for the abandonment of a portion of Holly Road.

Approved 6-0

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