Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sewer Extension Requested.

A request for sewer extension filed by Mr. Dennis Potts was received by City of Milton staff on October 24, 2007. Mr. Potts filed this same request -- along with other developers John McMillan and Ken Morton -- earlier this year and then withdrew it surrounding public outcry and controversy among certain council members who were prepared to vote for sewer extension as reflected in the meeting minutes and as reported by the Milton Herald on May 9. This weeks Herald also highlights the issues of sewer vs septic, Wright, Jason. "Experts look at the facts about Milton's septic vs. sewer debate." Milton Herald 11/01/2007:10. As was discussed during earlier meetings on this issue this request for sewer extension is in direct conflict with the long-standing no sewer, no inter-basin transfer policies of this area.

Furthermore, as stated by Community Development Director for Alpharetta, Diana Wheeler, Wright, Jason. "Experts look at the facts about Milton's septic vs. sewer debate." Milton Herald 11/01/2007 : 10, "There is no question about it" she said. "You have to have an acre for septic, with sewer there's no land relationship." She went on to say that, "she has not seen a case where sewer did not mean more density."

Please communicate your opinions and plan to attend the Thursday, December 6th Milton City Council meeting where this will be discussed. This is yet another reason that the upcoming, Tuesday, November 6th elections are so critical for the future of our collective community. We need strong, positive leadership that is citizen focused...not just through words but through demonstrated actions.

Avensong HOA President Alan Tart Addresses Double Homicide.

Hi, everyone:

Please carefully read this e-mail in its entirety.

At 7:30 p.m. today, the three Avensong Boards of Directors met with Mayor Lockwood, Acting Public Safety Director Charles Millican, LT. Marietta, and CAPT. McGiboney. The information contained in this e-mail was verified by senior city law enforcement officials. We also obtained permission to share this information with you.

What happened? Last night, two men were shot at 103 Harmony Court. One man was found dead inside the home. The other man was found wounded and taken to a nearby hospital. He is still alive. Both victims were African American males in their early 20s. The perpetrator and the victims were not strangers to one another; thus, this was not a random act of violence. The alleged perpetrator has been identified, and an arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The following details of the case were not released because doing so could compromise the case:

Whether or not drugs were involved or any other possible motive(s).
The names of the alleged perpetrator or victims.
Whether or not a weapon was found.
Whether or not the victims were renters or homeowners.
Whether or not the police have been able to speak with the surviving victim.

Reflections on the Meeting:

As previously mentioned, the alleged perpetrator has been identified, and an arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest. We applaud Milton PD and the GBI for identifying the alleged perpetrator so soon after the crime.

Despite the recent violent crime we have just had, Milton PD still views our neighborhood as safe when compared to other areas in the North Fulton area. Obviously, we have some challenges that we will continue to work on with the help of the city. The city is optimistic and identified an ACTIVE, AGGRESSIVE homeowner’s association and neighborhood watch program as our biggest pluses.

Milton PD recently purchased a K9 police dog which will greatly enhance the department’s ability to investigate drug possession, esp. during routine traffic stops. The dog and officer are currently being trained. This dog will be put to work within a month or so.

We were reminded that routine traffic enforcement is vital to not only make our roads safer, but also b/c studies and experience shows that routine traffic stops often lead to more significant findings of more severe crimes, like drug or illegal gun possession.

We were also reminded that the following are variables that contribute to crime in our neighborhood: Density of our neighborhood and others along the Highway 9 area and the large number of rental homes/apartments, making identification of suspicious activity or persons more difficult (a.k.a. transient population). This is not to say that renters are more prone to commit crime; it merely means that when people come and go so frequently, it makes identifying "suspicious" people and activities more difficult.

Our neighborhood and all the neighborhoods along the Hwy. 9 corridor need to become more actively involved in our city’s future growth and development. As you know, we are currently fighting a gas station at the corner of Hwy. 9 and Deerfield. You can expect these types of re-zoning requests to become more frequent over the next few years.

What You Can Do to Help:

Be vigilant. Report any suspicious behavior or persons to 9-1-1 immediately. Report other suspected illegal activity, such as drug operations, to 9-1-1 also. If you don’t report crime, you can expect it to get worse, not better. Remember that you do not have to give your name.
Encourage your neighbors to register on Avensong’s website ( to receive updates on crime and other important information. Renters can register too. We want them to become involved in the community in which we all live. The more involved we all become in our neighborhood, the more familiar we will all become with each other. This will make identifying suspicious behavior or persons easier. It costs ~$300 to send a mailer out to the 560+ homes in Avensong, so our budget prevents us from being to communicate with homeowners in the mail on a frequent basis.

Don’t engage in the business of passing rumors. This could add to a sense of fear and reduced neighborhood morale. Verify information with the board, neighborhood watch program chair (Howard Drobes @, or proper law enforcement officials.
Join the Avensong Neighborhood Watch Committee. To join, e-mail Howard Drobes @ Please cc me. These meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the clubhouse. The minutes are posted on our website. At the beginning of the meetings, recent crimes that occurred in our neighborhood over the past month are discussed. Strategies to fight crime are proposed and debated during these meetings.
We currently do not have enough members in the NW Program to institute neighborhood patrols. With your help, we can partner with Milton PD to let criminals know that Avensong is not a welcome place for them to do business.

Attend the emergency Neighborhood Watch Committee meeting this Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Howard and I will cover the latest information released on the case. Hopefully by that time an arrest will be made and more details will be forthcoming by city officials.
In the coming days, I will be briefed on any new developments, and I will release this information to you as allowed. At the very least, I will send an e-update every 24 hours whether or not we have any new information.

On a final note, each of you has a stake and role in keeping our neighborhood safe. An unsafe neighborhood will result in lower property values, lower neighborhood morale, and puts the safety of you and your families at higher risk. Failure to keep your properties maintained portrays a community that is "open" to a crime element.
If you choose not to become involved in your neighborhood, then you cannot expect things to get better.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Alan Tart
President, Avensong Community Association, Inc.
Be sure to check out our website at!

Campaign Styles Vary In North Fulton City Races.

In Milton, swipes are common.

By DOUG NURSE , MARY MACDONALD The Atlantna Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 11/01/07
Tuesday's municipal elections on the Northside could serve as a case study of contrasts.
In Johns Creek, the campaigning for two contested City Council posts is so low-key that people might be wondering if an election is being held.

In Milton, the campaigns for three seats have been vitriolic and bare-knuckled.
Alpharetta's sole contested race is somewhere in between. And Sandy Springs' one race has been gentle and polite.

Johns Creek has Post 2 up for grabs with incumbent Dan McCabe facing challenger Michael Barker, and Post 4 incumbent Ivan Figueroa taking on Stephen Becker.
"There are a few campaign signs out, but that's about it," said Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker. "There hasn't been any real campaigning to speak of. I'm not sure people even know there's an election."

Milton voters have been inundated with attack mail pieces and swirling e-mails filled with innuendo. Virtually all of the six candidates are claiming their opponents are misrepresenting their positions, and each campaign is clamoring to be heard over the din. Three candidates – Post 2 incumbent Julie Zahner Bailey, Post 4 challenger Burt Hewitt and Post 6 challenger Alan Tart – are aligned on one side, while Post 2 challenger Roger Santi, Post 4 incumbent Neal O'Brien and Post 6 incumbent Rick Mohrig are on the other.

"My mother taught me that if I can't say anything nice not to say anything at all," said Councilwoman Karen Thurman. "I'll be glad when it's over and we can concentrate on the business of the city."

In Alpharetta, the two candidates for Post 4 – incumbent Debbie Gibson and challenger Cheryl Oakes – have been jostling each other in mailings, Web sites and e-mails, but it hasn't been quite as harsh as Milton's races. "Between the candidates, it's been fairly civil," said City Councilman John Monson. "We've seen lots worse."

For the most part, the campaigns have been civil, and the races seem low-key.
Roswell, Sandy Springs and the tiny city of Mountain Park also have competitive municipal elections this year.

In Sandy Springs, four candidates are running for an unexpected opening on the City Council. At a candidate forum Sunday, sponsored by the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, candidates tackled questions on subjects ranging from the ongoing drought to a location for a dog park.

Development, and redevelopment, in and around existing neighborhoods seems to be the hot topic.

"The developers should take direction from the city; not the other way around," said one Sandy Springs candidate, Elizabeth Huffner.
The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Halloween Superstitions!

Many thanks to Melissa once again!

When it's the time for Halloween celebration, it is then that the people tend to become more superstitious. There are many superstitions and myths about Halloween and most of the people have a strong belief in them. In the reservoir of common Halloween superstitions, there are distinctive kinds of superstitions: animal superstitions, witch superstitions, bats in house superstitions and many more.

Presented a few general Halloween superstitions:

• Going in for dumb supper, meaning that nobody will talk while having supper, encourages the spirits to come to the table.
• It is believed that if an unmarried girl keeps a rosemary herb and a silver sixpence under her pillow on Halloween night, it is quite likely that on that very night, she would dream of her future husband.
• It is said that if you hear someone's footsteps behind you on the Halloween night, you should not turn back because it may be a dead following you. And if you commit the mistake of looking back, it is likely that you might join the dead very soon.
• People believe that if on the Halloween night, a girl carrying a lamp in her hand goes to a spring of water, she will see the reflection of her life partner in water.
• People have a superstition that if an unmarried girl carries a broken egg in a glass and takes it to a spring of water, she will be able to catch the glimpse of not just her future husband, by mixing some spring water in the glass, but also she can see the reflection of her future kids.
• There is the old saying that "black cats are bad luck". It was once believed that black cats were the devil, or consumed by evil spirits.
• People used to believe that Satan was a nut-gatherer. Nuts were also used as magic charms on the day of Halloween festival.
• If you put your clothes on inside out as well as outside walk backwards on Halloween night. At midnight you will see a witch in the sky. People used to believe witches were the devil, or that they were consumed by evil.
• There is also an old saying "if the flame on your candle goes out on Halloween celebration; it gives you the meaning that you are with a ghost".
• If you ring a bell on Halloween it will frighten evil spirits away.
• Many people used to consider that owls would dive down to eat the souls of the dying on Halloween. They used to think if you pulled your pockets out, and left them hanging, they'd be safe.
• It has been said if a bat flies into your house on Halloween, it is a sign that ghosts or spirits are very nearer, and maybe they are in your home and let the bat in.
• People used to believe that if bats are out early on Halloween, and they fly around playfully, then good weather is to come.
• If a bat flies around your house three times on Halloween, death is very soon to come
• To ward off evil spirits on Halloween, you can bury all the animal bones in your front yard, or even put a picture of an animal very close to your doorway.
• People used to believe you could walk around your house three times backwards before sunset on Halloween, and that would take care of all evil.
• It could be the spirit of a dead loved one watching you if you watch a spider on Halloween.

And You Knew About Halloween....

Many thanks to Melissa for this fun information!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Before It Turns One Year Old, Milton Has It's Second Homicide

By SAEED AHMEDThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 10/29/07

The north Fulton city of Milton, incorporated in December, had its second homicide of the year Monday night.

A man was found dead inside a home on Harmony Court, police said. Another man, also shot, was taken from the residence to a local hospital.

Milton police said someone called 911 from a cell phone about 9 p.m. to report the shootings.
Police were still waiting to search the house late Monday night, and did not have any more information.
The department, with a little more than 20 officers, came into existence in May and covers 50 square miles.The city's biggest crime problems tend to be burglaries and car break-ins. Violence is generally tied to domestic abuse.

In June, construction worker Keith Brown, 40, was found shot to death at the Preserve at Deerfield apartments.

Investigators think that at least three people went to Brown's apartment to rob him because he often carried a large amount of cash. The trio are are believed to be tied to a prostitution service, police said. A gunfight erupted during the robbery, and Brown was shot several times.
He was able to call 911 but apparently died while on the telephone.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Letters To The Editor.

Milton Elections

November 6, it is time to vote again for Milton City Council. Experience has shown this is usually a meaningless endeavor. There are rarely any life affecting issues to consider, and even when there are, there is no telling where a politician stands. Words and actions, especially in the political realm, quite often don’t reflect one another. But, this election is different. It has great importance to its residents and it is relatively easy to figure where the individual parties stand on the most important issue.
The city of Milton has become a beautiful residential community. Nice small homes and spacious mansions, on nice pieces of land, line the roads. Horses, cattle, and other farm animals can be found dotting the countryside. Even the wildlife still has a place to call its own. Pleasant two lane roads course over hills, past fields and through forests of trees, reminiscent of a trip to Grandmother’s house. Even the traffic can be called pleasant compared to the rest of metro Atlanta. It could be lots worse. All in all it is a wonderful rural community, with minimal development, this in itself is the problem. The fact that it is rural with minimal development, makes Milton the developers dream. There is money to be made and why not maximized profits.
Milton is the fertile crescent for developers. People want to be here and there is land to build on, so let’s build. Why just one family on that plot, can’t make money that way, let’s try for four. Don’t forget the potential for business development that pays even more. How could the residents of such a fine city survive without two or three gas stations and 10 or 12 fast food establishments in their backyard? The developers are salivating. They are not about making a place more beautiful. They are about making the most money and moving on. Until now, they have been held just out of arms reach, by a number of concerned residents and politicians, but it’s election time again and another chance to change the rules that control their lust.
To this point, Milton’s growth has been controlled by a land use plan that establishes guidelines for its development. This plan controls growth by assigning areas that can be zoned in certain ways, as well as controlling density where there is no sewer. Zoning has limited value. Zoning can be changed, it can go from residential to commercial as fast as you can say “my cousin wants to build a Zippy Mart.” Or it can go up from a low density residential to a high density residential zoning as fast as you can say, “how can I make any money developing at one unit per acre?” We have all lived in areas controlled by zoning alone and too often we have seen how that falls short. No sewer has a set defined limit to what and how much can be built on an acre. As long as there is no compromise on the sewer issue there will always be a throttle on development. Once an exception to the sewer issue is made, the legal system can force the issue elsewhere. This election is simple, it is about absolutely no sewer or sewer, that is to say low density development or higher density development respectively. Reading between the lines one can find where the candidates stand on development and sewer, and perhaps pick the one that best reflects the individual’s desires.
With all the slanderous mud slinging, baby kissing and rhetoric, how can you find the candidate to reflect your views? One could ask each candidate where they stand, but some will tell you what you want to hear and others will dance around the issue, still others will tell the truth. In most situations you would be left to guess blindly to find the right candidate probably guided by who has the most signs along the roadways, but this election has hints, if you read between the lines. So if you want either heavier development or controlled growth, it’s not about taxes, roads or other issues, it is about sewers, and which candidates are most likely to bend on the sewer issue. Keeping in mind, any weakness on the sewer stance may be enough to affect the direction of development.
Conveniently it seems the candidates have aligned themselves on teams. Driving across Milton, the Mohrig, O’Brien, and Santi signs can be found together in a nice little threesome not unusually next to for sale signs, or in front of construction sites. O’Brien has openly endorsed Santi by his attendance to Santi’s fund-raiser at a local developer’s house. Santi, Mohrig, and O’Brien have received backing from a number of developers, while Santi has even taken support from The Atlanta Board of Realtors, and even a private sewer company called Innovative Water Solutions. Groups like these developers, Realtors, and sewer companies, are not likely to give support unless they expect something in return. Candidates don’t have to accept contributions and backing from any organization or person unless they choose to. But in choosing to it reflects the views of that candidate. If these candidates had accepted support from a prominent neo-Nazi, or the KKK, it would say something about them, just as accepting support from developers, sewer companies, and Realtors says something. Maybe these candidates have their own definition of controlled growth and no sewer and they don’t owe their supporters and contributors anything, you read between the lines.
The threesome’s opponent is a triumvirate of Zahner Bailey, Hewitt and Tart. Julie Zahner Bailey was an activist fighting development long before she took the fight to her post on the City Council. She has been so effective in her fight against uncontrolled development that developers have openly cursed her name in the local paper. She has a proven stance against sewer or any variance from the land use plan. One needs only to look at her record of voting from her first year in the council to see where her true feelings lie. It’s very likely even her critics would agree she would never give in on the issues of sewer and uncontrolled growth. Hewitt and Tart are unknown quantities. They have laid claim to no sewer and controlled growth but what candidate hasn’t. Perhaps the best indicator of their stance on growth and sewer is the lack of support from the development community, and the fact they can claim no sewer company has given them the thumbs up. Hewitt and Tart appear to share the same attitudes toward development or at least the same backers, as their signs can often be seen together on the lawns of city residents.
This election is not about taxes, impact fees, traffic, sexual orientation, bogus ethics charges filed by developers, false accusations about some not lost money, none of these things. It is about development and therefore sewer. If your desires as a citizen of Milton are to maintain a rural community with lovely lands, two lane roads, tolerable traffic and farm animals, then sewer cannot be allowed in Milton and growth must be controlled Your votes should go for Zahner Bailey, Hewitt and Tart. If you are a developer, involved in building, own a sewer company or have lots of land for sell, then reading between the lines, O’Brien, Mohrig, and Santi are most likely for you. This is an important election and sewer is the issue. There are no other issues. All else is mundane. For once you don’t have to throw darts in the dark to find your candidate, if you read between the lines, you can find who is most likely to control growth or maximize your profit.
- David Shepherd

Double Homicide In Avensong.

Word has come to us this late evening that a double homicide has transpired in the Avensong Community. We do not have specifics at this moment. Rest assured that any information on this story will be posted here. On behalf of everyone at; our thoughts are with the families during this trying time.

- Tim Enloe; Co-Founder / Magnolia Media, LLC.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Alpharetta Cited For Breaking Own Watering Rules.

By DOUG NURSE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 10/25/07

What goes around comes around.

On the same day Alpharetta passed uber-tough watering restrictions, the assistant city administrator found something interesting on his desk — two citations for illegally watering some flower beds in front of City Hall.

These, after receiving a warning a few days earlier.

Assistant City Administrator Robert Rokovitz said that on Oct. 16, police Officer J. Hickel put a warning inside the city mailbox saying three sprinklers were running after hours. Rokovitz said city officials then notified the landscaping company, which came and verified the valve was off.
Except it was the wrong valve.

The officer came by early Saturday morning, saw the sprinklers going and slapped the city with a $250 citation. He came by Sunday, saw the same thing, and issued another citation, this one valued at $500.

Rokovitz learned of the citations Monday. That night, the City Council repealed an emergency ordnance that provided a 30-day exemption for watering new landscaping, making Alpharetta one of the strictest water conservationist in metro-Atlanta.

Rokovitz didn't know whether the city's landscaping fell under the now-repealed 30-day watering exemption.

"We stand by our rules," Councilman John Monson said. "We don't put ourselves above anyone else. But it is kind of unusual."

So what about the fine?

"We're not in the business of paying ourselves," Rokovitz said.

Born Today In...

1759 is Georges Jacques Danton; French Revolutionary.

"In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels."

(10/26/1759 – 04/05/1794)

Did You Know?

Cows can be identified by noseprints.

Press Release / Thursday / October 25, 2007

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The upcoming election in Milton is an important one for you and your family. On November 6th, you will decide who represents your interests in Milton for the next four years on City Council. Let me make the case that the best indicator of future action is to look at past involvement and actions.

1) I've been committed and involved protecting neighborhoods for more than 10 years. Maintaining the character of Milton is vital. As president of my subdivision HOA (Belleterre), I fought efforts to overdevelop Milton. I also helped form a coalition of neighborhoods along the Hwy 9 corridor (BARA) for the purpose of defending and protecting the area. Through BARA we worked with Fulton County to pass the Hwy 9 Overlay District which included zoning conditions and design standards for the area.

I served on school councils for six years. I have three children who attend(ed) Fulton County Schools and the education of our children and the quality of our school system is very important to me.

2) I DO NOT support the extension of sewer. I support the Comprehensive Land Plan, both our existing plan and the plan that is currently being developed with your citizen input. Intelligent planning with citizen direction will help us design the best long-term plan to preserve the uniqueness of Milton.

3) I practice fiscal responsibility in my own life and believe in a fiscally conservative and efficient government. I will work to keep taxes and fees low in Milton. We must insure that our tax dollars are spent wisely to provide those services the taxpayers desire most.

4) I supported implementing our new fire and police forces in record time and at a significant savings from what Fulton County was charging the City. We now have a dedicated public safety team that is here to preserve and protect you.

This an exciting time as we look to the future and envision what Milton can be while preserving the best of what we already have. Working together, we can build a positive, civil and caring community in Milton.

On November 6, vote for someone who has helped build our local community, who is and has been invested in creating Milton, who has the reputation of caring and committing his time to public service and to the families in Milton.

Please call me at 678-923-4638 or send me an e-mail at if you have any questions or have input into how I can better represent you.

I'd love to hear from you.


Did You Know: Speeding.

Editors Note: Please practice driving the posted speed limit through out our Milton as well as other areas. In the long run, you and your family are that much safer.


Speeding - defined as exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions - is a factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes. Speed reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash, increases the likelihood of crashing and increases the severity of a crash once it occurs.

Born Today in...

1902 is Henry Steele Commager; US Historian.

"The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."

(10/25/1902 – 03/02/1998)

Milton Issues Outdoor Burn Ban


MILTON, Ga. -- The north Fulton County city of Milton has issued a citywide burn ban, effective immediately.

Fire Marshal Chad McGiboney said on Wednesday that the ban was issued because of the drought and the area’s reduced water levels.

"Severe drought conditions can create a dangerous situation where we may not be able to meet the water supply needs of the city," said McGiboney. "While our water levels have not yet reached that dire status, it is imperative that everyone takes the appropriate precautions to reduce or eliminate fire hazards and to conserve water wherever possible."

McGiboney said the ban will remain in effect until conditions improve. There are some exceptions to the ban:
  1. Training fires conducted under the direct control and supervision of qualified instructors at a training facility operated by a fire department or government entity.

  2. Fires for commercial outdoor cooking, and cooking for fairs and festivals. A water source capable of extinguishing the fire must be present, as well as an approved fire extinguisher.

  3. Liquid-fueled gas fire stoves, grills, or lanterns.
McGiboney said violators face a fine of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second offense.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Press Release / Wednesday / October 24, 2007.

We need Council members that will work FOR Milton!

For years we fought against Fulton County to preserve the unique quality of life we enjoy here in Milton.
Last year that battle changed.

Now we have local control and the decisions that effect us can be made by the people who live in Milton and understand what is important to all of us.

What we need now are Council members that will work FOR Milton.

Roger Santi is FOR Milton.

Roger is FOR maintaining the rural character and horse farm atmosphere. He and his family moved to Milton for this reason and live on a horse farm.

Roger is FOR developing our parkland with both active and passive recreation; he will work hard to pursue alternative means of funding to develop our parks into areas we all can enjoy as quickly as possible.

Roger is FOR insuring that all new growth is responsible growth that enhances rather than distracts from our community.

Roger is FOR working with both Federal and State agencies to resolve the traffic congestion on our roads and improve our intersections.

Roger is FOR an efficient and effective government. He will use his business and financial experience as a CPA to make certain that your tax dollars are spent wisely.

Vote for the Candidate that will work FOR all of Milton
On November 6th
Vote for Roger Santi

Friends of Roger Santi 545 Tullamore Way Milton GA 30004
Vote now for your choice for Milton City Council!

Where: Fulton County North Annex 7741 Roswell Road
Contact info: 770.551.7675
Hours of operation: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Dates: from today to Friday, November 2nd. All you need is a current Driver's License to vote.

Special thanks to Miltonian Patti Silva for this information.
With thirteen days left until Election Day / Nov 6th, the day draws near to make your choices for Milton, Georgia’s next city council. Some folks have made up their minds while others still aren’t sure who fits the bill. So what are your thoughts? Please share with us why you will vote for this candidate, why you won’t vote for that candidate, or what you need to hear from either candidate to help you make that important decision. requests that all feedback refrain from name calling and unprofessional language. All six candidates have stepped up to the plate to serve the public. That, in itself, should be admired.

- Tim Enloe /

Did You Know..Endangered Species of GA.

Name: Cherokee darter / Etheostoma scotti.

Habitat: Shallow water (0.1-0.5 m) in small to
medium creeks (1-15 m wide) with predominan.

Threats: Habitat loss due to dam and reservoir
construction, habitat degradation, and poor water quality.

Born Today In...

1632 is Antonie Von Leeuwenhoek; Dutch Biologist.

"A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished."

(10/24/1632 – 08/30/1723)
Thanks to

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Did You Know?

An atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 1,7 million years.

Thanks to

Born Today In...

1925 is Johnny Carson; US TV Host.

"Ronald Reagan couldn't be here tonight; he's posing for the cover of 'Guns and Ammo.'"

(10/23/1925 – 01/23/2005)
Thanks to

Yellow Lab Saves Jogger From Attack.

NOTE: Occasionally, our staff likes to post stories that, while not directly happening in Milton, are good stories to share none the less. Keep safe.

- Tim Enloe;

By ANDRIA SIMMONS / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 10/23/07

Gwinnett police are investigating an attempted sexual assault on a female jogger at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville.

A 38-year-old woman said she was jogging during the late afternoon on Oct. 12 when a young man walking in the opposite direction passed her. The man then turned around and shoved her against a tree, where he groped her and tried to put a hand up her shirt, the woman told police.

Then the woman's 120-pound yellow Labrador retriever, Jack, intervened. He chomped down on the attacker's thigh, prompting the man to run away in the direction of the playground, a police report says.

Police say there have been no similar reports in area parks recently. They have no leads on a suspect, said Cpl. Illana Spellman, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.
In the meantime, Spellman advised "if you're going to be jogging at dusk or later, make sure you're with someone, be aware of your surroundings and make sure you have a cellphone with you at all times."

She also warned joggers to avoid isolated areas and change their patterns regarding jogging routes and the time of day they exercise to avoid becoming a target.

A police report describes the suspect as a dark-skinned black male in his late teens wearing a white T-shirt, dark baggy pants and a Dallas Cowboys baseball cap with white stitched lettering.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Press Release / Continued from Below.

Mayor Lockwood Sets the Record Straight

Mr. Santi has suggested repeatedly that Julie was responsible for an $850,000 loss in revenue - "Though the city manager became the scapegoat, her actions were largely responsible for the city's loss of $850,000 in revenue"

There is not a shred of truth to Mr. Santi's claim - it is completely false. Julie had no hand in this situation at all and, in fact, the revenue has not been "lost," as Mr. Santi continues to claim.

Mayor Joe Lockwood Reports the Facts

"I have been asked by several people about the allegation that Julie Zahner Bailey was responsible for the missed filing date of the insurance premium tax deadline, which may delay the receipt of up to $850,000 in additional revenue for the city of Milton next year, and I certainly want our citizens to know the correct facts.

Mrs. Bailey would have had no more responsibility in this filing deadline than myself, council members D'aversa, Mohrig, Lusk, O'Brien, and Thurman. This was an operations issue, and with our form of government, the council would have not even been aware of it until after the fact.

I also want our residents to know that I, Council, and staff are on top of this situation and pledge to make sure that the City of Milton gets the benefit of this tax that is generated by insurance companies doing business in Milton."

Mayor Lockwood

Thank you for your on-going support and your consideration of a financial contribution to the Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey.

Please consider routing this email release to your friends, neighbors and HOA in an effort to help keep everyone engaged and involved in all the issues facing our community. Community voice matters now more than ever!

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Press Release / Monday / October 22, 2007

Julie Zahner Bailey for Responsible Growth - The Choice is Clear

The November 6th election for Milton City Council is only two weeks away. We need your help to ensure that Julie is re-elected to help protect and preserve our community.

Key Priorities for the next term:

Responsible Growth
Traffic Improvement and Control
Controlling Taxes

Responsible growth is at the heart of the debate with Julie's opponent

Excessive growth will damage the unique rural character of Milton that drew many of us here in the first place.
Excessive growth will further aggravate our already severe traffic problem.
Excessive growth will place additional burdens on our existing revenue and may require new taxes.

Julie has fought for responsible growth in our area for 12 years. Her opponent, Roger Santi, is pro-development and growth.

Roger Santi has recently claimed to be against excessive development and sewer.

Published facts say otherwise.

Milton Beacon Article on Roger Santi's Fundraiser:"A small crowd that included many high-profile developers in the North Fulton area sipped $5 glasses of wine and munched on peeled shrimp. The crowd included three members of the City Council: Karen Thurman, Neal O'Brien and Bill Lusk."

In the same article, Lee Duncan, one of the high profile developer supporters of Roger Santi who attended the fundraiser was quoted as saying about Julie: "I've been fighting with that [fill in the blank; hint - rhymes with itch] for seven years."

Milton Beacon Article Contrasting Julie Zahner Bailey & Roger Santi:Mr. Santi was quoted as saying "My support from the business community is very deep. Zahner-Bailey is the automatic "no" vote on most zoning requests. She wants to keep Milton just like it is now forever and simply ignore growth and progress..."

Roger Santi's Actual Voting Record on Growth and Development

Mr. Santi has been an appointed member of the Atlanta Regional Commission's (ARC) Environment Land-Use Committee (ELUC), where he attended only 4 of 11 meetings last year. Along with other pro-development factions, Mr. Santi cast a critical vote in favor of placing 12,000 homes on 4,000 acres of wildlife preserve in Cherokee County, even though staff recommended against it, hundreds of residents opposed it, and it was against the land use plan for the area. He voted for this high density development just two days after losing the Milton City Council election to Ms Zahner Bailey, last year. This development would cost the County $300,000,000 in infrastructure costs that the developer would not cover.

In Closing...

The next few years in Milton City government will set the tone for Milton's growth and development for decades. If re-elected, Julie pledges to continue to work hard for responsible growth in accordance with our land use plans, focus directly on solutions for our traffic problems, and to aggressively manage our budget to keep our taxes low.Please vote on November 6th, and vote for Julie Zahner Bailey for the Milton City Council.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Did You Know: About The Great Pyrenees / Pt. 1?

Interested in adopting a Great Pyrenees? Contact your local Milton, GA chapter here->

These dogs take their name from the mountain range in southwestern Europe where they long have been used as guardians of the flocks. In the United States they are called Great Pyrenees. In the United Kingdom and on the continent of Europe, they are known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. In their native France, they are Le Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees or Le Chien des Pyrenees. Whatever the name, it is a beautiful primarily white dog with a "certain elegance" which for centuries has been the working associate of peasant shepherds high on the mountain slopes.

The breed likely evolved from a group of principally white mountain flock guard dogs that originated ten or eleven thousand years ago in Asia Minor. It is very plausible that these large white dogs arrived in the Pyrenees Mountains with their shepherds and domestic sheep about 3000 BC. There they encountered the indigenous people of the area, one of which were the Basques, descendants of Cro-Magnon Man. In the isolation of the Pyrenees Mountains over these millenniums, the breed developed the characteristics that make it unique to the group of flock guardian dogs in general and the primarily white members of that group.

The Great Pyrenees is a lupomossoloid as opposed to a mossoloid. While there has surely been some cross breeding over the many centuries, the Great Pyrenees is not a mastiff nor are its lupomossoloid ancestors principally from the mastiff family. There are other dogs of the region, such as the Pyrenean Mastiff, and the Spanish Mastiff that fill that description. It is no coincidence that the Great Pyrenees is approximately the same size as the European Grey Wolf.

Born Today In...

1919 is Doris Lessing; Persia-Born writer.

"In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools."

(10/22/1919 – )
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North Fulton Cities React To Total Water Ban.

Each jurisdiction faces unique challenges, solutions,

by Jason Wright / / Appen Newspapers

On Sept. 28, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared the northern half of Georgia to be in Level Four drought conditions – a designation that came with a complete outdoor watering ban.So the designation has been made, but how do you stop it? According to North Fulton cities, it's now a public safety issue.

In Alpharetta, all police and fire personnel are now authorized to issue warnings and citations against watering."Before we just said we'd go along with Fulton County's provisions," said Robbie Rokovitz, Alpharetta's Assistant City Administrator. "The problem is we needed the ability to enforce that, so we adopted an ordinance that establishes the ability for our sworn officers to issue citations."Alpharetta passed the ordinance in late July. Since then, the fire department has created their own water violations.Generally, violators will receive a written warning for the first offense, then a non-criminal citation and $250 fine for the second offense. A third offense results in a $500 fine. Violators can appeal through municipal court.Earlier this month, the city of Roswell approved a water ban violation notice and system to address violations.

The city's system includes allowing code enforcement officers to post notices on violators' properties whether or not the owner is home. A citation would act like a parking ticket and an envelope would be attached so the fine could be mailed in and a court date could be avoided.

City Council heard residents' concerns at its Oct. 1 meeting; residents told council that they have continued to call officials and the police to report violations, but homeowners continue to water their lawn.

Residents also brought up an issue with "reuse water" or "well water" signs and suggested the city investigate further if homeowners are actually using reuse or well water.

According to Stuart Moring, director of Public Works for Roswell, the city will continue to look into other ways to address the system more effectively.

The first violation will be a $100 fine for Roswell residents. The second violation is a $500 fine and subject to the property owner's water service being shut off, Moring said.The new cities are faced with unique situations. Typically, they were operating with Fulton County's drought rules. But not anymore.

In Milton, Community Development Director Tom Wilson said he is in the unique position of being allowed to issued citations by the EPD but not having the means to do so."I'm certainly willing to [enforce the ban], but I've had no instruction from the state on how to do that," he said. "I don't even have to code section in which to do it."Wilson said his staff found out city personnel can not issue citations for a state code, so Milton has to pass its own ordinance, like Alpharetta. One simple solution is to simply copy the state code and add it as an amendment to Milton's ordinance."I was hoping to not [have to add the amendment] until maybe next summer, but when we went into a complete watering ban, I certainly have to consider that," he said.

City Council, which will rush the amendment into its Oct. 18 meeting, will then decide if Milton is the "citation writing and enforcement business," said Wilson.

Johns Creek passed an emergency amendment Oct. 8 that ties the city to the state ban. At the meeting, Mayor Mike Bodker said the city had been getting calls on how to report violations. Under the new law, city staff will forward those complaints to Fulton County.

The decision to defer to the county was in part decided by the fact that Johns Creek has only two code enforcement officers – both CH2M HILL OMI employees – and Fulton County police, which the city can not direct under the terms of the intergovernmental agreement.Mayor Mike Bodker said the move is important, though, for angry callers who want answers now."I think the symbolism is important ... our will be the 'one throat to choke,' so to speak, for our citizens," he said. "City staff can see it through and make sure it gets closed out so that we don't have to give [citizens] the frustration of pushing it back on them."

Friday, October 19, 2007

Press Release / Friday / October 19th / 2007


Late Thursday I received news that an ethics charge was filed against me by one of my opponent's supporters. I wanted you to read about this first-hand and from me. Please call or e-mail me if you have any questions.

This ethics violation charge is frivolous, groundless, politically motivated and conveniently timed. It is just 2 ½ weeks prior to the upcoming election where I am the incumbent and am being contested by someone supported by highly visible developers and a private sewerage company. It is a waste of taxpayer resources and serves as another example of why we must have positive leadership for a positive community. When you read the relationships between my opponent, Mr. Roger Santi, and the others involved I believe you will arrive at the same conclusions.

The complaining party, Mr. Bill Fantozzi, is heavily involved in my opponent's campaign for the District 2 City Council Seat. Given the negative tactics of my opponent's campaign to this point, it is not surprising that someone engaged in his campaign would make these unfounded and politically-motivated allegations. I am also not surprised that my opponent's supporters may not like the fact that I have effectively precluded unplanned, inappropriate development that brings more density, significantly more traffic and additional students to our schools.

Mr. Fantozzi has made a significant financial contribution to my opponent's campaign in 2006 and he has been seen placing "Santi" signs throughout Milton. It is not known yet what financial contributions he has made to the 2007 campaign as my opponent held his fundraiser just after the filing deadline for campaign contributions.

Further, the complainant, Mr. Fantozzi, has previously failed in efforts to introduce sewer into the city of Milton via Castle Pointe. In this effort, Mr. Fantozzi was involved with Mr. Lee Duncan, a developer, who is also aligned with my opponent. You may remember that Mr. Duncan recently used foul language in a local paper to describe me. Both of these individuals, Fantozzi and Duncan, were involved with Innovative Water Solutions (IWS), a private sewer company that also contributed to my opponent's 2006 campaign. This further illustrates the political motivation of the complainant's misguided political efforts.

This is exactly why the ethics ordinance allows for the dismissal of politically motivated and frivolous complaints. Section 22, "Wrongful use of Ethics Code" is very specific and applies to this situation. My opponent surely knows that based on this code, the Ethics Board will most likely have to dismiss this politically-motivated claim.

I will not allow these obvious attempts to distract me from my duties as your City Council member. These dirty tactics by my opponent and his supporters clearly demonstrate that...

Milton Needs Julie...POSITIVE--ly!

Julie Zahner Bailey
Milton City Council
770-664-5529 (h)
404-310-6344 (c)

Press Release / Friday / October 19th / 2007

One person is at the chaotic center of every Milton controversy.

Who is it?
Julie Zahner Bailey is a hard-working activist and community advocate. Regrettably, she cannot transition from activist and advocate to leader and consensus-builder on the council.
Julie Zahner Bailey has been at the chaotic center of every controversy. Talk with other council members and they will quietly tell you that she played a major role in the loss of $850,000 in state revenue this year.

You’ll learn she was behind the drawn-out soap opera over the city manager’s resignation.
Attendees at council meetings will tell you her unwillingness to concede a point is why so many council sessions drag on until the early morning hours.

A year ago, Roger Santi ran for Milton City Council as a leader and consensus-builder. After a year of chaos, those skills are needed on the council more than ever.
This is why we need Roger Santi on the Milton City Council. Roger understands that Milton’s leadership must work together if this community is to reach its potential and preserve its quality of life.

He will put our community’s interests ahead of all others ... and he understands that you can disagree without being disagreeable.

On November 6, Vote Roger Santi ... Milton Council, District 2
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Milton Reaches Ethics Complaint Milestone.

By DOUG NURSE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/19/07

The Milton City Council, not even a year old, has reached a dubious milestone: A majority of its members have had ethics complaints filed against them.

On Thursday, a complaint was filed against City Council member Julie Zahner Bailey, making her the fourth member of the seven-member governing board to be accused of violating the city's code of ethics. So far, not a single complaint has been found to have merit.

The complaint, filed by Bill Fantozzi, said that Zahner Bailey "in her authoritative and persuasive position as council member" coerced City Community Development Director Tom Wilson into sending a city planner to oppose a development being considered by the Alpharetta City Council on July 23.

Zahner Bailey is up for re-election on Nov. 6.

The development, Shops at Crabapple, is near the border of the two cities, and was approved.
Zahner Bailey claims the complaint is frivolous, saying Fantozzi is active in the campaign of her opponent, Roger Santi. She said Fantozzi also supports sewer lines in Milton, which Zahner Bailey opposes.

"Given the negative tactics of my opponent's campaign to this point, it is not surprising that someone engaged in my opponent's campaign would make these unfounded and politically motivated allegations," she said in a statement. "This is a waste of tax payer resources..."
Fantozzi claims that Zahner Bailey violated the city's Code of Ethics requiring city council members work through the city manager and prohibiting council members from directly giving orders to staff. The complaint alleges that Zahner Bailey broke the rules when she:

• Directed Wilson to take a position on a matter pending in Alpharetta;
• Required Wilson to write a letter to the Alpharetta City Council stating the position of the Milton City Council;
• Required Wilson to send Planner Mike Tuller to the Alpharetta meeting.
Fantozzi further questioned whether Zahner Bailey unilaterally set the city's policy on the project without approval of the city manager or the city council.

Fantozzi said in his complaint that Wilson on Wednesday told him and two other men, "I would not have recommended denial without her strong influence." Fantozzi said Wilson also told them he would not have recommended denial if she were not a council member, and that he felt coerced by her.

Ethics complaints were also filed against council members Neal O'Brien and Bill Lusk by a supporter of Zahner Bailey, and another was filed against Mayor Joe Lockwood by a supporter of Council member Rick Mohrig. All were dismissed by the city ethics board.

The city subsequently revised the ethics code to better define what constitutes an ethics violation and to establish penalties for filing frivolous ethics complaints.

Know Your Milton: Robins!

American Robin
Turdus migratorius

Play a video of this species

The American Robin is a familiar sight pulling up worms on suburban lawns. Although it's at home breeding in deep, mature forests, the robin is the most widespread thrush in North American thanks to a tolerance for human-modified habitats.


large thrush.
Back and wings gray.
Underparts red.
Dark head with white eye crescents.
Size: 20-28 cm (8-11 in)
Wingspan: 31-40 cm (12-16 in)
Weight: 77 g (2.72 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes look similar; female paler, especially on head.
Song a musical whistled phrase, "cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up." Call note a sharp "chup." Also a very high-pitched thin whistling note.»

Conservation Status

Populations appear stable or increasing throughout its range. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution. You can help scientists learn more about this species by participating in the Celebrate Urban Birds! project.

Other Names include Merle d'Am�rique (French) and Mirlo primavera (Spanish)

Cool Facts

Hundreds of thousands of American Robins can gather in a single winter roost. In summer, females sleep on the nests and males congregate in roosts. As young robins become independent, they join the males in the roost. Female adults go to the roosts only after they have finished nesting.

The American Robin eats both fruit and invertebrates. Earthworms are important during the breeding season, but fruit is the main diet during winter. Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day; they eat earthworms early in the day and more fruit later in the day. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution.

An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years.

Although the appearance of a robin is considered a harbinger of spring, the American Robin actually spends the winter in much of its breeding range. However, because they spend less time in yards and congregate in large flocks during winter, you're much less likely to see them. The number of robins present in the northern parts of the range varies each year with the local conditions.

Born Today In...

1895 is Lewis Mumford; US Writer.

"A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail."

(10/19/1895 – 01/26/1990)

Did You Know?

Submarines are also called U-boats, which is short for Unterseeboot, the German word for undersea boat.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Outdoor Watering Ban

The City of Milton, along with Johns Creek, Fulton County and most of metro Atlanta, is currently under a level four drought response that places a complete ban on most types of outdoor residential water use, including watering of lawns. This ban was imposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and is effective immediately.
Enforcement of this ban currently lies with Fulton County and the State of Georgia. Milton, however, is moving forward with adopting its own ordinance that is consistent with the State ordinance. After adoption of this ordinance, the City will begin enforcing the watering ban. This process will take about a month.

In the meantime, the City will relay any information about offending properties to the appropriate Fulton County and State offices for enforcement. We encourage all residents to adhere to the watering ban and to protect our natural resources during this time of extreme drought.



With the excitement of our Milton Election being the buzz of the city, one sometimes forgets about those who work 24/7 to insure such freedoms continue . In seeing this wonderfully patriotic video put together by a young teenage girl, I cannot help but be moved.

That being said, I would like to call upon our city leaders to work together in coming up with a fundraiser idea to donate to our troops around the world. is more than happy to provide any exposure said plan will need for free. Special thanks to a Milton resident for bringing this to our attention!

- Tim Enloe / Co-Founder /

Ticking Down To November 6th.

Including today, Thursday, October 18th, there are only nineteen days until Election Day. As
candidates continue to work their campaigns, was curious what you,
the constituents of Milton, Georgia, thought. Are
you convinced a certain candidate is in..or out?
Are you still undecided? Or will you just glad
when all those campaign signs disappear? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and remember to vote November 6th!

NOTE: This article will take the place of "Born Today" and "Did You Know?" for today's news.

Press Release / Wednesday / October 17th / 2007

Focused on the True Issues

Re-election Fundraiser a Success
On Saturday, October 13th, Milton City residents recently gathered to show their support of City Council member Julie Zahner Bailey. Over 100 Milton residents attended her re-election fundraiser at the home of Paul and Lou Roth also hosted by Mayor Joe Lockwood, City Council member Tina D'Aversa and Milton residents John and Denise Cole.During the evening Mrs. Bailey, a 20-year resident of Milton, restated her commitments to the community that she has fostered for nearly 12 years: uphold the land-use plan and closely scrutinize any changes affecting it; maintain the policies on no-sewer and no-inter-basin transfers - keep Milton decidedly rural; and no tax increases - make every tax dollar count.Council member Julie Zahner Bailey listens along with Milton residents as Mayor Lockwood and Council member D'Aversa address the crowd regarding the importance of re-electing Julie on November 6th.

On the contentious no-sewer policy Council member Bailey remarked, "While some council members are on record as being willing to stray from the no-sewer policy, I will not waver. Those who say that sewer can be added while controlling density are either naïve or being disingenuous. This simply does not work and places the residents at the mercy of those who have no interest in maintaining Milton's rural nature."Regarding her opponent's recent statements about her, Bailey said that she expects the mudslinging from Mr. Santi. "This is how he campaigned last year...on falsehoods and negativity... and lost." Added Bailey, "It is unfortunate that certain council members have aligned themselves publicly with Santi's negative campaigning and name calling." Three council members, Thurman, Lusk and O'Brien attended Santi's fundraiser.Barbara Whatley of Westbrook Road and Dorris Grocemen of the Orchards discuss the importance of a positive community represented by positive leaders.

Mr. Santi wants us to believe that he will not support sewer extensions. Residents need to reconcile his statements with his list of campaign contributors among whom are developers and a private sewer company. One such developer, Lee Duncan, had some stinging words to say about Bailey, "I've been fighting with that (expletive) for seven years," referring to his efforts to bring sewer to rural Milton. When asked about Mr. Duncan's statements, one Milton resident commented, "This is one of the highest compliments Julie could receive. It overwhelmingly demonstrates that she has been very effective."

In contrast to Bailey's fundraiser which consisted of residents of Milton, Mr. Santi has surrounded himself with high-profile developers who Bailey points out, "typically don't live in Milton." Bailey countered, "Why does anyone think these developers are willing to spend an evening at Santi's fundraiser? Doubtful it's merely for the shrimp and $5.00 glasses of wine."Council member Tina D'Aversa and Dawn Lockwood view the recent Forum video during the fundraiser hosted by the Mayor, D'Aversa and others.

In Closing...

Together, we are a strong community. And working collectively for the citizen's vision of Milton - as we have done for years - we can successfully uphold the quality of life that makes this place unique and wonderful. Please know I am more committed today than ever to working with you to ensure Milton remains the special place we all love and call home. Every voice, every volunteer and every person can and does make all the difference.Thank you for your conituned support,Julie Zahner BaileyMilton City Council770-664-5529 (home)404-310-6344 (cell)No City of Milton funds were used for this newsletter.

Paid for by Friends of Julie Zahner Bailey.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

2007 AJC Voters Guide / Milton District 2 / At Large

Credit goes to The Atlanta-journal Constitution /

Julie Zahner Bailey (Nonpartisan)

Age (as of Nov. 6): 44
Education: Bachelor of science in finance, magna cum laude, Florida State University. Continuing education is very important. Throughout my corporate career and public service, I have dedicated myself to extended learning.
Profession: Former business executive with Citibank Leveraged Capital/Equifax. Substitute teacher, environmental educator and local family business. Executive director of Birmingham Hopewell Alliance for 10 years prior to election to Milton Council.
Residence: No response -->
Family: Married; two children.

What experience will help you in this job?

My 15-plus years in corporate strategic development, budgeting and personnel management; my dedicated public service as your council member; and my 11-plus years of community advocacy qualify me for re-election. My proven community leadership extends to virtually every ordinance, zoning amendment, rezoning and land-use policy affecting Milton. My experience is extensive: former business executive with Citibank Leveraged Capital and Equifax, executive director Birmingham Hopewell Alliance, enumerable government committees and boards.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

My top priorities are to ensure we have: competent city staff so we can continue to build on our organizational base; no-nonsense fiscal management to keep taxes lower; strong and consistent land-use planning to protect the future of our community; consistent application of land-use policies, including upholding the no-sewer policies; a viable transportation plan; and a focus on setting a national standard for Milton’s parks and recreation programs.

What's the best thing an elected official in the post you are seeking can do for your community?

Consistently uphold citizen supported land-use policies, including standing firm on the no-sewer policies. The course we chart today will determine what Milton will be 20 years from now.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing (not a person) would you want to have?

My Bible. Faith is central to all that I do and who I am. God and the visual reminder of my precious children and loving husband would give me strength.

Web site:

2007 AJC Voters Guide / Milton District 2 / At Large

Credit goes to The Atlanta-journal Constitution /

Roger A. Santi (Nonpartisan)

Age (as of Nov. 6): 45
Education: Bachelor of Science in accounting.
Profession: CPA; managing partner of local CPA firm with 15 professionals.
Residence: No response -->
Family: Married; two daughters.

What experience will help you in this job?

As a Certified Public Account, you're always looking at what is behind the numbers. That is a critical skill needed on the Milton council. Also, I have a reputation for consensus-building, listening and working well with others. Those skills are needed on the council. We need a council that puts the community's interests ahead of disagreements. You can disagree without always being disagreeable.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

Protecting Milton's quality of life; managing expenditures to keep taxes low; helping the council refocus on issues that truly matter to the community; avoiding the over-development mistakes of our neighboring communities; and making sure the services we deliver are customer (i.e., taxpayer) friendly and community-oriented.

What's the best thing an elected official in the post you are seeking can do for your community?

Focus on quality of life. This brought the current residents to Milton and that is why we overwhelmingly voted to create the city. We must preserve it at all costs.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing (not a person) would you want to have?

A Milton lifestyle ... but in the end, that can only be had with its people.

Web site:

2007 AJC Voters Guide / Milton District 4 / At Large

Credit goes to The Atlanta-journal Constitution /

Burt Hewitt (Nonpartisan)

Age (as of Nov. 6): 32
Education: B.S. in marketing.
Profession: Regional sales manager.
Residence: No response -->
Family: Married; three daughters, 7, 5 and 2.

What experience will help you in this job?

My career in sales has made me focus on my customers. My strength is listening to the customer. I will consider the constituents my customers to serve. I have served in a variety of roles at my church including youth director, and chairman of the board of trustees. In those roles, I have had to lead groups of people with a variety of needs, wants and personalities.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

If elected, my No. 1 priority will be to represent my constituents. I want to preserve the heritage of this community, and I will fight for residents of this newly formed city. It will also be important to get the citizens involved in their city government. Educating our citizens on the key issues is crucial to the success of this city.

What's the best thing an elected official in the post you are seeking can do for your community?

The best thing I can do for my community is to inform the citizens about the importance of decisions made today and their effects on our lifestyle in the future.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing (not a person) would you want to have?

I would want to have a family photograph. Being a husband and father have humbled me, made me strive for excellence, and be a man of character.

2007 AJC Voters Guide / Milton District 4 / At Large

Credit goes to The Atlanta-journal Constitution /

Neal J. "OB" O'Brien (Nonpartisan)

Age (as of Nov. 6): 49
Education: Bachelor of science, business administration.
Profession: Airline pilot and commander, U.S. Navy Reserve.
Residence: No response -->
Family: Married; two sons, 3 and 9 months.

What experience will help you in this job?

I am fortunate to have had a great deal of experience in a variety of challenging organizations. Unless you are a governor or president, serving successfully is a team sport. My desire and enjoyment that I have always had meeting and working with people in the military, airlines and competitive sports has prepared me well to thrive in the arena of ideas that is public service.

If elected, what will be your priorities?

My watch words have been to protect and enhance the unique area that is Milton. I will build on my first year by insisting on no sewer, one-acre minimum land use and tight local zoning control. Then I will uphold our new, tailored CLUP, while taking the lead on an ambitious park master plan. Finally, I will implement a property tax freeze to control spending.

What's the best thing an elected official in the post you are seeking can do for your community?

Tell the truth, deliver uncomfortable information tactfully, but honestly; listen more than you speak. Above all, remember the operative word in "public service", is "service"!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one thing (not a person) would you want to have?

I would hope to have a survival kit, with a superb signaling device. Hopefully, it would have been packed with a couple of good books and durable reading glasses!