Thursday, May 29, 2008

Milton Gets New Development Head

Alice Wakefield

By Jason Wright / Appen Newspapers

Milton's City Hall got a new face last week in the person of Alice Wakefield, the city's new Community Development director.

She replaced the city's former director, Tom Wilson, May 27. He has moved into CH2M HILL OMI's corporate offices in Sandy Springs, where he will oversee all the community development departments for the company.Wakefield, who spent the last two years as Atlanta's director of the Bureau of Planning and 11 years as deputy director of Planning for Fulton County, said making the jump to Milton was like coming back home."Working in Fulton, I got to know a lot of these folks," she said. "I'm familiar with them."

Wakefield said she's been brought up to speed on Milton's Comprehensive Plan update efforts and historic and tree preservation ordinance campaigns."I'm looking forward to making Milton the best city in the state," she said.In addition, the community planning veteran said she's prepared for Milton's often contentious land-use battles and looks forward to finding the best ways to carry out City Council's vision."You have to deal with the desires to maintain the area's rural characteristics and introduce city issues," she said.

For his part, Wilson said he's loved working in Milton but is "very psyched" for his new opportunity.'I'm leaving Milton with a very experienced community development director," he said.Looking back on his roughly 18 months of full-time service with the city – he served as director of both Johns Creek and Milton in an interim position prior to incorporation – Wilson said it is fairly mind blowing to see all the progress the new cities have made in such a small amount of time."It's nothing short of a miracle," he quipped.


Anonymous said...

When all is said and done, there will be more said than done.

Anonymous said...

laughing...... hysterically

Anonymous said...

After viewing many photos and rereading various posts on Miltonville, it occurred to me that Patti Silva is doing serves more to fulfill the city's vision that anything anyone else is doing.

Milton Vision Statement
Milton is a distinctive community embracing small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing our rural character.

Whether a city has no sewer or all sewer or whether it has all dirt roads or four lanes doesn't have anything to do with "embracing small town life and heritage" IT'S the people and their attitudes towards their friends, family and neighbors that Patti has so wonderfully captured on Miltonville.

The political back biting, secret meetings, ethic complaints, scare tactics, flaming blogs IMHO do nothing more than remove the "rural character" of our city and turn it into just another city full on neighborly distrust.

Although we obviously have many issues to face, I for one would like to see our “rural “character” preserved in more ways than simply fighting every developer and lower building heights.

Some people just don’t get it and are using their causes to destroy the city “Character”

Anonymous said...

As long as the majority of citizens have the "MIND OVER MATTER" syndrome, nothing is going to change for the better.

Truck runs out of gas on Redd Road, no one stops to offer assistance. (post on MILTONVILLE by Patti) Good example of "I don't MIND and you don't MATTER."

My hat"s off to Patti for a job well done!!!

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