Monday, November 02, 2009

An Equestrian Community Doesn't Include Trojan Horses

Vote Bernard Wolff
Candidate Milton City Council District 1 At-Large

Demand the Milton We Were Promised

Our first home was in a small community outside of Atlanta. It consisted of quaint buildings with a cozy restaurant, antique and specialty shops in historic buildings and shopping and schools within easy driving distance. The neighborhoods were tastefully designed, with scenic roads winding through wooded areas. The homes reflected a middle class, family-oriented community.

As more people moved into the neighborhood, rumors began to circulate about developers moving in. This led to community meetings organized by a pleasant lady who identified herself as a "concerned resident." Initial meetings discussed the need to resist losing the quaint core of the community to high density development. This evolved into meetings about proposed projects. Strangely, the pleasant lady organizer gradually shifted positions to one of "inevitability" of development and the need to "compromise" to minimize the negative impact.

Two years later, the community was littered with high density apartments and condominiums. Traffic clogged the village and still does. We learned that the "pleasant lady" who represented the community was a "Trojan Horse" secretly working for developers anxious to bypass community standards and preferences.

After the damage was done, the residents rose up again and pressured the county and developers to build a shopping area with strict design guidelines that yielded a tasteful dining and shopping area that reflected the former village appearance. Unfortunately,the problems of aberrant high density development remain.

Milton residents face a similar challenge now: Will we preserve and improve Milton in the manner we were promised? I believe we can if the current majority on the Milton City Council is relegated to a minority on November 3rd. If elected, I will:

Follow the existing Milton community plans and ordinances that control development where needed while retaining the rural character. The current Majority, including my opponent, consistently votes to ignore the community plans and ordinances by granting variances to developers.

Attract desirable businesses to fill the 1,000,000 square feet of empty commercial space in Milton, rather than building additional commercial projects to "generate tax revenue" as promoted by my opponent. Empty commercial space consumes rather than generates City revenue. The new businesses will generate tax income IF the businesses offer products and services that Milton citizens actually want. The current majority, including my opponent, could not care less about what we want. Instead, their focus is on revenue generation for the City regardless of negative impact on our citizens.

Expand Parks and Recreation Areas: While the economy has reduced tax revenue, it has a positive side of reducing demand for property. Landowners are more amenable to selling their properties at an affordable price and under innovative terms of payment that are affordable for Milton. New properties so acquired offer parks and recreation areas for the community to enjoy. New recreation areas not only generate income to the city, they also attract visitors who will patronize events and spend money in the properly developed commercial areas. They provide Milton citizens with sports programs that are unavailable now.

Promote Equestrian activities: These attract large numbers of affluent visitors who will generate significant income for the City. Milton can "partner" with surrounding communities such as Roswell and Alpharetta to promote Equestrian activity. Empty commercial areas can attract businesses that attract customers attending equestrian activities.

Ensure that Milton City Government is small, efficient, and responsive to its citizens. Tight "line item" budgets with accountability, possibly outsourcing services under strict contractual guidelines (missing up until now), and limiting services to those appropriate for rural areas, and the urban Highway 9 area, respectively.

I am not alone in my conviction that Milton can thrive as promised. A recent state-commissioned report stated that the Milton reflected in existing Community Plans is entirely viable if services are well provided but limited to what is actually needed. These include Police, Fire, 911, road maintenance and parks and recreation areas.

Finally, we need to recognize who is and who is not promoting the Milton we were promised. My opponent's contributors and supporters reveal her close association with the development community. This qualifies her as a "Trojan Horse" who promises a rural Milton paid for by high density development by consistently voting for zoning variances and sewer extensions.

We want development strictly controlled by community plans and ordinances to reflect the Citizens' wishes, rather than destructive, uncontrolled development such as most of us have witnessed.

Bernard Wolff

Candidate for Milton City Council

District 1, At-large

1000 Lackey Road

Milton, GA 30004



Demand the Milton We Were Promised

Please elect Bernard Wolff, on November 3rd.

Courtesy Paid for by the Bernard W. Wolff Election Committee


Anonymous said...

If he is trying to sell his family's land to the city and add development rights then who is the real owner of the "Trojan Horse"?

Anonymous said...

Karen Thurman.

Anonymous said...

See what Thurman's been up to. Not lies at all. Here you go...

Anonymous said...

You Zahnerites are absolute idiots, or disengenuous...maybe just both.

I just got an autodial from Julie, of all people.
She is "all in", as they say in Vegas. Invariably, she hides in the shadows like the wimpy Wizard of Oz, operating via dupes like Leona Cole, Paula Moore, pathetic Carol and nutty Nikky. This time, she is so desperate, the One herself has come out for her cast of candidates.
Her call says Milton will be the same if we vote her way...and it WILL!!!
In other words, no improvement, no parks, no quality of life increases, no tax relief, nothing.
Just a desperate longing for something that only exists in some minds every fall during elections. Anyone who really wants to protect, improve, save Milton needs to run away from the Z-ites as fast as they can.

Let's really do something innovative with our horse community, get parks that are the envy of the region, keep one acre,(regardless of who connects to EXISTING sewer pipes to protect the environment). Julie and her gang haven't done anything innovative in their lives. Look at Tina: uses co-hosts for events she hasn't gotten permission from, signs in places without permission, when corrected she extorts concessions or fires from City committees. She tried to veto the parks authority, didn't start disability awareness as claimed, didn't do much of anything. When an apparently reasonable opponent surfaces, she tries to bribe him to drop she can save her sacred seat & title. Oh, she isn't a professor, she is an "instructor". Doesn't sound so cool.
We should be much more concerned about a man's brother going public saying he is unfit for a position of public trust, than some silly trumped up claim of an obscure company scandal.

Get real, go vote. The only truth is this IS an important election. In Dist 5, if Tina does win, we will have to pay $100k for a special election, undoubtedly, unless the City sues Tina due to her misconduct and makes her pay...which she can't.

Julie and her gang haven't run a business, held a job and most seem to have trouble selecting spellcheck when they blog. Do you really want moonbats running a $20million business, with your money and your property value at stake?

I don't.

Anonymous said...

8:22 - Really, take your medicine.