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Be a part of your community this December

Monday, December 01, 2014
It’s December, and at Milton’s City Hall, the spirit of community, camaraderie, friendship and fellowship is in the air. For us, it’s a month packed full of not only festive holidays, parties, dinners and all that December entails – but real work being done to bring this community closer together and make life better for our residents.

The first thing we have coming up this month is Milton’s eighth birthday on Dec. 1. The city incorporated on Dec. 1, 2006 after being voted into cityhood July 18, 2006 by an overwhelming majority of 85 percent.

There have since been elections (the first, however, took place in November 2006 in preparation of the incorporation), the start of a police and fire service, numerous citizen and council meetings, great celebrations and much, much more.

The City of Milton’s government pledges to keep going strong into the future. The years to come are sure to be even better.

Up next is the seventh annual Christmas in Crabapple, held Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Broadwell Cottage in downtown Crabapple. We co-host this event with the Crabapple Community Association and this is yet another great example of the many positive community partnerships the City has built. There will be Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday music, face painting, hot chocolate, a bonfire and of course Santa Claus! I’ll be delivering Santa on my tractor again this year and he’ll available for photos. Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss a thing.

The next important event is Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. That’s when we’ll have a follow up meeting about conservation subdivisions from the Randall Arendt workshop and presentation on October 13. Donald Broussard of Town Planning and Design will hold a meeting to discuss creating a conservation subdivision ordinance. There will be other public meetings for public comment at upcoming zoning, planning commission and city council meetings, so this is not the only meeting to join.

Basically, what this means is that Milton wants to further our conservation goals by establishing a conservation subdivision ordinance that can be an additional option for conserving the rural character of Milton. Town Planning and Design will conduct the public meetings and develop a conservation subdivision ordinance for the city.

Lastly, we have a new and exciting opportunity for the holidays: a Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus hosted by the Milton Fire Department. This free event will serve as a wonderful way to showcase one of Milton’s fire stations, see Santa and by served pancakes by our very own firemen. This event is the first of its kind in Milton; so do not miss out on Dec. 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 43.

This time of year makes me very thankful for my family and the time we spend together. Looking at the calendar ahead, I know I’ll get to spend a lot of time with my neighbors, continuing to make Milton a great place to live, as well. And that community spirit is what makes the holidays special.

Come join us, won’t you?