Friday, November 01, 2013
As I write my letter this month, construction is moving swiftly on no less than four intersection improvements and a park in our beautiful City of Milton. It’s amazing to see the tremendous work we’ve put into smart planning coming to fruition in the form of these projects.
So I want to start off this month by imploring our residents to take a bit of time this Veterans Day, Monday Nov. 11, and check out the park I just mentioned. It’s called Freedom Park, and its right next to City Hall at the corner of Deerfield Parkway and Webb Road.
On the holiday we’ll have a special ribbon cutting and opening starting at 10:45 a.m. After we cut the ribbon, local veterans will raise the nine flags we’ve got on site representing the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, POW/MIA, the state of Georgia, the United States and the City of Milton.
Freedom Park will now serve as the site for our Memorial Day Ceremony, and will be a great starting point for residents who wish to walk amongst the veterans’ markers Councilman Bill Lusk builds and places along Deerfield Parkway.
But that’s not all – the park also serves as an exercise center for the runners, cyclists and walkers we see on Deerfield every day. It’s got a .15 mile trail and equipment for sit-ups and body curls, a cardio walker, and rowing and elliptical machines.
We had a small space in which to work, but we really pulled off something unique and useful. In many ways, it encapsulates Milton’s approach to providing a great quality of life to residents: Recognizing a need, working with affected residents to gain input, charting a responsible course of action and executing our citizens’ vision.
And you can see that approach in the other projects highlighted in this newsletter: The police mobile phone app, the fire department social media initiative, the Ga. 9 and Arnold Mill visioning meetings, our holiday events.
We stick with this method because found it pays off. For instance, check out the piece on the award we won for our tree management plan. That award joins the several we’ve been lucky enough to receive over the last year, including nods for being one of the safest communities in the United States, showing commitment to environmental sustainability, and following the standards for clean air in our operations.
The bottom line is that Milton is a fantastic place to live, work and play. It’s a pleasure to help the community bring its vision for their hometown to life.
OK, enough for this month. As always, I’m available if you want to talk. Just drop me a line and we’ll get to know each other.
Mayor Joe Lockwood