Friday, April 03, 2015 at 10:05 AM
As I write this, spring has finally arrived – and the pollen – and I’m glad to see everything waking back up and blooming after the winter we’ve had.
As you can tell, we’re proud of Milton’s natural beauty, and are committed to maintaining it. The question is how to keep Milton rural and preserved while balancing our legal responsibilities to property owners who wish to sell or develop their land per their current and historical zoning rights, as well as allow new residents to call Milton home.
The City Council and I recently enacted a 30-day emergency moratorium on land disturbance permits across the city to hold the status quo while we look into a conservation subdivision ordinance. We’re examining our zoning standards and land use to stick to our vision of being a distinctive community that embraces small town life and heritage.
Thanks to all that joined us at our spring town hall meeting at the Broadwell Pavilion earlier this week. It was great to see everyone, introduce Chief Krokoff and show the first renderings of our new City Hall. We really have a lot of great things shaping up in Milton.
Speaking of creating a top-notch community, take a look at this month’s newsletter for a slate of incredible community events. We’ve got our annual Earth Day festival, first Milton community egg hunt, Community Pet Day, the brand new Milton Hometown Jubilee, the Golden Games and summer camps.
And on the “good news” side of things, we’ve got our volunteers of the year, exciting new additions to our Heart Ready City Program, a call for senior center donations, info about participating in Crabapple Fest, news on our City Hall project in Crabapple and an update on the expansion of Bell Memorial Park.
One last thing: There’s a whole bunch of great things we’re working on for summer, like the Milton Farmer’s Market and Food Trucks starting May 23 and running weekly through summer and the monthly movie series on Broadwell.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that Milton is a community on the move, and we’re just getting started. Looking at all the progress we’ve made, it’s nothing compared to what’s on tap for the next few years. It’s truly an exciting time to be part of the City of Milton.
That’s it for this month. As always, I’ll close by saying your City Hall is always open to your concerns, questions and comments. Be sure to take some time this month to stop by and tell us what you think.
Mayor Joe Lockwood