** UPDATED POST **
The City Council held a thorough meeting on Monday, June 1, in Milton's City Hall. Every vote that Council members took were unanimous, leading to the adoption of resolutions and ordinances related to alcohol-related businesses, golf carts and more.
** ORIGINAL POST **
Milton's next City Council meeting will be another historic one, with Council members and citizens returning to City Hall -- even as, at the same time, people can watch or participate via Zoom.
The Monday, June 1, meeting -- which begins at 6 p.m. -- should also be significant given the issues under consideration. They include a possible Tree Canopy Ordinance and a rewrite of its alcohol-related Ordinance.
March was the last time that the City Council met in Council chambers. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted members to make their meetings "virtual" -- conducted via Zoom, with citizens able to participate on that platform or watch live on the City's Facebook page.
Recent positive trends related to this novel coronavirus has prompted the City, like the State of Georgia, to begin reopening up more aspects of its operations. Among them: once again holding in-person meetings, albeit with special safety precautions.
As this picture below shows, seats for Council members and citizens will be spaced out so everyone is at least 6 feet apart in accordance with CDC and State health guidelines. Anyone coming will be offered a mask; Gov. Brian Kemp, for one, has strongly encouraged Georgians to wear facial coverings especially in indoor spaces where they might encounter people from outside their households.
In addition to enhanced cleaning of the Council chambers, agendas and pens will be placed on individual chairs so people don't have to grab them from one table.
Still, the City recognizes not everyone may be comfortable attending the meeting in person. Notably, Gov. Kemp's Executive Order continues a "shelter-in-place" for Georgians -- thus, Milton residents -- age 65 or older and/or with certain medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, or obesity.
For that reason, Monday's meeting will also be offered over Zoom so that people can offer "public comments." The meeting's Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/95282059545.
People can also submit "public comments" by emailing City Clerk Sudie Gordon at email@example.com. The comments should be a reasonable length and include the sender's name, address, and the relevant agenda item.
Residents can also watch Monday's meeting live on the City's Facebook page.
To be informative and transparent, below are summaries of each item that will be up for consideration at the June 1 meeting.
The first five are on the Consent Agenda. These are typically routine matters that are voted on unanimously in a single up-and-down vote. Other items are divided into other categories and will feature more in-depth discussion.
This is to approve the "minutes" -- or official written record -- of the April 27 Regular Meeting of Milton's City Council, formally acknowledging them as accurate. The Council considered several items at the meeting, including splitting the costs with the State to build a fishing pier at Providence Park. Click HERE for a recap of the meeting. You can watch this meeting in its entirety by clicking HERE.
The Council will vote whether or not to approve the City's financial statements and investment report for the month of April.
This relates to a contract between the City of Milton and AT&T for "network integration services" - specifically, burying 4-inch conduits underground from the right-of-way on Highway 9 to Milton's new Public Safety Center. This is needed so that fiber optic cables can be installed to supply Internet service for police officers and firefighters working out of the complex.
This item is to approve a City agreement with a company called Invoice Cloud for the processing of all payments for Milton permitting fees using the City's new software, CityView. Invoice Cloud is a preferred provider that is fully integrated into CityView. Currently, people must manually enter payment information into the City's software. Under this new system, that information would be entered automatically -- a more efficient process that also eliminates potential errors.
Name of Development / Location
Comments / # lots
Excel Capital Construction
LL 1171 and 1172
12450 Charlotte Drive
Create 2 Lots
0.47 / acre
Approval of this item would split a 4.25 acre property at 12450 Charlotte Drive into two separate, smaller lots.
The Council will consider a revision to Milton's Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance. This revision - as well as the related Tree Conservation Manual - comes after City staff worked closely with the Citizens Stakeholder Committee and Milton's Planning Commission. If adopted by the City Council, the Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance will take effect on August 1, 2020. Leading up to that date, City staff plan to explain the Ordinance through community educational events, posts on social media and the City's website, and flyers in the City Hall lobby. City staff will also start a tree planting initiative - "Plant Milton!" -- to enhance tree planting in Milton.
As the City budget is a dynamic rather than static plan, it requires amending from time to time. The proposed budget amendments enclosed are an update to the original Fiscal Year 2020 budget (which runs from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020), which was adopted on September 23, 2019. This Ordinance reflects recent changes required by certain circumstances, opportunities, and recommendations.
This "Public Hearing" is held to explain the changes in detail related to the budget amendments mentioned in the item above and to allow for public input.
This is one of two items related to vaping on this meeting's agenda. This would affect Chapter 32 of the City Code -- i.e. the "Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions" chapter, which features general prohibitions on things like marijuana, drinking in public, indecency, and the like. If passed, vaping would be included with other forms of tobacco usage (such as smoked and smokeless tobacco) prohibited on City property. Since there was a "First Presentation" on this at the May 18 Council meeting, it will become law if and when the Council passes it Monday.
The second vaping item on the meeting's agenda affects Chapter 34 -- the part of the City code relating to "Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs." Essentially, the change will echo the Chapter 32 changes to prohibit vaping and other types of tobacco consumption in City parks. For clarity, a redundant special events regulation would be taken out of the Code. Like the related item above, it becomes official Monday if the Council approves.
This proposed ordinance is related to the presentation delivered at a previous City Council work session, and also considered at the May 18 meeting. During the work session presentation, Chief Austin explained the State laws for these types of vehicles. The original plan was to merely utilize the State law as part of City guidelines for "personal transportation vehicles" (i.e. golf carts). However, after further discussion with the City's legal team, it was decided that a more prudent action would be to adapt the parameters of the State law through a local ordinance. As such, this Ordinance becomes official if and when the Council approves it on Monday. It would allow for golf carts to be driven on certain city streets. The golf carts would be subject to state regulations, since this ordinance basically mirrors the existing state law. Neighborhoods with privately maintained streets could still ban or allow golf carts, as Milton law enforcement officers do not have the authority to enforce basic traffic laws (with a few exceptions) or regulate traffic on privately maintained roadways. These types of vehicles would also still be prohibited from crossing state routes as indicated in the state law.
These nine items listed directly above are all related, and they have been -- and will be -- presented to the City Council as such. For that reason, they'll be summarized as one here. They all pertain to Chapter 64, a.k.a. the Zoning chapter, of Milton's City Code. If approved, these would allow for new licenses and permits in the different commercial zones around Milton. This and the two subsequent items, related to Chapter 4, were prepared with assistance from the law firm Taylor English Duma to help make Milton a place where entrepreneurs with "cool" ideas can do business and spur economic development in the City.
This is a rewrite of the City's alcohol-related ordinance, as first presented to the City Council in February (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic). It would allow for several changes, including but not limited to:
This relates directly to the previous item, specifying some related fees associated with the amended Ordinance.
This resolution appoints members to the advisory committee that will dive into the development of the City of Milton's 2040 Comprehensive Plan -- a document that puts together the city's vision for the next several years and determines the community's goals and aspirations. The Comprehensive Plan regulates public policies on land use, housing, economic development, transportation, and other issues in accordance with the rules of Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Milton's next Comprehensive Plan is due to the state DCA in the fall of 2021. The City of Milton, since its incorporation, has completed two Comprehensive Plans, the first in 2011 and the second in 2016.
This resolution, if approved, would allow the City of Milton to participate in the Fulton County Urban County CDBG Program. Participation would permit the City of Milton to apply to Fulton County for funding for qualified projects and programs. Otherwise, the City of Milton may compete statewide through the Georgia State Department of Community Affairs (DCA) CDBG Program.
This resolution, if approved, represents a formal call by the City of Milton encouraging the State of Georgia to fund NOW/COMP waiver recipients in the State's Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The New Options Waiver (known as NOW) and Comprehensive Waiver Program (COMP) are programs for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, providing them with home- and community-based services. Currently, just over 12,000 Georgians with developmental disabilities are served by the State's NOW/COMP programs.