With each New Year, I am reminded by the endless possibilities for my family, the Milton community and our nation as a whole. This year is certainly no different, and I’m particularly excited about where we are headed here in Milton.
Your elected officials and city staff are constantly searching for ways to improve our quality of life by focusing on the things that matter most to our citizens — land conservation, traffic congestion, enhanced parks and recreation opportunities, as well as responsive and effective public safety services.
•The end of 2017 brought the potential purchase of the Milton Country Club, preserving more than 137 acres of greenspace in the heart of Milton and preventing further development of the land.
•Throughout the year, our transportation staff have been implementing the Fulton County TSPLOST referendum and officially kicked off Milton’s first four TSPLOST projects, and two more are slated for early 2018. These are just the first of several projects designed to help provide congestion relief for our residents.
•Your parks and recreation staff, with assistance from a nationally recognized consultant, completed two master planning processes: one for the overall parks and recreation master plan update that comes every five years, and one for Providence Park exclusively. I know that city staff look forward to sharing the results of that community planning process with all our citizens in the first quarter of 2018.
•Our police and fire not only made sure they met performance expectations in terms of response times and crime rates, but both departments focused on engagement and innovation. Milton Police held a series of town hall meetings and launched a new zone-specific community e-newsletter designed to keep residents informed about their specific area. The fire department started a new community paramedicine program, the first of its kind in North Fulton, to assist Milton seniors and medically fragile residents of all ages.
These are just a few of the city’s accomplishments over the last year. I believe there’s a lot of truth to the saying “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”
As I enter my third and final term as Milton’s mayor, I’m just as energized now, if not more, than I was in my first term. Looking ahead, Milton has some incredibly exciting opportunities on the horizon and under development. We now have an updated trail plan vision for the city, and walking, biking and hiking trails are something that our residents have identified through multiple surveys that they want. Our greenspace bond implementation is well underway. We’ve seen unprecedented community engagement and collaboration through citizen emails, social media interaction, special event participation, increased attendance at public meetings, and multiple citizen committees, like the Milton Equestrian Committee and the Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee, working together to provide a variety of planning input.
I’m proud of where we’ve been, and I’m convinced more than ever that anything is possible for Milton when we are all working together.
Happy New Year!
Joe Lockwood, Mayor