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City Council draws ‘line in the sand’ with sewer map

Officials also OK two subdivisions



MILTON, Ga. — Milton officials drew a line in the sand when it comes to sanitary sewer usage within the city after approving changes to the city’s sewer system map.

The updated map outlines where existing Fulton County sewer lines are located and where sewer expansion could be permitted or expanded with future development.

The city and Fulton County ultimately decide where sanitary sewers can be located, but the map addresses a longstanding problem within Milton – confusion over the city’s policy on sanitary sewers.

Mayor Joe Lockwood said there was uncertainty among residents and developers on the sewer locations and where they were permitted in the city’s original sewer map, created in 2011.

The map approved at Monday’s council meeting aims to clear the confusion.

“It wasn’t adding anything, it was just to clean it up,” Lockwood said. “The county will still let them change the map, but it gives the council a basis to go on.”

The outlined map clearly shows where sewer lines are located within the city and where expansion has already been permitted. Developers will be given a “clear-cut” outline in the map of potential sewer expansion or use in proposals for new development.

Areas where sewer lines exist and areas where sewer expansion is already permitted run mainly along the southern edge of Milton along the city’s borders with Alpharetta and Roswell. Those areas include Mayfield Road and Green Road, neighborhoods along Hopewell Road north of Canton Street and the eastern border of the city from Morris Road to Francis Road.

The City Council still has the option to unilaterally expand these areas or add new locations in the future.

Also at the meeting, council members approved two subdivisions. The vote was 4-1 with Councilman Matt Kunz opposed and council members Rick Mohrig and Bill Lusk absent.

A 13-lot subdivision along Freemanville Road just north of Henderson Road was approved, bringing the development back to life after it was abandoned by the original developer in 2007.

The subdivision, dubbed Freemanville Crossing, includes 14.735 acres at .88 acres per lot.

Edgemont on Main, an 18-lot townhome development along Ga. 9 near Vaughn Drive and across from the Public Storage building, was also approved. The site sits on 2.09 total acres. The two-story townhome subdivision will include a retaining pond with landscaping visible from the road.

The City Council also approved a resolution approving a conflict council to represent Milton after the city, as well as other local municipalities, was sued by Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand.

City attorney Ken Jarrard’s law firm, Jarrard and Davis LLP, has provided consultation to the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors in the past, creating a possible conflict of interest.

The City Council approved Richard Carothers, Johns Creek city attorney, as its conflict council.

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