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Cities pursue joint park space

Milton officials move forward with land purchase



MILTON, Ga. — The Milton City Council voted to move forward with purchasing agreements for three parcels of land on Mayfield Road that could be used for a shared park with the City of Alpharetta.

The parcels lying between Harrington Road and Bethany Road – total just under 12 acres.

The sale price for two of the parcels total $1.5 million, half to be paid by each city, while a third parcel, the smallest of three at 1.73 acres, is being donated.

Both sellers have an addendum that they will be permitted to live on the property, without being charged rent or local taxes, for up to 12 months after closing. The sellers will still be responsible for maintaining the property and paying all utilities.

The cities will now enter a 60-day due diligence period in which the parcels will undergo surveys and the cities can opt out of the sale.

The funds for the purchase are not being paid by Milton’s Greenspace Bond, which passed last November.

In other action, city council voted unanimously to table an updated noise control ordinance.

City staff noted that the current ordinance was difficult to administer and enforce, and they instead proposed an ordinance similar to that of Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina, where Police Chief Rich Austin previously served.

As proposed, the new ordinance would better define times of operation for loud noise-producing activities, such as construction or events with amplified sounds.

The ordinance also defined an “unreasonable noise,” one that may not exceed decibel limits but would be perceived as a nuisance.

However, councilmembers took issue with some of the changes, including one that would define permissible times for certain noise-producing activities to end at sundown.

Councilmember Rick Mohrig was against this proposal, stating that sunset occurs much later in the evening during summer. Councilmember Bill Lusk agreed, stating it would add an extra burden on public safety in enforcing the ordinance later in the evening.

Concerns over noise from Milton High School athletic events, times where construction noise is permitted and the ordinance as it relates to zoning were also raised by residents, three of whom spoke at the meeting.

Councilmember Burt Hewitt was in favor of the tabling the issue, saying he would prefer to make the ordinance “cut and dry and clear as possible” before moving ahead. Lusk said it would be best to have the ordinance thoroughly vetted before passage.

The ordinance will be back for deliberation at the Council’s Sept. 11 meeting.

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