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Milton welcomes new board members
Signs with summer programs

by Will Houp

May 13, 2013

MILTON, Ga. Several new faces will join Milton's Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals after the May 6 City Council meeting. Councilmembers Karen Thurman, Matt Kunz and Lance Large all appointed a new Milton resident from their respective districts.

The board is a seven-member board with a resident appointed by each councilmember and the mayor. It is charged to grant variance to the adopted building codes and construction materials as well as techniques.

For District 1, Thurman nominated Bill Newell.

"Bill Newell and his family have been active in Milton High School for many years," she said.

Kunz nominated Gordon Hunter to be the representative for District 2. He cited Hunter's lengthy time in the Milton community as a major reason for the appointment.

"He is very happy to serve in this capacity," Kunz said.

Lastly, Large nominated Rick Mohrig to the board for District 6. Mohrig is a former Milton councilmember. He served in Milton's first years as a councilmember.

"Mohrig has been very involved with the city for many years," Large said. "He runs his own construction renovation business. He's a good friend and a good neighbor."

The Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals is an appointment-only board. It is also voluntary.

The board meets as needed, but it is required to meet within 30 days of the Community Development Department accepting an appeals application. There are no requirements for board members.

Mayor Joe Lockwood said he was grateful to the residents who will be serving.

"Thank you guys for stepping up and helping out," he said.

Milton's Parks and Recreation Department geared up for the summer at the last council meeting. Councilmembers approved contract agreements for fitness classes, boot camps, girls' lacrosse programming, basketball camps and yoga classes along with children's music classes and YMCA soccer, summer camps and recreation classes.

Council also heard the first reading of a rezoning on Batesville Road. There are three lots that are proposed to be rezoned from agricultural to community unit plan zoning. The applicant wishes to develop 15 single-family residences on 19.9 acres, according to the May 6 meeting agenda.