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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August I - August 7, 1997 Milton Council faces zoning, 1997-98 budget matters Aug. 4 By Rosanne Pack Milton Town Council members have a full evening ahead of them next week when they stack tax as- sessment appeals, a zoning hear- ing and the regular council meet- ing into one night. Monday, Aug. 4, council convenes at 6:30 p.m. in the library to hear appeals to property tax assessments. Follow- ing the appeal session, at 7 p.m., a zoning hearing is scheduled, and the council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. The council meeting agenda in- cludes revisiting several issues that have come before the elected officials in the last few months as well as the first look at a draft of the town's 1997-98 budget. The budget must be finalized and ap- proved by the end of September. According to Mayor Jack Bushey, the budget is expected to be approximately $750,000. He said Jackie Moore, town clerk, is in the process of meeting with de- partment heads and she is compil- ing their tentative budgets along with projected town income and expenses. Representatives of the town's accounting firm, Thomas S. Sombar P.A., attended the July 23 council workshop and dis- cussed methods of accounting and projecting that should help the town move some areas of opera- tion out of the loss column. It was pointed out that some town ser- vices, such as sanitation (sewer), are budgeted at a loss. Accountant Gordon Harman showed that at the current tax rate, the amount of money collected for sewer is less than the amount required to oper- ate the service. Harman and Sombar are work- ing with the town clerk to estab- lish book keeping methods that will allow council members and city officials to track income and expenses on a monthly basis, and to compare current figures with those of the same time period in previous years. In the spring, some council members had requested the monthly financial reports in order to track the town's financial status and know what percentage of the budgeted amount had been col- lected and spent in any given month. The zoning hearing set for 7 p.m. should be the final determi- nation of zoning designation for Swann Point (formerly River Mil- ton). The Milton Planning and Zoning Commission recommend- ed that the developers be granted R-2, medium density multi-family residential, and council members are expected to vote on the recom- mendation Monday night. A vote to approve would give the go-ahead to the deAntonio Group to construct a 60+ unit de- velopment of single and semi-de- tached (duplex),homes on 16 acres roughly bounded by Behringer and Atlantic avenues. Milton council will hear reports on the status of surveillance and review of the situation at "the Coops," 116 Collins St. Neighbor- ing resident Richard Moonblatt submitted a petition at last month's council meeting, com- plaining of conditions at the rental property and requesting that the town take appropriate action. The petition circulated by Moonblatt alleges that nuisance conditions at the site include drug activity, un- sanitary conditions, unsafe hous- ing, loud music and loitering. Contacted earlier this week, Moonblatt said he received copies of letters that the town sent to the county health department and to the fire marshal's office regarding the Coops. He said he understands that the town police have in- creased patrols of the area, and logs are being kept of patrols and any activity that should be moni- tored. He said a representative of petition signers will be present at all town council meetings to fol- low progress of improving what they see as a problem situation. "We are responding to the peti- tion," Mayor Bushey said. "We have requested that the health de- partment inspect and determine if the property is suitable for habita- tion. We are asking that the fire marshal's office check to make sure the property meets fire safety codes. Bushey said that no legal action has been taken on Milton property owned by Damalier J. Molina. His property, at the cor- ner of Behringer and Atlantic streets, attracted unfavorable at- tention since it has been the site of unfinished construction for more than six months. The condition of leaving an open foundation pit since February caused the town to give him a deadline for complet- ing foundation block work and laying the first floor deck for his vacation home. The July 22 dead- line passed without Molina com- plying with the town's directive. 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