Milton councilman cited for violation of code of ethics

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“I believe I have always done a good job of representing the voice of the community and will continue to do so,” Moore told AJC. “I don’t think I was wrong. I’m going to explore a remedy but I don’t know… yet what censorship means.

Residents of a section of the upscale White Columns community in Milton say speeding on their streets is a problem, but many, including Moore, object to four digital speed camera signs located in the club section neighborhood golf course. The homeowners association paid approximately $15,000 for the panels.

Moore has lived in White Columns, a neighborhood of 434 houses, for 24 years.

There are a total of 220 homes in the golf club section of the community. Most members of the golf country club live outside the neighborhood and are the source of much of the speeding, Moore and others claim.

At the May meeting, the city council deferred its decision to pay the White Columns Homeowners Association $6,853 as partial payment for the signs, following a motion by Moore. He suggested digital signs be disabled or removed until an updated speed study shows the need.

Milton approved the payment at a regular August 1 board meeting, at which Moore apologized.

Residents complained to members of council that they were not allowed to decide whether the signs should be put up. Residents said the signs are “unsightly,” “distracting,” and don’t meet neighborhood standards, which could impact home values.

The ethics committee statement said the members “Believe (Moore) were aware or should have been aware of the potential conflict of interest” and that it was aware that some residents thought the signs “could harm the values of the House”.

The ethics complaint was filed by the president of the White Columns owners’ association, Tony Palazzo, who is independent of the organization.

“At the end of the day, what matters to me personally is protecting the children and families who live along White Columns Drive,” Palazzo said. “…I felt like what happened at that (May) meeting was inappropriate. The ethics complaint ‘wasn’t something I wanted to do, but unfortunately, I felt it was something that had to be done.

Moore served on city council for three years. He previously served on the planning commission for 13 years and served as chairman for nine of those years.

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