In support of a cooperative agreement with Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Assoc.
- City of Johns Creek Mayor and City Council
- United States of America
The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, is a unique facility in the bustling City of Johns Creek GA. It features 46 acres of forest, woodland trails, winding creek, heritage gardens, historic buildings, and animal exhibits.
The beautiful Autrey Mill of today was built over a 20-year period under the leadership of the non-profit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association (AMNP) Board and its talented staff, with the vital help of generous public and private supporters, and by harnessing the indispensable work of volunteers.
With the stability provided by a 30-year lease agreement (originally with Fulton County and now with the City of Johns Creek) AMNP has been able to conduct long-range planning; receive major grants; undertake larger, multi-year projects; and accept donations of heirlooms and important historic items. Operating under this lease, the AMNP Board has provided responsible stewardship of the land and continually made improvements.
On March 11, 2009, the City of Johns Creek took the extraordinary step of suing the AMNP non-profit corporation operated by community volunteers. In its lawsuit the City seeks to invalidate the 30-year lease and seeks control over the historic items that have been donated to AMNP over the years.
We, the undersigned, recognize the Autrey Mill of today was built over a 20-year period under the leadership of the non-profit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association (AMNP). Operating under a 30-year lease (originally with Fulton County and now with the City of Johns Creek), the AMNP Board has proven its ability to manage and improve the facility, protect the land, preserve local historic structures, responsibly execute large grants, engage the community in volunteerism, and provide the public with valuable recreational and educational programs.
For these reasons we, the undersigned, urge the City of Johns Creek to drop its lawsuit, honor the 30-year lease with the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association, and move forward with a cooperative agreement that provides for the betterment and long-term viability of the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center.
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