North Fulton cities enacting emergency law during coronavirus

Canton Street in downtown.  CITY OF ROSWELL

Canton Street in downtown. CITY OF ROSWELL

North Fulton cities continued to make adjustments on business matters, Monday, in the wake of the coronavirus.

Alpharetta City Council enacted a law that potentially allows members to vote on city business by email for the next two months. The emergency operations ordinance was adopted during a special called City Council meeting in response to coronavirus concerns. The measure allows Council members to vote without advertising or a public meeting.

Alpharetta has closed its offices and canceled all city meetings through April 12. If a City Council meeting becomes necessary before that date, it will be conducted online, said James Drinkard, assistant city administrator.

“[The ordinance] will be a last resort,” said Drinkard. “Our main plan during this period is…to go to all online meetings. Members would conference in and the public could pose questions.”

Drinkard said the ordinance was adopted for the possibility that technology fails to provide online viewing for the public.

The new regulation is in effect for the next 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days with a majority vote by City Council.


Milton City Council members voted to halt all issues that require a public hearing for 30 days. A city statement said that under Milton’s emergency ordinance, committees and boards are suspended and City Council will only meet on matters related to the coronavirus, public health and safety issues.

“We take our responsibilities to the citizens of Milton very seriously, including the need to be as transparent and clear as possible,” said Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood.


Roswell City Council will hold a meeting at 5 pm. Tuesday to enact an emergency ordinance. Meetings are regularly live streamed. Visit

Sandy Springs 

Sandy Springs' regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be live streamed, this week. Visit the following site to see the meeting and make public comment: