February 2017

We are starting the New Year on strong footing, so look out 2017! While 2016 concentrated on our planning and long term goals, we are now excited to begin implementing those plans starting this year. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of what we have to look forward to in hopes that you will be as proud as I am on what we’ve set forth thus far.
With your overwhelming vote, we passed a Parks Bond to further enhance and begin the first phases of construction in our parks.  With the Fulton County passage of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or TSPLOST, we will begin significant road improvements that will be focused on mitigating traffic congestion as its first priority.  These two steps alone will truly transform our exceptional City and improve our overall quality of life while maintaining our premier residential character.  
Another important step was for the City to fulfill its long-term goal of consolidating all management functions from City Hall, the Fire Department, Police Department, and Municipal Court under one roof.  We recently pursued a contract for the purchase of an office building in Technology Park to do just that.  This important move will serve to strengthen our already premier municipal services to residents.
While timetables are merely goals, we have a number of areas of focus in the first quarter of the calendar year, which I anticipate will have great impact on the months ahead.
We intend to complete TSPLOST plans, which we will share with you, along with the formulation of our strategy and associated timetables.  While planning moves forward, we will continue to make progress with other congestion relief efforts such as the McGinnis Ferry Road, Jones Bridge Road, and Abbotts Bridge Road widening projects.
Each project is in varying stages from planning to pre-construction so I encourage you to attend related planning meetings, and follow our updates and progress reports on the City’s website.
Related to transportation, the City intends to complete its revisions to the Sidewalk Policy, which will include a prioritized list that outlines where and when to build sidewalks throughout Johns Creek.
We will also continue to move forward with our long-term plan to replace many of our street signs, to include those at the gateway entrances of the City, with the new logo and tagline – “Be the Exception,” which was selected as we felt it best represented what we strive for as a community - top ranked schools, the safest community, highly educated, hardworking, and premier municipal services.
We will also keep you in the loop regarding progress with our parks planning strategy and timeline.  The City Council took an important step forward in this regard when it authorized the City in January to move forward with obtaining a bond validation judgment from Fulton County Superior Court and securing a bond rating from rating agencies.  This action will enable us to secure the up to $40 million bond which will be used to accelerate the build out of five new parks and refurbishment of our four existing parks.
We will close out the first quarter of the calendar with a very special occasion when Johns Creek will have the honor to host The Wall that Heals, which is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Wall and Mobile Education Center, March 30 – April 2 at Newtown Park.  Johns Creek is the only stop for the The Wall that Heals in Georgia in 2017 so please take advantage of this opportunity to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and to learn more about the impact of the Vietnam War.
I encourage you to get or stay involved as we embark on the next decade together.  I will make time to talk with you directly regarding questions, concerns, or general comments about the direction we are heading as a City in 2017, which is shaping up to be a fantastic year!  My direct line is 678-451-3313.