February 2020

Just one month into the new decade and the City of Johns Creek is already seeing positive activity on projects, programs, and initiatives. With beneficial progress on several key infrastructure and park improvements, 2020 is off to a successful beginning.

We began the new year by swearing in two newly elected councilmembers (councilmembers Erin Elwood and Brian Weaver) and welcoming one councilmember back for another term of service (councilman Chris Coughlin). 

In addition to welcoming our new City Council, it gives me great pride to report we are in active construction on the city’s first TSPLOST project. The project is the widening of State Bridge Road from four to six lanes between Camden Way and the Chattahoochee River. Please be patient as intermittent lane closures can be expected along State Bridge Road from Camden Way (east of Medlock Bridge Road.) to the Chattahoochee River bridge.

The project also includes construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River north of the existing westbound roadway bridge. With anticipated completion estimated for early December 2020, weather permitting, the overall project seeks to reduce delays and lessen traffic congestion along State Bridge Road.

February also marks the start of construction on the city’s newest pocket park: Morton Road Park. The four-acre park, on Morton Road east of State Bridge Road, will have rubber-surfaced earth mounds, an open play area and playground, a pavilion, picnic shelters, a multi-use path and a half-court basketball court.

Initial site grading begins in mid-February, with a groundbreaking ceremony tentatively set for the end of the month. Weather permitting, we are expecting the park to be complete at the end of October 2020. This is the first brand-new park that would move to the construction phase for residents of Johns Creek, and I believe this will be an amenity to celebrate. 

Another event coming in February is one which is rapidly becoming an annual mainstay for our North Fulton communities. The cities of Johns Creek, Milton, Alpharetta, and Roswell, and the Ed Isakson YMCA are hosting a Special Needs Services and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpharetta Community Center. 

The event will showcase local area services designed for the special needs population of North Fulton and to advocate, partner and network with the community. The goal of the event is to showcase services designed for the special needs populations of North Fulton and to advocate, partner and network with the community. Vendors, providers and businesses that offer services for special needs populations.

We may be a bit out in front of this initiative but its importance is significant. Beginning in March 2020, every household in the United States will receive a notice to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. 

Every 10 years, the census counts everyone living in the United States on April 1, no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or why they are in the country. The count includes children and newborn babies, citizens and noncitizens, and temporary residents.

The census asks a handful of basic questions and will be available in many languages. From May-July 2020, census takers will visit households that have no yet responded. A census taker can assist if you need help completing your form.

Information collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year. These funds impact critical services, including education, health care, senior centers, and public transportation. Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of needs, including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores.

Your personal information is confidential and protected by law. Your responses can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine eligibility for government benefits. For more information, visit 2020census.gov.

Lastly, please plan to come by City Hall to participate in the first City Council quarterly Town Hall meeting of 2020. The Town Hall is open to the public and takes place on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 11360 Lakefield Drive.

The purpose of the Town Hall is to engage and dialogue with the public and discuss topics of interest. The Town Hall will be streamed live on the City’s website and the recorded video will be available on the city website the following day.

Remember that February is not only the month of our President's Day Holiday (City Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17) but it is also a February with 29 days. Let’s all remember to drive safely, practice patience, and work to make our city exceptional as we leap into 2020.

And as always, send me an email or call me to share what’s on your mind or ask any questions you may have. I welcome your thoughts, feedback and concerns so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email at mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov or phone 678-451-3313.