March 2020

As we await springtime and new beginnings, it gives me great pleasure to announce that I’ve nominated Ed Densmore for the position of City Manager. I am confident he will be a perfect fit for our city.

We began the search process with the primary goal of securing a highly-qualified and accomplished visionary who demonstrates a distinct familiarity, energy, and passion for Johns Creek. Ed Densmore brings an exceptional and intimate knowledge of our community along with great respect and admiration from current city staff for being an unparalleled leader.

Following the state-mandated fourteen-day vetting period, I and the other members of City Council will vote on his official appointment at the March 9 City Council Meeting. Ed is a tremendous asset to our city and he will continue as the police chief until a new police chief has been selected.

We also host a number of special events coming up this March beginning with a special celebration and dedication at the Newtown Park Veterans Memorial Walk. Join us on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. as we celebrate, honor, and thank those who have served in our nation’s military services. This special Honoring Our Veterans event will feature the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Vietnam Wall that Heals at the Veterans Memorial Walk.

The permanent installation of the Wall is due to the efforts of the Johns Creek Veterans Association and the Leadership Johns Creek Class of 2019. The Wall That Heals originally came to Johns Creek in 2017.  

The “Wall That Heals” honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The addition of the “Wall That Heals” in Johns Creek would bring the number of these installations to four outside of Washington, DC.  

The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length and, similar to the original memorial, is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

I am pleased to report that the city has a few important projects under construction and in progress. Crews began construction of the city’s fourth fire station to be housed on property at 4795 Kimball Bridge Road. The new fire station will improve response times and better service the approximately 8,867 residents who reside within the station area.

The city broke ground and began construction on the future Morton Road Pocket Park. The four-acre park, located off East Morton Road, near State Bridge Road, will feature a playground, pavilion, walkways, picnic areas, a restroom and a half-court basketball court. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall, weather permitting.

The city will also host the annual Easter Egg Dash & Spring Park Party for youngsters 10 and under at Shakerag Park on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The City's Recreation and Parks Division sponsors the FREE event, which features 20,000 eggs, filled with goodies and toys. The Spring Park Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be four different age-group egg dashes.

The Easter Egg Dash will be structured according to age with youngsters organized by ages 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10. Activities include face painting, a moonwalk, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Egg dashers should bring their own baskets, and parents should bring their own cameras.

And on Sunday, March 29, the city hosts the Special Needs Easter Egg Dash which begins at 10 a.m.  Join us at Park Place at Newtown School for a fun spring morning of games, activities, an Easter Egg Hunt and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

Our Adaptive Recreation Programs & Events are designed to expose participants to new experiences; enhance self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence; and promote community involvement. All ages are welcome!

I would be negligent for not reminding everyone of the upcoming opportunity to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. It is so important for all residents of Johns Creek to be counted, including children and newborn babies, citizens and noncitizens, and temporary residents.

The census counts everyone living in the United States beginning on April 1, 2020. By asking a handful of basic questions (available in many languages) the census data collected helps guide 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.

Remember, your personal information is confidential and protected by law and 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.

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.