February 2019

As we look out over the 32-plus square miles of Johns Creek, there’s an energy. It’s almost electric. You can feel the hum, the rhythm of a city on the move. It’s only the second month of 2019 and things in Johns Creek are buzzing.
 
I’m proud to say that this looks like a year where plans are realized and things are getting done. One of the biggest things taking shape right now (literally taking shape) is the new City Hall building. Come this spring we’ll move into the new building and it will be home to all city departments and administrative functions, municipal court, police and fire departments.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity to consolidate our services under one roof and create a synergy for collaboration and improved coordination. We are confident residents will realize the benefits of the new facility and we look forward to seeing you there. We’ll host a city-wide public event at the new City Hall this year so please keep an eye out for upcoming announcements.
 
While we are on the subject of new buildings, we are pleased to note that the city’s fourth fire station is ready to become a reality. The construction of the new station is fully-funded in the FY2019 Budget and it will improve response time in northern and central Johns Creek and provide backup and overlap for response across the city. This addition will allow for our first responders to get to those who need help faster and in a more efficient manner. After all, health and life-safety are critically important for all our residents.
 
You may have already noticed but our city parks are implementing a number of upgrades, additions and amenities which park visitors will assuredly enjoy. We’ll soon be celebrating the completed refurbishment, preservation, and relocation of the historic smokehouse at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.
 
Additionally, Ocee Park is receiving noticeable and much-needed enhancements for both active participants and visitors. Crews are installing artificial turf infields at Ocee (similar to the successful artificial turf fields installed at Shakerag Park and Newtown Park in years past) which will allow for fewer rainout games due to improved drainage and field quality.
 
The city is converting five infields to artificial turf and upgrade efforts are on track and are planned to begin once all construction phases have been completed. Additionally, the existing bathroom facility renovations and a newly constructed bathroom facility, located behind Lang Field at Ocee Park, are also in the final stages of completion, again marking quality improvements and amenity upgrades for our park visitors.
 
I’m happy to round out the city’s key 2019 activities by mentioning our important infrastructure plans and projects. Thanks to voters approving the TSPLOST, the city can prioritize and fund transportation projects (TSPLOST projects) aimed at traffic congestion relief.
 
To date, the city is actively moving forward with several important and highly-anticipated projects. Activities include work to improve intersection functionality and safety at the Morton Road at State Bridge Road, which includes the construction of a right turn lane on Morton Road at the State Bridge Road intersection along with the resurfacing of Morton Road from Avian Drive to State Bridge Road. This work is expected to be completed this summer.
 
There are other infrastructure projects which are either in the works or soon to be approved which will enable the city to help other TSPLOST projects move forward within the five phases of the process: 1.) planning, 2.) concept designs, 3.) engineering, 4.) right-of-way acquisition, and 5.) construction. For more information on what’s ahead for 2019 and beyond, please visit the city’s Public Works webpage.
 
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It is an honor to be your Mayor and I’m delighted to serve the interests of all residents in our exceptional city. If you have questions, would like to share your thoughts with me or provide your input on our activities and events feel free to contact me either by email mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov or phone 678-451-3313.