August 2019

August allows us to squeeze out the remaining weekends of summer, finish our vacations, work in the garden, prepare to return to school, or soak up precious outdoor moments in a park.
 
August is also National Wellness Month. No matter how you relax or have fun, or reduce stress to manage more healthy routines, its highly beneficial to create positive habits for a healthy lifestyle.
 
The City of Johns Creek is doing a number of things to help our entire community create opportunities for wellness and health. From adult fitness classes and activities to adult and youth sports, the city is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of its residents and visitors through comprehensive recreation and park programs, facilities, and services.
 
In addition, the city also provide Adaptive Recreation programs offering social and recreational opportunities for disabled Johns Creek children and young adults, along with their families and friends. The programs provide residents opportunities for new experiences, enhanced self-esteem, and to promote community involvement. Most of the programs and events are free. Pre-registration may be required for some events and activities.
 
In the past several weeks the city has unveiled a few online tools which can assist residents, homeowners, and visitors with reviewing and reporting of information.
 
The first is a 2019 Homestead Exemption Calculator tool which allows homeowners a closer look into the 2019 exemptions. With a 2019 property assessments mailed out by Fulton County, you’ll want to make sure you understand and verify you are receiving the most accurate and correct exemption calculation. You can verify your 2019 homestead exemption included in your annual notice of assessment by completing the 2019 Homestead Exemption Calculator Tool.
 
The second instrument is the City of Johns Creek’s smartphone app (JC Now) which received a major facelift and functionality upgrade. JC Now streamlines the issue reporting process for residents, providing the option to log into the app and report an issue. Residents have the ability to track and receive notifications when the issue has been resolved. Residents can also report issues through JC Now anonymously.
 
Thanks to the upgrade, JC Now offers residents the ability to:
  • Report an issue, such as a pothole, or request services.
  • Track their reporting or request and communicate with city staff.
  • Receive push emergency notifications directly from the city.
  • Contractors and commercial businesses can submit inspection requests. 
 
Downloading the app is easy – simply search “JC Now” in the App Store or Google Play.
 
BACK TO SCHOOL
 
As I do each and every year, allow me to share a special message about students returning to school. I offer you all best wishes for a successful school year full of achievement and accolades for your start students. But that’s only part of the message.
 
I particularly ask that each and every parent, carpool driver, bus driver and caregiver take time and pay close attention to our kids as they move in and out of our schools. School is back in session mid- August and as children head back, let’s please remember to keep safety first.
 
Let’s be mindful of a few easy steps we can all take: Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, watch for officers directing traffic and pay attention to the flashers placed in school zones to alert you to slower speeds and student activity.
 
Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children, so stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
 
While our children aren’t 100 percent of our population, they are 100 percent of our future! Let’s work together to protect them.
 
Be sure to make the most of your waning days of summer and get outside while the weather remains enjoyable. Public park space in the City of Johns Creek is a perfect place to stroll, unwind, or get active. Repeated exposure to nature and the outdoors has countless benefits and strengthens your overall health.
 
Drop me a line and let me know. I always welcome your thoughts, feedback and concerns so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can always reach me either by email mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov or phone 678-451-3313.