Wednesday, March 13, 2013
City council OKs donation for traffic light at Johns Creek Parkway and Lakefield Drive.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday gave to OK for a GDOT study exploring the feasibility of a connector between Old Alabama and State Bridge roads. The goal would be to lessen school traffic that travels between Old Alabama and State Bridge roads via Medlock Bridge Road in the morning. In a February work session, Public Works Director Tom Black said the traffic is a result of not many residents in neighborhoods on Buice Road off Old Alabama using school buses. He said the school traffic travels from Old Alabama, turns left onto Medlock, then left onto State Bridge heading to Johns Creek High and State Bridge Elementary schools, then returns via the same path. The project would hopefully lessen the burden on Medlock in the morning. The …
Roswell issues stop-work order; Johns Creek votes to pull work permit application.
Potential construction of a traffic signal at Brumbelow and Nesbit Ferry roads on the Johns Creek-Roswell border has seemingly hit a final red light after several rounds of negotiating between the two cities. After numerous inquiries from Johns Creek residents, the city of Johns Creek had conducted studies and determined that the intersection needed a traffic light for safety purposes. Johns Creek had earmarked $200,000 for a traffic signal but asked Roswell to consider paying for half, which Roswell ultimately declined to do. About two-thirds of the intersection at Nesbitt Ferry and Brumbelow roads is in Roswell, with the rest in the Johns Creek right-of-way. In December, Johns Creek decided to proceed on construction of the signal …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
City Council recognizes Carishma Chinoy for receiving Girl Scout Gold Award.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday recognized Carishma Chinoy for receiving the Girl Scout of America Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. Chinoy, a Northview High student, earned the award by creating a documentary film, "Breaking Barriers," which highlights the refugee community in Clarkston. "Girl Scout Chinoy is an example of the great contribution the Girl Scout program makes in shaping today’s young women to be leaders of tomorrow," read the council's resolution in part.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The proposed House Bill would limit a city's ability to control cell towers through zoning
The Johns Creek City Council this week voted unanimously to oppose state legislation that would limit city zoning controls for cell phone towers. According to the city council resolution, House Bill 176 would negate the Federal Telecommunications Act, which authorizes cities to regulate the placement of towers through zoning procedures as long as wireless coverage is not prohibited. City attorney Bill Riley told the council that the bill is an "attempt by the cell phone industry to subvert the zoning process." While the bill would mean that cell phone companies don't have to prove a need for the tower, don't have to prove that they haven't found a better location, and don't have to prove a need to enlarge the tower later, the city would …
Proposed project would lessen traffic on Medlock Bridge Road.
The Johns Creek City Council this week discussed the feasibility of constructing a connector between Old Alabama and State Bridge roads. Public Works Director Tom Black said his department has applied for state money to fund a study of the project. The goal would be to lessen school traffic that travels between Old Alabama and State Bridge roads via Medlock Bridge Road in the morning. Black said the traffic is a result of not many residents in neighborhoods on Buice Road off Old Alabama using school buses. He said the school traffic travels from Old Alabama, turns left onto Medlock, then left onto State Bridge heading to Johns Creek High and State Bridge Elementary schools, then returns via the same path. The project would hopefully …
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday recognized Robert Warren of Troop 629 and Chandler St. John and Andrew Lockwood of Troop 2000 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Warren completed his community service project by leading a volunteer team in collecting, cleaning and repairing 62 bicycles for the Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program in Atlanta. St. John completed his community service project by raising funds for and planting trees and flowers at Canine Assistants, an organization that trains service dogs to help people with disabilities. Lockwood completed his project by creating an outdoor atrium at Taylor Road Middle School.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Jagadeesh Movva, William Peter Johns obtain Eagle Scout rank.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday recognized Jagadeesh Movva of Troop 3143 and William Peter Johns of Troop 629 for joining the Eagle Scout ranks. Movva completed his community service project by enhancing the wildlife habitat at the NE/Spruill Oaks Library. He extended and widened the stone walkway that surrounds the library, built a storage bench and platform for the birdfeeder, and planted trees and shrubbery. Johns completed his project by leading a team of volunteers in constructing a bench and pergola at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell and also planted an assortment of flowers.
Public works director gives overview of road, sidewalk, park projects since 2007.
Since its founding in 2006, the city of Johns Creek has seen more than 200 improvements to its roads, parks and sidewalks. Johns Creek's Public Works Director Tom Black presented an overview of these projects to the city council on Monday. He pointed out Newtown Park projects, including the Beneful Dream Dog Park, the parking lot expansion and a future multipurpose pavilion and new playground equipment installation. "We've done quite a bit with the park, and will continue to do quite a bit with your support," he said. Many of the projects were completed with state and federally funded dollars and matching grants. Mayor Mike Bodker commended Black and his staff for getting "a lot done" with limited funds. Black also presented two …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Residents, businesses will be fined for false alarms.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday approved an ordinance in the hopes of curbing false alarms. More than 5,000 false alarms went off in the city in 2012, which the city says diverts resources from real emergencies and places an undue burden on public safety officers. If "you pass this ordinance ordinance, you'll see the number of false alarms drop drastically," said Johns Creek Fire Chief Jeff Hogan. He described the ordinance as a "win-win" in that it will also education residents and business owners of the process. No penalty would be imposed on the first and second false police alarm, but $50 would be charged for the third to fifth, with that amount increasing each time. For fire alarms, there would be no charge for the first false …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
City council sets 2013 election qualifying dates.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday gave the thumbs up to a St. Brigid Catholic Church expansion, wine tastings and election qualifying fees and dates. As St. Brigid is close to acquiring some adjacent land, it requested the city's permission to add about two acres to its campus at Old Alabama and Brumbelow roads. The addition would include expanding an existing church building and constructing a two-story parking deck. Representatives for the church told the council that the request addressed two of the church's main concerns – the need for more meeting space and overflow parking. One of the biggest complaints the church receives from neighbors, it said, is overflow parking into neighborhoods during peak church hours. According to the …