The Johns Creek Arts Center this week donated a gift in the form of a painting to the City of Johns Creek. The work, depicting the historic Summerour House at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center, was the winner of a contest that asked for art showcasing the City of Johns Creek. Don’t miss any Johns Creek Patch news! Subscribe to our free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Johns Creek City Council
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
City Council hears report on value of Eagle Scout projects in Johns Creek.
Eagle Scouts have contributed at least $160,000 in projects in Johns Creek since the city's formation six years ago. The Johns Creek City Council on Monday heard a report on the scope of volunteer projects by Eagle Scouts, who fundraise all expenses. Grant Hickey, communications director for the city, presented the report to the council at its Monday work session. According to the report, 152 projects have been completed since 2006, "that we're actually aware of," said Hickey. "We believe this is just a portion of projects across the city." Council member Brad Raffensperger also pointed out that Scouts are often able to get project materials donated, so the value likely exceeds the $159,970 cited in the report. Hickey agreed, saying the …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Johns Creek may take road if Roswell improves it and helps pay for traffic signal.
The City of Johns Creek has a proposal for Roswell: We'll take Nesbit Ferry Road if you help pay for a light at the Brumbelow intersection and make improvements to the road first. That proposal is the latest in discussions between the two cities that began with talks of installing a light at that location. 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 has asked Roswell to consider paying for half. 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. Johns Creek Mayor …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra granted funds for community outreach.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday voted to award a $5,000 arts grant to the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. While $30,000 had been factored into the FY 2012 budget for arts grants, the symphony was the only organization that met all criteria. According to Patty Hansen, chief of staff for the city, the symphony will use the money to publicize its events. "They did a very good job of coming within the bounds of [outreach] . . . letting citizens know what is available," she said. Two other organizations had requested funds, but one did not meet the criteria, and the other withdrew its application after it was sent back for review. Requested funds totaled $33,244. The unused money will go back into the city's reserve fund. Mayor Mike …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Budget passes admidst questions over staff raises, benefits.
The Johns Creek City Council this week approved 6-1 a $52 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Council member Brad Raffensperger was the lone dissenter admidst questions surrounding staff raises and benefits. During the Monday work session preceding a public budget hearing and the council's vote, Raffensperger pointed out that while the budget remained flat from the previous year's, he calculated that staff salary and benefit increases went up by more than $600,000. "I'm not concerned about salaries, but benefits," he said. "How do we stack up" to other cities? City Manager John Kachmar said the increases actually total in the $400,000 range, and that staff efficiency, the ratio of staff to citizens, and a low turnover rate …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Proposed $52 million balanced budget includes $45,534,051 in the general fund.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday took another look at the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget and held a public hearing. The council got its first look at the budget on Monday at its Aug. 20 work session. The proposed $52 million balanced budget includes $45,534,051 in the general fund. The budget could be approved after a second public hearing during the council's Sept. 10 meeting, but that approval could be pushed to later in September if necessary. The FY2013 budget starts Oct. 1. Finance Director Monte Vavra said the budget's goal was to "continue to improve services," "support public safety," and a "commitment to the reserve fund." During the Aug. 20 work session, City Manager John Kachmar outlined some of the proposed budget's …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Cooper Davis lauded for saving child from drowning.
The Johns Creek City Council on Monday recognized 8-year-old Cooper Davis for an "Act of Bravery." On July 2, Cooper, who was vacationing with his family in California, rescued an unconscious boy his own age by pulling him up from the bottom of a swimming pool. Cooper's father performed CPR on the child, and paramedics were able to revive him. Cooper's honor came on the same night Fire Chief Jeff Hogan presented the city's new water safety video, and the city swim team, JCATS, were recognized for their recent wins at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Swim Meet.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Savings from Jones Bridge work will fund more projects.
Johns Creek city staff on Monday recommended a handful of road projects that would be funded by money saved on recent work on Jones Bridge Road. Public Works Director Tom Black told the city council during its work session that the city saved money on three Jones Bridge Road intersection projects by finding federal, state and county funds for the work. Therefore, he recommended reallocating the $1,009,263 in local funds for additional projects on Jones Bridge Road as well as a new traffic light on Johns Creek Parkway at Lakefield Drive. The money would come from the 2012 budget or earlier. These projects would include widening Jones Bridge to four lanes from E. Fox Road to Douglas; improvements on Jones Bridge from State to Kimball that …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Council members to meet with consulting firm.
The Johns Creek City Council is in the early stages of exploring a "city center" concept. While no details regarding cost or location have been publicly discussed, the city has paid $51,000 to architecture and planning firm Sizemore Group to begin facilitating and studying the idea. Representatives of the Atlanta-based Sizemore Group, which master-planned the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, introduced themselves during the City Council's Monday work session. "[We help communities] figure out where they'd like to go," said the firm's Lilly Barrios. Mike Sizemore explained that the first steps in the process would include one-on-one meetings with council members to present questions to get them thinking, such as "Is there a place in Johns Creek […
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Proposed $52 million balanced budget includes $45,534,051 in the general fund.
The Johns Creek City Council got its first look at the Fiscal Year 2013 budget on Monday at its work session. The proposed $52 million balanced budget includes $45,534,051 in the general fund. Finance Director Monte Vavra, who presented the budget, said that the council will have a chance to go over the budget again at its work session on Aug. 27, which will be followed by the first public hearing at the council's regular meeting that evening. He said ideally the budget would be approved after a second public hearing during the council's Sept. 10 meeting, but that approval could be pushed to later in September if necessary. Vavra said the overall goal of the budget was to "continue and improve existing services." City Manager John Kachmar …