JCCA Newsletter December 2015

Remember to Vote TODAY!
Exercise your right as a citizen of the United States, and make your way to the polling station today for Johns Creek’s runoff election. Johns Creek City Council positions will be voted on in a general and special election. The candidates are below:
 Candidates for the General Election:
  Jay Lin, Post 2
  Chris Coughlin, Post 2
  Todd Burkhalter, Post 2
 Candidates for the Special Election:
  Chris Coughlin, Post 2
  Todd Burkhalter, Post 2
  Stephanie Endres, Post 5
  Nazeera Dawood, Post 5


Click here to find your neighborhood poll!

Special Reminder to all Candidates: Please remember to remove your campaign signs! 

Johns Creek Purchases 133 Acres of Land
The Johns Creek City Council authorized the Mayor on Nov. 16 to execute a purchase agreement for approximately 133 acres of land for recreation and parks.
“I am very pleased for our residents that City Council authorized this significant purchase,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “This large tract of land provides the city additional park space, and will add to the high quality of life in Johns Creek. The public has said loud and clear that adding park space in Johns Creek is a high priority.”

The property will be used for recreation and/or open space for the benefit of the public.  It is located in the eastern half of the city adjacent to the Rogers Bridge Trail and the proposed Rogers Bridge connection to Duluth. The property has vehicular access from Bell Road and has nearly 2,000 ft of frontage along the Chattahoochee River.
The final park site plan has yet to be determined and the public will have input into the final park layout.

The JCCA Annual Meeting
Date:  January 26, 2016

Location: Atlanta Athletic Club

*Details are forthcoming…

Mayor Bodker’s Christmas Parade Set for Dec. 2

The City of Johns Creek will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of Georgia’s hospitals serving persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.
For 56 years, cities across Georgia have brought the joy of the holiday season to patients at Georgia’s seven regional behavioral health hospitals through the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.

Donated items from the City of Johns Creek will be delivered to Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta on Dec. 2. Requested items for donation include: clothing, personal care items, games, movies, gift wrapping items, and individually wrapped snack items. A detailed list of requested items can be found at here.

Donations can be brought to:

Johns Creek City Hall: 12000 Findley Road, Suite 400
Chamber of Commerce: 10475 Medlock Bridge Rd, Suite 122
Fire Station #61:  10265 Medlock Bridge Parkway
Fire Station #62:  10925 Rogers Circle
Fire Station #63:  3165 Old Alabama Road
Civic organizations, businesses, churches, schools, scout troops and individual citizens are encouraged to help with the collection of gifts for the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.
For more information on how groups can participate, please call Edie Damann at

 
Enter Your Group in the Johns Creek Founders Day Parade
There’s still time to enter your group in Johns Creek’s Founders Day Parade!

Build friendships, a sense of community and a float for the 9th Annual Johns Creek Founders Day Parade scheduled for Dec. 5.

The Founders Day Parade caps a week of festivities that celebrates the City’s incorporation in 2006. The 1.4-mile-long parade has grown in popularity with an estimated 10,000 people lining the mile-long route on State Bridge Road.

Competition is spirited as groups and organizations vie for Best Subdivision, Best Business/Civic Group, and Best School/Scout float. When you do your planning, remember that there’s only one Santa, and he rides in a firetruck at the end. Also, keep a look-out for the JCCA as we will be riding in the parade!

Questions?

Call Grant Hickey at 678.512.3351. To secure a place in the parade, please fill out an application and email it to Grant.Hickey@JohnsCreekGA.gov, or fax to 678.512.3244, or drop it off at City Hall at 12000 Findley Rd.

Apply to Johns Creek Citizens Fire Academy
 
Johns Creek residents can get a detailed look at how their fire department operates when the Johns Creek Fire Department (JCFD) launches its next Citizens Fire Academy, Feb. 2, 2016.

During the 12-week course, participants will learn about JCFD operations, fire tactics and strategies and aspects of fire prevention and investigation techniques. The academy meets Feb. 2, 13, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 9, 16 and 19 and includes classroom instruction (equipment, fire prevention); demonstrations (CPR, investigation techniques); and practical exercises (fire ground training, emergency medical exercises).

The Citizens Fire Academy is open to Johns Creek residents or those who work in Johns Creek age 18 and older who successfully pass the application process and a criminal history check.

Download the application or get one at JCFD Headquarters, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 380, Johns Creek, GA 30097. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2015.

 If accepted, there is a $25 program fee. Contact: Meloni Bryson at  678-474-1641 orMeloni.Bryson@JohnsCreekGA.gov.
 

Ham Radio Parity Act Passes Senate
On November 18, the Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation by a voice vote.

S. 1685 replaces community associations’ guidelines and rules and imposes a federal standard for approval of the installation of HAM radio towers and antennas. If this bill should become law, community associations would lose the ability to create reasonable processes and aesthetic guidelines, of which are essential to preserving property values and ensuring the safety of homeowners.

Click here to learn more about how you can help to prevent S.1685 from becoming a law.

Johns Creek High Schools Make Top 20 List
 
Niche.com has listed the best public high schools in Georgia based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors also include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more. Click here to see the entire list.

Traffic Announcements
The City of Johns Creek has several traffic improvement projects occurring throughout the year.

Please read below and click on the links for ongoing and recently approved projects. Any questions regarding specific projects should be directed to the Johns Creek Call Center at 678-512-3200, or you may email info@JohnsCreekGA.gov.

City of Johns Creek Traffic Improvement Overview

The JCCA is Now Accepting Applications
for the 2016 Board of Directors!
If you would like to serve on the JCCA’s Board, and help to lead changes in our community, please email Rep6@JCCAhome.org for more information and application procedures.  We are also accepting applications for volunteer positions, such as Zoning Committee and Membership Committee.

Invoices Have Been Mailed
 
All invoices have been mailed out to members! Please let us know if anything has changed since last year.
Season’s Greetings to you and your family from the Johns Creek Community Association! Have a happy New Year!
Post Your Events for FREE!

Many services are available for Johns Creek residents through this website. Simply click the website link and you’ll immediately be able to advertise your next garage sale, article, business, or community event for FREE! This is a great service and connector for everyone in Johns Creek!
   Thank you to the 2015 JCCA Sponsors!

American Disposal logo 2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool

JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFave – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Laura Dobbs – Vice President
Country Club of the South
vp@jccahome.org

Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org

Bob Schneider – Treasurer
Rivermont
treasurer@jccahome.org

Kirk Canaday
Hayden’s Walk
rep5@jccahome.org

David Kornbluh
Hayden’s Walk
rep7@jccahome.org

Ernest Moosa
Medlock Bridge
rep6@jccahome.org

Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
Michael Pelot-Hobbs
Prestwick
rep8@jccahome.org
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JCCA Newsletter April 2015

JCCA Workshop Advises New HOA Leaders on Their Positions
Serving on Your HOA Board: The Pay Outweighs the Benefits

Sometimes you enter a position and immediately learn all that you need to know. Then, there are times where you never learn or know what you need until the moment demands an action. The Johns Creek Community Association (JCCA) has planned workshops with these scenarios in mind.  The March 31, 2015 workshop was specifically developed for those who have recently acquired leadership positions on their HOA board, or those who needed a refresher on the policies and procedures that accompany their position.

Attorney Jonathan Benator of Lazega & Johanson facilitated the March 31 workshop and covered numerous subjects, including Board of Director roles, covenants vs. rules and regulations, and how to contract with vendors.

Workshop Facilitator Jonathan Benator is a senior associate at Lazega & Johanson LLC and specializes in residential real estate law. “I work closely with and advise Boards of Directors and property managers on a daily basis, so it was indeed an honor to speak to the citizens of Johns Creek,” Benator said. “HOAs are a major part of our communities, so I thank everyone who attended and hope the information will be found useful.”

Despite the set agenda, many JCCA members began to immediately ask questions that covered bylaws, assessments and liens, towing,  maintenance provisions, and even guidance on how to handle dead trees that may fall in your yard. Benator was also able to give much needed advice on issues that may be overlooked.

 

“You should renew your community association’s corporate registration every year with the secretary of state to make sure that your community association is in ‘good standing,'” Benator said. “If you fail to pay the annual fee for several years, your community association will be administratively dissolved.”

 

He also encouraged members to check their governing documents to ensure that the covenants don’t expire soon or require a vote to renew. Benator also pointed out several helpful tips listed below:

  • The only way to switch from a voluntary to mandatory community association is for the individual lot owners to consent to be bound by the covenants
  • Some governing documents state that ACC applications are automatically deemed approved after a certain period of time (i.e., 30, 45, or 60 days) if they are not expressly denied
  • Some community association’s bylaws include a catch-all phrase that states, in addition to specific enumerated powers, that the Board of Directors can do all those things not expressly reserved to be done by the membership

“This was an immensely useful workshop that serves to educate the members and everyone living in a JCCA neighborhood,” said JCCA President Judy LeFave. “The notes and the suggestions that Jonathan offered were priceless and I’m hopeful that he will return for another session.”

 

The next JCCA education workshop is in the process of being developed, so please stay tuned for more details!

Community Conversation About The District Set for April 21


The JCCA will provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about The District and how it may affect the quality of life for all homeowners in Johns Creek.

Meeting topics of discussion will include The District’s impact on the community, including services, infrastructure improvements and cost/revenue projections.  Johns Creek city staff will also be present to add insight and answer your questions.

This is the most important project currently pending in the city.  A follow-up meeting will be held on May 21st.  At that time, the city manager and assistant city managers will be in attendance to provide additional information. It is anticipated that the Johns Creek City Council will make major decisions on The District as early as June.

Please note that the JCCA will also hold an election of nominated candidates to its Board of Directors.

This is a result of the lack of member quorum at the annual meeting in January. The election will be brief and occur before the community conversation.

The April 21st conversation will be held from6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at:

World Financial Group Headquarters
11315 Johns Creek Parkway
Johns Creek, GA  30097

JCCA Members are encouraged to RSVP at http://communityconversation.rsvpify.com/
Street Paving to Begin in Johns Creek Neighborhoods

The Johns Creek Public Works Department is preparing to pave streets in various Johns Creek communities and they’re looking for one point of contact in the following neighborhoods:

North Bridges

Hunters Forest

Jones Bridge Crossing

Chessington Chase

Spring Meadows Farms

Standard View

Linkwood

Forrest Lake

Bridgewater

River Trace

Jones Bridge Plantation

Queensbury East

Queensbury

Mackinac

Woodland Hills

Georgian Ridge

The Village at Jones Ferry

Glastonberry
The point of contact for each neighborhood will act as a liaison between their neighborhood and the public works department so the entire neighborhood will be familiar with all details once paving begins.

If your neighborhood is listed above and you would like to be the HOA representative for the resurfacing project, please contact Alton Matthews in Johns Creek’s public works department. He can be reached via email at Alton.Matthews@johnscreekga.us, or by phone at 678.512.3266.

JC Now App Wins Community Award

The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded Johns Creek with the CREATE Community Award for the new “JC Now” app on March 25, 2015.

The app, created in December 2014, sends emergency notifications from the city to the user. It also offers city interactive maps, news articles, Johns Creek City Council meeting agendas, social media and contact information.

Click here to download the app now!

New Hours for Atlanta-Fulton Library System

On April 1, 2015, new hours went into effect for many of Johns Creek’s libraries. This is a direct result of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners unanimously passing a 2015 budget this past January. The new budget included allocation for the restoration of hours for all branches within the Library System.

Click here to learn the new hours for a library branch near you.

International Film Series for Seniors Kicks Off
April 26

Three films which have garnered acclaim in festivals and independent festivals are coming to Johns Creek’sPark Place, an adult activity center.

Le Papillon, produced in 2002, will be the first film to be shown on April 26th at 3:30 pm. The story centers around an elderly man who is searching for a rare butterfly. He is accompanied by 8-year-old Elsa who fails to tell her mother, leading her mom to believe that she has been kidnapped.

Each showing will be followed by a short discussion and refreshments. RSVPs are requested! You may email parkplace@johnscreekga.gov to ensure your seat.

City Extends Farmers Market Until Oct. 31
Until recently, the Johns Creek Farmers Market was a Saturday treasure to be caught only during the Summer.  Thanks to a Recreation and Parks Department survey, local residents will now be able to enjoy the farmers market every Saturday from April 18 until late October.

Location: Newtown Park Amphitheater
Dates: April 18 – Oct. 31, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Contact Kirk Franz, recreation manager, at 678.512.3200 to apply to be a farmers market vendor. You may also email kirk.franz@JohnsCreekGA.gov for more information.
Post Your Events for FREE!

Many services are available for Johns Creek residents through this website. Simply click the website link and you’ll immediately be able to advertise your next garage sale, article, business, or community event for FREE! This is a great service and connector for everyone in Johns Creek!
   Thank you to the 2015 JCCA Sponsors!

American Disposal logo 2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool

JCCA Board of Directors
Judith LeFavre – President
Abbotts Landing
president@jccahome.org

Laura Dobbs – Vice President
Country Club of the South

vp@jccahome.org

Kathleen Field – Secretary
Thornhill
secretary@jccahome.org

Bob Schneider – Treasurer
Rivermont
treasurer@jccahome.org

Kirk Canaday
Hayden’s Walk
rep5@jccahome.org

David Kornbluh
Hayden’s Walk
rep7@jccahome.org

Ernest Moosa
Medlock Bridge
rep6@jccahome.org

Scott Sanders
Mayfair/St. Clair
rep9@jccahome.org
Michael Pelot-Hobbs
Prestwick
rep8@jccahome.org
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JCCA Newsletter March/April 2015

Mayor Mike Bodker Presents the State of the City to Johns Creek Citizens
 

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker encouraged residents to help shape the city’s future during his annual State of City Address at the Atlanta Athletic Club on March 6.

A major part of his vision is the development of theDistrict, a planned live and work space, which would be located on 728 acres near Technology Park.

Mayor Bodker stressed that active participation in public input meetings is needed to ensure that plans like the District can solve the city’s economic viability challenges.

“You are the history makers who will determine what Johns Creek looks like 20, 50 and 100 years from now.”

JCCA Education Workshop Advises Citizens on Pool Safety

The JCCA Education Workshop opened up with a presentation from Craig Sears of Sears Pool Management and Johns Creek police officer Meberg. Both men stressed that everyone with a pool needs to be observant and proactive before the summer swim season begins.

According to Craig Sears, now is the time to de-winterize your home, invite pool inspectors to perform an inspection, and most importantly — to swim at your own risk.

Officer Meberg emphasized the same type of attention to detail after telling the room of 13 JCCA members, “Pools for some reason, have always been a magnet for trouble.” The majority of questions soon dealt with how to monitor neighborhoods against vandalism and the best way to discourage teen loitering in community pool bathrooms.

 Craig Sears of Sears Pool Management
Officer Meberg of the Johns Creek Police

Other tips of advice include:

  • Communicate to other residents if you have an event at the pool
  • Download the NextDoor app so you can be informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood
  • Report all vandalism
  • Replace your deck equipment before Mid-April
JCCA Member Sundari Chetty and Craig Sears hold up the SPLASH poster which is available for all JCCA members to display at their community pools. Contact Craig Sears for more information.

 

 

You may always contact communications@jccahome.org for more information on pool safety. The next JCCA workshop will take place on March 31. More details to come!

 

 

Are You Ready for Summer Fun in the Water?

The Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance Has Some Things That You Need to Know!

The Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance was formed in the Spring of 2012 by Craig Sears of Sears Pool Management with a multifold mission to:

  • Reduce the incidence of drowning as a leading cause of accidental childhood death.
  • Reduce the exposure and transmission of Recreational Water Illnesses.
  • Increase the popularity of recreational swimming.
  • Advocate swim lessons, learn to swim programs, and the sport of competitive swimming.

Each year the alliance accomplishes its mission by conducting various water safety seminars and workshops customized for different groups within the community: parents, children, property managers, HOA and club board members, parks and recreation department personnel, pool maintenance personnel, lifeguards, swim coaches and instructors.

The seminars are free of charge and can cover a wide variety of topics, including: RWIs, drowning statistics, aquatic injury & drowning case studies, drowning prevention programs & strategies, children’s water safety programs, aquatic risk management, reducing facility liability, lifeguards vs. pool attendants, lightning safety, VGB and ADA compliance.

The Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance is a chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

If you are interested in a water safety seminar for your community or place of work, worship, or school, please contact Craig Sears at 770.993.7492 or by email at craig@searspool.com.

JCPD4ME App Strengthens Community Involvement

Several services are now available through your cell phone and they are being offered by the Johns Creek Police Department!

The latest bulletins on traffic accidents, missing person alerts, crime reports, news updates and all events can be accessed through the JCPD4ME app which can be downloaded on your iPhone or Android smart phone.

“Community involvement and support is essential to our success as a department,” said Chief Ed Densmore. “The app helps improve communication between the citizens we serve and the department.”

The app will also keep you updated emergency notifications, news articles, city council agendas and social media.

Click here to download if you have an iPhone.

Click here to download if you have an Android.

Video Streamed City Council Meetings Launch March 16

The City of Johns Creek is offering more transparency by live-streaming their City Council meetings to all residents via the city website.

Archived video will also be posted and organized according to specific agenda items so that residents will be able to quickly find items that pique their interest.

Plans are currently being made to stream Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings in the near future. The City Council meetings can be viewed here.

Johns Creek Zoning Updates

Case RZ-15-002 received an unanimous vote of 7-0 on March 3rd. This follows the City Staff’s Report recommendation to deny this application, as well as the variances that were requested.

The Planning Commission will follow City Staff’s Report and recommend that the City Council deny this plan on March 16, 2015.  The JCCA will make a statement on behalf of its member, Autry Township, to also request that the City Council deny this application.

Case RZ-15-003’s developer has asked for a deferral in the hopes of working with the community to come up with a plan that will be supported by the surrounding residents.

The City Staff Report recommended denial of the application and the Planning Commission recommended for the City Council to defer the case for 90 days. The City Council will decide whether or not to defer the case on March 16, 2015.

For more information, go tojohnscreekga.gov and click on the ‘Zoning Cases’ link.

Post Your Events for FREE!

Many services are available for Johns Creek residents through this website. Simply click the website link and you’ll immediately be able to advertise your next garage sale, article, business, or community event for FREE! This is a great service and connector for everyone in Johns Creek!
   Thank you to the 2015 JCCA Sponsors!

American Disposal logo 2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool