A Call To Action on the Johns Creek Noise Ordinance

Call to Action

Johns Creek
City Council Meeting
An Amendment to Chapter 30-
Nuisances of the City of Johns Creek Code of Ordinances is scheduled for Public Hearing on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The public hearing will be held at Johns Creek City Hall, Council Chambers, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, GA  30097 during the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting.  An amendment is proposed to address specific noise nuisances in the City of Johns Creek including, but not limited to, music and amplified sound, landscaping and yard maintenance equipment, construction activity, domesticated animals and trash collection. 

When
Monday
May 23, 2016
7 PM

Where
Johns Creek City Hall, Council Chambers
12000 Findley Road, Suite 300
 Johns Creek, GA  30097 

Board 101 Training May 2016

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Weissman Nowack Curry & Wilco Present
Board 101

This is a workshop that every board
member needs to attend!
Come out and learn what you are now legally responsible to do and facilitate for your HOA!

Budget Planning
Recording of Minutes
Fiduciary Responsibilities
And much, much more!

Date: May 19, 2016

Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Check-In at 6:45 p.m.
Location:

Emory Johns Creek
Hospital / Classroom A

River Safety for Summer 2016

The JCCA and the Johns Creek Fire Department’s River Rescue Team
Present…
Summer is fast approaching and your neighborhood residents (and their children) need to be aware of the most pertinent river safety information that the Johns Creek Fire Department has to offer. Plan to come to the River Safety Workshop on May 18th, so your neighborhood will be well-informed!

Date: May 18, 2016

Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m.

Location: Fire Station 62, 10925 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek, GA 30097

We’ll see you there!

May 2016 Newsletter

JCCA Upgrades Website
We’ve heard your requests and the JCCA has launched a new and improved website which will aid all members as they search for and use needed information.
The website is easier to access and we are continuing to make improvements that you can use. Visit us atwww.JCCAHome.net today!
The JCCA is now on Facebook!
Make sure you like our page to stay informed of events and information.
Johns Creek Mayor Gives State of the City Address
On Friday, April 22nd, Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker stood before his constituents and offered a strategic plan during the 9th Annual State of the City Address at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Many can attest to the community development, public works, recreation and civic successes. We see the newly paved roads, the pothole repair, the developing green space and the active and timely service of our police and fire stations. Movies at Newtown Park, the Farmers Market, Easter Egg Hunts and the Summer Concert Series are events that bring memories to our families. The schools are among the top in the nation and we live in the safest city within the state of Georgia. In fact, 24/7 Wall Street considers Johns Creek to be the 3rd best city to live in the United States.
Mayor Bodker discussed creating a complete recreation and parks system, a comprehensve transportation network, implementing an economic development plan for infrastructure, workforce and land development, and exceptional government efficiency. He also expressed a desire to make major advances in the city’s current operation and financial models, ensure public safety which takes a stand against SWATTING, establishing a greater sense of community, and defining the city’s character with task forces for school support, cultural ethnicity, and a Youth and Millenial Advisory Council.
Click here to read Mayor Bodker’s speech and find out more about what the city plans for its future.

The Top 5 Ways to Keep Water Out of Your House
By: Jonathan Maguire, Owner Foundation Worx, LLC
It’s Spring! April Showers bring May Flowers – BUT April isn’t the only time it rains around here.
Many homeowners have either had their basements take on water, or they experience water seeping into the basement, or they just have high humidity issues.  During all the recent rains in the Atlanta area we are often called out to solve waterproofing issues. They assume their basement needs to be waterproofed when it may or may not be an issue. So before you call a waterproofing contractor, or if you are trying to keep an eye on home maintenance – check out the list below of our top 5 ways to keep water out of your home.

Check your gutters.  If you don’t have gutters – put them on.  Gutters take all the water from your roof and make sure that water source doesn’t hit right next to your foundation.

  • Have gutter guards?  Check them – we have seen many houses take on water due to gutter guards.  Many of these systems rely on surface tension – in a heavy rain or on a steep sloped roof the water doesn’t go in the gutter but jumps off the gutter guard.
  • Debris can cause water to run over the gutters, especially with gutter guards
  • Look at the valleys of the gutters.  These are the areas where two roof lines come together.  A LOT of water comes down here – so look for potential problems such as debris, leaking gutters or lack of flashing.
  • Remember that properly sized and maintained gutters are the best way to stop water issues
Check your downspouts – even if the gutters are doing their job, all that water has to get to the ground. Downspouts are the pipes that take the water from the gutter to the ground.

  • Downspouts should be extended at least 6-8ft from the foundation.  The deeper the basement the longer the extension.  Using a splash guard is most likely not going to keep the water off the house.  We like to take water at least 10ft from the house and further if the slope of the yard isn’t good. Make sure the connections are tight.
  • Extensions should be placed on the vertical member of the downspouts.  Often the extensions are right after the 90-degree elbow at the bottom of the downspout and backflow right back towards the foundation.
  • Extensions should be checked for clogs.  Black corrugated pipe is cheap – but often clogs.  Especially if you have trees then these pipes can lose their efficiency.  The best way to test them is to wait for a big rain and see what is happening.  A garden hose will help but cannot produce as much water as a good rain.
  • Just because they are buried doesn’t mean they are working.
  • Ideally – solid PVC piping is the best route to go for your downspouts.
  • NEVER PUT YOUR DOWNSPOUTS INTO YOUR FOUNDATION DRAIN!
Check your grading – the ground should slope AWAY from your home.  If it slopes toward your home or is flat you have a big problem.  The water must get away from your home.  A good rule of thumb is to have the low spot as far away from your basement as your basement is deep (typically 10-12ft).  Good slope is 6 inches of fall in a distance of 10ft – so 10ft from your home you should be 6 inches lower than the soil against the house. This is the MINIMUM required by code.
Check your mulch/landscaping – We know mulch and pine straw make flower beds looks nice, but too much holds in moisture – not to mention hides the actual grade of the yard.  Install just enough to keep the top layer moist for any flowers and plants, but remember if the ground is already wet when you get a good rain – then that excess water is more likely to go into your basement or crawl space.

Check your sources of water – Sidewalks, Driveways and Patios can direct water toward your home. Make sure these areas drain away from the house or do not collect water.

These are the top 5 ways to waterproof your basement without calling a professional.  For those advanced homeowners out there – check your foundation drain.  This is the drain at the bottom of your foundation that carries the water away from your home.
Often there will be a crack in a poured wall that is leaking water.  You MUST remove sheet rock to find these cracks in the wall.  Once the sheet rock is wet you must remove it anyway due to mold so chalk it up and cut the sheet rock.  It will help whoever comes out find the problem and give the proper solution.
If you have taken these steps and you’re still looking to waterproof your basement, then give us a call at 404.662.2454 to schedule an appointment.

April Workshop: Pool Safety
Sears Pool Management Principal Craig Sears is adamant about everyone doing their duty to ensure that their pool is safe this summer. Do you have your Spring pool opening checklist? Did you know that it’s your legal and civic responsibility to accomplish these tasks before letting the neighborhood children (or your family) splash into the water:
-Turn on all utilities NOW
-Hard wire the phone in the pool area
-Display pool name and address on caller ID (for 911 dispatch)
-Coordinate Spring cleaning/repair projects with your pool service provider
-Coordinate pool permit processing
-Check with your pool company about your VGB compliance status 
-Check your deck equipment and furniture
“The most common issue is pump motor failure,” Sears said to a room of 20. “They sit all winter and go through the condensation/freeze cycle which ends in corrosion.”
There are other duties involved in the opening of your neighborhood pool, especially when it comes to pool risk management. According to Sears, it’s important to conduct facility safety audits, check your signage, have all residents sign waivers (drafted by an HOA attorney), verify insurance coverage and evaluate the pool access.
Officer Meberg from the Johns Creek Police also stressed community awareness around the pool’s access–especially at night when teenagers may select the pool as the city teenage hangout.
“Please go on the police-citizens app and request coverage,” Meberg said before reminding the room that Johns Creek currently has no curfew.
You can contact Craig Sears at Sears Pool Management by visiting www.searspool.com.Officer Meberg is available for questions at   mmeberg@JohnsCreekGA.gov.
Officer Meberg explains ways for HOA management to ensure summer pool safety.
Craig Sears discusses pool safety one on one with a JCCA member.
2013 Sponsor - Sears Pool

Public Information Meetings on Barnwell Road May 3 & 11
Citizen input regarding traffic problems along Barnwell Road has been requested. Two Public Information Open House meetings to discuss this issue have been scheduled at Barnwell Elementary School for Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 11.

Both meetings are scheduled from 7 – 9:30 p.m. During the Open House meetings, the public will have the opportunity to examine concept plans, ask questions of staff and offer feedback.In addition to the meetings, an online survey will be available for additional public comment. The survey will be available from May 3 – 17. Results will be presented to the City Council on May 23.

The Open House will include the following information:
  • Updated traffic data to include accidents
  • Existing safety issues with permanent and temporary solutions
  • Collector Roadways vs. Arterial Roadways
  • Collector roads are usually two lanes, handle low to moderate traffic, and move vehicles from local streets to arterial roads.
  • Arterial roads are usually four lanes and serve as high-capacity urban roads that move traffic to freeways.
  • Concept for Barnwell Road as a Collector Roadway
  • Proposed improvements for Barnwell Road as an Arterial Roadway

Johns Creek Police, Firefighters Seek Golfers for May 16 Tournament
Johns Creek police and firefighters are seeking golfers in the Jim Seaver/Greg Whitaker sixth annual “Guns & Hoses” Memorial Golf Tournament May 16 at St. Ives Country Club.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Special Olympics Georgia. Registration is $150 per person for the foursome scramble format tournament. Registration for police and fire personnel is $100 per person.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration in the clubhouse lobby, followed by a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Boxed lunches are available and the event concludes with a silent auction, raffle and dinner and in the club’s ballroom.

For sponsorship information, please call Johns Creek Police Officer Jimmy Marshall atjames.marshall@johnscreekga.gov.

Johns Creek Needs Your Input on T-SPLOST

Johns Creek is seeking citizen input regarding transportation improvement options to include in its proposed Transportation Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) list of projects.

Provide your input, learn about the project list, ask questions and offer suggestions at any of three public meetings:

Wednesday, May 4, 6-8 p.m., City Council chambers, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite 300
Tuesday, May 10, 6-8 p.m., Fire Station 62 Community Room, 10925 Rogers Circle
Monday, May 16, 6-8 p.m., Park Place at Newtown Park, 3125 Old Alabama Rd.

Please check this link, or follow our Facebook page, to keep up to date on the location/date of any of the above meetings.

You may also view the project list for 2017-2021 and see which project is planned near your neighborhood.  

Watch for the JCCA’s Board 101 Class in May
Are you interested in learning more about how to do your new job? The JCCA is in the midst of planning a special workshop for those who are new to their HOA Board. Expect to see an announcement in the next week with the date, time and location!

JCFD to Present River Safety Class
The JCCA is excited to announce a new educational offering:  River Safety.  The Chattahoochee River is one of the City’s most prominent boundaries…While it has it’s own beauty, there are some things you need to know before you can enjoy your time on the River. The Johns Creek Fire Department will present this information to our members on May 18, 7 pm at Fire Station #62, located in Shakerag.

This is something you don’t want to miss! Prepare to get all of the necessary info you need in order to be safe and enjoy the Chattahoochee River. Please reserve your seat today by registering at http://RiverSafey.rsvpify.com.
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