JOHNS CREEK HERALD: What has been the most rewarding part of your first six months in office?
RAFFENSPERGER: This past spring, we voted to widen Jones Bridge Road from Sargent Road to Abbotts Bridge Road, and the work was completed shortly thereafter. That is highly rewarding. This was a very cost effective solution, and it will improve our citizens’ daily commute on this section of road. I look forward to working on further transportation improvements throughout our city.
Our citizens have extended tremendous kindness and well wishes to me, and I am grateful for their support. I will work hard to continue to earn their trust.
JCH: What was the most difficult or challenging part of your first six months?
RAFFENSPERGER: My fellow council members, mayor and city administration have been very supportive and informative.
JCH: What has been the most exciting part of the job?
RAFFENSPERGER: Johns Creek has laid a foundation of solid budgeting. Our city has a budget surplus, which offers the opportunity to set aside money for future expenditures and to fund current needs.
Our citizens volunteer in a wide variety of diverse ways. For example, Leadership Johns Creek worked on providing walking trail improvements.
The business community is putting together a plan for economic growth and business development for our city.
And I have had the privilege to meet with many of our high school students to discuss their political concerns and encourage them in the belief that they can make a difference.
JCH: What was the biggest surprise about the job (good or bad)?
RAFFENSPERGER: The best surprise is being able to read a privileged resolution to recognize one of our Eagle Scouts or one of our Johns Creek citizens who has been recognized for a notable achievement.
It is humbling and rewarding when one of our Johns Creek Eagle Scouts is recognized. These young gentlemen have made remarkable contributions. One Eagle improved a mixed-use trail with a drainage ditch culvert with a construction cost of over $50,000. This improvement was made at no cost to our city, and it has brought a lasting benefit to our entire city. Another Eagle gathered over 7,400 books for donation for a library in Jamaica. Knowing that this tremendous leadership pipeline is percolating in America fills me with an optimistic vision for our nation.