JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Councilwoman Kelly Stewart’s efforts to revive interest in the traffic signal at Brumbelow Road and Nesbit Ferry Road were roundly rebuffed by her fellow councilmembers when she broached the matter at council’s April 22 workshop.
Stewart said she did not understand why the city should ignore the money already spent “and equipment still on the site,” when the door is still open.
She gave as her reasons that the city’s traffic study does warrant the light and published reports quote Roswell Mayor Jere Wood as saying the matter could be settled quickly in a face-to-face meeting with Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker.
“It has been reported Wood is willing sit down with our mayor and talk it out. After we have gone so long and so far, why not one step more,” she asked.
Councilwoman Bev Miller dismissed Wood’s assertion as “an off-the-cuff remark,” and said that Johns Creek would gain nothing by further talks. Councilman Randall Johnson agreed, saying the Roswell Council won’t support the light even with Johns Creek paying for it.
Councilwoman Karen Richardson said the city could not afford to put more “time and resources” into any more negotiations.
Johnson pointed out the Roswell staff had agreed to the work and then stopped work on the project.
“I don’t know why [Wood] came back and pulled it,” Johnson said.
It also bothered councilmembers that Roswell asked for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) about other issues surrounding the light, including ownership and who would set the timing of the light.
So without any support, Stewart’s request died.
After the meeting, members of the Johns Creek Community Association questioned the council’s reluctance to follow up on Wood’s gesture.
JCCA President David Kornbluh said he didn’t understand their reasoning for not pursuing the matter.
“There are a lot of reasons for pushing [forward] with it. I don’t understand why they would just give up,” Kornbluh said.
JCCA Board member Ash Thourani agreed.
“They should keep talking. They are not looking at their objective. If the objective is the light at Brumbelow, then why stop now,” Thourani said.
The next day, Wood said they just need to get some questions answered. Roswell pulled the permit because of the way Johns Creek was going about the installation.
“It was out of compliance according to Roswell’s [procedures], so we said let’s stop and come to an agreement on everything. The time to do that is before it’s built, not after,” Wood said.
Roswell Councilwoman Betty Price said she didn’t see any problems going ahead.
“But the ball is in Johns Creek’s court,” she said.
Stewart said she can’t understand council’s reasoning.
“At the end of the day, it is still a public safety concern, so we are compelled to go the last mile. We are the ones asking for this. It is not an issue for Roswell. We pulled our permit, so it is up to us to reopen it,” Stewart said. “We’re $37,000 into this. We should see it through.”