JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – One campaign issue from the recent elections may soon be laid to rest with unanimous vote Jan. 7 to allow Mayor Mike Bodker to enter into talks with Roswell about getting a traffic signal at Brumbelow and Nesbit Ferry roads.
The agreement had been made to allow Johns Creek pay for the installation of the light, but then the agreement blew up when Roswell said the city was not installing the light according to accepted best practices and issued a stop work order.
Johns Creek City Council did Roswell one better and yanked its work request. Council members were incensed at Roswell’s demand for a memorandum of understanding on how work would proceed.
It became a huge issue for Newtown residents. The candidates who did not attend a community meeting on the issue were all defeated in the election.
Councilman Figueroa, who supports the initiative now, said he would prefer that city staff from both sides meet to thrash out the details instead of the mayor.
Bodker noted that has not worked in the past. Instead he thinks council should create a framework of agreement with Roswell and then let staff sort out the details.
Councilwoman Kelly Stewart said she supported the mayor’s idea.
“I don’t want to see a repeat of last time. This light should have been up and running years ago,” she said.
Councilman Lenny Zaprowski said he liked the idea of starting from scratch.
Council also approved a proposal to allow Bodker to enter into discussions with adjoining and nearby cities on the issue of reciprocal non-resident park use. It would be a way for residents living nearest parks to use them. There are many details to work out, but council approved it.
“What these proposals do is to allow the mayor be the mayor,” Bodker said.