JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker vetoed a vote made by the City Council Nov. 26 that commissioned multiple improvement plans for Jones Bridge Road.
Bodker’s office announced the veto Dec. 7. The item will be on the agenda of the next meeting, Monday, Dec. 10 for reconsideration. A vote in favor of the item by two-thirds of council members could override the veto.
The question on the table at the last meeting was whether the city should draw up plans to widen Jones Bridge Road from two to four lanes or if the city should pursue multiple options. The council voted 5-2 to pursue alternatives at the cost of an additional $100,000.
Bodker and Steve Broadbent were the dissenting votes saying, based on staff recommendations, four lanes was the best solution for the corridor. They also argued that because the project was part of the transportation sales tax referendum, the city could not fully pursue other options.
“The people of Johns Creek are crying out for congestion relief in a voice so loud that no one can deny it is the number one issue in the City,” Bodker stated in a letter justifying the veto. “This decision by the Council will effectively lead to a reversal of the people’s vote.”
According to the letter, Bodker consulted with the city’s legal counsel and received a courtesy review from the Georgia Attorney General Dec. 3. Their interpretation of the law is that if there is a general referendum question with supporting documentation describing a specific project, as is the case with Jones Bridge Road, the city must do the specific project.
This is the second time Bodker, who has served as mayor since the city’s founding in 2006, has vetoed a measure. The last time was in 2013 when the mayor vetoed a council decision to waive attorney-client privilege in the investigation against the mayor. That decision was overridden by the council.