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Johns Creek, Georgia
Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fulton
Government
 - Mayor Mike Bodker
Population
 - Total 59,431
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website http://www.JohnsCreekGA.gov

Johns Creek is a city in Fulton County, Georgia, USA, which incorporated on December 1, 2006. It is named for a body of water that runs through the area. The city was created out of the entire unincorporated eastern part of northern Fulton County, bounded by Roswell to the west and south, Alpharetta to the northwest, Forsyth County to the north, and Gwinnett County to the south and east. The 2008 population estimate for the city is 59,431.

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History

It was proposed that the northeast portion of Fulton County would be incorporated into a new city, as part of municipalization of northern Fulton County. While the name of the Ocee community or even the Warsaw community (they have been in use along with Mazeppa since the early days of Milton County) had been proposed, "Johns Creek" had also been put forth, as the body of water it is named for (originally "John's Creek" with an apostrophe) is a significant tributary of the Chattahoochee River that runs through the heart of the area. Legislation had also been introduced that would have called the area "Riverside", but there is already a Riverside, Georgia in the southern part of the state.

The main purpose of the drive to incorporate the Johns Creek area was as part of the complete creation of municipalities of Fulton County, which includes most of the city of Atlanta and stretches across the metropolitan Atlanta area from northeast to southwest, having taken its area from two additional counties.

It has been said that residents of Johns Creek, like those of Milton and Sandy Springs, did not feel it fair their tax dollars were not being used to fund libraries in the more affluent North Fulton, while South Fulton received most tax dollars. The referendum to incorporate the area was held on July 18, 2006, with only residents of the Johns Creek area (and not adjacent cities or the remainder of the county) eligible to vote. In relation to this referendum, the city of Milton was also created in December 2006 further northwest in northern Fulton County. Prior to the referendum, in the southwest portion of Johns Creek, a few hundred residents in the area of Newtown unsuccessfully petitioned for annexation into nearby Roswell. Such annexation would have reduced the new city's tax base.

At the opposite end of the county, the city of South Fulton has also passed the legislature and been signed by the governor, but will not vote until 2007. Unlike Milton and Johns Creek there was in fact little or no local news coverage nor public push to create this city —the only purpose is complete municipalization of the county and elimination of the county commission by default. This comes in the wake of 2005's incorporation of Sandy Springs, which was already a very developed city of over 80,000 people. All incorporations are using the same temporary suspension of state law which requires any new city's boundaries to be at least three miles (5km) from any existing city.

Government

A mayor and six city council members (elected at-large or citywide) make up the city's governmental structure, along with a city manager (appointed by the mayor), a city attorney, a city clerk, a city tax collector, a city accountant (nominated by the mayor and ratified by the city council), and an executive aide.

Mike Bodker, 44, who led the successful citizen effort to create the new city of Johns Creek, became its first mayor in December 2006. Bodker, is a partner in a business consulting firm. Johns Creek's initial city manager is John Kachmar, and the initial contract city attorney is Bill Riley.

In recent years there had been growing animosity by those in North Fulton County over disproportionate levels of tax revenue being used in the less-developed southwest section of the county, as well as over excessive land development and zoning, and other issues of local control. Because of the July 18, 2006 referendum, active political discussions regarding the re-forming of Milton County out of north Fulton (the area in which the City of Johns Creek resides) have been revisited. This is partly due to the fact that as of December 1, 2006, there is no area of the northern portion of Fulton County left unincorporated.

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Government Service Changes from Fulton County to City of Johns Creek

Water and sewer service: Handled through contracts with Fulton County indefinitely.

Police: Handled through contracts with Fulton County until April 2008 when the City started their own Johns Creek Police Department with 56 sworn officers.

Fire: Handled through contracts with Fulton County until the Fire Dept starts up in fall of 2008.

Management: The City has a public-private partnership contract with a private company CH2MHILL OMI to run day-to-day operations at the City (excluding Police & Fire). Estimated annual cost $16 million - $18 million. CH2MHILL OMI came with a management team already selected and was able to start services on day one of incorporation. John Kachmar became city manager after a nationwide search was conducted. There are six actual city employees (not including Police & Fire) and approximately 80+ CH2MHILL OMI employees or subcontractors that serve the city. Website: www.johnscreekga.gov; main phone: (678) 512-3200.

Green space: Fulton County had contracts with private entities to manage recreation programs. The city took over those agreements. CH2M Hill staff maintain the facilities.

Planning and zoning: The city council adopted the county's zoning rules and land use plan. CH2M Hill staff manage the community development, planning & zoning.

Roads and traffic: Routine maintenance is handled or managed by CH2M Hill.

Public schools: Continues to be served by Fulton County Schools.[1]

Geography

Johns Creek is centered at 34°1′44″N 84°11′55″W / 34.02889°N 84.19861°W / 34.02889; -84.19861 (34.0289259, -84.1985790)[1], as recognized by the USGS GNIS in December 2006. The elevation is around 286 meters or 938 feet AMSL. Johns Creek is bounded to the south by the Chattahoochee River and Gwinnett County. It is bounded on the Northeast by McGinnis Ferry Road and Forsyth County. It has an irregular boundary with the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta on its northwestern side.

Climate

Johns Creek has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Weather data for Johns Creek
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(13)
63
(17)
71
(22)
78
(26)
84
(29)
88
(31)
86
(30)
81
(27)
72
(22)
62
(17)
53
(12)
70
(21)
Average low °F (°C) 29
(-2)
32
(0)
38
(3)
45
(7)
54
(12)
62
(17)
67
(19)
66
(19)
60
(16)
47
(8)
39
(4)
32
(0)
48
(9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.34
(135.6)
4.78
(121.4)
5.52
(140.2)
4.04
(102.6)
4.63
(117.6)
3.66
(93)
4.17
(105.9)
4.32
(109.7)
3.87
(98.3)
3.58
(90.9)
3.73
(94.7)
4.18
(106.2)
51.82
(1,316.2)
Source: [2] 2009-08-15

Sports and Hobbies

Johns Creek is home to Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. This is a very fun place for kids to learn and have fun.

US Postal Service Issue

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) now partially recognizes Johns Creek. Residents in the 30022 (Alpharetta), 30097 (Duluth), and 30005 (Alpharetta) ZIP codes are able - as of June 1, 2007 - to use Johns Creek, GA, as their mailing address according to the USPS. In 2009, the USPS also recognized residents in the 30024 (Suwanee) zip code. Residents with 30076 (Roswell) ZIP codes have not been authorized to use Johns Creek, GA as their mailing address. Johns Creek officials continue to work with the USPS for a permanent solution. Because websites typically use ZIP codes, a search for Johns Creek on most sites (such as for weather) usually returns "no such city". The lack of a single Johns Creek ZIP code causes much confusion regarding the location of stores, restaurants, residential real estate, etc., since these sites usually use their mailing addresses in advertising, which means they are identified as being in Duluth, Alpharetta, or Suwanee, rather than being in the city of Johns Creek. The new recognition of Johns Creek by the USPS partially solves this problem, but it will be up to the eligible businesses in the city to actually migrate to the usage of the newly-legitimate "Johns Creek, GA" address format in their advertising. In 2008, Mayor Bodker started a "Choose to Use Johns Creek" initiative in which he asked all residents and business owners in the city to start using their Johns Creek addresses.

Demographics

There is currently no demographic information available, as Johns Creek did not exist as a city in the last U.S. Census in 2000, nor was it a census-designated place.

Education

The public schools in Johns Creek are part of the Fulton County School System and are not funded by the city.

High Schools (Grades 9-12)

Centennial High School, located in Roswell, serves students who live in the Newtown community.

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

Haynes Bridge Middle School, located in Alpharetta, serves students who live in the Newtown community.

Elementary Schools (Grades K-5)


Private Schools

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Simple English

Johns Creek, Georgia
Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Fulton
Government
 - Mayor Mike Bodker
Population
 - Total 62,049
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website http://www.JohnsCreekGA.gov

Johns Creek is a city in the American state of Georgia. It was only made a city December 1, 2006. Johns Creek has about 65,000 people living in it. It is a part of Fulton County. Johns Creek is the 10th largest city in Georgia.

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