By: The staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
The City of Johns Creek will field a City Council virtually revamped from two years ago. Mayor Mike Bodker, who has been in office since the city’s founding in 2006, survived a bitter battle to hold his seat two years ago and is the only veteran in city leadership.
In 2015, Stephanie Endres, Chris Coughlin and Jay Lin were elected to seats, joining Cori Davenport, Bob Gray, Lenny Zaprowski and Steve Broadbent who had each won seats over the past year and a half.
Endres was sworn in Dec. 14 because she is filling a Post 5 seat vacated early in the year. Her term runs through 2017.
Chris Coghlin was also sworn in Dec. 14 to fill the vacated Post 2 seat. His term ran two weeks and ended Dec. 31.
Jay Lin will be sworn in to a four-year term in Post 2 on Jan. 11.
One of the key issues facing the young city is its drive to form a central district near Medlock Bridge and McGinnis Ferry roads as a commercial hub while preserving the residential nature of the area. Johns Creek has one of the lowest commercial tax bases in Metro Atlanta, and the city has been strapped for cash since its founding. The city wants to develop the area and fit it for business development and as a city center, with the city leasing space at the site for government operations.
The trick is to plan and develop the site without adding to Johns Creek’s traffic woes.
The city is in the crosshairs of several major north-south and east-west commuter arteries. Congestion at Medlock Bridge and State Bridge roads is a particular problem spot, backing up for close to a mile during rush hours.
At the same time, Johns Creek is strapped for cash just to maintain the roads it has.
The issue was on the campaign list of all candidates who ran for election.