Understanding stormwater in Johns Creek

Understanding stormwater in Johns Creek

On a stormy day, rain coats the pavement like a second layer. On the sides of roads and in backyards, ditches become like streams.  

In some areas, water rushes to the nearest storm drain; in others it stills, forming deeper and deeper puddles as the rain continues to fall.  

We care about stormwater when we step in a puddle or when we’re worried about our car hydroplaning, but when the sun is shining, it usually isn’t on our minds. 

That is unless you have attended a Johns Creek City Council meeting in the last year, where stormwater has become a regular topic of conversation.  

Suit claims Roswell guilty of withholding crime reports

Suit claims Roswell guilty of withholding crime reports

Appen Media Group, publisher of the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald newspaper, has filed suit against the City of Roswell and its Police Department for violation of the Georgia Open Records Act.

The suit, filed Dec. 27 in Fulton County Superior Court, alleges the Police Department has consistently withheld vital information about criminal incidents that are, by law, public records.

The suit also alleges the department has consistently failed to meet the time requirements for providing requested records, in some cases by nearly a month.

Mayors decry process for deciding North Fulton’s transit future

Mayors decry process for deciding North Fulton’s transit future

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Two North Fulton mayors say they’ve been muted from having a say on who will represent their area on the region’s new transit governing board.

Alpharetta and Johns Creek mayors labeled a recent caucus of area mayors “a sham” after the group met to elect a representative who will help appoint a district member on The ATL, the region’s new transit governing body.

Registration shuffle rattles long-time voters

Registration shuffle rattles long-time voters

Provisional ballots are usually issued when a voter’s eligibility comes into question, and the voter is later informed whether their vote was counted or not. There are several reasons why a person might be handed a provisional ballot — such as outdated or inaccurate information — but one of the most common reasons is that the voter’s name does not appear on the electoral roll for that precinct.  

Marijuana's Hazy Boundaries

Marijuana's Hazy Boundaries

Our Black Box series, “Marijuana’s Hazy Boundaries,” will take a deep look into the legislation, challenges presented to local law enforcement agencies and the drug’s use at the national and state level, as well as its impact in North Fulton and Forsyth County.

The series will delve into how marijuana is consumed, the history of legislation at the local level and discrepancies among local law enforcement agencies on how they process individuals in possession of small amounts of the substance.

Alpharetta seeks answers behind ‘zero-value’ property

Alpharetta seeks answers behind ‘zero-value’ property

Dozens of parcels in Alpharetta slipped past tax assessments last year, leaving the city, the county and Fulton Schools with no way to collect tens – possibly hundreds – of thousands of dollars owed in taxes.

The properties, both commercial and residential, are primarily associated with recent development in the city. They were removed from the tax rolls when the Fulton County Assessor’s Office changed their status to “deactivated” because their lots were reconfigured.

Group questions motives behind Milton redistricting

Group questions motives behind Milton redistricting

A Milton group is questioning how legislation expanding a City Council district in 2015 to include a sitting council member’s residence passed the Georgia Legislature without discussion by the City Council in an open meeting.

The legislative action extended the boundaries of District 1 into a bordering neighborhood that included property owned by Councilwoman Karen Thurman who has since taken up residence at the house in that location.

Invisible in the 'Burbs

Invisible in the 'Burbs

We live in a blessed and affluent community. But not too far below the surface, there is an invisible population of people struggling with homelessness. Whether we choose to avert our eyes, or these unfortunates are able to swim just below the surface, we don’t see them either by choice or obliviousness. 

Not too many people know of the students who sleep on the couches of friends, or the elderly person who sits for hours in the library because he has no place else to go. These people are here and we interact with them daily. The homeless are here. The invisible people are here. This series is to give those people a voice, bring them into the light and possibly help others in similar situations.

Fulton County, school district lost out on potential $1.5M tax windfall

Fulton County, school district lost out on potential $1.5M tax windfall

Fulton County and Fulton County Schools sat out on a case that could have cost them a combined $1.5 million in tax collections.

Representatives for the county and school district chose not to participate in a 2016 court battle waged by Alpharetta against North American Properties, owners of Avalon.

The mega-development filed an appeal in February 2016 claiming that its 2015 tax assessment was too high.

It sought reimbursement from the county, the school district and the city for a majority of the $2.3 million it had paid in property taxes claiming its property was assessed improperly.

Avalon argued that the development was not issued a certificate of occupation until after Jan. 1, 2015, and, therefore, the property should be valued based on its pre-development status.

Journalism Under Attack: Georgia

Journalism Under Attack: Georgia

I am excited to introduce our latest Blackbox project, our first that will cover events across the entire state.

We are seeing a rapid change in the way we produce and consume news. Unfortunately, not all changes are for the better, and some have given us an entirely new set of challenges.

Coincidentally, the launch of this project coincides with ‘Sunshine Week’, an annual initiative put on by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, to promote open government and push back on excessive official secrecy.

north fulton recycling changes

north fulton recycling changes

Residents with a “green” mindset face the prospect of shelling out more of their own green to practice what they preach.

The future of glass recycling in North Fulton is at a crossroads, and both cities and residents could face higher bills for the service or see it vanish altogether.

Waste haulers and recycling companies have notified North Fulton cities that glass recycling is becoming more expensive and dangerous for their facilities. The glass, they say, has damaged machines and contaminated other recycling materials. As a result, many companies have discontinued the practice.

LexisNexis to pay $1.2M after pay discrimination investigation

LexisNexis to pay $1.2M after pay discrimination investigation

Alpharetta-based LexisNexis recently agreed to pay over $1.2 million in back pay and interest to 211 female employees after apparent pay discrimination.

The company provides computer-assisted legal and business research and risk management services.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this will resolve allegations of “systematic pay discrimination against women at its facilities in Alpharetta and Boca Raton, Fla.”