One year after he took the oath to serve as Johns Creek City Councilman Post 2, Brad Raffensperger said he has learned a lot in the past year about citizens’ needs and how the city is run.
“My number one goal is to represent Johns Creek citizens and their interests,” he said of his post.
Raffensperger said he believes government should be focused on providing maximum value for the taxpayers’ dollars while focusing on efficiency. One way he has seen this work out on the city level is in public works, he said.
“[Public Works Director] Tom Black deserves a lot of credit,” he said of local projects getting done with savvy spending.
Often citizens may look at the politicians in Washington, D.C. or at the state level, but Raffensperger said he has seen how local city improvements can make a big impact in the lives of citizens. One project he mentioned was the work done on Jones Bridge Road.
“Locally we can help people have a better life,” he said.
A lot of times these improvements are incremental, and when they work together they make simple things such as a drive across town easier for citizens.
Raffensperger said as a councilmember public safety is a top concern, and he has been pleased with seeing how the public safety departments run while being proactive and conducting community outreach efforts to help specific parts of the city.
Milton County is still an important topic to Raffensperger, and he said he wants to see concentrated action in the near future to get Milton County reborn.
“You don’t want to be like an ungrateful child,” he said, referring to the time when Fulton County absorbed the old Milton County due to financial woes. “But I have to look at where Fulton County actions are hurting Johns Creek citizens.”