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Latest update on District 1 with Commissioner Helen Goreham *March 4, 2013
Barrett Parkway Construction Update *March 4, 2013
Metro Atlanta Ambulance Ribbon Cutting at Safety Village
Cobb Cuts Ribbon on New Senior Wellness Center
Cobb County Airport Opens New Hangers
Big Shanty Connector Opening
Colonial Pipeline Teams Up With Safety Village
"What a Deal" A look at how your Cobb County property tax dollars are spent
The Impact of Utility Relocation on Road Projects
Cobb DOT working to make Casteel Road more pedestrian-friendly
Crews are hard at work constructing new sidewalk on the west side of Casteel Road. This project will add sidewalk beginning at the existing sidewalk near Ballard Drive and running north along the west side of Casteel Road to (Dallas Highway (SR 120). This project is scheduled for completion in the fall.
Commissioner Goreham helps deliver meals to local seniors
In honor of Older Americans Month, Cobb Senior Services celebrated May 7 as "Meals on Wheels Day." Members of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, the county manager and local mayors personally delivered meals to senior citizens.
Commissioner Helen Goreham, paired with Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood (pictured center), visited many seniors on a route in Acworth. They were escorted by Meals on Wheels volunteer Carol Paradise.
By riding along with volunteers, leaders hope to raise awareness of the plight of senior hunger and increase community support for the Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers are always needed, and anyone interested may call 770-528-1445.
Cobb Senior Services has operated the Meals on Wheels program as part of its services since 1972. About 200 hot and nutritious meals are delivered Monday through Friday by volunteers. The need for services continues to grow, so volunteers are always needed. Anyone interested may call 770-528-1445. For information on how to receive Meals on Wheels, please call 770-528-5364.
Burning ban in effect from May 1 to Sept. 30
Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources issues a ban on open burning from May 1 to Sept. 30. Fifty-four counties in Georgia, including Cobb, are affected by the ban. Cobb Fire and Emergency Services staff is responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated Cobb and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw and Powder Springs.
From May 1 to Sept. 30, people may not burn leaves, tree limbs or other yard waste and forest land or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.
Many fun and free activities during Historic Preservation Month
Cobb will celebrate National and Georgia Historic Preservation Month in May.
The Cobb Coalition for Historic Preservation, formed of historic preservation groups from around the county, is celebrating with a series of historic sites and museums open to the general public for free or at reduced rate over the first three weekends in May.
The weekend of May 18-19, will present sites in south Cobb, including Mableton, Smyrna, Vinings, Powder Springs and Austell. Properties that will be open include the Root House, Hyde Farm and the Mable House. Some sites will be drive-by only.
For further information and a list of sites, visit the Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society website at www.cobblandmarks.com.
Free first-time homebuyer workshop upcoming; register now
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension of Cobb County and CredAbility staff will host a homebuyer workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at the Extension Office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. Valuable information will be shared on budget and credit, down payment assistance, the loan process, the real estate process, closing day and insurance and inspections. Participants will receive Housing and Urban Development-approved certificates upon completion of the session. Seating is limited to 40 registrants. To register, call 800-251-2227.
Upcoming seminar will show how to conduct business with county
In 2011, more than 13,900 small business opportunities were awarded, for a total of more than $7.2 million. More than 9,300 large business opportunities were awarded, for a total of more than $73 million. Business owners interested in getting in on the action and becoming a vendor with Cobb County Government should attend the "How to Do Business with Cobb" seminar 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs.
Video shows how to escape your home in case of fire
Cobb Fire and Emergency Services staff wants to ensure all residents are as safe as possible and prepared for emergencies. It recently released a video portraying how to escape a home in case of fire. The video was produced at the Cobb County Safety Village.
I encourage you to watch this with your family and prepare your family emergency plan. The video is available at cobbcounty.org/safetyvillage.
Recycling drop off available in District One
Keep Cobb Beautiful partnered with Advanced Disposal Services to provide free recycle drop off spots for residents to bring their recyclables from home. There are now four sites, located at fire stations in various parts of Cobb. The location for our district is Station 28, 3858 Kemp Ridge Road, Acworth. Items accepted: mixed paper, plastics (1-7), aluminum, steel cans and flattened cardboard. Glass is not accepted.
For more information on KCB, visit cobbcounty.org/kcb.
TV23 video spotlights road improvements on Barrett Parkway
The Cobb County Department of Transportation continues to move ahead with improvements on Barrett Parkway from Burnt Hickory Road to U.S. Highway 41, Cobb Parkway. The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project, which will widen the road from four lanes to six lanes and add capacity to the road, is expected to be complete in summer 2013. Details concerning lane closures are available in this Cobb County TV23 report here: http://youtu.be/mZFZ2qK0dLM
Construction on Barrett Parkway
Barrett Parkway project construction will require lane closures on Old 41 Highway, just east of Barrett Parkway (the Kennesaw Mountain side). These lane closures will occur Feb. 9-June 18, with peak traffic hours (6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.) not affected.
Area traffic is encouraged to use other routes to avoid major delays. For more information, call 770-528-1653 or visit dot.cobbcountyga.gov/project-updates.htm.
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