2011 Highlights for Cobb County Government
Home Depot announced it will build a new customer support center in the Town Center area and create 700 new jobs by 2015. Other new relocation and expansion announcements this year include MiMedx, CCH Small Firm Services, Novelis, Walmart Regional Headquarters and Osmotica Pharmaceuticals. These developments will mean about 1,300 new jobs in Cobb County.
The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded Cobb County a $125,000 Livable Centers Initiative grant to promote quality growth and enhance the life of residents in the Six Flags Corridor.
Cobb County, in partnership with its community healthcare organizations, secured $500,000 in a Community Transformation Grant available through the 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act.
In March 2011, the Cobb County Police Department earned its second reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The department was also named a Flagship Agency, representing the top 10 percent of accredited agencies.
The Cobb County 911 Center received an Accreditation with Excellence Award for 2011. Out of 104 agencies only three were selected for the CALEA award.
The Cobb County Water System was, once again, certified as AAA by the three major bond rating houses. It is one of only a handful of independently-funded agencies in the United States with this recognition.
Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs staff begin to implement the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in which 51 different parks and facilities throughout the county will receive needed upgrades and renovations to buildings, athletic fields, and facility infrastructure.
Cobb’s Department of Transportation completed the sixth and final year of the 2005 SPLOST. In the six years of the program, DOT has started construction on more than 94 percent of the projects and completed construction on more than 84 percent of the 310 total projects in the program.
Received 100 percent federal funding in the amount of $3.9 million and initiated a project to expand our Adaptive Traffic Control System, the second largest Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System in the nation, to add 75 traffic signals in the greater Town Center area.
Renovations began in July 2011 on the former Powder Springs Station shopping center to create the Cobb Senior Services Senior Wellness Center which will include a fitness studio, weight room, classrooms, teaching kitchen, café, and a clinic for under-insured seniors aged 55 or older.
The South Cobb Tunnel project proceeds within budget and is now projected to be completed about 12 months ahead of schedule. The excavation of the 27-foot diameter entry tunnel, varying in depth between 150 and 400 feet, was completed in March. The lining process is well underway. We anticipate that the tunnel will become operational during the summer of 2013.
The police department has started the process of replacing all in-car camera systems for patrol vehicles with digital technology. Digital technology allows for more efficient recording, transmission and storage of the video as well as enhancing communications with the judicial system. Three precincts and a number of special units completed the conversion to the digital system in 2011.
The county secured additional Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding. This money will continue to be used to help Cobb stem the decline of home values by acquiring and rehabilitating foreclosed properties in areas of greatest need.
The county’s Community Development Block Grant program office was relocated from private office space to a county-owned building. The savings resulting from this location will mean more funding could be available for projects and programs eligible for CDBG funding.
A portion of the Six Flags Enterprise Zone in South Cobb was formally designated as an “Opportunity Zone” by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in October 2011.
During 2011, the Community Development Agency led a team of county staff in designing four major regulatory and policy initiatives: the South Cobb Implementation Strategy, the Vinings Vision, the Redevelopment Inventory Update and amendments to the development standards.
Cobb County was officially designated a “Camera Ready” community by Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development in March 2011.
The District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Clerk of Superior Court, Cobb Police and Cobb Information Services, continues to improve upon Cobb’s E-Subpoena Program. Since 2008, Cobb Police Officers have received subpoenas via electronic service, expediting the delivery of service of subpoenas to officers to appear in court. This year, the Solicitor’s Office and State Court, Magistrate Court and Juvenile Court joined the E-Subpoena Team.
The District Attorney’s Office now has access to the Video Oversight application. With this, prosecutors can view videos of suspects and victims recorded during investigations from their offices.
In Magistrate Court, attorneys can now view their client’s arrest warrants via the web instead of coming into the court to obtain a copy. Our Probate Court has made significant strides in making records available electronically back to the beginning of the current administration in 2008.
Probate Court now has case related documents available to attorneys via the Web. They may look up the following documents for Probate Court: all estate documents, guardianship summaries, and other items such as oaths and certifications. This eliminates the need to go to the Probate Court in person to obtain this information.
The Clerk of Superior Court staff is making great strides on e-filing of real estate documents and upgrade to Real Estate computer system for faster, user friendly access. The court functions are in the new courthouse and evidence security is a major accomplishment in 2011.
Cobb County 911 collaborated with the Cobb Department of Transportation to provide live DOT camera feeds into the 911 center.
More than 19,000 students – both public and private – participated in lessons at the Cobb County Safety Village, a scaled-down version of the community designed to provide important safety lessons to the youth.
In 2011, the Cobb County Animal Control department launched an in-house Veterinarian Program, which reduces the cost of medical care for the animals and provides for the treatment of the police department’s K-9 Unit.
Cobb’s Community Emergency Response Team trained 95 new members in 2011. There are a total of 1,252 members who have been trained; the program continues to be the largest in the state. This year, six initial training courses and sixteen skills sustainment courses were offered to these volunteers.
In October 2011, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department completed four miles of mountain bike/pedestrian trail at the Corps property located on Old Stilesboro Road in Acworth.
Keep Cobb Beautiful was honored at the state and national level for its numerous community programs this past year. Both Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep American Beautiful selected it as a first place affiliate.
Electronic auction of county surplus materials in Fiscal Year 2011 resulted in $323,153.28 in revenues. The Mail Services Department participated in a state mail services contract which will earn an estimated $65,000 in postage savings in Fiscal Year 2012.
The Cobb County Department of Transportation was competitively awarded $1.36 million in federal funds to conduct an Alternatives Analysis study in the U.S. Highway 41 / Interstate 75 corridor between Acworth and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Arts Center Station.
The Chastain Meadows Regional Detention Facility became fully operational in July 2011. This project is intended to lessen the effects of storms on downstream properties along Noonday Creek.
Cobb County was honored as national 2011 WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year (Large Utility) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This award was in recognition of its extraordinary efforts promoting water efficiency in 2011.
Platinum Awards were also received for ten consecutive years of perfect permit compliance at Northwest Water Reclamation Facility and six consecutive years of perfect permit compliance at Noonday Water Reclamation Facility. South Cobb and R.L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facilities were honored with Gold Awards for compliance in 2010.
Click here to view Cobb Commission Chairman's State of the County address on Jan. 9
Click here to read the complete 2011 Cobb County Government Annual Report
Click here to view Cobb Commission Chairman's State of the County address on Jan. 9