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Thanks to those who made the difference
Please join me in thanking all our employees who worked throughout the snowstorm this past week. Public Safety, Department of Transportation, PARKS, Sheriff's Office, 911, Fire and Emergency Services and Fleet Management workers made certain essential services continued uninterrupted throughout the severe weather. We also appreciate the public's assistance during the crisis by staying off hazardous roads. During the entire event, our Communications Office helped keep the public informed about conditions and issues via the Web site, social media and text messages to the public. To receive text updates from Cobb County, text "follow cobbcountygovt" 40404 from your mobile device.
Senior awareness focus of monthly events
Cobb County Senior Services will hold events on aging awareness during the next few months, starting with an event cover “Elder Abuse: Financial, Emotional and Physical Exploitation” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting room, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds will give an overview on elder abuse and discuss how people can help stop it.
The next event will discuss “Dementia 101” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18,
at the East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road. Dr. Gary
Figiel, a leading Southeastern geriatric psychiatrist, will discuss
Alzheimer’s and the difference between it and dementia.
On Tuesday, April 8, “Housing
Options” will be the main topic at 7 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center,
1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta. The speaker will be LeadingAge
Georgia President Walter Coffey.
These events culminate in the free "Aging by Design Summit" 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
Cobb honored for engineering excellence in transportation
Cobb County recently earned two prestigious honors for the Barrett Parkway and Paper Mill Road Bridge projects. These transportation improvement projects won the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia's 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards.
The widening of Barrett Parkway, from Burnt Hickory Road to U.S. Highway 41/Cobb Parkway, was a $28 million project funded by the 2005 Special Local Option Sales Tax. The project widened Barrett Parkway from four to six lanes with a wide grass median, added turn lanes and added and upgraded traffic signals. This helps increase roadway capacity, reduce delays, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. The project also includes a multi-use trail to provide pedestrian connectivity to the countywide trail system.
The $2.5 million Paper Mill Road Bridge (pictured) was a 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project that replaced the original bridge, which had a poor structural sufficiency rating, no sidewalks and was weight-restricted. The new, wider bridge includes a six foot sidewalk on the south side, providing access to National Park Service trails and completely spans Sope Creek to avoid future flooding problems.
Explorers win top positions at regional competition
Congratulations to members of the Cobb County Police Explorers for outstanding achievements at this year's 40th annual Southeast Regional Championship. Known as Winterfest, this competition was held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Of the 3,150 participants, Cobb County Police Explorers finished first in “Domestic Violence,” first in “Felony Traffic Stops,” first in "DUI" and second in “Individual Officer Survival.” They also placed first in “Team Volleyball.” We congratulate participants and their advisors for their accomplishments.
Registration deadlines for 2014 elections
The deadline to register to vote in the May 20 general primary and special elections, as well as associated runoffs, is April 21. The deadline to register for the November general election and runoffs is Oct. 6. To be qualified to register, you must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Cobb County and must be at least 17 and a half years old (but you can't vote until you turn 18). Any mail-in applications must be postmarked by 30 days prior to that election. If you move, you must notify the Board of Elections and Registration 30 days prior to any election. For more information, go to www.cobbelections.org.
State of the County address
Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee presented the annual State of the County earlier this year at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
New app helps residents submit DOT work requests
A new smart phone and Web based tool, YourGOV, allows residents to submit non-emergency service requests directly to the Department of Transportation work management system. By accessing the YourGOV Web site or using the smart device app, residents can photograph a problem and request that work be completed at a specified location.
YourGOV service requests relate to roadway issues like potholes, traffic signals, debris, signs, storm drains and sidewalks. People are able to track the progress of their requests and receive automatic updates throughout the lifecycle of the requests. YourGOV is for reporting non-emergency issues only. If immediate police or fire department response is needed, please call 911. For more information, visit portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=285
Pedestrian bridges on Silver Comet Trail set to close for repairs
Cobb Department of Transportation maintenance crews are replacing the wooden board deck on the Silver Comet Bridge over the East-West Connector. Pedestrian traffic is being maintained through the construction site during the deck replacement. Warning signage is clearly posted on each approach to the bridge advising of construction activity. Bikers should expect to stop and dismount when approaching the bridge for their own safety as well as those of the construction workers. Since traffic is being maintained during the replacement, the work will take from 45 to 60 days depending on the weather.
Closure dates released for Silver Comet Trail pedestrian bridge repair work
Five pedestrian bridges along Cobb County’s 12.8-mile Silver Comet Trail will be temporarily closed to the public this winter while Cobb DOT crews repair or replace bridge ends. The repair work, funded by the 2011 SPLOST, will include consecutive closures of each pedestrian bridge through April. There will be NO ACCESS and NO DETOURS across the bridges during construction, except for the week Cobb County school spring break is underway, from Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 7. During that time only, the entire trail will be open to the public. This work is weather-permitting.
For more information, a map of closures and dates and weather updates, visit portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3290.
Cobb County to become Braves country
I am proud to announce the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County have reached a draft agreement for a new world-class Major League Baseball stadium here.
The agreement calls for the Braves to fund 55 percent of the project cost while the remaining 45 percent will be paid for locally. The new ballpark at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 285 will host the Atlanta Braves Opening Day in Cobb beginning in 2017 and will continue to do so for at least 30 years.
The Atlanta Braves are a great organization and will be a welcome addition to Cobb County. Our focus is on finalizing the agreement that will bring jobs and economic growth to the area while enhancing the experience of sports fans from across metro Atlanta.
Highlights of the Cobb County funding plan include a mix of local funding sources that will total $300 million. There are no increases in the property tax millage rate for homeowners in the plan.
The Braves contribution of $370 million towards the new stadium will quickly generate new jobs and a growing payroll. Construction on the stadium is expected to begin in 2014 and is expected to generate more than 5,227 jobs with an estimated $235 million in payroll. The Atlanta Braves will also be responsible for any construction cost overruns.
With a total investment of $672 million, the new stadium will be centerpiece for what is expected to be a world-class entertainment district, featuring new retail, restaurants and hotels on adjoining parcels.
There will be multiple access points to the site, as it is also near U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway, and we will work with the state Department of Transportation to make numerous improvements for the flow of traffic through the area.
We expect the Board of Commissioners to vote on a memo of understanding during its Nov. 26 meeting, which will be the next step for the continuance of this plan. I look forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity with you as information becomes available.
Funding details for the project are available at www.cobbcounty.org.
For more information, please visit www.HomeoftheBraves.com.
Recycling, repairing and resurfacing our roads
The Cobb County Department of Transportation recently started a new technique to reuse existing road materials in street resurfacing, thereby saving the public time, money and materials. You can get the latest details by watching this video from TV23 online.
Coyote sightings in your community
Some area residents have reported seeing coyote(s) in their neighborhoods. Our Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs' Natural Resource Unit offers some good advice and prevention tips for homeowners.
What to do when you encounter a coyote
If you have additional concerns, please contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division at (706) 624-1367.
New video - Click here to watch.
Cobb DOT's Faye DiMassimo updates residents on transportation projects and sales tax collections dedicated to improving transportation around the county.
Keep informed about zoning information
Every month the Cobb County Zoning Division prepares zoning analysis information, which provides analysis and staff recommendations for all rezoning, special land use permit, land use permit request and variance requests. These items are presented to the Planning Commission, Board of Commissioners and Board of Zoning Appeals for their review, recommendation and consideration. If you would like to be notified when analysis information has been updated, click here to subscribe to Zoning Analysis Information.
Share your thoughts about town hall scheduling
• Cobb County 2013 Strategic Plan
Board of Commissioners Meeting Dates
Cobb County Events Calendar
Chairman Tim Lee on TV23
Chairman and other local leaders helped volunteers deliver meals to the homebound and elderly as part of Meals on Wheels Day.
Metro Atlanta Ambulance Opens Safety Village Pavilion
Cobb Cuts the Ribbon on its New Senior Wellness Center
Kaiser Permanente Town Park Comprehensive Medical Center Ribboncutting
Cobb Airport Opens New Hangers
Big Shanty Connector Ribbon Cutting
Cobb Signs Agreement for new Senior Health Clinic
Floyd Road Improvements Ground Breaking
Transportation planning studies
Roadways and traffic information
Transportation Investment Act
Cobb DOT 2012 School Projects
Land use planning studies
Cobb's Cobblestone Golf Course: One of the best in Atlanta. Click here for article
Prescription drug discount program www.coast2coastrx.com
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