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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.
Learn how to prevent and report elder abuse at seminar
The Cobb County Elder Abuse Task Force will hold its first seminar and public forum 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sterling Estates Senior Living Community in Marietta. The event will provide information about elder abuse and how to identify, prevent and report it. Speakers will include Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn as well as representatives of the Cobb County Police and Sheriff’s Office. There will be free coffee and rolls for early attendees. The Sterling Estates Senior Living Community is located at 4220 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.
Tennis center honored; group raises money for charity
The Lost Mountain Tennis Center was recently honored by the United States Tennis Association as its Georgia Member Organization of the Year.
This award recognizes outstanding services rendered to a USTA member organization in Georgia. Selection is made on the basis of service to the tennis community, service to the organization’s members and service to the game of tennis.
This is the second time Lost Mountain Tennis Center has received this award – the first was in 2004. Traci Thomas has managed this facility since it opened in 2000 and she and her staff are committed to the highest level of service by providing quality and diverse programs to the west Cobb community.
In other news, the Lost Mountain Community Tennis Association donated nearly $3,000 for the SafePath Advocacy Center. The organization raised the money from the 2013 Halloween Fright Festival Tennis Tourney in October and a silent auction held at Brookstone Country Club.
The check was presented Wednesday, Nov. 13. Pictured below, from left to right: Raoul Bax, LMCTA board member; LMCTA Board President Andre Squires; Traci Thomas, LMTC manager; Melania Saltarella, SafePath Community Development Coordinator; SafePath Executive Director Jinger Robins; Jim Hunter, LMCTA Vice President and LMCTA Treasurer Angela Bay.
Lost Mountain Community Tennis Association was formed in 2008 to give back to the community and organizations that otherwise may not have the means. Previous charities have included Calvary Childrens Home and Mostly Mutts Pet and Animal Rescue. The 2013 and 2014 recipient, SafePath Advocacy Center, helps and intervenes with abused and neglected children to educate and stop child abuse.
Learn how nearby projects will improve your quality of life
Cobb County staff has launched a new online tool, "What's In It for Me," that allows people to click on a map or search by address to view a list of transportation and parks projects within a five mile radius. Search for projects near where you live, work and play on any device — desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Cobb projects funded through the 2005 Special Local Option Sales Tax, 2011 SPLOST and non-SPLOST sources, such as Georgia Department of Transportation, Cobb County General Fund and Community Improvement Districts, are listed. Viewing projects from different programs allows people to holistically see more than 430 transportation and parks projects funded throughout Cobb and its six cities.
To use the tool, click here or visit cobbdot.org.
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 regular meeting, 6 p.m., Dec. 19
• Board of Commissioners regular meeting, 9 a.m., Jan. 14
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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