Monday, August 13, 2012
After a drawn out process, the Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the revenue-generating venture.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners are expected to approve a contract that will allow advertising to be placed on the windows of Cobb Community Transit (CCT) buses to generate additional revenue for the county. As reported by The Marietta Daily Journal, the process to approve a contractor for this project has taken roughly a year due to the lack of competitive bidding. In May, the county invited representatives to examine the dimensions of CCT buses, which caused two more companies to submit bids. The contract was won by Signal Outdoor Advertising, of Orlando. The ads are expected to bring in at least $60,000 in the first year, at least $70,000 in the second year, and at least $80,000 in 2015, when the project is slated to end. This …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The former Cobb commission chairman and challenger vowed at Tuesday's candidates forum never to be like "a damn Democrat” to expand Cobb government services.
The controversial TSPLOST took center stage during Tuesday night’s Cobb County Commissioner Chairman forum. All three challengers opposed the special purpose local option sales tax aimed at funding transportation projects in metro Atlanta. “I’m running to do everything I can to defeat TSPLOST,” said Bill Byrne to applause from the audience. Mike Boyce cited the TSPLOST as one of the four taxes imposed over the last 19 months by the current commissioners. “I’m running to bring conservative government to Cobb County,” Boyce said. “Four new taxes in 19 months, that’s not a Republican. That’s not conservative.” Incumbent Tim Lee listed off the numerous accomplishments during his tenure as the current chairman. “Cobb County has the lowest …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Several positions will be eliminated and others will be promoted in a move to improve efficiency.
Cobb County's Support Services Agency is getting an overhaul to increase operational flexibility and to keep the agency up to date with current technological standards. A presentation was delivered by Support Services Agency Director Virgil Moon during the Cobb County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday morning outlining the proposed changes. According to the presentation, the Support Services Agency worked hand in hand with the Finance Department and the County Manager to ensure that the reshuffling was budget neutral; in fact, the plan will bring some savings to the county. Under the proposed changes, agency information services will take on the additional responsibilities of records management and mail services. Moon said that because …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The TSPLOST ballot preamble is being criticized for its possible bias. What do you think?
Monday, July 2, 2012
On July 31, voters in Cobb and the rest of the 10-county metropolitan region will cast their ballots on the Transportation Investment Act to decide whether to establish a one-cent special transportation sales tax on themselves to fund various transportation projects. The phrasing of the ballot preamble has been criticized by some for being biased. Larry Savage, who is running for Cobb County Chairman, feels the preamble to the ballot question, not the ballot itself, is an attempt to sway voters. Savage asserted this claim at a candidate forum sponsored by the Cobb Republican Women's Club. According to the Marietta Daily Journal, to prove a point, Savage attempted to show the audience a mock ballet which extolled his virtues, but this …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The move is intended to streamline county operations.
Monday, June 11, 2012
A project to build a new bridge on Mark Avenue that crosses a tributary of Noonday Creek in Northeast Cobb may get a contractor.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The project for 11 single-family houses passes the Cobb commission without opposition.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an 11-house subdivision on Trickum Road south of Eula Drive on Tuesday. No one opposed the rezoning of the 5.42-acre site from R-20 to R-15 to allow Southeast Real Estate Acquisitions to build the houses. Lawyer John Moore, representing owners Alice and John Bostic, credited the cooperation of neighbors in the Christopher Robbins subdivision and other homes in working through issues the past couple of months. The biggest issue was the detention pond used to handle storm water in the neighborhood. Southeast Real Estate Acquisitions will install a pipe to carry storm water from the pond to a creek running through the site and will build a swale and plant a line of trees to help …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners also faces an electronic billboard and an outdoor merchandise display as part of its zoning agenda Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A 12-house subdivision, an electronic billboard and an outdoor merchandise display are the Northeast Cobb items on the agenda for this morning’s zoning meeting of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Alice and John Bostic, operating as Southeast Real Estate Acquisitions, are asking to rezone 5.42 acres on Trickum Road south of Eula Drive from R-20 to R-15 so they can build 12 single-family houses there instead of the nine now allowed. The two-story houses would be at least 2,400 square feet each and sell for $275,000 to $400,000. The Cobb County planning staff recommends approval of the proposal under several conditions, including a system of improvements to relieve Trickum Road traffic. The other two zoning items involved the Canton …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The lawyer who brought the redistricting suit wants to lop off a piece of East Cobb, while the county commissioners ask to slice off part of the Kennesaw area.
All of the plaintiffs in the Cobb County redistricting case “are satisfied with virtually all aspects of the court’s initial redistricting plan with one exception.” It’s just not the same exception. The five county commissioners, in a joint filing today, asked U.S. District Judge Steve Jones to tweak the border between Helen Goreham’s District 1 and JoAnn Birrell’s District 3. As discussed during Monday’s hearing in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, they want Jones to move his proposed dividing line east so it runs northwest along Interstate 75 until Chastain Road. The border would run west along Chastain Road and McCollum Parkway to Cobb Parkway, then would follow Jones’ existing line north to the Cherokee County border. That change would …
Otherwise, the commissioners and the lawyer suing to redistrict the county seem satisfied by the judge's proposal.
The defendants joined the plaintiff Monday as U.S. District Judge Steve Jones raced to enact new Cobb County commission districts in time for the July 31 primaries. The main issue now appears to be how far west Northeast Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell’s District 3 will reach. Jones approved a motion to switch the Cobb Board of Commissioners and its five members from defendants to plaintiffs in Marietta lawyer Jonathan Crumly’s redistricting lawsuit. The court agreed that Crumly and the commissioners share the goals of creating constitutionally balanced districts and doing so quickly enough to avoid a special election. In a Monday afternoon hearing, Jones presented his own proposed map of the four commission districts and generally found …