Thursday, January 31, 2013
The four-year 1 percent sales tax will be collected until December 2015 and must be spent on voter approved projects.
Thursday, January 31
The Cobb Board of Commissioners recently approved several items funded through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. These actions included: County staff and Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood also provided commissioners with an update on collections and expenditures from the current SPLOST. This four-year 1 percent sales tax will be collected until December 2015 and must be spent on voter approved projects. Each quarter the county commission receives an update on collections and expenditures. Click here to watch the presentation.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Renovations to the Northeast Cobb facility are planned to continue until October.
The Mountain View Aquatic Center in Northeast Cobb County has been closed all summer because of a complete renovation that is expected to be complete by October. The renovation is one part of the $82 million in projects designed to renovate, maintain and update Cobb County's parks and recreation facilities. The projects are paid for by SPLOST funds. According to information provided by the office of Cobb District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, several milestones in the renovation were hit in recent weeks. The painting of the natatorium ceiling and steel structures was completed by July 23. The original mechanical equipment in the ceiling has already been demolished, and new piping is currently being installed. New dehumidifier units were …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Local municipalities, chambers of commerce and even businesses are mobilizing to get voters to the polls in support of TSLOST on July 31. How to you feel about this effort?
Without a doubt, the upcoming transportation referendum has been a hot topic throughout metro Atlanta. It’s no secret that most municipalities are urging "yes" votes on TSPLOST. Without it, officials are going to have to look at other ways to raise funds for traffic and transportation projects. But did you know local chambers of commerce and even businesses have been recruited to do the same thing? According to Jim Galloway, political insider for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than 400 businesses, including some of metro Atlanta’s largest, have signed on to turn out extra voters who have been given a firm understanding of the importance of a “yes” vote on July 31. Sam Williams, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber, which is …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education will set the 2012-13 calendar after choosing three or five furlough days at its meeting tonight.
The Cobb County Board of Education will take up the budget, the next SPLOST and Teach for America at its regular meeting tonight. Aside from a couple of Northeast Cobb items, the biggest issue on the agenda is final passage of the $841.9 million fiscal 2013 budget, which runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Once the board approves a budget, it will have to agree on a school calendar to implement the furlough says. The budget recommendation from Chief Financial Officer Mike Addison and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has not changed: five furlough days for all full-time employees; 175 school days; an increase of two students in the average class size; a decrease of 350 teachers across the system, most if not all by attritition; a half-…
Friday, March 23, 2012
The elections board's decision means a July 31 referendum is likely, and sales could start Aug. 12.
Cobb County is back on the Sunday wagon, at least until mid-August. The county Board of Elections and Registration decided during a special meeting Friday morning not to fight a voter challenge to the referendum that approved Sunday package sales of alcohol in unincorporated parts of Cobb. That means Sunday sales will not start June 3 as now scheduled. It also means all citizens in Cobb County will likely have the chance to vote on Sunday sales again July 31, even though almost 70 percent of county voters already said yes March 6. The problem is that residents of Cobb’s six cities were excluded from the countywide referendum despite paying taxes, electing officials and receiving services from the county and voting on other countywide …
The Cobb County school board adds $9,400 in work to the $1 million Keheley project.
Davis and Keheley elementary school staffers and students will find spruced-up buildings and campuses when they return for the 2012-13 year. The Cobb County Board of Education approved construction contracts for SPLOST-funded work at both Northeast Cobb schools during its meeting Thursday night. Keheley will get more work than expected. The base project included enlarging a viewing window from the front office to the lobby, renovating all restrooms, resurfacing the playground, and replacing damaged glass in the windows in the clerestory, where leaking has been a perennial problem. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s staff recommended three additional items: That made the total cost of the project $1.02 million, 59 percent over the projected …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Cobb school board also will vote on renovations at Davis and Keheley.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Education will take time tonight to recognize Kell High musicians back from a national competition in Indianapolis. The Kell Percussion Ensemble sent two groups to the invitation-only Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival this month, becoming the first high school to have two ensembles at the event. The school board will include the Kell percussionists at the start of its regular meeting tonight at 7 at the Central Office, 514 Glover St., Marietta. The board also is scheduled to vote on SPLOST-funded renovations at Davis and Keheley elementary schools in Northeast Cobb. The recommended Keheley contract with SouthCore Construction of Kennesaw is for $1.02 million, $380,000 over the estimated budget for the …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Cobb Board of Education also will talk strategy with Northeast Cobb pastor Ike Reighard.
Northeast Cobb pastor Ike Reighard will help pump up the Cobb County Board of Education’s core this morning. Reighard, the spiritual leader at Piedmont Church and the CEO of MUST Ministries, is on the agenda for “core values training” at the board’s monthly work session, which starts at 8:30 a.m. That session will focus on revamping the Cobb County School District’s strategic plan, The Marietta Daily Journal reported. The plan runs through 2014 but rarely plays a role in school board decisions. The work session also will delve deeper into budget issues. The school district’s finance chief, Mike Addison, will give an update on the budget picture for the fiscal year starting July 1. It hasn’t improved much from January, when he warned of the…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The once-depressed Northeast Cobb thoroughfare is seeing new construction and new business.
A year of planning, zoning and development controversy in 2011 has positioned Canton Road Corridor for beautification and business growth in 2012. The residents and businesses along the Canton Road Corridor have struggled for decades to leave behind the salvage yards, industrial eyesores and vacant storefronts. Turning around Northeast Cobb’s central corridor has required collaboration among the county government, businesses and community groups. Now the corridor’s future looks bright with a focus on further development and investment. "At my town-hall meeting on the 16th Dana Johnson will be discussing the comp plan and Canton Road redevelopment project. I will be rolling out the Canton Road redevelopment plan at the NCBA luncheon …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
His State of the County address says the tough decisions of 2011 have Cobb in a good place on 2012.
Tim Lee acted like a man seeking four more years as Cobb County’s top elected official when he delivered his State of the County address Monday morning. The chairman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners led a crowd of nearly 400 business and political leaders through the county’s economic struggles and successes of the past year and celebrated where the county sits now. “Cobb County is ready for anything 2012 may throw at it,” Lee said, because the board under his leadership did what was necessary in 2011. That includes being ready for job growth, something Lee touted Monday when he announced that Fresenius Medical Care will expand in Cobb by bringing 120 jobs to Kennesaw. “All who choose Cobb because of its greatness—its greatness I truly …