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Advance Voting ends Friday

 

This is the last week to take advantage of Advance Voting for the Nov. 4 General Election. All of the Advance Voting locations and information is below. Cobb County voters can advance vote at any of the following locations:

  • Main Elections Office (736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through Oct. 31
  • East Cobb Government Service Center(4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, through Oct. 31
  • South Cobb Community Center (620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center (Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • Noonday Baptist Church Sanctuary (4120 Canton Road, Marietta)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • Windy Hill Community Center (1884 Roswell St. SE, Smyrna)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31
  • NorthStar Church (3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw)
    9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

There will be no voting on Monday, Nov. 3. For more information, visit cobbelections.org or call 770-528-2581.

Early voting ends Friday

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Advance Voting for the Nov. 4 General Election has begun. All of the Advance Voting locations and information is below. Cobb County voters can advance vote at any of the following locations:

Main Elections Office
(736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta)
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, Oct. 13-31

East Cobb Government Service Center
(4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta)
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, Oct. 20-31

South Cobb Community Center
(620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton)
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

Boots Ward Recreation Center
(Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs)
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

Noonday Baptist Church Sanctuary
(4120 Canton Road, Marietta)
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

Windy Hill Community Center
(1884 Roswell St. SE, Smyrna)
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

NorthStar Church
(3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw)
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31

For more information, including the “Vote by Mail” application, visitcobbelections.org or call 770-528-2581.

Click here for informational flyer with listing of advance voting locations.

(Source: JoAnn Birrell) 


 

Bob Ott town hall meeting this week

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Commissioner Bob Ott

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott will host a town hall meeting for the community 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. The meeting will provide the public the chance to be updated on county government actions and provide their feedback to officials. The meeting will last until 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 4385 Lower Roswell, Marietta. For further information, call 770-528-3316.

 

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Ott Town Hall is Oct. 30

 

Bob Ott

District Two Commissioner Bob Ott will host a town hall 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. The meeting will last until 8:30 p.m. Mt. Bethel is located at 4385 Lower Roswell, Marietta. For further information, call the commissioner’s office at 770-528-3316.

 

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Cobb County 2016 SPLOST Vote Scheduled November 4

On November 4, Cobb voters will be asked to approve whether or not to extend the county’s SPLOST for six more years. This article outlines Cobb County’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) as adopted by the Board of Commissioners on July 22, 2014. The following briefly describes the purpose of each capital improvement and the anticipated corresponding funding. The 2016 SPLOST is intended to address the immediate needs of Facilities, Technology, Parks, Libraries, Senior Centers, Public Safety, and Transportation that affect the future of Cobb County. The SPLOST will be in effect for a six (6) year period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021.

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COUNTYWIDE IMPROVEMENTS – $38,862,220
Projects include replacing Animal Control equipment, vehicles and parking lot repairs; upgrades for 800Mhz Radio System, new radio towers, replacement of emergency weather sirens, improvements to Court Facilities, Public Health clinics, a new Medical Examiner laboratory and replacement of building systems, renovations, security cameras and equipment for Sheriff’s Office.

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS- $287,331,467
Projects include infrastructure preservation (resurfacing, drainage, bridges and culverts), pedestrian improvements, safety and operational improvements (intersections, roadways, and school zones), and congestion relief and mobility improvements (thoroughfares, traffic management, traffic signals, and planning). SPLOST funding will be leveraged to receive additional funding from other sources, including Federal, State, and Community Improvement Districts.

PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS – $87,977,584
Public Safety enhancements include the replacement of Police Headquarters and Evidence Unit, renovation and expansion of training facilities, construction of a new fire station, purchase of essential vehicles and equipment, and  improvements/upgrades/renovations to various Public Safety facilities.

PUBLIC SERVICES IMPROVEMENTS – $102,913,526
PARKS AND RECREATION IMPROVEMENTS – $77,508,779
Funding for these projects will be used for upgrades, enhancements, and renovations to existing park buildings, fields, and facilities.

LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS – $23,203,167
Projects include construction of two new Library facilities and upgrades to other existing Library facilities including technology enhancements and improvements that will allow for more efficient and effective use of space.

SENIOR CENTER IMPROVEMENTS – $2,201,580
Projects include expansion of the existing North Cobb Senior Center and upgrades to other facilities to allow for more efficiency and greater use of space.

SUPPORT SERVICES IMPROVEMENTS – $48,019,380
FACILITIES – $17,940,380
Projects include infrastructure improvements of existing facilities, and the construction of a new millwork shop and new fleet maintenance facility to support the increase in public safety vehicles.

TECHNOLOGY – $30,079,000
Enhancements will provide many upgrades to existing applications, create an eGovernment presence (web and mobile access to key county services), the construction of a new data center, and the creation of a disaster recovery site.

MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS – $184,895,823
This component, comprising a variety of projects, has been identified by each Cobb City and accounts for approximately 26% of SPLOST revenue remaining after county-wide projects.

Readers can review in greater detail the proposed 2016 SPLOST projects, by visiting cobbsplost2016.org. Users can search existing SPLOST projects, as well as proposed projects, by area, commission district or category, such as transportation, parks, and roadway and pedestrian improvement. Each link contains a fact sheet about the project.

The mobile map application can be used on desktop computers, smartphones or tablets. It is compatible with both Android and Apple iOS devices. For more information, or to utilize this tool, visit www.cobbgis.org:81/CobbSPLOSTStatus.

(Reprinted from the October 2014 issue of EAST COBBER)

League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb SPLOST Forum is Oct. 29

The League of Women Voters Marietta-Cobb will host a SPLOST Forum on Wednesday, October 29, 7-9pm, at Cobb County Commissioner Building, 100 Cherokee Street Marietta, GA. 30090.

Featured speakers will be Lance Lamberton, founder and Chairman of the Cobb Taxpayers Association and Justin O’Dell, Co-Chair of Secure Cobb’s Future.

Attend to learn more about SPLOST before voting on November 4. Forum is open to the public.

 

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League of Women Voters to host SPLOST Forum

The League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb and American Association of University Women will host a forum on the pros and cons of the Cobb County SPLOST 2016 on Wednesday, October 29. The forum will be held at the Cobb County Commissioner’s Office at 100 Cherokee Street beginning at 7:00 PM. The speakers debating will be Lance Lamberton, founder and Chairman of the Cobb Taxpayers Association, and Justin O’Dell, Co-Chair of Secure Cobb’s Future. This event will be televised on Channel 23. Contact 678-641-6256 for more information.

 

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Advance Voting began Monday

Advance Voting began Monday and continues through Friday, October 31. No reason is needed to vote early. Click here for locations and times. This election gives us the opportunity to “vote for kids” by supporting candidates who will always ask the question: “Is it good for children?” Our elected officials make decisions about every aspect of the lives of children: safety, health, child care, education, youth development and training. But other issues have an impact on children and families, too, including transportation, tax policy, environment, development, and regulation. Learn a little more about the candidates’ view on education by reading this survey which was organized and distributed by the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

Wildcat facelift: School eyes $20.7M for new gym, arts center

Wheeler High School Principal David Chiprany stands in front of the construction site at the school where the new gymnasium is being built adjacent to the old one. The new gym, Chiprany said, will be in-ground and seat 3,000 people. Staff-Jeff Stanton

 

The Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday discussed spending $20.7 million on Wheeler High School to build a new gym and performing arts center.

The board will take a formal vote at its Oct. 23 meeting.

The new additions will be the last in a series of renovations to the school.

“The campus was already in construction, so it just made sense to proceed with the next phase of construction,” interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said.

The first phase, which cost $400,000, was for demolition and greenhouse replacement. The construction going on now is costing $1.9 million and involves the reconfiguration of the campus. The reconfiguration includes a new academic wing and a paved parking lot.

The first phases were funded by SPLOST III, and the final phase is funded by SPLOST IV.

The last — and most expensive — phase will see the construction of a new gymnasium and performance arts building.

The gym will be more than 100,000 square feet and will seat 3,000 people. The performance arts center will seat 750.

Wheeler, which opened in 1965, is on Holt Road in Marietta and has 2,200 students.

Wheeler Principal David Chiprany said the current auditorium seats about 350 people and has old lighting and sound systems. The new performing arts center will also feature a black box theater and a horticulture classroom.

Chiprany said once the new gym is complete, the school would like to host regional basketball tournaments.

“One thing that’s interesting is we’ve had to deal with one gym the last four years,” Chiprany said. “It’s been really difficult. When that’s completed next year, we will have two gyms for the first time in four years.”

Chiprany has been the principal at Wheeler for six years, three of which the school has been under construction during.

At one point, Wheeler had 38 classroom trailers and teachers had to park at a nearby middle school.

“It’s a lot of planning,” Chiprany said. “Lots of collaboration and students and parents just adapting to the challenges, knowing the end result was going to be a beautiful new building, and eventually a new gym and theater.”

 

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Aimee Sachs, October 09, 2014.)

Advance voting for election begins Monday

 

Advance Voting for the Nov. 4 General Election will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, Oct. 13-31, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Cobb Elections main office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Six satellite voting locations will open later in October. For more information, including the “Vote by Mail” application, visit cobbelections.org or call 770-528-2581.

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