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A glance at county, state & federal government services, decisions, and issues that effect East Cobbers.

County offices closed July 3; libraries open; no Xpress 400 routes

Cobb County Government offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. However, Cobb County libraries will be open for regular hours on July 3. The libraries will be closed Saturday, July 4. For more information on library hours of operation and locations, visitcobbcat.org/libraries. To view the library system’s holiday schedule, click here.

Also, Georgia Regional Transit Authority will not operate any 400 routes on Friday, July 3, therefore there will be no GRTA Xpress 400 routes service that day.

 

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HB 110: Do you know the Fireworks Law?

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With the 4th of July quickly approaching, Cobb County Police Department feels it is important to educate everybody about HB110. This is the recently passed “Fireworks Law” which takes effect July 1, 2015. HB 110 allows for the sale of fireworks in Georgia. This includes statewide sales and cannot be restricted by local governments and their jurisdictions. According to the House Bill, the term “Consumer Fireworks means any small fireworks devices containing restricted amounts of pyrotechnic composition, designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, that comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations of the United States Consumer Product Safety and additionally shall mean Roman candles.”

Usage of Fireworks

• Fireworks can be used daily between the hours or 10:00 a.m. and midnight. On January 1, July 3, July 4 and December 31, fireworks can be used from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 a.m.

• Fireworks cannot be exploded within 100 yards of a nuclear power facility or a gas station, or a facility that refines, processes, or blends gasoline.

(Source: Cobb County Pens Report)

 

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Georgia Supreme Court Authorizes Stadium Bonds

 

Earlier this week the Georgia Supreme Court voted to uphold a local ruling that authorized nearly $400 million in bonds to build SunTrust Park – the future home of the Atlanta Braves.

As you know, SunTrust Park is expected to generate more than $100 million in annual economic activity and will ensure Cobb County as the “Home of the Braves” for 30 years.  Construction is well underway and has already generated thousands of construction jobs and more than $250 million in contracts to businesses in Cobb County.

The high court’s unanimous decision is another step in the right direction for Cobb County and paves the way for progress as we prepare for Opening Day in 2017.

To read more about the Supreme Court’s ruling, click HERE.

As always, thank you for your continued support of our community.  It is because of people like you that Cobb County remains the best place to live, work, and play ball!

 

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Openings, closings and important notes for holiday weekend

 

Most Cobb County government offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day. The exception is Cobb County libraries, which will be open July 3, but closed on Saturday, July 4.

In addition, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority will not operate any Xpress 400 routes on Friday, July 3.

The Marietta Freedom Parade will take place on Saturday, July 4, starting at 10 a.m. Roswell Street west of Cobb Parkway will be closed for the parade from 9:30 a.m. until about 12:15 p.m.North, South, East and West Park Square around Marietta Square will be closed the entire day for the festival. The event will include free concerts, an arts and crafts show, carnival games and a fireworks show that begins at dark.

CobbTV, our county government access channel, will broadcast the parade multiple times during the holiday weekend, starting at 3 p.m., July 4. The next viewing will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 5, followed by noon and 7 p.m. on Monday, July 6. The final showing will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.

Join our community in celebrating this important national holiday and the freedom we each hold dear. Have fun, be safe and enjoy!

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Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Legal… The One Thing You Need To Read

Supreme Court: Gay Marriage Legal… The One Thing You Need To Read

You can call it “historic,” a “landmark decision” or “a step forward” … just remember to call Gay Marriage legal from now on. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 Friday, June 26, that all bans on gay marriages are illegal therefore making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states. You’ll read a lot… [Read more…]

GDOL to host recruitment for Sam’s Club in Marietta next week

The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Cobb-Cherokee Career Center will help Sam’s Club recruit more than 100 sales associates to work in a new store expected to open in the fall in Woodstock. The recruitment will be held Friday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the career center, 465 Big Shanty Road, Marietta.
While no previous sales experience is necessary for the jobs, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED). They must also have a class A driver’s license.
Applicants should bring a copy of their resume and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for employment.
Salaries range from $9.50 to $11 an hour.
The company will conduct a background check and drug-screening test on selected applicants.
Applicants may apply online at www.walmart.com/apply and enter store number 8158, or visit the GDOL’s website www.gdol.ga.gov, click On-Line Services, then Job Search, and enter job order number 8310668.
For more information about the recruitment, contact the Cobb-Cherokee Career Center at (770) 528-6100.
To learn more about career opportunities, connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which can be conveniently accessed at www.gdol.ga.gov.

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Being smart about alleviating congestion and improving safety on Cobb Parkway

 

Cobb Parkway is the main corridor that connects the Town Center, Marietta and Cumberland Activity Centers. About 121,000 residents live in the corridor and more than 60 percent of Cobb County’s entire population lives within five miles of it.

It is home to Kennesaw State University, the third largest university in Georgia, more than 76,00 jobs, 17 million square feet of office, two major shopping malls, Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and SunTrust Park, the future home of the Atlanta Braves. With all of this activity and economic growth, it is easy to understand how Cobb Parkway is one of the most congested roadways in Cobb County.

More than 40,000 vehicles make their way up and down this road every day. It also serves three existing CCT bus routes. In fact, Route 10 has one of the highest ridership levels of any bus route in the Southeast. Both drivers and bus riders spend much of their time in traffic congestion as they travel to and from their destinations. Unfortunately, high congestion also leads to a higher number of accidents.  In fact, since 2012, there have been more than 700 accidents per year on Cobb Parkway.

Team Cobb has long been working on solutions to improve safety and alleviate congestion on this highway. Recently, Cobb County took a major step in the right direction by submitting for a federal TIGER grant application for the Cobb Parkway Smart Corridor project. A SMART Corridor is a fresh approach to managing the parkway using technology to optimize the existing roadway through smart communication between traffic signals. “SMART” stands for Safety, Mobility and Automated Real-time Traffic Management.

This proposed project will create more efficient roads using cutting edge technology. This solution is more cost effective and faster than building new roads. A smart corridor will improve congestion, reduce accidents and enhance Cobb County commuters’ daily drive and quality of life.

If awarded this very competitive grant, this project will add signal prioritization, three major intersection improvements, queue jump lanes for buses at six intersections and digital message signs to communicate to drivers where available capacity is along the corridor.

Other benefits include:

  • Reducing traffic congestion with smart communication between traffic signals.
  • Giving drivers information about traffic conditions ahead and travel alternatives.
  • Giving CCT bus riders a faster and more reliable commute.
  • Providing advance warning to drivers so they can slow down ahead of congested areas and move out of blocked lanes, resulting in fewer secondary accidents.

Cobb has always sought to be a cutting edge leader and as we continue to work towards reducing congestion for commuters and making the roads safe, this solution is a homerun for Cobb County.

Click here to view FAQ about the project

 

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Rep. John Carson Named Vice Chairman of House Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications Committee

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The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative John Carson (R-Marietta) as the Vice Chairman of the House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee.  Rep. Carson currently serves as a member of the House Transportation and Ways & Means committees, as well as Secretary on the Insurance Committee and Vice Chairman on the Intragovernmental Coordination Committee.

“It is an honor to be appointed Vice Chairman of the House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee,” said Rep. Carson. “I appreciate Speaker Ralston’s confidence and look forward to working with Chairman Don Parsons on common sense legislation to benefit Georgia’s consumers of energy and telecommunications.”

The House Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications Committee, chaired by Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta), is responsible for legislation concerning the electric and gas utilities, as well as telecommunications providers.

The House Committee on Assignments, chaired by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), is charged with making all House committee assignments for the members of the Georgia House of Representatives.

For a complete list of all House Committee assignments, please click here.

 

 

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Sen. Johnny Isakson says he has Parkinson’s disease

Isakson had nothing but praise for Chambliss, who is a high-ranking Republican on several key committees.

 

East Cobb resident Sen. Johnny Isakson has announced he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Isakson says he was first diagnosed with the disease in 2013, and is still in the early stages of the disease.

According to Isakson, he revealed his diagnosis with his family and staff only months before telling the public.

In a statement released Wednesday, Isakson said his main symptoms are stiffness in his left arm and a slow shuffling gait.

“The recovery from the back surgery I had in October 2014 also has affected my gait,” Isakson said. “I have undergone rigorous physical therapy; I do exercises every morning and evening; and I take two Parkinson’s medicines.”

Isakson says he will face this challenge “head on”, and continue his duties as Senator.

In his statement released to the media, Isakson says he still plans to run for reelection in 2016.

The Atlanta-native has been in the Senate since 2005. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representative from 1999 to 2005.

Isakson entered politics in 1974 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature.

Isakson is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.

In response to Isakson’s diagnosis, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal released the following statement:

“In the 35 years that I’ve known Johnny Isakson, he has risen to meet — and overcome — every obstacle he’s encountered with determination and a smile on his face,” Deal said. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that he and Diane will rise to meet this challenge. As he fights this battle, our distinguished senator will continue representing Georgians’ conservative principles in Washington.”

(Reprinted from wsbtv.com)

 

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Bond rating agency reaffirms county’s strong financial outlook

Fitch Ratings recently reaffirmed its AAA rating for Cobb Water System’s water and sewer revenue bonds. Key reasons for the top rating were strong operating margins, low debt burden, solid financial management and customer base and ample rate flexibility.

A press release about the bond rating noted Cobb’s “system financial management is strong, as evidenced by consistently high debt coverage margins, healthy liquidity levels and a substantial amount of operating flexibility.” Declining debt and stabilized capital spending were also highlighted.

The released said that “given the county has no planned borrowings, leverage ratios are anticipated to further decline and be at nearly half the levels of comparably rated AAA credits in five years.”

 

 

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