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County’s fleet management recognized for excellence

Cobb County’s Fleet Management Department ranks 23rd out of more than 38,000 applicants for the “100 Best Fleets in North America” in 2015. Government Fleet magazine recently made the announcement at an awards program. Cobb’s fleet operation was honored for performing at a high level, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future and overcoming challenges.

This award exemplifies Cobb’s commitment to providing cost efficient services and using industry best practices. Fleet Management staff is committed to environmental responsibility and stewardship by implementing innovative green ideas such as the use of biodiesel, burning waste oil for heat, purchasing electric vehicles and the reduction of the county’s carbon footprint through efficient management of the county’s vehicle fleet.

 

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Chairman town hall Wednesday

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Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee will host a town hall meeting in District Four 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 29. This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to learn about projects happening around the county and communicate directly with county officials. The town hall will be held at South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive SW, Mableton. For more information, visit cobbcounty.org/lee.

 

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Large job fair, veterans services and mortgage assistance

The annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair will be held 10 am-3pm, Friday, April 24, at the Georgia International Convention Center. More than 4,650 positions are available and companies at the job fair will include AT&T, City of Smyrna, Cobb County Police Department, Comcast, Emory Healthcare, Georgia Power, MARTA, Morehouse School of Medicine, SunTrust, The Home Depot, Wells Fargo and WellStar Health System.

Special veterans employment services will be provided by the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Atlanta VA Regional Office to help veterans find and obtain employment, counseling, training, education, job placement and other services. There will also be information on veterans health benefits, mental health services and PTSD counseling.

There will be a Small Business Forum with sessions on borrowing for your small business, resources to help start and grow your small business and federal procurement and certifications. Pre-registration is required at bit.ly/ScottJobsFair2015.

On-site mortgage assistance via HomeSafe Georgia will be available. Visit homesafegeorgia.com to find out if you’re eligible for assistance. The Georgia International Convention Center is located near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park.

 

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Public information meeting scheduled for pipeline project

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A public information meeting about the Southwest Connector, East Cobb phase will be held 7-8:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 21, at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. The Southwest Connector, east Cobb phase includes the design and installation of approximately 6.5 miles of 54-inch water main in eastern Cobb County for the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority.

The new pipeline project will begin near the James E. Quarles Water Treatment Plant, 4402 Lower Roswell Road, and will generally continue in a southwesterly direction along Lower Roswell and Terrell Mill Roads, ending near the intersection of Terrell Mill Road and U.S. Highway 41/Cobb Parkway. Construction of the project is tentatively scheduled to begin in August and run through December 2017.

 

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Keep Cobb Beautiful sponsors Great American Clean up Event

It’s that time again to clean out your garage, attic, backyard and file cabinets. Keep Cobb Beautiful is hosting a Community Recycling event in coordination with the Great American Clean up on April 18, 2015 from 9am to 1pm.

The Clean up will be held at two locations: Jim Miller Park and Sprayberry High School.

Click HERE for details

 

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As Tax Day approaches, be on the lookout for identity theft

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Identity theft is a major problem that affects many people each year and often increases during tax season. With the April 15th deadline rapidly approaching, it is important to remain vigilant for attempts by criminals to obtain your personal information. A criminal who is able to obtain a person’s name, social security number, and other identifying information can file a fraudulent tax return in the victim’s name and collect the associated refund. Often the unsuspecting victim won’t find out until their own legitimate tax return is flagged for denial.

It is important that taxpayers protect their personal information. Anyone who believes his or her personal information has been stolen and used for fraudulent tax purposes should immediately contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490.

There are a couple of ways that criminals use to trick victims into revealing their personal or financial information online. The first one is Phishing and occurs when thieves use phony email or websites to contact potential victims often posing as the IRS. The email address used may only differ slightly from the legitimate sight and can easily be mistaken.  A suspicious e-mail or an “IRS” Web address that does not begin with http://www.irs.gov should be forwarded to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Spyware is another tool that identity thieves use to steal personal information. Spyware consists of computer software that gathers and reports information about a computer user without the user’s knowledge or consent. It gets downloaded onto the taxpayer’s computer once he or she opens an email attachment or clicks a link sent by the thief. The best advice is to never open an attachment or click on a link that is sent by someone you do not know. Legitimate financial institutions generally will not contact you by email to confirm your personal information, username, or pass code. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of an email sent from your financial institution or the IRS, call them by the publicly listed phone number and not the one contained in the email to verify authenticity.

Whenever possible, use IRS direct deposit to avoid the chance that your tax refund check may get stolen from your mailbox.

(Source: Cobb County Police Department)

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Cobb Fire and Emergency Services unveils new app

The free Cobb Fire and Emergency Services application has a great deal of department information as well as general safety and county-wide contact information.

It can be found on the Microsoft app store, Google app store and Apple app store.

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Road Resurfacing Planned throughout Cobb County

Cobb County Department of Transportation staff will begin resurfacing dozens of streets around the county.  The county maintains a road network of more than 8,400 roads (2,480 miles) valued at more than $2 billion. While asphalt is durable and resilient, road surfaces take a beating by daily traffic, weather conditions and normal wear and tear. Every $1 spent now on maintenance and resurfacing is equivalent to about $4 to build a new road. Resurfacing is also a time motorists are asked to really pay attention.

“With spring here, there’s a lot of road construction planned,” Faye DiMassimo, Cobb DOT director, said.  “We’d like to remind everyone to please slow down and be patient navigating through road work zones. We want everyone, DOT crews, pedestrians and motorists, to make it home safely.”

To determine which need resurfacing most, all roads are routinely evaluated by county staff for pavement distresses such as cracking, potholes, roughness and oxidation. Local roads are funded through the 2011 and 2016 Special Local Option Sales Tax programs.

Here is a list of five of the largest resurfacing projects scheduled to begin this spring:

Shadowlawn Road: 1.3 miles of resurfacing from Paper Mill Road to Lower Roswell Road
Old 41 Highway: 2.12 miles of resurfacing from Nance Road to Kennesaw City Limit
Old Alabama Road: 2.94 miles of resurfacing from Maxham Road to Mableton Parkway
Ebenezer Road: 3.24 miles of resurfacing from Canton Road to Sandy Plains Road
Burnt Hickory Road: 1.92 miles of resurfacing from Mars Hill Road Paulding County

The estimated cost for resurfacing for 2015 is $20.4 million, with partial funding provided by the annual GDOT Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant funds of $3.9 million. The remaining will be provided by SPLOST funding. For a list of streets in Cobb County currently scheduled for resurfacing (could change due to conditions),click here.

 

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For Your Information: House Bill 91 Update

Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 91 into law on March 30, 2015.  The law contains provisions for students no longer enrolled in the school system to petition the Local Board of Education for a diploma if their sole reason for not receiving a diploma was due to not passing any part of the required graduation tests at the time of enrollment. Formalized Cobb County School District procedures for the HB91 petition process are currently being developed and will be posted on the Cobb County School District website shortly.

 

 

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Cobb Libraries Closed April 3 and April 5

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The Cobb County Public Library System will be closed April 3 for the Good Friday holiday.  Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, April 4. Switzer Library will be closed for the Easter holiday on Sunday, April 5.
For a list of all holiday observances, please visit their website.

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