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Reminder – Legislative Forum this Tuesday, Jan. 13

The Cobb Legislative Coffee, co-hosted by the League of Women Voters Marietta/Cobb, the American Association of University Women, the East Cobb Council of PTA, and the Rho Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will be held on Tuesdays, January 13 beginning at 6:30pm. Enjoy refreshments from 6:30-7pm with the forum to be held from 7-9pm. Forum held in the Cobb County Board of Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, Ga. 30090.
This is your opportunity to come out and hear the issues facing the 2015 legislative session, as well as proposed legislation for 2015.  Legislators have been invited to participate.  Please contact your legislators and encourage them to attend.
The forum will be moderated by league member Gloria Beauchene.  It will be televised on Cobb TV 23.

 
 

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CERT Course begins January 13

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course is a 20-hour program that trains people to be better prepared for response to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

CERT Classes will be held at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060. The schedule for the course will be:

> Tuesdays, January 13, 20, 27: 6-9pm
> Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 3: 6-9pm

You must attend all sessions listed in order to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old and either live, work, or worship in Cobb County.

Please complete form (located at www.cobbcounty.org) in its entirety and email copies to Kimberly Schneider at Kimberly.Schneider@cobbcounty.org or you may return it to the Cobb Emergency Management Agency (140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060) either through the mail or in person.

Operational hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. For more information, please email Kimberly. Schneider@cobbcounty.org or call (770) 499-4567. The deadline to submit this application packet is no later than 4pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kimberly. We look forward to seeing you in future classes!

 

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State of the County Address is Monday

Cobb Chairman Tim Lee will be giving the annual “State of the County” address at the Chamber of Commerce “First Monday” breakfast 7:30 a.m., Jan. 12, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. I look forward to discussing the progress we have made during the past year and our preparations for the future. General admission is $60 for nonmembers and $40 for members at the door. The speech in its entirety will be available to view for free through Government Access Channel TV23’s video on demand service at cobbcounty.org.

 
 

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Isakson tapped for Veterans’ Affairs committee

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson an East Cobb Resident, has been named chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Isakson’s staff said in a statement Wednesday that the committee will play a key role in making sure reforms passed by Congress last year are put in place.

Aides say Isakson’s priorities as chairman will include oversight of the new Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, approved in response to a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsification of records to cover up delays.

Isakson also was named chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.

 

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Deputy chief selected to serve in Chairman’s Office

Tim Lee

Cobb Chairman Tim Lee announced this week that he will hire Kellie Anne Brownlow to serve as deputy chief to the chairman. Brownlow brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in economic development, government relations and project management to Cobb County.

“Our growing role in the region and constant focus on expanding Cobb’s economy demands more and more of my attention,” Lee said. “Adding Kellie to the team and having her expertise in local government as well as experience with economic development will be a key component in accomplishing more for our county.”

For the past three years, Brownlow has served as the economic development director for the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. In this role, she led the implementation of business recruitment, expansion and retention strategies across five target industries.

Brownlow also has more than 11 years of experience working for the Atlanta Regional Commission; her most recent role as division chief of local government services. At ARC, she was responsible for managing relationships with elected officials, providing services and customized training for cities and counties in the Atlanta region. Brownlow’s team implemented the Regional Leadership Institute and LINK programs and provided consulting services to local governments in the areas of human resources, management and operations and comprehensive planning. During her tenure with the ARC, she managed the development of the first comprehensive regional economic development strategy.

Brownlow earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and also a Regional Leadership Institute graduate.

In her new position, Brownlow will manage and coordinate activities for designated projects with county staff, state and local government partners and various boards, commissions and committees to ensure Cobb County’s goals and objectives are accomplished. She will research and coordinate special projects, media inquiries and Open Records requests received in the Chairman’s Office, respond to public inquiries and represent the Chairman’s Office at various meetings, committees and speaking engagements. Brownlow will report to Chairman Lee and begin her new position on Monday, Jan. 12.

 

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Ceremony to celebrate District Three commissioner swearing-in

JoAnn Birrell

Residents are invited to join the ceremony where District Three Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will be sworn in for her second term in office. The event will be held 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

The honorable Senior Judge G. Conley Ingram and the honorable Judge S. Lark Ingram will administer the Oaths of Office.

 

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East Cobb Zonings and Variances for January

The following is a list of zonings to be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, January 6 at 9am. The Board of Commissioners will vote on these zonings Tuesday, January 20 at 9am. These listings are provided by the East Cobb Civic Association. For comments and final actions by these organizations, please visit www.eastcobb.net.

Petition V-3: Total Imaging, 770-536-7906, represented by Dennis Carlton, 770-536-7906, requests to allow an electronic sign on a property with less than 200 feet of road frontage on one road (171.64 feet on Roswell Road). Located on the southwest corner of East Cobb Drive and Roswell Road (4360 Roswell Road).Size of tract: .58 acres. Current zoning: GC Contiguous zoning is: North: GC; South: GC; West: NS; East: GC. Future Land Use: Low Density Residential. Reason: Electronic sign.

Petition V-10: Michael Leingang, 404-509-7786, represented by Susan Leingang, 404-509-7787, requests to: 1) Waive the requirement that a sign be located 42 feet from the centerline of the right-of way to 25 feet; 2) allow a sign to be located closer than one foot behind the public rightof- way; and 3) waive the side yard setback for a sign from the required 15 feet to 1 foot adjacent to the northern property line. Located on the east side of Taliwa Trail, south of Roswell Road (1136 Taliwa Trail). Size of tract: .47 acres. Current zoning: LRO. Contiguous zoning is: North: NRC; South: R-20; West: R-20; East: O & I. Future Land Use: Neighborhood Activity Center. Reason: New Sign.

Petition V-11: Lonnie A. Bacon, 770-641-9083, requests to: 1) Waive the front setback from the required 25 feet to 20 feet; and 2) waive the side setback from the required 10 feet to 9.7 feet adjacent to the northern side. Located on the west side of Ashleigh Terrace, east of Heartwood Drive (185 Ashleigh Terrace). Size of tract: .20 acres. Current zoning: RA-4. Contiguous zoning is: North: RA-4 (Heartwood subdivision); South: RA-4 (Heartwood subdivision); West: PRD (Madison Hall  Subdivision); East: RA-4 Heartwood subdivision). Future Land Use: Medium Density Residential. Reason: New Front Porch

Petition V-18: Genii Walton-Hagood, 678-637-5521 waive the side setback from the required 10 feet to 2 feet adjacent to the eastern property line. Located on the north side of Willow Point Parkway, west of Lower Roswell Road (5501 Willow Point Parkway). Size of tract: .53 acres. Current zoning: R-20. Contiguous zoning is: Contiguous zoning is: North: R-20 (Willow Point Subdivision); South R-20 (Willow Point Subdivision); West: R- 20 (Willow Point Subdivision); East: R-20 (Willow Point Subdivision). Future Land Use: Low Density Residential. Reason: Adding on to Garage

This information was provided by the East Cobb Civic Association, Inc. The East Cobb Civic Association will meet at 7 PM, Wednesday, January 28th at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. All are welcome. More info please visit www.eastcobb.net.

 

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Registration open for State of the County address

 

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee will present the annual State of the County address 7:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 12, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The event will be hosted by Cobb Chamber of Commerce staff and online registration closes at noon Thursday, Jan. 8.

Cobb Galleria is located at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. To register online, click here, or visitcobbchamber.org.

The State of the County address will also be replayed on Government Access Channel TV23 and available via Video On Demand on the county’s Web site, www.cobbcounty.org.

 
 

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Ceremony to celebrate District Three commissioner swearing-in

JoAnn Birrell

District Three Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will be sworn in for her second term at a ceremony 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 6. The honorable Senior Judge G. Conley Ingram and the honorable Judge S. Lark Ingram will administer the Oaths of Office and the ceremony will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

Cobb County Government Holiday Closings

All Cobb County Government offices will be closed on New Year’s Day, Thursday, Jan. 1.

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