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Zoning meetings scheduled for August 19

Every month the Cobb County Zoning Division prepares information, which provides analysis and staff recommendations for all rezoning, special land use permit and land use permit requests. These items are presented to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners for their review, recommendation and consideration. 

The Board of Commissioners will hear zoning cases 9 a.m., TuesdayAug. 19

All meetings begin at 9 a.m. at the Board of Commissioners building at 100 Cherokee Street, second floor meeting room, Marietta. To view a list of cases scheduled to be heard visit

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PENS Program helps keep residents informed

The Police Email Notification System, or PENS Program, is an excellent way for the community to stay informed of crime trends in the area and tips on measures to take to keep you and your family safe.

To view the Precinct One PENS program (which covers northwest Cobb, including the Town Center area, Kennesaw and Acworth), click here.

To view the Precinct Four PENS program (which covers northeast Cobb, including the Sandy Plains and Johnson Ferry Road areas), click here.



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Police investigating armed robbery at 5th/3rd Bank on Roswell Road

The Cobb County Police Department’s Robbery Squad is investigating an armed robbery, which occurred at 2100 Roswell Road on July 22, 2014, at approximately 6:30pm.  

According to investigators, the suspect entered the 5th/3rd Bank, which is located inside the Kroger, and stated that he had a handgun and demanded money from the teller.  The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank.  He was last seen running eastbound through the parking lot.


The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 40’s to early 50’s.  He is approximately 5’05”-5’07” tall with a thin build.  He had a salt and pepper “scruffy” beard.  He was last seen wearing a long sleeve gray shirt with blue sleeves, light colored shorts, sunglasses and a black baseball cap with a Georgia Bulldog logo on the front.  Suspect stated that he was armed with a gun however he never displayed one.

Anyone with information about this incident which may assist investigators is asked to call (770) 499-3945.

(Source: Cobb County Public Information Department)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support monitor/defibrillators purchased by Cobb Fire and Emergency Services

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Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services has purchased 18 Advanced Cardiac Life Support monitor/defibrillators with SPLOST funds.

The monitor /defibrillators are 42% lighter and 66% smaller than other comparable monitors and give Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services the ability to:

  •  Assist paramedics in recognizing specific cardiac disorders such as a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). Early recognition allows the patients to bypass the emergency room and go directly to the cardiac catherization lab.
  • Electronically send EKG data to the hospital, reducing the time to definitive treatment for patients experiencing a possible heart attack.
  •  Monitor the effectiveness of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by using voice commands to ensure that patients receive high-quality chest compressions.
  •  Measure carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream, an important diagnostic tool for patients that have been exposed to high levels carbon monoxide.
  •  Assess vital signs quicker than manual assessment thereby reducing the time to critical life saving treatment.

A complimentary 12-Lead Training Program will be presented by Zoll Medical and Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services at the Cobb County Safety Village, 1200 Al Bishop Dr., Marietta, GA 30008.

There will be three one day training classes, July 23, 24, and 25 with class times of 800a.m.-4:30p.m.each day.


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Register now for emergency preparedness training in August


Cobb County will hold its free Community Emergency Response Team training for three sessions on Saturdays in August and registration is open. The CERT program trains people to be better prepared for emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize volunteers at a disaster site.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. The classes will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 9, 16 and 23, at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center. Members must attend all sessions to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The class size is limited, so if you would like to register for the program, contact Kimberly Schneider at or 770-499-4567.

Morning crashes reduced significantly by SPLOST improvements


Photo credit: Marietta Daily Journal

A safety summary report of 2005 Special Local Option Sales Tax projects released by Cobb Department of Transportation staff shows several safety and operational road projects from the 2005 SPLOST significantly decreased crash and injury rates, and in some cases, wait times. According to data, a.m. commute crashes are down by 85 percent after SPLOST safety improvements. The safety report studied six intersection and corridor projects to determine the safety differences, using before-project and after-project crash data.

“Time is clearly showing these safety and operational investments have been effective in making our Cobb County residents and roads safer and more efficient,” Faye DiMassimo, Cobb DOT director, said. “Even with the improvements, because of the large volume of traffic, we encourage drivers to always be alert and drive defensively.”

Atlanta Road at Paces Ferry Road: This 2005 SPLOST project included removal of a center two-way left- turn lane and addition of a southbound left-turn lane. The project resulted in a 66 percent overall reduction in crashes, 45 percent reduction in injuries, 64 percent reduction in rear-end crashes, 85 percent reduction in a.m. peak hour crashes and a 71 percent reduction in crashes in dry conditions. Design and construction for the project cost $779,980.

Villa Rica Road at West Sandtown Road: This 2005 SPLOST project converted an all-way stop to a modern roundabout at West Sandtown Road and Villa Rica Road, decreasing wait times by 83 percent in a.m. peak hours, while decreasing wait times by 68 percent in p.m. peak hours. Design and construction of the roundabout cost $756,852.

Childers Road from Shallowford Road to Fulton County line: This 2005 SPLOST project included roadway alignment improvements, adding sidewalks and crosswalks and updating signage and markings. The project resulted in a 72 percent reduction of overall crashes, 64 percent reduction in rear-end crashes, 79 percent reduction in non-peak crashes, and 72 percent reduction in daylight hour crashes. Design and construction for the project cost $2,027,282.

Wooten Lake Road, from Wade Green Road to Shiloh Road: This 2005 SPLOST project included roadway alignment improvements, removed acceleration lanes and added new markings. The project resulted in a 14 percent overall reduction in crashes and 17 percent reduction of crashes with injuries, a 30 percent reduction in rear-end crashes, 30 percent reduction in non-peak crashes, a slight increase in p.m. crashes and an increase in sideswipe crashes. Design and construction for the project cost $7.4 million.

For updates on all Cobb County Department of Transportation projects, visit


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Support the East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebrations

Show your appreciation for our public safety heroes! Please help thank the men and women of our East Cobb Police and Fire Departments by supporting the second annual events to honor the Precinct 4 officers, support team and spouses; and the Cobb County Fire Department’s awards banquet. These brave men and women are there for us 24/7; let’s give them one night of celebration!


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Car Seat Safety Seminar at Whole Foods


Make plans to attend a FREE car seat presentation Sunday, July 13, from 2-4pm   at Whole Foods Merchants Walk community room. This class is given by two certified car seat technicians and will cover hot car dangers, different types of car seats, best practice recommendations, new LATCH requirements, installation,Q&A and more.

Whole Foods East Cobb is located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road NE in East Cobb.


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Ott aims for public safety dollars in SPLOST list


Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott says public safety and transportation are the top priorities on his special purpose local option sales tax wish list.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners will decide July 22 whether to put a 1 percent SPLOST, expected to collect $750 million over six years, before voters.

Ott, who represents southeast Cobb’s District 2, finished his list well in advance of the other three district commissioners.

Ott’s $127.7 million list includes $48 million in improvements to the Windy Hill Road area.

One is a connector between Windy Hill and Terrell Mill Road, expected to cost $30 million.

“They are building lanes on the west side of Interstate 75 — toll lanes,” Ott said. “The first exit is Terrell Mill. This is a project we’ve been trying to do for a while. It will effectively connect Delk Road with Akers Mill Road.”

Though Ott stressed the project was planned for well ahead of the Braves’ move to Cobb, he said it will help ease traffic congestion on game days.

“This creates more of a grid and will aid in connecting Paces Ferry and Highway 41,” he said. “Anything that will help disperse the congestion there will be a benefit.”

The other Windy Hill project is a joint effort with the city of Smyrna to redesign Windy Hill Road as it leads to I-75.

Ott’s list has $18 million set aside, while Smyrna is contributing another $22 million.

“It’s a boulevard where you put the cars passing through in the center and give the local folks an opportunity to get to local businesses without having to interact with the traffic that’s just passing through,” Ott said.

A third Cumberland-area project is $5.5 million worth of Cumberland Boulevard improvements. Like the others, Ott said the idea is to ease traffic flow.

“It’s a set of intersection improvements to accomplish different things,” Ott said. “There is also something called the Vinings bypass. It uses existing routes to bypass Paces Ferry and Paces Mill. This is a choke point. It allows people to drive around Vinings without going through it.”

Tad Leithead, chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, said he’s hopeful the projects make the final cut.

“The Windy Hill/Terrell Mill connector is a project the CID has studied for, I think, 20 years,” Leithead said. “Essentially, it establishes a connection between Windy Hill Road north to Terrell Mill Road. It’s a vital connection because it takes pressure off both Windy Hill and Terrell Mill as far as east/west traffic is concerned. That’s a project we’ve studied and we support, and it’s 100 percent within the CID.”

Leithead said the Cumberland CID has its own SPLOST project list that it submitted to commissioners, though it’s merely a list of nonbinding suggestions.

“Anything we can do to facilitate traffic flow in the district will reduce traffic associated with Braves games,” Leithead said.

$11.25 million for take-home vehicles for police

Ott continues to oppose the inclusion of two Cobb Police Department building projects on the overall SPLOST list, which would total more than $100,000 million.

One is a $55 million line item to build a new headquarters and evidence storage room for the Cobb Police Department possibly off County Services Parkway. The existing police headquarters is on North Marietta Parkway near the Square. The other expense is $52.9 million for a new training facility for police and firefighters. The existing training facility is on County Services Parkway. Instead of money for the buildings, Ott has committed $11.25 million to take-home vehicles for police and $1.86 million toward the renovation of police precincts. He said those projects are a better way to improve police morale. One building in Ott’s list is a $4.3 million fire station in the Cumberland Mall area. According to Ott, Fire Station 29 was supposed to be built years ago, and he said the county already has built Fire Station 30. However, Station 29 was derailed by sluggish development in the Cumberland area.

“Now that the area has come back with lots of development, it’s needed in the area,” Ott said. “Fire Station 29 has been on the books, but it wasn’t needed. Now, it is.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Haisten Willis, July 07, 2014. Click HERE to read the original article.) 

Make plans to attend the July PENS meeting

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The July PENS meetings will be on Tuesday, July 29, at 10am and again on Thursday, July 31, at 7pm.  Residents are encouraged to attend to receive the regular update from Criminal Investigations Pct 4 on current crime trends, recent arrest updates and crime prevention.  This is also a great networking opportunity for the homeowner associations and businesses in the East Cobb area to share crime and safety ideas.

Officer K. Ashbaugh will be the featured guest speaker. He will be presenting on the new gun laws that went into effect on July 1st.

The meeting will be held in the A, B, and C conference rooms at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta GA 30067.

If you need directions please call Teresa Hayes at 770-499-3962 or 770-499-4184.

The meetings are always best with refreshments, if your HOA or business is interested in providing refreshments, please contact Teresa Hayes.

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