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Bob Ott’s 2 TALK show still available

Bob Ott

If you missed the latest episode of 2 TALK with Bob Ott this past week, you can still watch it online through TV23′s live Web stream by clicking here. The show, hosted by the commissioner, highlights stories, accomplishments and insights into what makes District 2 a great place to live and do business.

The latest episode features interviews with Cobb County Tax Commissioner Carla Jackson and Tax Assessor Steven White. For the “What’s on Your Mind?” segment, submit your questions to thea.powell@cobbcounty.org. Questions will be answered on 2 TALK or in the Friday newsletter. The show airs on TV23 on the first Monday and Thursday of each month.

 

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2 TALK show to air Monday

The new episode of 2 TALK with Bob Ott will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, on Government Access Channel TV23. The show, hosted by the commissioner, highlights stories, accomplishments and insights into what makes District 2 a great place to live and do business. It airs on the first Monday and Thursday of each month.

The latest episode will feature interviews with Community Development Agency Director Rob Hosack, Planning Division Manager Dana Johnson and County Manager David Hankerson.

For the “What’s on Your Mind?” segment, submit your questions to thea.powell@cobbcounty.org. We will answer them on 2 TALK or in the Friday newsletter.

TV23 can be found on channel 23 for Comcast and Charter cable customers. AT&T U-verse customers will need to tune to channel 99 and then select Cobb County Government.

The show is also available on TV23′s live Web stream at http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?PGD=cobbcoga&eID=248 .

 

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Commissioners schedule Town Hall meetings to discuss Braves’ move to Cobb County

•District One Commissioner Helen Goreham town hall (Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will be in attendance for constituents who cannot attend Monday’s town hall).
7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21
Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta

•District Two Commissioner Bob Ott town hall
7-8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25
Board of Commissioners room, second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

•District Three Commissioner JoAnn Birrell town hall
4:30 – 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25
Mountain View Library at 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

•District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid town hall
7-8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25
South Cobb Comm. Center, 620 Lion Club Drive SW, Mableton

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the Braves proposal at the next meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26. The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room 100 Cherokee Street, Bldg A, Marietta 30090.

For information about the Braves project, visit www.cobbcounty.org andhttp://homeofthebraves.com/

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Monday town hall to discuss Braves deal

Bob Ott

Commissioner Bob Ott will hold a Town Hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Board of Commissioner’s meeting room at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta. Ott will discuss the Braves proposal and take questions.

 

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Senior development spurs debate at Ott town hall

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A proposed 987-unit senior living development took center stage at a Tuesday town hall meeting by southeast Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott.

Ott began the meeting, attended by about 180 people, talking about area transportation projects, but that focus quickly turned when residents voiced concerns about the project proposed for a 53.7-acre tract off Roswell Road next to East Cobb Park.

Atlanta-based Isakson Living, a firm with family ties to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), has planned the development for seniors 62 and older.

The firm will go before the Cobb Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners in October to request rezoning allowing it to develop the site as a senior community. Because it is not zoned for that kind of use now, the board must approve the rezoning for it to become a reality.

During the town hall meeting at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church off Lower Roswell Road, Charles Lehr, an east Cobb IT consultant, asked Ott why residents should believe their concerns will be heard in light of the political connections of the investors.

“Why should we believe … any concern by the community will be given any sort of consideration?” Lehr asked, as residents attending the town hall erupted in applause.

Ott told the crowd the law prevents him from publicly stating his opinion before the Board of Commissioners votes on the zoning, but he vowed to represent his district.

“Political connections don’t mean anything to me,” Ott said. “Last names do not matter.”

He encouraged people with concerns to email him lists of their questions or complaints.

“Just know everybody gets a fair statement especially in this district,” Ott said.

The MDJ asked Isakson’s office to respond to concerns about his involvement in the project.

“Sen. Isakson has absolutely nothing to do with this project,” said Isakson’s spokeswoman, Lauren Culbertson.

The project isn’t popular with many east Cobb residents.

Lauren Brockman, an east Cobb resident who works in international sales, polled the room toward the end of the meeting, which lasted about two hours.

Only two people signaled their approval of having the center at the proposed location.

The zoning that Isakson Living is seeking, continuing care retirement community, is allowed in what Cobb considers to be high-density, intensely developed areas such as apartment complexes and shopping centers.

Lehr said moving more than 1,000 residents into the community would have a similar impact.

“I think that qualifies as intense,” Lehr said.

Robert Burke, a software developer, asked Ott to specify the criteria that will be used in the zoning decision.

But Ott said he couldn’t do that because it might indicate his opinion on the zoning case.

“There are so many things that go into zonings,” Ott said.

The Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners looks at the size, location and character of the proposed zoning and its potential impact on traffic.

Rezoning applications that get denied sometimes end up in court, Ott said, and that means commissioners have to be careful to base their decisions on evidence the zoning would have a negative impact on its surrounding areas.

It’s the additional traffic that such a project would generate that has some residents up in arms.

Bill Hudson, a retired dentist, says vehicles in that area already experience delays, especially on weekends.

“I’m just wondering how traffic flow is going to be affected by this,” Hudson said.

Ott said that many homes “can’t help but affect traffic.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Nikki Wiley, August 22, 2013. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Senior development spurs debate at Ott town hall)

Commissioner Bob Ott encourages East Cobb residents to share knowledge with neighbors

Bob Ott

The following information was written and distributed by Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott. For more from Ott, visit www.cobbcounty.org/ott.

Residents need facts to be effective in taking action on the issues that face their community. An informed public is a powerful public. Fortunately, we have a way of accomplishing this goal. Through my weekly online District 2 newsletter residents have access to current and relevant information about Cobb County Government. When you receive the newsletter forward it to five friends and neighbors. By simply reaching out to them, more District 2 residents can be up-to-date on road projects, upcoming meetings, and other important issues. For example, we will begin a multi-part series explaining the zoning process and how you can monitor the review of a zoning request. We also have information specific to District 2 rezoning cases available on our Web page.

Residents can sign up for the free online newsletter on my Web page at www.cobbcounty.org/ott. Get the information you need and share it with everyone. It’s always a good time to learn more about your community.

 

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Constructions updates around Cobb County

Paper Mill Road Bridge at Sope Creek is closed through Oct. 25, 2013.
The new bridge will include a six foot sidewalk on the south side, providing access to National Park Service trails. A signed detour route (as shown in image) will be provided during construction.

Paper Mill Road at Sope Creek  – Saturday, June 29, through Friday, July 5
The contractor will continue grading operations.

Progress on Paper Mill Road over Sope Creek Bridge. This project underway will widen the bridge to two lanes, add six foot sidewalk on the south side of the bridge for improved pedestrian accommodation connecting to the  National Park Service land.

Indian Hills Parkway at Eastside Elementary School

The contractor is planning to work SaturdayJune 29, performing wall construction.

Contractor is not planning to work SundayJune 30

Indian Hills Parkway – Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5
Contractor will continue grading, wall construction, and placing sidewalks.

Lower Roswell Road Construction

Contractor is not planning to work this weekend – June 29 and 30

Davidson Road to Willow Point Parkway – Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5
This section of Lower Roswell Road is substantially complete. Contractor is working on punch list.

Willow Point Parkway to Timber Ridge Road – Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5
Expect periodic lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Willow Point Parkway and Timber Ridge Road with one lane remaining open. The contractor will be grading, placing concrete curb and gutter. Utility relocations should not affect your service. EXPECT DELAYS.

 

Little Willeo Road Sidewalks Construction

The contractor is not planning to work this weekend – June 29 and 30

Karls Gate Drive to Lake Fjord Pass – Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5
Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one lane remaining open while the contractor continues wall construction and placing concrete sidewalk. Utility relocations should not affect your service.

Cooper Lake Road Sidewalk Construction

The contractor is planning to work SaturdayJune 29 pouring concrete driveways.

The contractor is not planning to work Sunday, June 30.

Laurel Springs Way to South Cobb Drive – Monday, July 1, through Friday, July 5
Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one lane remaining open. The contractor will continue placing sidewalk and landscaping. Utility relocations should not affect your service.

Concord Road Construction – City of Smyrna

The contractor is not planning to work this weekend – June 29 and 30    

South Cobb Drive to Atlanta Road – Monday, July 1, through Friday,
July 5

Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one lane remaining open in each direction at all times.  The Evelyn Street intersection with Concord Road has been permanently closed.

Road Resurfacing

Asphalt paving operations are scheduled for this weekend, June 29 and30, and Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5** on the following roads.One lane will be open at all timesEXPECT DELAYS

  • Terrell Mill Road from Cobb Parkway (US41) to Powers Ferry Road
  • Windy Hill Road from Powers Ferry Road to Wildwood Parkway
  • Paces Ferry Road from Paces Mill Road to the Fulton County Line
  • Night Work – Interstate North Parkway from Windy Hill Road to Fulton County Line
  • Night Work – Windy Ridge Parkway from Powers Ferry Road to Windy Hill Road
  • Night Work – Windy Ridge Parkway Ext. from Windy Ridge Parkway to Windy Hill Road

** The above scheduled work is subject to change due to weather or construction progress.

I-285 Top-End Resurfacing Project – GDOT

Georgia DOT continues working on a $56 million resurfacing project on
I-285. Crews will resurface 10 miles of I-285 between Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County and Ashford Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County. Most work will take place on nights and weekends. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.  EXPECT DELAYS.  Please click on the link for more information.
http://www.dot.ga.gov/travelingingeorgia/TravelInfo1/WLC.pdf

(Information courtesy Bob Ott’s office) 

 

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East Cobb construction updates for this week

Road construction

The following roadwork is scheduled for this week. Use caution and exercise patience when traveling these roadways:

 

Lower Roswell Road Construction

Davidson Road to Willow Point Parkway – Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17
Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Davidson Road and Willow Point Parkway with one lane open for your commute.  The contractor will be installing signs, striping, grassing and remaining sections of sidewalk.

Willow Point Parkway to Timber Ridge Road – Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17
Expect periodic lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Willow Point Parkway and Timber Ridge Road with one lane remaining open for your commute. The contractor will be grading, installing storm drainage crossings and placing concrete. Utility relocations should not affect your service. EXPECT DELAYS.

 

Little Willeo Road Sidewalks Construction

Karls Gate Drive to Lake Fjord Pass – Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17
Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one lane remaining open while the contractor continues water main installation. Utility relocation should not affect your service.

 

Cooper Lake Road Sidewalk Construction

The contractor is not planning to work this weekend (May 11-12).

Laurel Springs Way to South Cobb Drive – Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17
Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one lane remaining open. The contractor will be installing construction signs, erosion control and begin clearing, excavation and grading. Utility relocation should not affect your service.

 

Paper Mill Road Bridge Replacement

Paper Mill Road at Sope Creek – Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17
Expect periodic lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Paper Mill Road at Sope Creek with one lane remaining open for your commute. Initial utility work will continue in preparation for bridge replacement this summer. EXPECT DELAYS.

Beginning Tuesday, May 28, Cobb County Department Of Transportation will begin work on replacing the bridge over Sope Creek on Paper Mill Road. The new bridge will include a six foot sidewalk on the south side, providing access to the National Park Service trails. This project will result in closing Paper Mill Road at the bridge for approximately four months. Signed detour routes will be provided during construction.

Concord Road Construction – City of Smyrna

South Cobb Drive to Atlanta Road – Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17
Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one lane remaining open in each direction at all times. The Evelyn Street intersection with Concord Road will be permanently closed when work begins.

 

Johnson Ferry and Riverside Drive – GDOT

The Johnson Ferry—Abernathy project developed through collaboration between the Georgia Department of Transportation, the City of Sandy Springs and Cobb County is nearing completion. As a result East Cobb commuters have experienced significant improvements along the corridor including reduced delays and improved traffic safety.

As a part of the road improvement project, an additional operational change took effect Friday, May 3, at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Riverside Drive. Sandy Springs changed the operation at the light to NO RIGHT TURN ON RED onto Riverside Drive from Johnson Ferry Road southbound. The change, required by the City of Sandy Springs, will eliminate potential conflicts between the right turning traffic from Johnson Ferry Road and the westbound through traffic on Riverside Drive, and it will create gaps in Riverside Drive traffic for vehicles accessing Riverside Drive between Johnson Ferry Rd and I-285.

If you have any questions regarding this project please contact the City of Sandy Springs at 770-730-5600.

(Source: Newsletter of Commissioner Bob Ott) 

 

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A word from Bob Ott: Safety Concerns at Johnson Ferry Road and Woodlawn Drive Intersection

Bob Ott

The following statement was released by Commissioner Bob Ott, District Two: 

Many citizens are concerned about the safety of making a left hand turn from Johnson Ferry Road onto Woodlawn Drive. After compiling safety data and information from police reports the Cobb County Department of Transportation has drafted several options for consideration. DOT staff and I are meeting early next week to review the options and determine the best measures to put in place to assure the safety of Cobb County drivers.

Are you concerted about this intersection? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page at facebook.com/EASTCOBBER

Bob Ott to host town hall meeting this Wednesday

Bob Ott

Ask questions, get answers and be an involved citizen this Wednesday, May 8, when District Two Commissioner Bob Ott hosts a town hall meeting. Meeting begins at 7pm at Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta.

For more information, call 770-528-3316 or visit cobbcounty.org/ott.
 

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