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Learn about Lower Roswell Road project at tonight’s open house

Regarding tonight’s open house, East Cobb resident Larry Savage said, “I suggest anyone who lives in the East Cobb area should attend this event and have a look at what is proposed for the Lower Roswell Rd. area around the Johnson Ferry intersection. I’ve seen a preliminary drawing and there is significant rearrangement of the roadways. My take is that the primary driver of this project is the desire to add bike lanes through the area. No one has mentioned the cost but it will be substantial.

In a related matter for those who live on Columns Drive: The County has now for the first time officially designated Columns Drive as the “Chattahoochee River Trail”. It appears as such on the county GIS system. The title “Chattahoochee River Trail” comes from a study done in 2004 by a planning consultant hired by the county. The complete trail plan generally follows the river from Morgan Falls dam to about U.S. 41. I have been reviewing the plan and just discovered that there was much discussion about the feasibility of using utility Right-of-Way easement as a path for the trail. This is important especially if you live on the river bank. It’s your property but there is an old abandoned sewer main that runs along the river bank and through most of our back yards. You will see the ‘easement’ marked on your plat. That was the path of interest. Since that sewer line has been abandoned for years, the Water Authority will return the easement back to the property owner for a small fee for the legal work. I know several people have had this done. If you live on the river bank and still have this easement on your property, I encourage you to get it removed. This sewer easement may be the most likely way to get a trail along the river bank as there are severe restrictions to putting any new hard surface near the river’s edge.
 
Do not assume they cannot or will not do this. The county ROUTINELY uses the power of imminent domain to acquire property for trail and sidewalk projects.”

Cobb Department of Transportation will host a public information open house for Lower Roswell Road safety and operational improvements 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. The meeting will be held at East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B, Marietta. These improvements are a part of the 2011 Special Local Option Sales Tax program. The project will improve or add 11 foot through lanes and two-way left turn lanes, add a raised median in certain locations and bicycle lanes, replace existing sidewalks and add 10 foot lanes on a proposed frontage road connecting the existing intersection at Davidson Road.

The open house will provide the public an opportunity to view proposed improvements and express interest and concerns about the proposed project. People are invited to attend anytime during the hours of 5 to 7 p.m. to review plans. There will be no formal presentation. Written statements will be accepted until Jan. 22 and may be submitted tobryan.ricks@cobbcounty.org. All comments will be presented to the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

 

Cobb honored for its commitment to protecting environment

Cobb Department of Transportation’s PEACH Roads Program was recently recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission for its innovation and creative effort to make the Atlanta region a better place. The program was honored with the CREATE Award for Environmental Sustainability. This award proves Cobb County is committed to developing and implementing initiatives that help steward and protect our natural resources.

The PEACH (Preserving Environment and Community Heritage) Roads Program is the first of its kind in Georgia and was adopted by Cobb in 2010 to help integrate sustainable principles into transportation projects. It is a tool to evaluate design and operations proposals for any project meeting a $100,000 threshold and awards points based on many environmental elements. The program strives to minimize negative impacts to the environment and incorporate sustainable principles and innovations, including solar power and adaptive signal timing.

DOT Starting Sustainability Program

Cobb Department of Transportation staff is implementing the department’s first environmental sustainability certification program, PEACH Roads. PEACH stands for Preserving Environment and Community Heritage.

The program strives to minimize negative impacts to the environment and incorporate sustainable principles and innovations, including solar power and adaptive signal timing. The first certified PEACH Roads project signage will be unveiled at an event celebrating Earth Day, April 21, at 2pm. The event will be at 4400 Roswell Road, in the parking lot of LA Fitness, east of Johnson Ferry Road. The public is invited and Keep Cobb Beautiful and Cobb Water System staff will also be on hand to provide additional information on Cobb’s continued environmental efforts. To learn more about PEACH Roads, visit cobbcounty.org/dot.

More Govt Cancelled Meetings & Postponements

Board of Commissioners meeting rescheduled

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners planned for Tuesday, Jan. 11, has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Board of Commissioners meeting room, 2nd floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. Prior to this, the Board of Commissioners will hold a 9 a.m. Comprehensive Plan hearing at the same location.

Cumberland Transit Oriented Development meet canceled

A planned Jan. 13 public meeting with staff from the Cobb Department of Transportation and Cumberland Community Improvement District has been cancelled because of the severe winter weather. The meeting, which will be rescheduled for a later date, was intended to present results of the design meetings conducted as part of the Cumberland Transit Oriented Development study, which is currently underway. For more information, contact Gail Bailey at 770-859-2331 or gbailey@cumberlandcid.org. Maps and other information are available at cumberlandcid.org.

Author appearance canceled

The planned Jan. 13 appearance of New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry at Mountain View Regional Library has been cancelled because of the inclement weather. A new date has not been determined. For further information, call 770-509-2725.

Board of Zoning Appeals meeting rescheduled

The Board of Zoning Appeals Variance Hearing planned for Wednesday, Jan. 12, has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Board of Commissioners meeting room, 2nd floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.