Cobb County Government

Open meetings provide forum for public

It isn’t difficult for the public to get involved with Cobb County government and find out what’s happening.alt

Commissioners have consistently held individual meetings in their districts to interact with interested members of the public.

Town halls enable elected officials and department heads to meet residents without the formality of the regular monthly gatherings.

"During town hall meetings, we can explain ongoing projects that may impact your part of the community and provide subject matter experts to answer your questions," Chairman Tim Lee said. "We can update you on the latest county news. We can hear your concerns or objections in person."

Each commissioner posts his or her town hall meeting schedule on individual Web pages at Board of Commissioners. These events are also listed in weekly online newsletters, which can be emailed directly to members of the public who sign up on the commissioner pages or the "News and Alerts" link on the home page,

In March alone commissioners have three meetings planned.alt

District One Commissioner Helen Goreham will have her next town hall meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the North Cobb Senior Center, 4100 Highway 293, Acworth.

District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid will host a town hall noon, Saturday, March 16, at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell.

Lee will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, in District Two at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. This will replace the meeting canceled in February because of illness.

Commissioners have already planned for other town hall meetings throughout the year. Next month, for example, Lee will meet in District One at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the West Cobb Senior Center while Goreham will meet 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at the Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.

"I encourage you to keep informed about town halls as we constantly add them to the schedule," Lee said. "They are prime opportunities to help us improve the service we provide you. Join us, listen to what we have to say and share your thoughts."

Other public meetings are listed on a constantly updated online calendar available at

Various official meetings, including the Board of Commissioners and bid openings, are broadcast on government access channel Cobb TV and live streamed on the county Web site.

Homestead application due by April

Homeowners have until April 1 to apply for Homestead Exemption(s) for the 2013 tax year. Applications must be received or U.S. postmarked by the deadline to affect the 2013 tax bill. A metered postmark is not accepted as proof of timely mailing. Applications not received or U.S. postmarked by the deadline will be applied in the following tax year. The applicant must occupy the property and his or her name must appear on the deed in order to qualify. Homeowners must apply for all exemptions for which they are eligible; exemptions are automatically renewed thereafter unless there is a change in ownership or eligibility. Homeowners must notify the Tax Commissioner’s office if they are no longer eligible for an exemption. It is not necessary to reapply if the home has been refinanced. New property owners will be mailed a tax exemption brochure after the purchase.

Book sale returns to help libraries

Cobb Public Library System will hold its semi-annual book sale at Jim Miller Park March 8-10. Donated items for sale include softcover and hardback books, magazines, textbooks, DVD and VHS movies and children’s books. Prices range from 10 cents to $5. The sale will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, from and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Last year, the book sales generated more than $80,000 that library staff used to purchase new materials, including books and DVDs. Jim Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. For more information on the event or to volunteer, call Patty Latch at 770-528-2331.

Happy trails

Officials broke ground Friday, Feb. 22, to celebrate the beginning of construction for a new trail segment, Akers Mill Trail East. The 1.2 mile trail will connect the existing Bob Callan Trail to National Park Service at the Chattahoochee River’s Cochran Shoals Recreation Area. The $2.5 million project will be entirely funded by commercial property assessments from the Cumberland Community Improvement District. Cobb County government funds are not involved. It will contribute to the 25 miles of trail networks planned in and around Cumberland. About 16 miles of those trails already exist. (Photo by Gary A. Witte, Cobb County Communications Office)

Kids to fill their baskets at hunt

Cobb County’s Largest Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 23, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. The free event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The 2013 Hunt will feature children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables and concessions. The Easter Bunny will be on hand and there will be contests, including the Mad Hatter Contest and Decorated Basket Contest.

There will be five egg hunts which will be broken down into age groups. In each hunt, there will be special prize eggs. The schedule of events follows:
10 a.m. - Park opens
10:30a.m. - 3 years and under hunt
11 a.m. - 4 and 5 years hunt
11:30a.m. - Special Population’s hunt
12 p.m. - 6 and 7 years hunt
12:30 p.m. - 8-10 years hunt
1 p.m. - Mad Hatter’s Contest / Easter Basket Contest

For more information please call (770) 528-8875.