Cobb County Government

Plan outlines path ahead for Vinings


Cooperation between Cobb County government and the residents of Vinings during the past year has helped provide the community with clear guideposts for the future.

The Vinings Vision Plan was a more than year-long effort by Cobb County government and neighborhood residents to develop a long-term master plan for the community, incorporating land use, transportation, historical preservation and other important issues.

Cobb County Community Developement Historic Preservation Planner Mandy Elliott said participation by residents was key to creating an effective plan.

"We’re already starting to think about how we’re going to implement it," she said. "It’s not just going to sit on the shelf. I don’t think the community would allow that to happen."
In practical terms, the plan approved in July lays the groundwork for the neighborhood and its development for decades to come.

Among many potential projects, the plan helped identify the need for small walkable parks, a heritage trail linking historic sites as well as a common area that would serve as a central gathering place for the community to hold events and activities.

Specific estimates vary from project to project in the plan’s final recommendations, ranging from $4,000 for directional traffic signs to $8.5 million for streetscaping on Paces Ferry Road.

The private-public partnership also led to the creation of the Vinings Community Conservation Alliance, which will help fund many of these projects.

For example, the the conservation alliance would fund recommended streetscape improvements. Likewise, the private nonprofit will be able to acquire land for parks, multi-use trails and historical interpretive trails. Transportation projects will be handled by the county.

The Vinings Village Homeowners Association started the effort when it asked the county for help in creating long-term strategies for the community. In March 2011, the Board of Commissioners requested the Cobb County Community Development Agency, Planning Division, to undertake a master planning process for Vinings. During the course of four public meetings, the Vinings Vision Plan attracted the input of approximately 440 people.

"They were very helpful in getting the word out," Elliott said of the homeowner’s association. "They really stepped up and did an excellent job in moving the process forward."
Through the VVHA, the county was able to include many civic organizations, including the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, Vinings Business Association, Vinings Civic Club and Vinings Women’s Club.

Cal Dortch, president of the Vinings Community Conservation Alliance, said there were minor disagreements on some issues during the process, but residents were uniformly pleased with the resulting plan.

"We had total consensus that it was something we wanted to do," he said. "At the very end we were all together on what we wanted the community to be."

The Vinings Vision Web site and plan are located here: Community Development Vinings Vision Plan.

Public safety personnel awarded for work

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored Cobb’s finest Oct. 1 during the annual Public Safety Appreciation breakfast. alt

The event kicked off a weeklong community effort to celebrate the men and women who serve and protect. Fire Lt. Kyle Smith (center) of Cobb Fire and Emergency Services was honored as the 2012 Public Safety Employee of the Year.

Smith has a 19-year career in public safety and dedicated service to the residents of Cobb. He was instrumental in the creation of the annual Metro Atlanta Fire Fighters Conference, providing training to hundreds of fire fighters.

In addition to his demonstration of innovation, leadership and devotion, Smith has nurtured community relationships. He spearheaded an effort to adopt a family through a local elementary school during the holiday season. He financed a trip for a young fire fighter to attend the largest educational conference and joined a local pediatrician on a trip to Nigeria to educate and train local fire fighters.

Det. Bob Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department was also honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award. He has served Cobb for 29 years, with much of his career in the narcotics unit. For the past 10 years, he has served in Internal Affairs, recruiting new police officers, fire fighters, 911 operators and other public safety employees.

The Medal of Valor went to Deputy Sheriff Todd Peisel of the Cobb Sheriff’s Office. Several Awards of Merit were presented. The first to Cullen Bragg and Yolanda Estes of Cobb E911 Communications and Officers Chase Childers and Kyle Solon of Cobb Police Department. This group played a vital role in the response to a violent domestic dispute 911 call and saved a life through their heroic actions.

The other Awards of Merit went to Det. Matthew Parker, Det. Christopher Lindsey and Det. Johnnie Moeller of the Marietta Police Department. For more information on all of the winners, visit

County recycling event makes it convenient to care

Keep Cobb Beautiful will celebrate America Recycles Day by providing residents a one-stop Community Recycling Center 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Jim Miller Park. Materials that will be collected include electronics, paper, textiles, latex paint and appliances.

Event activities include:

Electronic Recycling
(provided by Advanced Disposal Services)
Electronics accepted at no charge.
$10 processing fee for televisions (cash only)

Document Shredding
(provided by Iron Mountain)
Free, secure, on-site
Only paper products, no CDs, floppy disks, cardboard or large binders with metal rings or clips
Textile Collection
(provided by USAgain)
Shoes, clothing and other textiles.

Latex Paint Recycling/Disposal
(provided by Advanced Disposal Services)
$4 per gallon fee (cash only).
Paint must be in original, clearly-labeled, non-leaking container and cannot be mixed with anything, including other paint.
No oil or alkyd paint.

"Appliance Amnesty" will also take place 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cobb County Transfer Station, 1897 County Services Parkway, Marietta. Recycling appliances with Freon/refrigerant will be only $5, instead of the normal $12. For more information, call 770-528-1135 or visit KCB Home Page.