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Cobb's flood maps have been updated; open house upcoming

New flood hazard maps for Cobb County are ready for public review. The preliminary maps are the result of a multi-year project to develop accurate and detailed digital flood maps for the Etowah Watershed based on data from the latest mapping and modeling technologies. The new maps reflect current flooding risks, replacing maps that are based on dated studies.Revisions to these maps include residents and business owners in areas of unincorporated Cobb, Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta and Smyrna.  
    
Residents and business owners should be aware of how the maps changed and how the changes may affect new construction and rebuilding decisions, as well as requirements for flood insurance. To help property owners better understand the changes, a public open house is being held 5-7 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Cobb County Water System Training Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. No formal presentation will be made so residents and business owners can visit at their convenience to view the new maps, understand how their properties may be affected, review options that they have and learn more about financial and material steps that they may need to take to protect their investments.

For those who cannot attend, the maps are available at www.GeorgiaDFIRM.com.

Tickets on sale for 2017 Encore Series

Get your tickets now for the exciting 2017 Encore Series at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb County Civic Center548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, 30060. The lineup will include:

  • Feb. 28: The Buckinghams
  • March 16-19: Damn Yankees (presented by Pebblebrook High School)
  • April 29: Shadows of the 60s
  • May 13: Tommy Roe
You can save the most money by purchasing a season pass. This includes a ticket to each of the shows with the same seat for every performance. A season pass is only $180. Tickets for individual shows are also for sale through Ticketmaster.

March 21 special election early voting

A special election is being held in all Cobb precincts for a Special Local Option Sales Tax for education purposes. In Marietta Ward Six there is a Marietta School Board race.

Advanced voting begins Feb. 27. Registered Cobb County voters can go to any advanced voting location. Please note that hours vary by location.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb 27 - March 17, Monday - Friday:
Elections Office at the West Park Government Center, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064-4663

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., March 13 - 17, Monday - Friday at the following locations:
• East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, 30068-4233
• South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Dr., Mableton, 30126-2438
• Boots Ward Recreation Center (Lost Mountain Park), 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, 30127-4486
• NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Rd. NW Kennesaw, 30144-1082

Any voter may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot instead of voting in-person. Applications are available at CobbElections.org. For more information call 770-528-2581.

South Cobb Career Expo

Sharpen your resume for the South Cobb Career Expo sponsored by Commissioner Lisa Cupid and WorkSource Cobb. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Riverside Parkway, Austell, 30168.

career expo

Help shape of future of parks in Cobb

Cobb County is in the process of updating its PARKS Master Plan and public input and participation is critical to the success of the master plan process. The plan was adopted in 2001 and the county has contracted with a land planning, landscape architecture and recreation planning firm to assess our current parks and recreation delivery system. Included in the assessment will be Cobb’s recreation, cultural affairs, senior services and natural resources facilities and programs. Among the tasks of the master plan update is a detailed review of the quality of existing programs and facilities offered to residents and identification of areas that are exceptional or are in need of improvement.

A series of public meetings will be held throughout the county where you can provide your input about Cobb’s facilities and programs.The open house will be a drop-in meeting, where you can come any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and ask questions and provide feedback about Cobb's parks system. The public meetings will feature a presentation about the master plan process and modern parks systems. There will display boards around the room and attendees will be able to vote for facilities they would like to see in county parks.

Drop-In Open House

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
    Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta

Public Meetings

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
    North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street (inside Kennworth Park), Acworth
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
    East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
    Ron Anderson Community Center, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
    East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
  • Just added: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27
    Northeast Cobb Community Center (Shaw Park), 3100 Jaycee Drive, Marietta, 30062
  • Just added: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 2
    South Cobb Community Center (Lions Park), 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton, 30126

 

For more information, call 770-528-8837.

Bring your family to celebrate Black History Month at libraries

Cobb County libraries are presenting a variety of free events for all ages in honor of Black History Month. The special programs include lectures, music and songs, crafts for kids and families, movies, adult book discussions and games highlighting prominent and lesser known stories in our nation’s history. Upcoming events at Cobb libraries in February include:

  • A Dramatic L’Ouverture: Africans, Americans and the Haitian Revolution 
    Switzer Library; 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7
    The program by Dr. Seneca Vaught, Kennesaw State University associate professor of history and interdisciplinary studies, will highlight themes of the Haitian Revolution and what the revolt came to represent for Africans, African Americans and the African Diaspora. For more information, call 770-528-2320.
  • African American Authors and Illustrators is the topic for Family Fun Time
    East Cobb Library; 3:30-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8
    The weekly Wednesday afternoon program – which can include books, activities, a craft and more – is for families and children of all ages. For more information, call 770-509-2730.
  • Book Chat discussion group
    Kemp Memorial Library; 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9
    The selection in honor of Black History Month is "God Help the Child" by Toni Morrison. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 770-528-2527.
  • Black History Month at the Movies
    Switzer Library; 3 p.m., Saturday afternoons
    Featuring "Selma" (2014) on Feb. 11 and "Pride" (2007) on Feb. 25. Both movie screenings start at 3 pm. For more information, call 770-528-2331.
  • African American Author Book Discussion meeting 
    Stratton Library; 7-8 p.m., Monday, Feb.13
    The book is “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala. “Just Mercy” focuses on his experience as a lawyer working to help those desperately in need of compassion in the justice system of America. For more information, call 770-528-2522.
  • Black History Month Crafternoon 
    Kennesaw Library; 3-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16
    Drop in any time for the fun and creative craft activity for all ages. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 770-528-2529.
  • Black History Month: Family Bingo 
    East Cobb Library; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16
    Families with children of all ages are invited to play a special version of Bingo featuring influential African Americans and historical events. For more information, call 770-509-2730.
  • Dr. Oral Moses presents The Story of the Negro Spiritual 
    South Cobb Regional Library; 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
    Kennesaw State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Oral Moses – Singer, Lecturer, Voice Teacher – will give a special presentation on how the Negro Spiritual arose from music used during the slave trade as Africans were moved from West Africa to slave markets in North America. He will also give an overview of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers and their significance in beginning the tradition of presenting these simple, poignant melodies to audiences throughout the world. For more information, call 678-398-5828.
  • Black History Month – Celebrating Two Famous African-American Inventors 
    South Cobb Regional Library; 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
    The program for ages 5 through 12 will feature potato chip inventor George Crum and traffic light creator Garrett Morgan. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 678-398-5828.
  • Celebrate Black History Month: Family STEM!
    West Cobb Regional Library; 3:30-4:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18
    Bring the whole family for STEM activities inspired by African American inventors. For more  information, call 770-528-4699.
  • Winter Break Fun: Black History Month Bingo! 
    West Cobb Regional Library; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
    Learn about influential people and historical events while playing a special version of Bingo. Recommended for children ages preschool and up. For more information, call 770-528-4699.
  • Winter Break Kids Create: Celebrate Black History Month! 
    West Cobb Regional Library; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
    Make an art project with Miss Linda! All materials provided. All ages, but younger children may need the assistance of their caregiver. For more information, call 770-528-4699.
  • Black Inventors – The Long Journey for Recognition, a lecture by Lawrence P. King
    South Cobb Regional Library; 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
    The discussion will focus on black inventors, such as George Washington Carver and Dr. Percy L. Julian and the long process to secure their recognition and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Since 1970, King has promoted greater access to science and engineering education for underrepresented minorities nationally. For more information, call 678-398-5828.

For more information, visit www.cobbcat.org or call any Cobb County library location.

Traffic Management Plan for SunTrust Park

The Cobb County Police Department, in collaboration with the Cobb County Department of Transportation and other partners, has developed this traffic management plan (TMP) for events at SunTrust Park, with the following guiding principles:

Cobb CDBG to Host Grant Application Workshops

Cobb Community Development Block Grant Program staff will accept program year 2018 applications Feb. 1 - April 7 for the Community Development Block Grant, Community Services Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. Informational workshops will be held:

2 p.m, Thursday, March 2
Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

2 p.m., Tuesday, March 14
South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton

2 p.m., Thursday, March 30
Switzer Central Library, 266 Roswell St., Marietta

For more information, visit cobbcounty.org/cdbg or call 770-528-1455.