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FY 2017 Budget Presentation

For the Week of October 31, 2016   altView All

The Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. You can register now for CERT initial training in November. The classes will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

There are limited seats available. Students must attend all sessions to complete the program and participants must be at least 16 years old. If you would like to register for the program, complete the online application by clicking here and send in a clear photo copy of any Georgia ID. All applications are due by noon, Wednesday, Oct. 24. If you have questions, contact Bernard King at bernard.king@cobbcounty.org or 770-499-4568.

  • Fall Festival
    3-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9
    Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
    Pumpkin painting, sand art, a photo booth and washable tattoos for children. Also featuring a farmers' market with fresh vegetables and pies.
     
  • Harvest Festival
    11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13
    Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton
    Old fashion family fun, including storytellers, hayrides, children's crafts, music, games, food and a petting farm.
     
  • Community Fair
    10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20
    North Cobb Senior Center 3900 S. Main St, Acworth (inside Kennworth Park)
    Come join us rain or shine: Health Screenings, Face Painting, Bouncey House, Silent Auction and more! Free parking and shuttle from NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, NW, Kennesaw.
     
  • 19th annual Fall Festival of Fun
    4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31
    Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta
    A safe alternative to the traditional Trick-or-Treat in neighborhoods, including arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, police and fire activities, costume dance contests for kids and adults, coloring contests, a photo booth and other surprises. Parking, entrance to the park, games, candy and contests are free (there is a fee for concessions and inflatable rides). Come wearing your Halloween costume and be sure to bring a bag to carry all of your candy.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. "A Matter of Balance" is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. It emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Classes will be held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Wednesdays from Oct. 17 to Dec. 5 at Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. Participants will learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. Registration is required. For more information, view the flyer or call 770-509-4900.

CobbLinc staff is proposing several changes to its local and commuter bus service and the Cobb Board of Commissioners wants your input. Visit linkingcobb.org before Nov 3, to review the proposed service changes and take a short survey to share your thoughts.

For the past year, Cobb Department of Transportation staff has been creating a short-term transit plan, called CobbLinc Forward, to help CobbLinc meet future transportation needs for residents, workers and business owners. These proposed updates would be implemented over a five-year horizon, but may start as early as March 2.

The recommendations in the CobbLinc Forward plan would:

  • Provide Sunday service on all local bus routes
  • Provide better service to more customers
  • Provide major improvements to system reliability and on-time performance
  • Better match service levels with transit markets

To view a summary of what's new and what's changing in the proposed updates, click here. The Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, so residents can provide their input on proposed service changes. The meeting will be held in the BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

West Cobb Regional Library is closed for a renovation project through Sunday, Nov. 4. The library will re-open on Monday, Nov. 5. This renovation includes new paint and carpet for the facility that opened in May 2002.

The temporary closure will coincide with the return of Sunday hours of 1-5 p.m., on Oct. 7 at larger regional county libraries, including the Mountain View and South Cobb libraries. Sunday hours at Switzer Library in downtown Marietta started in September. To serve the west Cobb region during this renovation project, Kemp Memorial Library will be open on Sundays from Oct. 7 to Nov. 4. That library is located at 4029 Due West Road NW, Marietta, near Due West Elementary School. The West Cobb location will be open on Sunday afternoons – for a seven-days-a-week schedule – beginning Nov. 11.

Other county libraries nearby include Acworth Library, 4569 Dallas St., Acworth and Kennesaw Library, 2250 Lewis St., Kennesaw. For more information on locations and hours, visit cobbcat.org/libraries or call 770-528-2320.

A public hearing was held last week for Cobb County’s biannual code amendment recommendation. These recommendations are brought forward by county staff or a commissioner to be considered by the Board of Commissioners. The following chapters in County Code are included in this recommendation:

  • 2: Administration – Economic Development
  • 50: Environment
  • 54: Fire Prevention and Protection
  • 58: Floods
  • 22: Utilities
  • 134: Zoning

The next public hearing for this code amendment package will be held 7 p.m., Oct. 23, in the BOC Room at 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. To view the amendments being proposed, download the Draft Code Amendment Package.

Commissioner Bob Ott will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center. It is located at 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.