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Cobb approves Parks Bond to purchase needed greenspace in county

(Marietta, Ga. — Jan. 10) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve issuance of the voter-approved General Obligation Parks Bond at this morning’s meeting. The principal amount, not to exceed $24.7 million, will be used to finance the acquisition of land in the county for use as public parks in perpetuity.

After an election resolution was adopted on July 22, 2008 by the Board of Commissioners, an election was held in Cobb on Nov. 8, 2008 and the majority of voters approved a bond referendum to purchase park land. Due to the economic recession and corresponding drop in property values within the county, beginning in 2009 and continuing with a more dramatic drop in 2010, the fiscally-conservative decision was made not to proceed with the issuance of the park bond at that time.

The current Board of Commissioners expressed a renewed interest in issuing the park bond, which led to today’s vote. It will take up to 90 days for the bond funds to be issued.

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Cobb County Department of Transportation Inclement Weather Exercise

(Marietta, Ga.— Dec. 5, 2016)

What: The Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) will conduct its annual inclement weather exercise.

Where: The exercise will begin at the CCDOT office at 1890 County Services Parkway, Marietta, Georgia, 30008, and continue along assigned ice and snow routes.

When: Dec. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Dec. 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Who: CCDOT Roadway Maintenance Division staff and operators will conduct the exercise.

Why: Training during the CCDOT’s annual inclement weather exercise allows the department to prepare its staff and equipment operators to function effectively during actual severe winter weather conditions to ensure the safety of citizens on County roads.

Download a full itinerary of the events in the exercise.
 

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For additional information, contact:
 
Torie Anderson, Communications Coordinator
Cobb County Department of Transportation
770-528-1629
torie.anderson@cobbcounty.org


Bill Shelton, Roadway Maintenance Division Manager
Cobb County Department of Transportation
770-528-3686
bill.shelton@cobbcounty.org

Sheri Kell, Director
Cobb County Communications Office
770-528-1155
govpio@cobbcommunications.org

Georgia Environmental Protection Division issues a level 2 drought response declaration

(Marietta, Ga.— Nov. 18, 2016) The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued watering restrictions due to drought conditions. Outdoor irrigation is permitted twice a week on the odd/even schedule. Even and unnumbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Odd addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Cobb County encourages citizens to practice water conservation. 

Not allowed:
• Washing of hard surfaces (streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways)
• Ornamental uses, such as fountains and waterfalls
• Washing vehicles (cars, boats, etc.) at home
• Non-commercial washing or pressure washing
• Charity, or non-commercial fund-raisers or car washes

Allowed anytime - no time of day restrictions:
• Irrigation of personal food gardens
• Irrigation of new and replanted seed or turf in landscapes for a period of 30 days following installation
• Watering with drip irrigation or soaker hoses,
• Hand watering with a hose with shut-off nozzles or watering can, bucket or milk jug
• Use of water withdrawn from private water well, creek, pond or lake on your property.

For more information visit www.cobbwater.org.

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For additional information, contact:
Kathy Nguyen
Senior Project Manager
Cobb County Water System
770-419-6244 or Kathy.Nguyen@cobbcounty.org

Cobb County Safety Village wins grant to continue providing quality safety education

Marietta, Ga. (Nov. 16) — Thanks to the support of our community, Cobb County Safety Village was recently awarded a grant as part of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards. The Cobb Safety Village was the Southeast region’s runner up and was awarded $15,000, which will be used to develop a new Internet safety program. The Safety Village was nominated for this award by Zach Thomas, operator of the Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing.

“We are honored that Zach, the Chick-fil-A Foundation and our community understand and value our mission of building a safer community through hands-on education,” Allison Carter, director of the Cobb Safety Village, said. “Out of 150 organizations that applied for grants this year, we are elated to be one of 22 awarded funds to continue our important work. We will use this grant to develop a new Internet safety program tailor-fit to our community’s needs.”

This is the third year the Chick-fil-A Foundation has granted the True Inspiration Awards, which were created to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s late founder, S. Truett Cathy. Before opening voting to customers, foundation staff reviewed applications and selected a list of finalists that demonstrate a commitment to supporting youth and education. More than 76,000 customers voted nationwide and this was the first time people were able to vote for organizations in their communities via a mobile app. More than $1.1 million in grants were awarded to 22 not-for-profit organizations in 16 states.

“These organizations are doing remarkable work in education, leadership development and youth entrepreneurship, so we are thrilled to be able to help support their goals for 2017,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.

The Cobb County Safety Village is the most comprehensive and unique safety training environment in the Southeast region. Built on an eight-acre site, it is a place where children and adults can gain knowledge through hands-on experiences. This safety education enables our residents to help and protect themselves and others from accidental death, injury and destruction of property.

For more information about the Cobb County Safety Village, visit cobbcounty.org/safetyvillage. For more information about the True Inspiration Awards, visit chick-fil-afoundation.org/news-events/.

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Cobb DOT offers new way to ease congestion and better share traffic information

Marietta, Ga. (Nov. 14) – Today, Cobb County Department of Transportation staff announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly-available traffic information, the Waze Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for Cobb residents, along with more than 100 other partners around the world.
 
“Joining the Connected Citizens Program was a logical step to take to ensure that we are providing our residents with the best available tools to make decisions about their daily travel on our roads,” Jim Wilgus, Cobb DOT director, said. “Our work is about helping people get around as safely and efficiently as possible. That means construction, certainly, but it also means making the most of technology. We are excited about how working with Waze will help us meet that goal.”
 
Two-way data sharing with Waze allows the county to provide an additional way to make the public aware of ongoing construction, traffic incidents and event-related lane closures. Growth is occurring in many regions of Cobb, including the Kennesaw State University area and the Cumberland Community Improvement, with the addition of SunTrust Park and The Battery. The Waze app combines Cobb DOT’s traffic information with user-generated reports to offer a more comprehensive look at conditions for commuters. The county will also collect anonymous, real-time data from Waze to help identify traffic trends. This information will be beneficial in transportation planning as Cobb continues to progress as a metro Atlanta hub for business, education and entertainment.
 
The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipal leaders an unprecedented look at road activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from drivers, and in return DOT provides real-time construction, crash and road closure data to Waze. The exchange creates a map that evolves with every driver and data point it receives and promotes safer roads by equipping Wazers with the knowledge to make smart commute choices to avoid delays due to daily construction or major traffic events caused by game days or dignitary visits.
 
“Through the Waze Connected Citizens Program, Cobb County will contribute critical data to the Waze app which is key for hyperlocal driver support,” Adam Fried, Waze’s new business development manager, said. “No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers, and Cobb County will be able to use these anonymous insights to further promote safer roads. In exchange, Cobb County is providing critical road closure and incident data to Waze, helping Wazers better circumvent major traffic events and real-time traffic blocks.”
 
To find out more about Connected Citizens, visit waze.com/ccp. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit www.waze.com/get.
 
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