Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Walton High School.
District 2 Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, whose district includes East Cobb, wants to hear from you. Ott will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road. For more information, call 770-528-3316 or visit cobbcounty.org/ott. Next Tuesday, District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Road. In addition to gathering your feedback, county officials will discuss the police K-9 team and Animal Control. For more information, call 770-528-3317 or visit cobbcounty.org/birrell.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Cobb Commissioners are thinking about ways to keep tax dollars out of the hands of illegal immigrants.
After a 3-2 vote last month against the IMAGE Certification Program, the Cobb Board of Commissioners is considering ways to stop county funds from going to illegal immigrants. Discussion led by District 1 Commissioner Helen Goreham on forming a committee to study illegal immigrants is expected to be on the agenda for the next board meeting. County Chairman Tim Lee told The Marietta Daily Journal that Goreham's proposal is "in response to the proposed IMAGE code amendment" to make sure the county is doing the right thing and being "effective and efficient" when it comes to this matter. Last month, the board voted 3-2 to reject the IMAGE Certification Program, a proposed code change that supporters say would ensure jobs paid for with …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The vote was 3-2 against the proposal.
Contractors who want to do business with Cobb County will not be required to apply for certification through a federal program intended to stop undocumented workers from obtaining employment through fraudulent means. It was standing-room only at the Cobb County administration building Tuesday night. And despite passionate arguments from speaker after speaker in favor of the proposed code change, county commissioners decided that the federal IMAGE program was not the best way to solve unemployment or the issue of illegal workers in Cobb. "That objective can be obtained through quite a few different ways," Chairman Tim Lee said before the board voted 3-2 against the ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Mutual Agreement between …
They will meet at 7 p.m. tonight.
Cobb commissioners tonight are expected to vote on a proposed code change that supporters say will ensure jobs paid for with taxpayer dollars go to legal U.S. citizens. Under the proposal, contractors who do business with Cobb County would be required to apply for certification through the ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program, commonly referred to as IMAGE. It's all part of an effort to ensure that employers comply with federal immigration and employment guidelines. Cobb experienced a public relations nightmare during the construction of the new Cobb courthouse after information surfaced that a contractor on the project had not verified the status of his employees. Despite…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Residents will have six opportunities to get updates from elected officials.
The first in a series of town hall meetings intended for Cobb residents to hear directly from their district representatives will begin Monday. Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee will host the first one, which begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle. Residents will have five more opportunities to get updates from their elected officials. Here's the schedule for the remaining town halls:
Friday, December 21, 2012
The two projects are included in the annual update to the airport's Capital Improvement Plan for 2013.
A Smyrna apartment complex will be able to rebuild any unit that sustains more than 75 percent damage. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday night with one condition placed on the Belmont Crossing apartment complex on Atlanta Road on Tuesday night which would have prohibited the complex from rebuilding an unit with such damage. That condition was inadvertently included by the planning commission, county officials said. The "clean up" zoning request was required to go before the BOC in its zoning meeting to make sure that everything is in compliance now that it is bank-owned after going into foreclosure. "They can't really sell it and have a clear title (without this)," District 4 Commissioner Bob Ott said. The board also…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
An employee at the Roswell Road Food Mart was caught selling to a minor.
An East Cobb convenience store has lost its beer, wine and Sunday sales licenses after an employee was caught selling alcohol to a minor. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to follow the recommendation from the License Review Board and revoke the licenses for the Roswell Road Food Mart located at 3782 Roswell Road following an almost two-and-a-half hour hearing, during which the cashier, Kazi Hossain, admitted to overriding the cash register's safety measures to make the sale without entering a birth date. "It is my belief that the License Review Board's recommendations are warranted," said District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area where the convenience store is located. Sgt. Amie Herd with the Cobb …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners listened to an hour and a half of testimony on Tuesday morning.
After spending about an hour and a half listening to testimony and arguments on Tuesday morning, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted to uphold the decisions by the county's License Review Board in two matters. The board voted unanimously to maintain a 30-day suspension levied on the Texaco Food Mart on Cobb Parkway after employee Sujit Kumar PoonMagar sold alcohol to a minor during a compliance check on Sept. 13. Detective Rusty Creamer of the Cobb County Police Department said the minor who purchased the six-pack of beer told PoonMagar she was born on Aug. 20, 1994, her actual birthdate. "He never asked to see an ID," Creamer said. "He never checked an ID. He just asked her birthdate." Although the store's owner, Sultan Ali …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The East Cobb roundabout at Holly Springs and Davis roads was completed this summer.
Although some Cobb residents weren't sure what to think about an East Cobb roundabout installed at the intersection of Holly Springs and Davis roads, District 3 Commissioner Joann Birrell said during Tuesday night's Board of Commissioner's meeting that she has heard nothing but positive feedback since the project has been finished. "Not everyone was sure about it when we started," Birrell said. "It's been a great improvement." The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a final change order for the project with a savings to Cobb County of $47,577.68, which was due to variations between the original and final plan quantities, including an overrun in construction allowance. The project was an intersection safety and operational …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The supercenter sought a waiver to be able to sell alcohol, even though the store is located fewer than 600 feet from a church.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday denied a waiver request by Walmart for a location on Barrett Parkway in South Cobb to be allowed to sell packaged beer and wine, with commissioners voting against the waiver stating that the supercenter didn't have sufficient evidence that alcohol sales wouldn't affect a nearby church. The waiver is needed because the the store is fewer than 600 feet from Pine Grove Baptist Church in Powder Springs, the distance required by the county's ordinance. According to the ordinance, a waiver may be granted for a business closer than 600 feet to a school or church if it can show that the sale of alcohol won't affect property values or adversely affect the use of the institution. Evidence presented …