Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The potential changes to the Code of Cobb County would mandate security measures to fight the pawning of stolen goods, but the issue of fees for the service is proving a stumbling block.
With the recent increase in property crimes in the Northeast Cobb area, the Cobb County Police Department and the Cobb Board of Commissioners are looking for ways to recover stolen property and catch those pawning stolen items. The Police Department has suggested the amendment of Chapter 78 of the Code of Cobb County. The additions would include provisions for Cobb County pawn shops to be equipped with electronic fingerprint readers. Additionally, pawn shop attendants would be required to photograph each client and the items being pawned. "If we have the system, more property will be recovered and people who trade in stolen goods may move to other ventures," said Cobb Police Chief John Houser. "In areas where this program has been started…
Monday, May 21, 2012
The county has used the federal E-Verify program to check on worker status since 2006, but the IMAGE program will go a step further.
The county commissioners are set to enter an agreement with federal officials Tuesday night to help ensure all county employees are in the country legally and are eligible to work. Cobb is the first municipality in the state to use the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement, or IMAGE program. District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, who pushed for the program, said he hopes the county can be a leader for others. The county has used the federal E-Verify program to check on worker status since 2006, but Ott said the IMAGE program will go a step further. Though it will initially be used only with county employees, Ott told the Marietta Daily Journal that he hopes that in the future it will be used to prevent situations like the one…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott and Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee voted against the new redistricting map at Tuesday's Cobb Board of Commissioners Meeting. The map was approved 3-2.
County commissioners approved a new redistricting map, which would keep most of Mableton in District 4, currently served by Commissioner Woody Thompson, a Mableton native. The map was approved with a 3-2 vote, with Commissioner Bob Ott and Commission Chairman Tim Lee cast the two dissenting votes. Thompson and northeast Cobb Commissioner Joann Birrell created a map before the last county commissioners' meeting, but were unable to get it added to the agenda because it was not an "urgent" matter. The map approved Tuesday night is a tweaked version of the Thompson/Birrell map, which still keeps the much of Mableton in District 4. Although the state legislature has complete power to decide the final redistricting map for the county, Thompson …
Monday, February 13, 2012
It is the hoped that the changes will increase redevelopment that doesn't cost the county a dime.
The Cobb County commissioners have before them Tuesday a proposal that could help redevelopment efforts in the county. The Cobb County Development Standards code has been written through the years for new development, said Commissioner Bob Ott. He explained at last week's District 2 Town Hall Meeting that these measures were originally intended to protect undeveloped land and that when the code was being written officials hadn’t considered redevelopment. Over time he said it became more expensive for developers to redevelop an old site than it would be to construct a new one. “So what happens is that’s really why you see a lot of green field development and we’re leaving this trail behind us of worn down, worn out shopping centers and …
Monday, January 23, 2012
The five-year EDGE project is designed to address job creation, entrepreneurship, cultivating community and "a sense of place" as well as marketing Cobb County and "projecting a positive image."
Monday, January 23, 2012
Should Cobb taxpayer money be used to help spur economic development in the county? That's a bet Cobb commission chairman Tim Lee is hedging as he pledged last week to help fund a major initiative by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. But commissioner JoAnn Birrell spoke out against the proposal, according to a report in The Marietta Daily Journal on Friday, saying the county should not commit to funding that it cannot control. The Chamber initiative, called Competitive EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy), would come with a still-to-be-determined contribution from Cobb government. The plan was devised by Market Street, an Atlanta consulting firm. Described as a "game-changing" project, EDGE (Facebook page) would be "Cobb County’s…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Commissioners vote 5-0 Tuesday to approve the change of most of 67.68 acres north of Paces Ferry Road and east of Atlanta Road to low-density residential.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The first of two January hearings is tonight as the county makes its annual revisions to the Comprehensive Plan.
Cobb County is holding hearings tonight and Jan. 17 to discuss proposed changes to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan, adopted in 2007, establishes future uses for land throughout the county and fits into a vision for Cobb in 2030 to be “recognized as Georgia’s most complete community, a place that combines the best of urban, suburban, and rural life to appeal to a broad spectrum of people.” The county holds hearings each January to update the plan. Two kinds of changes are in the works: 13 zoning decision (ZD) changes, which adjust the Comprehensive Plan to take into account individual rezoning cases the county has handled; and three commissioner proposals (CPs). The commissioner proposals apply to: According to the attached PDF …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Cobb County citizens will get to vote on whether to allow package sales of alcohol on Sundays.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners is meeting at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at 100 Cherokee St. off Marietta Square. The top item on the agenda is a proposal to let Cobb County citizens vote in March on whether to allow package alcohol sales on Sundays. We're using CoverItLive to, well, cover it live; jump in and join the conversation. Commission Chairman Tim Lee presented a measure to the board to approve a resolution on Sunday sales, and no one else commented before the board voted unanimously in favor, 4-0. Lee's comments indicated that he sounded out his fellow commissioners about the proposal before bringing it before the public and knew they would agree. By holding the Sunday-sales vote at the same time as the presidential primary, …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Consultant suggests Cobb focus on seven targets for highly effective job growth for the county, but are they the right ones?
A consultant to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce has identified seven targets for economic development, Chamber Chief Operating Officer Demming Bass told the county Board of Commissioners on Tuesday: Those are the initial recommendations from Midtown Atlanta-based Market Street Services as it carries out the Chamber’s four-part, six-month Competitive EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) initiative. The county board heard the midway update on the project during the afternoon, then voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve economic development changes that give Cobb more flexibility to offer incentives to companies to move to or expand in the county, the Marietta Daily Journal reported. The revised county policy is set to expire in a year …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Vinings redrawn in a new congressional district; Cobb County commissioners to get first look at the 2012 budget.
Vinings would be included in a congressional district with Cherokee and Bartow counties under a draft map released Monday. Today, Republican Rep. Tom Price represents Vinings as part of the 6th District. But the proposed change would put the community into the 11th Congressional District, which now includes parts of Smyrna and is represented by Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey. The newly drawn lines would then dogleg into Buckhead to include the northern neighborhoods of that Atlanta community. Smyrna-Vinings Patch will have more on the proposed changes later Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the Cobb County commissioners will get a first look at the 2012 budget during a work session this afternoon. Chairman Tim Lee said Friday that the county's 2012 …