Cobb County continues its efforts to save money and the environment through green technology. Fleet Management staff recently purchased two alternate fuel vehicles for the Cobb Police Department. The "ZERO" motorcycles were purchased from WOW Motorcycles in Cobb. These motorcycles are completely electric and will replace the police department's two gas-powered 2004 dirt bikes.
"My vision for Cobb County Fleet is to continue to deploy more green technologies that demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability," Al Curtis, Fleet Management director, said.
The motorcycles will be used for high visibility patrol on the county's 12.8-mile portion of the Silver Comet Trail and at high profile events such as the North Georgia State Fair, the Yaarab Shrine Circus and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Their hybrid on/off road design allows them to also be used in all county parks. The motorcycles electric and silent operation allow for zero-emission patrols without disturbing noise or fumes.
South Cobb Redevelopment Authority and Cobb County staff are working collaboratively to address redevelopment issues in the Riverside area. You are invited to a public workshop 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, April 6, at South Cobb Recreation Center. Redevelopment in this community will include a combination of public and private investments. The goal is to reduce crime, beautify the neighborhood and develop opportunities for new private sector investment.
Community Development staff is in the initial stages of updating Cobb County's Comprehensive Plan, which will be known as "Cobb 2040 - Vision for a New Era." This document will be a framework plan that will guide the development team, stakeholders and residents in the development of the Cobb 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The guide includes information on required and optional elements, data needed for each of the elements and a public participation plan.
Once the comment period ends, edits will be made to the guide. The Cobb Board of Commissioners will also hold a public hearing and then consider approving the guide. Upon approval, the Comprehensive Plan update process will begin.
Cobb Senior Services staff will host the 2015 Aging by Design Summit and Expo Saturday, May 2, at Cobb Galleria Centre. The summit is $5 and everyone who registers before April 1 will receive a free gift.
This event is great for seniors, caregivers, adult children, retirees and soon-to-be-retirees. There will be more than 100 exhibitor booths, cooking demonstrations and free health screenings, such as blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index. Guest speakers will include a panel of health experts and representatives from transportation services.
• Residents are invited to discover everything the UGA Cobb Extension Office has to offer at an open house 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 7. From 4-H camps to radon testing, canning classes to lawn care help, Extension staff offers expertise on a plethora of topics. Interactive displays will be set up on the second floor classroom at 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, and experts will be on hand to answer questions. Free publications on topics of specific interest for home, yard and family care will be available and there will be special giveaways. For more information, call 770-528-4070.
• Extension staff will also host the "Vegetable Garden Basics" workshop 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at its office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta. Learn about site selection, soil preparation and choosing, planting and maintaining your favorite garden crops. Free and open to the public. For more information and to pre-register, call 770-528-4070.