Cobb residents can visit cobbsplost2016.org to review the complete project list for the proposed 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The 2016 SPLOST, if approved by voters in November, will fund such projects as a new regional library, a new fire station, a new police precinct, the renovation and expansion of the Public Safety Training Center, expansion of the North Cobb Senior Center, a Windy Hill/Terrell Mill Connector and sidewalks in Mableton. Each of Cobb's six cities would also receive a portion of the tax, based on its population, to use for improvement projects.
Additional informational meetings on the proposed 2016 SPLOST are also upcoming. People will be able to view project lists and converse with county staff about the various projects. There will be no formal presentations, so participants may drop in anytime during the allotted hours.
• District One
7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24
West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
• District Three
7-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25
East Cobb Senior Center
• District Two
7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30
Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (large meeting room), 1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE, Atlanta
• District Four
7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2
Osborne High School, 2451 Favor Road SW, Marietta
For more information, visit cobbSPLOST2016.org.
The Cobb County 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia will be held Saturday, Oct. 4. The race will begin and end at the Marietta Square. Registration fees before Friday, Sept. 26 are $20 for untimed 5K walk/run and $25 for timed 5K run. After Sept. 28, the fees will be $25 for untimed 5K walk/run and $35 for timed 5K run. Children 6-12 years old are $10 and 5 and under are free.
All money raised will be used to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year's race raised $30,000 and helped grants the wishes of four local children. For more information, or to register online, click here.
County officials hosted a joint groundbreaking event last week for the new air traffic control tower and U.S. Customs inspection facility at McCollum Airport. The new air traffic control tower, scheduled to be completed in January, will improve visibility, provide proper layout of equipment and offer an improved work environment for controllers. The customs inspection facility will allow international arriving aircraft to clear customs at the Cobb County Airport rather than clearing customs at another port-of-entry airport and then continuing its flight to Cobb County. This will be the first on-site U.S. Customs inspections facility and staffing at a metro-Atlanta general aviation airport and will start operations in July.
Keep Cobb Beautiful staff is offering local youth the opportunity to join the Associate Board Member program, which is an excellent chance to explore the benefits of working with a non-profit organization to educate, beautify and improve our environment. It also gives youth hands-on experience implementing programs and hosting events. These activities will build community service hours and add an excellent highlight to college resumes.
Associate board members will sit on KCB's board, participate in various committees, help organize and run events and represent the organization at luncheons and ceremonies. They may also qualify for college scholarships that will be awarded to the top achievers and engaged members.
To be eligible, participants must:
• Be a current Cobb County resident and student (high school junior or senior or attend college in Cobb)
• Be at least 16 years old (at the time of application)
• Have an interest in environmental or community service
• Be able to pledge a total of 35 hours to KCB
• Be able to commit for the duration of the term, October through May
• Have leadership skills, including the ability to interact with local politicians, legislators and other community leaders
Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 26. The top candidates will be notified by Oct. 3, so they can attend the Board of Directors meeting Oct. 7. To download the application, click here or visit facebook.com/keepcobbbeautiful.
County officials and other dignitaries celebrated completed and continuing improvements to Floyd Road last week at the historic Mable House. The ribbon cutting signified the completion of the Floyd Road Widening Thoroughfare Improvements project. This $5.5 million project widened 1.1 miles, from Clay Road to Hicks Road, to a standard four-lane median divided roadway. Sidewalks were added on both sides. The ground breaking started construction on the Floyd Road Safety and Operational Improvements project, which spans from Clay Road to Veteran Memorial Highway. For additional information, visit cobbdot.org.