Construction of SunTrust Park hit important financial and physical milestones last week. On Tuesday, final bids were received to issue the bonds and the final bid came in about $1.6 million less than anticipated when the project began in 2013. This means that the original 0.33 millage rate required in the county's general fund can be reduced to 0.234 mills.
On Thursday, Cobb County officials joined Atlanta Braves leaders and legends as the first brick was laid at SunTrust Park. The brick was laid by Eutis Morris, who also placed the first bricks at Fulton County Stadium and Olympic Stadium. More than 775,000 bricks will be installed at the park, according to officials. Two time capsules, dedicated to the Braves and Cobb County, were also buried during the event. The Cobb Board of Commissioners is pictured above with keepsakes which went in the county's time capsule.
Braves Chairman and CEO John Schuerholtz stated the stadium is ahead of schedule and budget. About 450 on site workers have logged 525,000 man hours. $413 million of work has been recommended to date and about 55 percent of this work has gone to Cobb companies, according to officials. To watch the latest update on SunTrust Park presented to the Board of Commissioners, click here.
For 15 years, Cobb County Government has been proud to partner with Make-A-Wish Georgia to help grant the wishes of ill children in our community. The 15th annual Cobb County 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning and ending at the Marietta Square. Through Monday, Sept. 7, registration fees are $20 for untimed 5K walk/run and $25 for timed 5K run. Mail-in forms must be postmarked by Sept. 7. After Sept. 7, fees are $25 for untimed 5K walk/run and $35 for timed 5K run. Teams of 10 or more are $15 per person untimed and $20 timed. Children 6-12 years old are $10 and those 5 and younger are free.
Anyone who would like to support Make-A-Wish Georgia but will not be able to attend the race can register as a Phantom Runner for $20. Each registered participant will receive a commemorative long sleeve T-shirt. All money raised will be used to help grant the wishes of Cobb children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year's race raised $28,000.
For more information, or to register online, visit cobbmakeawish5k.org.
When medicines are no longer needed or have expired, it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Help prevent accidental poisoning, overdoses and improper use of medications by turning in unused or expired medicine for safe disposal during the free Medication Take Back Day Saturday, Sept. 12. Simply take your old medications to one of the drop off locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and turn them in by driving through. Each of the first 100 vehicles at each location will receive a free gift. No questions will be asked and no forms or ID are required. The three locations are:
The 30th annual Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up will be held Saturday, Sept. 12. Volunteers come out each year in September and help remove litter and debris from the shores of the lake. The event is sponsored by the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department, the Acworth Lake Authority and the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority. This is a great project for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, community groups and anyone who wants to help keep our lakes clean.
Immediately following the event will be a volunteer picnic at the Riverside Day Use Area. All participants are encouraged to attend the picnic and enjoy sponsor booths, music, prizes and more.
To participate, please register at: lakeallatoonaassoc.com/the_great_allatoona_clean_up.