February 2018 Edition

Don't Forget Senator Rhett!
District 33

Senator Rhett's Passage of SB 129 Veteran's Bill
This bill will allow state employees who are veterans to buy into the state retirement system based on time served in the military.

Town Hall Meeting!
David Wilkerson Michael Smith 
                                     David Wilkerson         Mike Smith                Doc Rhett

Stratton Library
1100 Powder Springs Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30064

        African Americans 
      Times of War program 
      will be Feb. 25
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The Old Zion Heritage Museum, located at the corner of Haynes Street and Lemon Street near Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, will host on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. the Black History Month program - "African Americans in Times of War."
The program is co-sponsored by American Legion Post 296. The Marietta High School JROTC Color Guard will participate along with their commander, Col. James Wilson. The President and Commander of Post 296 will also participate along with some of their members.
The Old Zion Heritage Museum will recognize and honor veterans and active duty military personnel who are present at the program.

 Dr. Kenneth E. Marcus (1954-2018)

Biography of Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Marcus

Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Marcus was the Senior Pastor of Turner Chapel AME Church. Rev. Marcus received the call to preach as an undergraduate student at Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia. In 1979, he was ordained as an itinerant elder of the AME Church.
His educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Morris Brown College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Atlanta University, a Masters in Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a Doctorate in Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.
Rev. Marcus has served three congregations during his pastoral ministry. These include the St Luke and Nimno Circuit, the Greater Smith Chapel AME Church and his current appointment, the Turner Chapel AME Church where he received his 29th appointment. Under his pastoral leadership, the Turner congregation has blossomed from a small family of 150 members to a large family of over 6000 members.
Rev. Marcus loved to sing and dance and occasionally played his guitar in church. His favorite scripture is Psalm 37:25, "I once was young but now I'm old. But I've never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread." This scripture reminds him of the awesome and unquestioned faithfulness of Almighty God.
Georgia State Senate District 33

Marietta Daily Journal 
Packed house for Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce's first senior fee town hall  
EAST COBB - Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce faced a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 300 senior citizens Friday morning for the first of five town hall meetings focused on the county's impending fee increases for senior services.
The fee increases come as Cobb leaders begin addressing what is expected to be a $30 million shortfall in the fiscal 2019 year. Cobb's fiscal 2018 began Oct. 1, with the current budget utilizing one-time funds to cover a $20.8 shortfall.
"It's not a one-time thing, it's not just, 'Let's see who we can make unhappy this week.' - we should have picked a better crowd if we were going to start that way - but the bottom line is you're all a part of the bigger issue," Boyce said of the senior fee increases.
Boyce reminded attendees that the year prior, Cobb used 10 percent water system transfer to balance its budget.
"There's no more buckets (of money) to raid," he said.
The chairman's remark drew a quick retort from an audience member.
"So we are the last bucket?" one crowd member asked, which earned laughs and claps from many in attendance.
Boyce responded that the audience member's quip was "unfair," pointing to other "across the board" fee increases that were approved alongside those affecting seniors. Cobb commissioners in mid-November approved increases for a number of services offered within the county's libraries and parks in addition to its senior services department.
Among the increased senior fees were higher hourly rates for art, computer and exercise classes, with nonresidents paying one-and-a-half times the rates residents pay.
Though seniors had previously paid no membership fee to use county senior centers, the county starting Feb. 1 will begin charging county residents $60 a year should they wish to use those facilities, while non-residents will pay $90 annually. Included in the yearly membership are free, evidence-based health programs, access to workout facilities and free coffee.
Boyce opened his remarks with an apology to those in attendance, saying that while the county had followed standard procedures to propose and enact the fee increases, the changes had been communicated "very, very poorly."
"There's no getting around that. That's why you're all here," Boyce added.
But the chairman faced pointed questions from several audience members.
"Why are you Mickey Mousing around with fees rather than addressing the current $8.5 million problem with the Braves?" asked John Brenner, an east Cobb resident retired from the entertainment industry.
Audience members grumbled over mentions of the county's expense to the Braves throughout the meeting.
Boyce said county expenses total $8.6 million "coming out of your wallet and my wallet to pay for our obligation to the Braves deal." Of that amount, $6.4 million in property taxes go toward paying off the bond for SunTrust Park, while another $1.2 million goes toward stadium maintenance and about $1 million to public safety personnel around the stadium and The Battery Atlanta, its neighboring mixed-used development, on game days.
"The Braves did not create this hole," Boyce said, which drew a handful of jeers from the crowd. "All they did was accelerate the inevitable. If we never had a Braves deal, we would have this same discussion next year."
Boyce said the county is also facing other sizable expenses as it works on its budget for the next fiscal year.
Among the funds that filled Cobb's fiscal 2018 budget hole were $10.4 million in one-time funds that had been previously set aside to fund implementation of the county's pay and class study recommendations. Commissioners in February approved a pay plan that increased the salaries of about 45 percent of the county's workforce, or about 2,400 employees.
Another $17 million is needed to purchase new vehicles to replace those within the county's aging fleet, Boyce said, adding that some of those vehicles, including senior services buses, are exceeding 350,000 miles.
"Do I want to continue not to buy new vehicles, or do I want to see a headline that (says) 'Senior services bus collapses on road and spills senior citizens on Dallas Highway'?" he asked. "These things collectively add up to the $30 million hole."
Prior to the meeting's start, attendees were given handouts from the county showing how the incoming senior fees compared to those in Forsyth, DeKalb, and other metro Atlanta counties and cities.   
Forsyth County, according to the comparison sheet, also charges residents a $60 membership fee to use senior centers, though non-residents are charged at the same rate. But higher rates are found elsewhere, with residents within DeKalb County paying $120, while $144 is the rate paid by senior center users in both Clayton County and the city of Roswell.
Operating costs for Cobb's senior centers, Boyce said, aren't being covered by current revenues.
"The reality is it costs $250,000 to keep each of these centers open every year," Boyce said, adding that current revenues leave more than $150,000 of each of the six centers' operation expenses unfunded.
In addition to membership fees, the county is also implementing higher fees to rent its senior centers.   
Marieta Dailly Journal
  AROUND TOWN: Cobb judges provoke wrath of parents
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COBB STATE COURT  Judge Eric Brewton has stirred up a firestorm when he allowed 30 drivers charged with illegally passing school buses to leave the courtroom without penalty on Friday. Brewton told the motorists their tickets were unenforceable and they could leave.
"This is not a proceeding that is proper," Brewton told them. "You are free to go." 3  
Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan said because the fines are sent by mail and are civil and not criminal in nature, many Cobb State Court judges have interpreted the statute to mean they are unenforceable. Morgan said his team is more than willing to work with violators to negotiate their ticket prices down by as much as half, but when judges dismiss everyone at once, they never get that chance.
The decision has outraged parents, among them west Cobb mother Ginny Ehrhart, wife of state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, who has formed a group of citizens concerned with the lack of consequences for drivers who pass stopped school buses.
"Drivers who endanger our children should be held accountable," Mrs. Ehrhart said. "I applaud the actions of the Cobb County Commission in signing the contract to renew the use of school bus cameras, which are vital to our children's safety. However, they will only be effective if our judges uphold the law."
Mrs. Ehrhart said she has spoken to a number of mothers who are incensed by Judge Brewton's actions.
"We have, tragically, seen a (Cobb School District) crossing guard killed by a careless driver this year. We must do all we can to ensure the safety of our school children both near their schools and while they are on buses," she said.
Mrs. Ehrhart said the group, Moms On Bus Safety, will have an organizational meeting soon and plan to use whatever means necessary to ensure the safety of schoolchildren, including lobbying elected officials and working for candidates who promise to follow the law on this issue.

African Methodist Episcopal Day 
Bishop Reginald T. Jackson
at the 
Georgia Senate

Celebrating Mr. Shelton for his service in the community!
Georgia Senate Proclamation

Osborne High School at the Capital for Q&A with the senator.
Yes we will put up a bill to support the cost for AP testing in our community high schools

Cobb County 4H

Austell Community Taskforce's  strategic planning session

Pebblebrook High School Robotics team

2985 Powder Springs Rd. 
Marietta, Ga 30064


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Faith Forum: Church Safety and Security
Cobb County Police Department Chief of Police Michael Register invites Pastors and staff from all institutions of faith and community members to attend a Faith Forum. The topic of discussion will be "Church Safety and Security".
This forum is designed to allow p astors or associate pastors an opportunity to have an open discussion with the Chief. Some goals of the forum include:
  • Developing results-oriented relationships with institutions of faith
  • Having candid discussions concerning community issues
  • Partnering to find solutions for community issues and needs
  • Being a catalyst for an improved future for all 
The Faith Forum will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am at the Cobb County Public Safety Training Center located at 2109 Valor Drive, Marietta, GA 30008.
Seating is limited to 140 attendees. Please RSVP to Darcy Sibilsky by Wednesday, February 14, 2018 via email at  darcy.sibilsky@cobbcounty.org .

Information on February zoning cases in our district

The Planning Commission will hold its zoning hearing 9 a.m., Feb. 6. 
The Board of Commissioners will hold its zoning hearing 9 a.m., Feb. 20. Both meetings will be held in the BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta, and broadcast live on
For more information on cases in District Four, see below.

Fees to change at Cobb County parking decks; 
Effective Feb. 1
New parking deck fees and procedures will be in effect Feb. 1 at the two Marietta Square locations: 100 Cherokee St. and 191 Lawrence St. Parking deck patrons will pay at kiosks and upon exit. No cash will be accepted; debit and credit cards only. The fees will be effective 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. The decks will be free on Sunday.
  • First 30 minutes: free
  • 31 minutes-two hours: $2
  • Two-five hours: $5
  • More than five hours: $7
  • Lost ticket: $7
Monthly parking passes are available. For more information, call 770-528-2100.

Community Calendar

Thursday, January 18 - Monday, February 26,  South Cobb Arts Alliance Member Show and Sale , Mable House Arts Center.

Tuesday, January 23, Chess Night at the Library, South Cobb Regional Library, 6pm.

Wednesday, January 24, Epic Homeschool Fair, South Cobb Regional Library, 11am.

Monday, February 12,  MIC Board Meeting, Mable House Arts Center, 7pm.

Monday, March 12,  MIC Board Meeting, Mable House Arts Center, 7pm.

Tuesday, March 27,  MIC Community Meeting, South Cobb Community Center, 7pm.

Monday, April 2,   Gardeners Night Out - Perennials, South Cobb Regional Library, 7pm.


Cobb S C L C

Post 296 Marietta, GA

Meets every 1st Monday at the South Cobb Recreation Center in Austell

Powder Springs Task Force
Meets every 4th Monday at the Ron Anderson Recreation Center in Powder Springs

Cobb Democrats 
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