December 1, 2015 

From the President...


Well, Thanksgiving is upon us and hopefully you and yours had a nice holiday together.
As you have noticed, the weather has been unpredictable.  But despite that fact, MIC was fortunate to have a strong turnout from concerned citizens in the community in order to support our Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Mile projects before Thanksgiving.  This volunteer spirit is one of the many ways in which Mableton is such a special place to live and we at MIC are grateful for it.
On November 14th, under the guidance of our own Ron Raven, 13 people gathered together on a cold morning and went down to Nickajack Creek in order to pick up trash and debris.  At the end of the process, our volunteers were able to collect more than two dozen bags of trash and debris, which if not picked up, would have floated downstream into the Chattahoochee River, from which many Georgians obtain their drinking water.  Thanks to all of our volunteers and to Ron for leading us!
Then, a week later under the leadership of Dave McDaniel, 16 volunteers gathered in the Kroger parking lot to clean up the mile of Floyd Road that MIC has "adopted". Despite the chill in the air we collected 23 bags of trash. Thanks to all of our volunteers and to Dave for leading us!

Janis Stevenson, MIC's "Secret Santa", reports that over 90 children from the Boys & Girls Club will have presents this year from MIC members and friends. The matching process is still underway, so we will let you know the final outcome after the holiday. Your generosity is amazing and so much appreciated.
As always, feel free to give me a call or send me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!

Joel Cope
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MIC President
(404) 550-0475 

Chairman Lee and Commissioner Cupid Hold Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30pm
Tim Lee, Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, and Lisa Cupid, Commissioner for District 4, will hold a joint Town Hall Meeting at Russell Elementary School on December 3rd at 6:30pm. The school is located at  3920 South Hurt Road in Smyrna. 

Town hall meetings are good opportunities to communicate directly with your elected officials and share your ideas and input with county staff. They are also great chances to learn first-hand about important issues in our community.

Holiday Events at the Mable House Arts Center
5239 Floyd Road, Mableton
Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show & Sale
December 4th - 13th, 10am-6pm daily; Sundays 2pm-6pm

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show & Sale, presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance. The juried show features 60 artists and crafters who bring beautiful handmade items. Shop for the perfect Christmas and year-round gifts or treat yourself to something really special. Come have lunch at Mable's Tea Room, then come shop!

SILENT AUCTION:  While visiting the Christmas House and Tea Room, don't forget to stop by the Silent Auction room and bid on some fabulous items donated by local artists and businesses. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the Historic Mable House and outbuildings.
Mable's Tea Room
December 4th - 12th, 11am-2pm (except Sunday, December 6th - closed for Mommy & Me Tea event below)
*Reservations required for parties of 4 or more at (770) 819-3285*

Sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA), benefiting the Art Education and Tea Room Support Program, Mable's Tea Room offers donated homemade soups, cakes, hot and cold teas/coffee and sandwiches. MIC volunteers have "adopted" the event on December 4th and 5th, providing volunteers and food items.  In return, the SCAA makes a donation to MIC.  This event has become an important fundraiser for MIC as well as a chance to serve our friends and neighbors.

**Mable' s Tea Room runs concurrently with the Christmas Arts and Crafts Show & Sale, so why not make a day of lunch and shopping!**

Mommy & Me Tea
Sunday, December 6th, with seatings at 1pm and 3pm
*Reservations are required at (770) 819-3285*

Bring your friends and family to have tea with your favorite Princesses.

Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, December 5th, 10am-noon candy cane hunt

Bring the whole family for some outdoor holiday fun on the grounds of the Historic Mable House, sponsored by Cobb County PARKS.  Other a ctivities include cookie decorating, crafts, marshmallow roasting, and photos with Santa.  
Enjoy the Outdoors this Holiday Season
Visit Cobb County Parks and Trails
During this holiday season, take some time with friends and family to get outside and  null go for a walk together or visit a nearby playground with the kids. Cobb County's trail network is growing, and the county has just released a new interactive trail map that details all the existing multipurpose trails in the county, along with those in the planning and construction stage. 

Playgrounds are located in all these county parks in Mableton: Lions Park, Nickajack Park, Thompson Park, and Wallace Park. Additionally, Heritage Park has nearly 2 miles of walking paths along Nickajack Creek that lead to the ruins of the old woolen mill. 

Zoning News
Coming up in December...
The Church of the Pentecost USA  is requesting rezoning for property located at  5606 Mableton Parkway , the old Wachovia/First Union Bank building. MIC has met with the church leadership and expressed our thoughts about the traffic flow into and out of the property, landscaping plans, and the condition of the parking lots. Additionally, the stand-alone drive-through banking structure should be demolished. This application was postponed from November, but is expected to be heard in December. The MIC Board voted to remain neutral in this application if these issues can be resolved.

Brilliant Automotive located at  700 Veterans Memorial Highway (SLUP-11) is requesting a continuation of their Special Land Use Permit for Used Car Sales, which expired on October 15th. The MIC Board voted to remain neutral in this application so long as the fencing along Lions Club Drive is removed and landscaping installed. MIC also recommends a 2-year duration for the permit.

Elite Auto Collision has filed a request to amend the stipulations for the property at 380 Veterans Memorial Highway, SE (OB-57) in order to allow for the operation of their auto body business. The MIC Board is gathering information about this application and will take a position before the Board of Commissioners hearing on December 15th.

The schedule for Commissioner Cupid's community zoning meetings has been changed due to the holidays. One meeting will be held for the District in December on Wednesday December 9th at 6pm at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell. Please plan to attend if you want  to learn more and have the opportunity to talk directly to the Commissioner about these zoning issues.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair.

New Businesses in Mableton
Recent Business Licenses Issued
Between November 1st and November 21st,  four new Mableton businesses received business_finance_research.jpg their business licenses from Cobb County. They are:  Eco Pan, Inc.; Picante, LLC; Rent A Tire LP, and West Metro Construction.  

Click here for more information compiled from the county's website. A warm welcome to these new companies.

Thanks to our Sponsors
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