April 1, 2015 

From the President...



MIC members kicked off the organization's 14th year of service to the community with our Annual Community Meeting on March 24th. During this meeting, we reviewed MIC's accomplishments in 2014, including zoning, Neighborhood Watch, the Community Garden, Mableton Day and so much more.  In fact, to cover it all we had to create a list of accomplishments .  Of course, we also talked about our plans for 2105.  


In keeping with our nonprofit corporation status and bylaws, we also conducted elections to the Board of Directors.  Tia Minnis, Shoresh Seldon and Tony Womble were elected to the Board for their first terms, and Robin Meyer, Ellen Russ, J.R. White and I were re-elected.  We join Cherri Belew, Bob Carreker, Mike Delano and Ellen Russ in making up the 11-member Board that governs our grass roots organization. Click here to read more about us.


At the same time, I want to thank two of our long time MIC Board members Dennis Hayes and Janis Stevenson who have served the Mableton community faithfully and for a long time. In addition, I want to recognize two other Board members, Betty Ann Cook and Don Seaberry who are also leaving the Board and we appreciate their service us as well.  We thank them all for their role in our success.


For those of you who enjoy "hands on" service, there are a couple of opportunities coming up. On April 4th we will be having another Adopt A Mile, discussed below, and on April 17th and 18th, the Kiwanis will be seeking help building the new playground at the Boys & Girls Club of Mableton. We would love to see you!  Online signup for Friday or Saturday.


Thanks also to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting for your show of support and your participation.  MIC is what you make it!  




Joel Cope
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MIC President

(404) 550-0475 


P.S.  Thanks to our newest sponsor, Alston's Custom Services.  Owner Jason Alston has been instrumental in maintaining the water system in MIC's Historic Mableton Community Garden.  We appreciate Jason bringing his technical skills to work for other gardeners and for MIC!


Adopt A Mile on Floyd Road
Saturday, April 4th at 9am

Our next Adopt-a-Mile of 2015 will be Saturday, April 4th, starting promptly at

Thanks to our hardy January volunteers!

9:00am. We will meet at the Westside Bank at Floyd and Nickajack Roads. Please park in the area closest to Nickajack Road.


With the first phase of the Floyd Road improvement project complete, we have returned to the segment between the Post Office and the old Rite Aid store where Floyd and Hicks Roads intersect.  With the road widening and traffic islands, it's a bigger job than before, so your help will be greatly appreciated.  We had a great turnout in January and hope to be as fortunate this time. 


It takes only about an hour for MIC volunteers to pick up the accumulated trash and it's an hour well spent! Floyd Road will look a whole lot better when we are done. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring gloves if you like. We provide latex gloves, safety vests, trash bags, bottled water -- and a warm welcome. 

For more information, contact Dave McDaniel


Business Town Hall with Commissioner Cupid
Tuesday, April 7th from 10am to noon

Commissioner Lisa Cupid and staff from the county's Office of Finance and Economic Development will host a business town hall meeting on April 7th from 10am to noon at the South Cobb Community Center. Participants will learn more about:

  • County business resources
  • How to do business with Cobb County
  • Economic incentive programs
  • Job training resources
  • Business resources available at local libraries
  • Rezoning process
  • When a business license is required
  • Updates on nearby public infrastructure projects
  • Major development activity in the general area

South Cobb Community Center is located at 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton. Please RSVP by Friday, April 2nd to Michael Hughes at 770-528-1510 or Bianca Keaton at 770-528-3311.


Vendor Booths Still Available for Mableton Day
Saturday, May 16th from 8am to 4pm

Every year, local businesses and nonprofit organizations support Mableton Day and advance their own efforts with a vendor booth at Mableton Day.  Thousands of people from South Cobb and beyond come to Mableton Day, ready to learn more about their community -- are you taking advantage of this opportunity?


If not, act now!  There are a limited number of booths, and when they are gone, they are gone!  Click here to learn more and sign up online.


Mableton Day is Saturday, May 16th at the Mable House Complex. The day begins with the Mableton 5K and Mableton Jr. Fun Run, and continues with live entertainment, classic cars, vendors, arts and crafts, kids' corner and more!  Fun for the whole family right here at home. 


Want to know more?  Want to get involved?  Contact the Mableton Day team via email. Mableton Day is produced by the Mableton Day Coalition, a joint effort of MIC, the South Cobb Arts Alliance and the Amateur Advocate Association.


Grow with MIC at the Community Garden
Plots Available

MIC's Historic Mableton Community Garden on Floyd Road welcomes for new and returning gardeners for the 2015 season. Plot rentals begin as low as $30 and include water and MIC membership.  Only a few plots remain, so act fast.  Click here to learn more about the garden and to contact Terri Carter, Garden Leader.


Thanks to garden volunteers Lallie Hayes and Jason Alston, with assistance from Brian Heard, the garden entrance has been spruced up with a new gate, clearing of overgrown vegetation, and relocation of the sign.  The garden is looking good!


The Community Garden is a great place to grow community as well as veggies!  Make new friends and learn more about gardening at the same time.  Experience is not required!  Garden Leader Terri Carter and other experienced gardeners will help you get started. 

Let's Move with Walk Georgia and Train for Mableton 5K
Free Online Tracking

Cobb2020, The Partnership for a Healthier Cobb County, is giving away two free Mableton Day 5K entries as part of Lets Move with Walk Georgia.  This online exercise program allows you to choose and record your daily fitness activities through May 6th. It's free, it's easy and it's fun! 


Just click here, create an account and you're ready to go. There is a pull-down menu with a wide variety of qualifying activities to choose from, ranging from house cleaning or walking to running or lifting weights. Prizes are awarded at random each week beginning in March just for participating.  Top performing participants will receive the Golden Sneakers Award at Mableton Day on May 16th.


You'll be pleasantly surprised as you watch the miles, minutes - and points - pile up in your account as you enjoy and benefit from a variety of exercises. So what are you waiting for? Start getting in shape for spring and summer now with Cobb2020.


Town Hall with State Senator Horacena Tate
Thursday, April 9th at 7pm

State Senator Horacena Tate will host a Town Hall in Mableton on Thursday, April 9th at 7pm at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive.  Senator Tate's district is centered in Fulton County, but also includes the eastern portions of Mableton and Austell.  


Come ready with your questions about this legislative session!  Hot topics have been transportation funding, public transportation, state-level control of failing schools and cityhood 

Zoning News
Decided in March...
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The Board of Commissioners voted to change the zoning of the property at 1884 Old Alabama Road (Z-5)  from General Commercial to Office and Institutional, reducing the intensity of this former auto repair shop. The approval also contains many stipulations requested by MIC aimed at protecting nearby homes.  

An application to change the zoning from R-20 to OI ("Office Institutional") for 1092 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-15) for a veterinary office was approved by the Board of Commissioners in March. MIC had advocated for language in the conservation easement for the floodplain that would clarify the County's ability to build the Nickajack Creek Trail.  However, the floodplain portion of the property was not rezoned, so no conservation easement was agreed upon. MIC will continue to work for the construction of this trail.


Coming up...


On May 13, the Board of Zoning Appeals will hear a variance application for an ATM installation in the shopping center at 6200 Mableton Parkway (V-40) at the corner of Mableton Parkway and Factory Shoals Road.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application for several reasons: public safety concerns, lack of space in the parking lot, and ongoing code violations, especially related to trash and debris behind the shopping center. This hearing was scheduled for April 1, but was postponed.


The hearing for the application for a subdivision on Old Alabama Road (Z-86) on property surrounding New Harvest Baptist Church has been postponed again to the April 7th Planning Commission hearing.  As this newsletter goes out, MIC is waiting to see a revised R-15 plan with an open space overlay. MIC is working with neighborhood groups to review the new plan. For more information on this rezoning, contact Sonya Wheatley, a member of MIC's Zoning Committee.  Please check with Sonya before making plans to attend the hearing, as it is possible that it will be continued again.


Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair. 


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