July 1, 2015 

From the President...



It is hard to believe that it is already almost July and the Summer is flying by! In the spirt of trying to help those in need and helping with school; the Mableton Improvement Coalition is going to be teaming up with the Austell Community Task Force and the Powder Springs Community Task Force to try and collect donations for the Sweetwater Mission, a wonderful non-profit that operates in our area. On July 11th from 10 AM to 2 PM, volunteers from the Mableton Improvement Coalition, the Austell Community Task Force and the Powder Springs Community Task Force are going to be collecting items from the public and readers like you.   The flyer below lists the items below that are needed.


You may be wondering what you can do to help!   We are asking for assistance in two ways - one is to go out and shop and buy these items and bring them by on July 11 th and bring the items at Sweetwater Mission. The other way is for you to come and help volunteer to collect items yourself. Either way, you are doing great things for your community.


Also, some of you have expressed interest in starting Neighborhood Watch Programs in your area. MIC has already worked with the Cobb County PD to start one in Historic Mableton and we are working to start a second one. So, if you live in Mableton and would like for MIC to work with you to start one in your particular area of Mableton, please let us know


Finally many of you have been posting on our Facebook page to offer some very positive and constructive comments on events and activities in our community - and we love that. In that same vein, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for questions or comments. I am always ready to talk about Mableton! 


I hope to see you on July 11th!




Joel Cope
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MIC President

(404) 550-0475 


Mableton Farmers' Market News - Evening Hours and SNAP
Every Thursday, 8:30am to 12:30pm

In addition to the usual Thursday morning markets, some of the Market vendors will set up at Food Truck Thursday on July 2nd from 5-8pm.  Come take in the live music, prepared food experience and take home some fresh locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs and gourmet seasonings!  


Wholesome Wave Georgia will have a representative at the Market Thursday, July 2nd, 8:30am-12:30pm, to help low income folks who do not have a SNAP (formerly food stamp) EBT card check their eligibility and apply for benefits.  Send a friend, or better yet, bring a friend to find out more.  Click here  for details about the information needed when applying.  WWG assistance is completely confidential.  This will be the last WWG visit at the Market this season.


WWG doubles SNAP EBT transactions at the Market.  It's like a BOGO!


Visit Market Manager Dave McDaniel any Thursday morning through August 27th or email him with any questions. 
Food Truck Thursdays at the Mable House Complex
Next Event Thursday, July 2nd from 5pm to 8pm

The summer fun continues every other Thursday night when the South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA) brings Food Truck Thursdays back to the Mable House Complex. The fun continues on July 2nd and every other Thursday through early October.  It's cool and shady under the big trees, there is plenty of room for the kids to play and music for everyone to enjoy.


There will be something for every taste palate when these rolling restaurants come to Mableton! Invite your friends and neighbors and spend a summer evening under the big trees with good food and good times!  

Free Car to be Given Away
Deadline is July 5th
Do you know someone who needs a reliable, mechanically sound car? Nominate that person for the car that Ricky Jordan's Auto Repair will be giving away later this month as part of the national Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway. A group of independent shops have joined together across the nation to give a car to a deserving person on the same exact day and at the same exact time.

Click here  to read the 2014 flyer. The process is the same, but the submission deadline is July 5, 2015. The submission is a short written response about why someone should get the car and may be submitted via fax, mail or email. Call Ricky Jordan's Auto Repair at 678-945-7008 with any questions.
Summer Movie Series at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
Next Event Friday, July 10th at dusk

The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre continues its summer movie season with Rio on Friday, July 10th.  Doors open 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk. Admission is free for everyone. Bring dinner or dessert, or visit the concession stand.  


This movie series for the younger generation will continue every other Friday night through August 7th. Kids enjoy the movies and parents enjoy the time to visit with friends. It's a great night for everyone.


The Amphitheatre is located at the rear of the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road. More information here.


Smooth Summer Nights Jazz Concert
Saturday, July 11th at 6pm

The Wade Ford Concert Series will present Smooth Summer Nights Saturday on July mable house concert 11th at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Featured artists include Joey Sommerville, Brian Simpson, Kim Waters, Peabo Bryson and Norman Brown. Gates open at 5pm and the show begins at 6pm.


Terrace seats cost $50-$60 and lawn is $25. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or in person at the Mable House box office, which is open noon to 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday. The Mable House complex is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. For more information, click here.


Let's Clean Up Mableton!
Saturday, July 25th at 9am

MIC's next Adopt-a-Mile will be Saturday, July 25th at 9:00am. We will meet in the Kroger Shopping Center parking lot area adjacent to the Autobell Car Wash on Floyd Road. Autobell will host this event and will provide refreshments for those who "finish the course".

 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 added traffic islands, it's a bigger job than before, so your help will be greatly appreciated. 


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. 

Please contact Dave McDaniel if you plan to participate or if you have any questions/concerns.

Zoning News
Decided in June...

The Board of Commissioners approved the application for a Hardee's restaurant on the zoning sign small corner of Floyd Road and White Blvd. (Z-52).


After being postponed in May, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved 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. As part of the approval, the property owner agreed to make improvements to the shopping center.


Coming up in July...


An application has been filed by the owner of 5751 Powell Drive (Z-54) for rezoning from residential and planned shopping center zoning categories to CRC (commercial/retail center) for an existing automotive paint and body shop. The MIC Board voted to remain neutral on this application if improvements are made to the property.


Art Frame, LLC, located at 516 Veterans Memorial Highway (near the intersection with Pebblebrook Road) (Z-59) would like to change the zoning of adjacent property from Neighborhood Retail Commercial to Light Industrial in order to expand.  The applicant's attorney met with the Cobblestone Creek subdivision and MIC Zoning Committee. MIC's Board voted to remain neutral if changes are made to the plan and stipulations that would reduce the impact of the expansion and the existing operations on Cobblestone Creek. The stipulations initially proposed are not sufficient to protect the neighborhood and conversations are continuing.


Coming up in August...


At its June 10th hearing, the Board of Zoning Appeals again heard and then held an application from the owner of 414 Francis Drive (V-82) who is seeking permission to drive and park vehicles on an unhardened surface.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application because of the precedent it would set. MIC representatives have spoken with the property owner, who is planning to pave the driveway, making that aspect of the variance a moot point.


On August 18th, the Board of Commissioners will consider an Other Business Agenda item filed by Natures Supply, located at 4419 Floyd Road. The business is requesting that it not be required to install the 50 foot landscape buffer adjacent to the neighborhood and the Silver Comet Trail. MIC has not taken a position on this application yet, but it is concerned that the appearance of the business be improved and that it be screened from both Floyd Road and the Silver Comet Trail.


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


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