June 1, 2016 

From the President...

School is out and summer is here! Travel is in the air, but "stay-cations" are fun, too. Check out this newsletter for some summer fun right here in Mableton. Browse other news outlets too - we are right in the middle of lots of entertainment and educational opportunities.
We aren't taking a summer break at MIC. We are working daily to make Mableton an even better place to live and do business. Give me a call or send me an email if you have questions or just want to share an idea. I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!
Joel Cope
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MIC President
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Mableton Farmers Market Every Week through August
Thursdays, 8:30am to 12:30pm
The Mableton Farmers Market has started its seventh season at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. Market days will be every Thursday, 8:30am to 12:30pm, through August 25th.  Come and shop for nutritious locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, homemade breads, organic bars and bites and more. Visitors will also experience quick and easy food preparation demonstrations.

T he Market is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer.  Customers with SNAP EBT cards can double food item purchases up to $50 per market day, thanks to the market's partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG), a non-profit organization.  WWG will have a representative at the Market Thursday, June 2nd, 8:30am - 12:30pm, to help low income folks who do not have a SNAP EBT card check their eligibility and apply for benefits.  The next, and last, assistance visit will be Thursday, July 7th. 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.
The Mableton Farmers Market is a community project of the Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC), supported by partners from Cobb County P.A.R.K.S., Cobb County Extension Service and Cobb & Douglas Public Health.  

For more information, contact Dave McDaniel, Market Manager.  
Moovies at the Mable 
Friday, June 3rd at dusk
Moovies at the Mable returns on Friday, June 3rd at dusk with "HOME."  The story takes place on planet  Earth , where an alien race called the Boov invade the planet. However, a girl named Gratuity manages to avoid capture, and goes on the run with Oh, a fugitive Boov.

Gates open at 7:30pm for this family favorite. Free admission for all! Covered seating and plenty of room on the lawn, too! Bring your picnic basket or purchase food from the concession stand.
The movie is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in coordination with Cobb PARKS. For more information, call (770) 819-3285.

Adopt-A-Mile Program Takes Off in South Cobb
More Miles of Roadway Adopted!
Barry Krebs, the Keep Cobb Beautiful Board member for our area, has more news to share! Covered Bridge Church has signed up for 3 miles of Fontaine Road. Vinings Lake Church will have their first litter pickup on Cooper Lake Road on Saturday, June 4th.  The South Cobb Lions Club has added yet another mile to their portfolio - Glore Drive. Their first pickup yielded 6 bags of trash, 7 tires and a pile of furniture.  

Picking up trash is not a glamorous job, but it makes such a difference in how our community looks. Studies have shown that clean roadsides attract less litter than those that look neglected and filled with trash. Is your group ready to be a part of change in our community? Contact Barry and get started!
Free Candlelite Concert Series Continues
Saturday, June 18th at 8pm
The South Cobb Arts Alliance will continue the 2016 Candlelite Concert series on June  mable house concert 18th when it presents The Dappled Grays . the band describes itself as combining straight-ahead bluegrass, progressive jazz, blues sensibilities, pristine vocals, and top-flight songwriting into a startlingly fresh and original sound.   

Don't miss such great fun in your own back yard! The Mable House Barnes Amphiteatre has plenty of covered seating and room on the lawn, too. Bring a picnic - and your friends and neighbors too!

Gates open at 7pm; concert starts at 8pm.  Admission is free Tables for six are available for $60.00. Call 770-819-3285 for reservations.  
The Food Trucks are Coming!
Wednesday, June 8th from 5 to 8pm
It's the start of the summer season! Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the shady lawn of the Historic Mable House for great food and relaxing music. Plenty of room to spread out and for the kids to play.

The Mable House is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. Built by Robert Mable before the Civil War, this farmhouse is the cultural center of our community, adjacent to the Mable House Arts Center and the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 
Independence Day Concert and Celebration
July 2nd at 7pm
Celebrate Independence Day with a jazz concert under the stars at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Valerie Simpson, Roy Ayers and Michael Henderson will combine for a concert that will be the talk of the town.

Enjoy the holiday weekend right here in Mableton. Covered seats are available, as well as the open area on the lawn.

Tickets are available at the Mable House Box Office or on Ticketmaster. 

Veterans Memorial Highway Bridge Repair
Weekend Closures this Winter
Georgia DOT has announced that they will be working on the Veterans Memorial Road Work Ahead Highway bridge over the Chattahoochee River, beginning next winter. The work will consist of deck rehab, anchor bolt repair, painting of the steel superstructure, spall repairs of the substructure, replacement of bearing, and replacement deck joints.

Due to the nature of the work,  up to 4 weekend bridge closures will be required, starting at 8pm on Fridays and ending no later than 5am the following Monday. There could be work that takes place at other times any may require the use of managed lane closures. When the bridge is closed, a detour will be in effect.

Zoning News
Decided in May...
The application for residential senior living at  4426 and 4436 Floyd Road  (Z-39) was approved by the Board of Commmissioners. The plan is for 104 units in a multi-story building, with activities and services for residents 55 and older.
On Floyd Drive, a new developer for Concord Trails townhomes was granted site plan amendments changing the size of the townhouses and including visitor parking. Residents are looking forward to the completion of their community.
Coming up in June...

In April, the Planning Commission conducted a hearing for  Hilltop Shopping Center (Z-11) located at  1391 Veterans Memorial Highway and then postponed a decision until June in order to give the applicant additional time to finalize plans for the property. The owner has applied for rezoning and also for a Special Land Use Permit for self-storage. The MIC Board voted to remain neutral on the rezoning, so long as the appearance and security of the property are upgraded. The Board further voted to oppose the self-storage application because the information needed to understand the security and traffic aspects of the self storage had not been provided.

Coming Up in July...
Elite Auto Collision has re-filed an application to allow them to use  380 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-40) for their auto body repair business. The hearing was postponed from May until June because the applicant added an additional parcel to the application and has been postponed again until July. MIC opposed the original application, and upon review of the current application, again voted to oppose the application. The Future Land Use for this property is Neighborhood Activity Center and Medium Density Residential development, which do not include body shops. Additionally, the property is adjacent to many homes which would be impacted by the business and there are no plans are provided for the additional parcel.

LIDL US, a chain of grocery stores new to the US, has applied for NRC zoning for 8 acres on Floyd Road (Z-58) behind and beside the new Hardee's at the corner of White Boulevard. The plan calls for the grocery store, a strip center and a future fast food restaurant.

Racetrac Petroleum has applied for a variance at 5323 Old Floyd Road (V-95) to allow larger signs on their store, which will be renovated.

Crystal Cubes has applied for a variance for their property at 7040 Mableton Parkway (V-57 to allow parking on a non-hardened surface.
Further into the Future...

The SAE School is seeking feedback from the community about their plans to move to Veterans Memorial Highway near Buckner Road. They will hold two information meetings at their current location at 6688 Mableton Parkway. The meetings will be Saturday, June 4th at 9am and Friday, June 10th at 6pm.  For questions, contact Shannon Tilson, SAE School,770-634-9941 or by email.
Questions? Opinions? Want to get involved?  Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair. We always want to hear from the community and neighboring property owners with opinions about zoning applications. 
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