July 1, 2014 

From the President...



The Board of Commissioners is considering a new SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). This 1% sales tax is dedicated to a specific list of capital projects; ongoing operational costs cannot be paid for with SPLOST funds. This new SPLOST would go into effect when the current one expires at the end of this year, so shoppers would not see a change at the cash register.


There will be an informational meeting on July 10th at 7pm at the South Cobb Government Center at 620 Lions Club Drive.  During the meeting, you can view project lists, talk with county staff about the various projects being considered for SPLOST funding and provide your input. There will be no formal presentations, so you may drop in anytime between 7pm and 9pm. For more information, click here.


Be sure to mark your calendars and turn out for this very important meeting!  Residents all over Cobb County will attend meetings in their areas and speak up for their priorities!  We need to do the same thing, and make sure the Board of Commissioners knows what we want for Mableton and South Cobb. 


There is a lot happening this month, so I hope to see you soon.  In the meantime, give me a call or send me an email. I always want to hear from you and talk about Mableton.




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MIC President

(404) 550-0475   


Preservation Plan for Parks - Public Meeting
Tuesday, July 8th at 7pm 

On Tuesday July 8th, at 7pm, MIC will host the last public meeting for the Chattahoochee River Line Preservation Plan. The meeting will be held at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. The purpose of the plan is to determine the best and most practical methods by which the battlefield can be preserved and made accessible to historians and the public. Of particular interest to MIC are 127 acres of County-owned property which is slated to become public parks with walking trails and other passive recreational uses.


MIC competed for and won a grant from the National Park Service and has hired a consultant specializing in historic landscapes to complete this Plan, which includes Civil War fortifications in Mableton, Smyrna and Vinings. The Union and Confederate fortifications on this property were abandoned by the troops as the fighting moved to Atlanta on July 10, 1864 - almost exactly 150 years ago.


More information about the Plan and MIC work in the area is on our website. Plan now to come to the meeting and learn more about the important recreational and historic assets we have in our community.  Comments and ideas from the community at prior meetings have contributed to this Plan, and now you can see the results!   


Questions?  Contact Robin Meyer


Food Trucks Coming to Mableton!
Wednesday, July 16th from 5pm to 8pm 
Yippee!!  The food trucks are coming to the Mable House Complex on Wednesday, July 16th from 5pm to 8pm, thanks to the work of the South Cobb Arts Alliance and Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.  Enjoy live music, arts and crafts and a fun summer evening. 

Keep up with other news at the South Cobb Arts Alliance Facebook page.


Adopt A Mile - Something Old, Something New
Saturday, July 19th at 9am  
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With the road widening project finally nearing completion, the next event will return to the segment of Floyd Road between the Post Office and the old Rite Aid store where Floyd and Hicks Roads intersect. It's been almost two years since we left due to the construction.


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. We will meet in front of the Pizza Hut in the Publix shopping center on Floyd Road for a 9am start. 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.


Save the Date - MIC's Next Town Hall Meeting
Monday, July 21st at 7pm 
The Cobb County Police Department will join MIC for a joint town hall meeting at the First Baptist Church of Mableton on Monday, July 21st at 7pm. The church is located in historic downtown Mableton at 5385 Church St. This meeting was initiated to provide a forum for public safety issues in downtown Mableton, but everyone -- regardless of where you live -- is invited to discuss crime prevention, neighborhood watch programs, and more.


MIC Community Garden News
Historic Mableton Community Garden 

Terri Carter, Garden Leader at MIC's Historic Mableton Community Garden, is one busy lady! Most weeks, Terri demonstrates cooking with fresh veggies at MIC's Mableton Farmer's Market. Follow Terri and the Market at the Prudent Gardener blog.   


Terri is also working with the children and staff at the Boys & Girls Club. The Club's garden is planted and harvest is on the way. If you'd like to help out, please contact Terri. 


Gardeners are harvesting loads of fresh veggies, but it's not too late to join in! MIC's garden on Floyd Road across from the Mable House still has a plot left! Send Terri an email and get the last one!

MIC's Mableton Farmers Market Rolling into Summer
Thursdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm    

Farmers continue to bring more produce selection each week as the hot weather brings more crops to maturity. This Thursday, Wholesome Wave Georgia will have a representative to answer questions about eligibility and assist folks with applications for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps). Please help spread the word to those in need. If you already have a SNAP card, remember you get double value every Market day.  


Farmer Terri returns with new ideas for cooking up something simple and nutritious to eat. Come and get your free sample. Check out the Prudent Gardener blog for a peek at our Market. 


The Market is located at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton.  Questions?  Contact Dave McDaniel, MIC's Market Manager.
Zoning News
Decided in June 
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On Pebblebrook Road (Z-31) west of the Highland Preserve neighborhood, the Board of Commissioners approved an application for a subdivision with 36 homes on 16 acres. The current zoning is R-20 and the requested category is R-15/OSC, which allows smaller lots with areas set aside for green space.  


At 264 Lee Road (LUP-18), the Board of Commissioners granted permission to the owners to reside in both houses on this small lot. The county ordinance does not allow more than one house on a lot, but these structures have been occupied for many years.


Coming up in August 


A developer has filed an application for an Open Space overlay for 17 acres located at 76 Cooper Lake Road (OB-42). The property is currently zoned R-20 and would remain in that zoning category. The Open Space overlay ordinance allows a higher density in return for a set-aside of undeveloped land.  The original Planning Commission hearing date was July 1st, but a postponement until August 5th has been requested.   


The proposal is for 26 homes and 9 acres of open space. The staff has recommended denial of the application because the proposed lots are significantly smaller than surrounding neighborhoods and due to compliance issues with the County's stormwater management regulations.  This property contains a 2-acre lake and a 414-foot tall communications tower, which further limits the buildable area. 


MIC's Zoning Committee is gathering information about this application and is in contact with the applicant and Stoneybrook subdivision. To read the application, click here.    


The owner of 5780 Powell Drive (Z-55) has re-filed an application for Heavy Industrial zoning and a Special Land Use Permit for an auto salvage yard.  MIC voted to oppose this application, as it is incompatible with the Future Land Use Map and in violation of various county zoning ordinances since it opened several years ago.   


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


Vote in the Primary Runoff Election
Advance Voting has Begun 

The Primary Runoff election will be held Tuesday, July 22nd. Advance voting has begun voter sticker and will continue through Friday, July 18th.  There is no voting on Monday, July 21st, as the polls are prepared for Election Day. This runoff election is required for offices where no one candidate received a majority of the votes cast in the Primary Election on May 20th. For Mableton, the most-watched race is for Post 2, Cobb County School Board, where Tim Stultz and Susan Thayer are competing for the Republican nomination and will face Democrat Kenya Pierre in the fall.


For a list of voting locations, click here. For FAQs about the Primary Runoff, click here. For other information, visit the Cobb County Elections website.


Paddle and Party on the Chattahoochee
Saturday, July 19th 
Join the Georgia Conservancy for an 11-mile paddle on the Chattahoochee River, beginning at Riverview Landing and ending near Sweetwater Creek State Park. REI's kayaks have been reserved, but you can still join the group by bringing your own kayak or canoe. Rather not paddle? Join the "after party" that evening at Riverview Landing. Click here for details including start times and fees.


Mooovies at the Mable
Next showing on Friday, July 25th at dusk 
Spend a fun summer night watching a family movie at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre right here in Mableton.  Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. continues the popular movie series with "Rise of the Guardians" on July 25th. When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

On Friday, August 1st, the fun continues with "The Lego Movie", in which an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

Gates open at 7:30pm and the movie starts at dusk. Click here to see a flyer for the entire series.  Call 770-819-3285 with any questions.


Jazz at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 12th at 6pm 

The Wade Ford Concert Series continues with Smooth Summer Nights, featuring Brian Simpson, Euge Groove, Bobby Caldwell and Nagee at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton on Saturday, July 12th.  Gates open at 5pm and the music begins at 6pm.


Tickets are available now at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre box office or through Ticketmaster (online or over the phone).  The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Click here for more information about the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. 


Poetry Contest for Cobb Students
Deadline is July 21st 

Students in grades 3 through 12 are invited to submit their work to the Mary Ellen Wright Poetry contest, sponsored by the Cobb Library Foundation. Winners will receive cash prizes, presented by Natasha Treathewey, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2012 until 2014, in August. For entry information, click here.

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