July 15, 2014 

From the President...



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.

Our Police Department works hard every day to keep our community secure.  Learn what you can do to help and keep yourself, your family and your business safe, too. 

On a different note, I'd like to welcome two new sponsors to the MIC family - Monte Carlo Productions and Sweetwater Mission.  Monte Carlo Productions is a private party-themed entertainment company making parties a success for individuals and Fortune 500 companies alike.  Sweetwater Mission (formerly Sweetwater Vally C.A.M.P.), has been working to prevent hunger and homelessness in South Cobb since 1968.  They provide for basic needs of families in crisis and transform lives through education and employment opportunities.  We appreciate the support of these two fine organizations.

Take a look at this newsletter - it's packed full of information about our community.  Give me a call or send me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton.



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SPLOST Update - Help Needed to Fund the River Line Parks
Monday, July 21st at 7pm 

Do you want a park like Kennesaw Mountain National Park right here in Mableton?  We can make that happen!  MIC and the River Line Historic Area have worked hard for many years to open the River Line Battlefield parks to the CRL trench public. Hundreds of you have attended meetings, signed petitions, and provided your input on plans.  Now we have a chance to fund those plans! 


Right now, the Board of Commissioners is taking comments from the public about the projects that should be included in the upcoming SPLOST proposal. (See below for an explanation of SPLOST.) The River Line parks are not on that list at this point. We believe that they are worthy of inclusion in the SPLOST, too.  Funds are needed to buy a few small parcels to complete the parks, then to install parking, trail, restrooms, and signage. 

We need your help to get these parks funded! The County has created a webpage with information about the 2016 SPLOST proposal and information is added to it daily.  You can review the projects under consideration and complete an online comment form. Please use that online comment form to ask the County to "fund land acquisition and improvements at the River Line parks so they can be open to the public." Please also email our District Commissioner, Lisa Cupid, and ask her to support funding the River Line parks.


The SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is a 1% sales tax 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, so shoppers would not see a change at the cash register.


As of July 10th, the projects listed for Mableton include: more than a dozen road improvement projects, a replacement fire station, additional property for Lions Park, improvements to Wallace Park, upgrades to the South Cobb Regional Library, and improvements for the Mable House Complex.  Many county-wide projects also benefit Mableton.


For more information about the River Line Parks, email Robin Meyer. Thanks for your help!


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. 

Make your dining selection from Happy Belly, Southern Komfort, Bar Meatball, GrilldaBeast, Biscoff European Cafe, and the King of Pops.  Music for the evening from Mike Snowden, on his cigar box guitars.  Ever heard one of those?  Click here to listen!

Help us make this a summer tradition in Mableton!  Come to the first Food Truck evening in Mableton and be a part of history! 

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  
AAM 2013

With the road widening project finally nearing completion, the next clean-up 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.


Summer Fun at the Mable House Complex
Mooovies at the Mable, Food Trucks, and The Theatre Project coming up 
Mable House Arts Center The Mable House Complex is the hub of our community. Comprised of the Mable House Arts Center, the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre and the Historic Mable House, it is operated by the Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. Department and serves as the home of the South Cobb Arts Alliance. Together, these organizations bring us an amazing variety of activities - and this summer is no exception. Click here to read all about it! Free concerts, summer camps, movies for kids, theater productions, gallery exhibits - check it all out!

The next Mooovie at the Mable is "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 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.


Your Opinion is Wanted - Take the Survey!
Atlanta Regional Commission 

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is creating a vision called Plan 2040 for the future of the metro area. The ARC is looking for your input on the economy, health, environment, housing and transportation.  


ARC estimates that the Atlanta area will continue to grow and add nearly 3 million new residents over the next 25 years. The purpose of Plan 2040 is to manage that growth and protect the quality of life that we enjoy now. To take the survey, click here.


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 advance 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-paddle party" that evening at Riverview Landing. Click here for details including start times and fees.


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