October 1, 2014 

From the President...



As you know, the Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) has been active in a number of projects on behalf of the residents.


First, MIC has been active in the historic Mableton area of our community with such efforts as the Neighborhood Watch programs, DOT grass cutting and Keep Cobb Beautiful. And we have only just begun! 


Second, MIC has been supporting the rebuilding of Harmony Leland Elementary School in partnership with parents, local businesses, churches and others. Recently, MIC helped create the HLES Foundation, which will allow the school to accept donations for things such as badly needed technology and machinery for the students' use. If you would like to donate, click here.    


Third, the voter registration deadline for the November election is coming soon - October 6th. The article below has additional important information about voter registration. However, there is a related issue of great importance not only to Mableton but to the whole of South Cobb - the availability of early voting opportunities in this part of the County. Voters in Mableton who wish to vote early for this election have only one week and no Saturday to do so. By contrast, voters in other regions of the County have an additional week in which to vote plus a Saturday. This is a situation which we need to change, especially as we approach such an important election. We need to do all that we can - all over Cobb - to increase the chances for voters to participate. However, in order for such a change to take effect, it is important that you make your voice heard. Please contact each of the members of the County Commission and the Election Director to tell them that we want early voting for another week and a Saturday for our residents, not just others in Cobb County.


Here is what you can do:


Send an email to all five commissioners (Tim Lee, Bob Ott, Helen Goreham, Joan Birrell and Lisa Cupid) and the Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler -,,,,, and Tell them that South Cobb voters need the same opportunity to vote as residents in other parts of the county!


There is a lot happening here in Mableton, now and in the next few weeks. Give me a call @ (404) 550-0475 or send me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!




Joel Cope Join Button tan


MIC President

(404) 550-0475   


Zoning News
In September.... 
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The Board of Commissioners denied a request from the owner of Art Xpress at 168 Veterans Memorial Highway (OB-48) for a change in stipulations for this property.  This action leaves in place the stipulations for parking in the rear of the building, landscaping and signage.  MIC opposed this application. 


At the same meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved an application by Habitat for Humanity  for two homes at 5730 South Gordon Road (Z-58) and Eddie Moon's Service Center's application for Light Industrial zoning for their properties at 6981 and 7005 Mableton Parkway (Z-62).  MIC supported the Habitat for Humanity application.  MIC worked with Mr. Moon and his attorney on stipulations for that property and appreciates his willingness to improve its appearance.


In October...

Mt. Harmony Baptist Church at 561 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-67) has requested rezoning to a commercial category, so that they can install an electronic sign.  The MIC Board decided to remain neutral.  


In November...


Nature Supply Center (Z-80) at 4419 Floyd Road has filed an application for Light Industrial Zoning for their business adjacent to the Silver Comet Trail.  


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

Opportunities to Learn More about SPLOST 2016
Public Meetings 

The 2016 SPLOST will be on the November ballot. If approved, shoppers will not notice a difference in sales tax at the cash register because the 2016 SPLOST referendum will begin just as the current SPLOST ends. The SPLOST is a 1% sales tax that funds capital improvements, such as roads, sidewalks, trails, parks and libraries. For a complete list of projects proposed for the 2016 SPLOST, click here.


On October 14th at 7:00 p.m., MIC will hold an informational community meeting at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton to provide information about the SPLOST to the citizens of Mableton. We will have speakers who can address the pros and cons of the SPLOST so those in attendance can listen for themselves. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about this important issue so please put this on your calendar.  Click here for a one page overview.


Of direct benefit to Mableton are these projects included in the 2016 SPLOST: 

  • New Fire Station to replace one on Mableton Parkway near Veterans Memorial Highway intersection
  • Improvements to Mable House Complex
  • Development of Chattahoochee River Line parks
  • Improvements to South Cobb Regional Library in Mableton
  • Replacement bridges for Brookwood Drive at Clay Branch and James Road over Pine Creek
  • Roundabout at Hicks and Concord Roads in lieu of turn lanes
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements, including sidewalks and transit stops
  • Silver Comet bridge repairs
  • Improvements to Oakdale, Dickerson and Riverview Roads

In addition, Cobb County will hold a series of public meetings to provide information about the proposed 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). A complete list of meetings is online, but the only one in our area is at Osborne High School on Thursday, October 2nd from 7 to 9pm. Attendees will be able to view project lists and converse with county staff about the various projects. There will be no formal presentation, so people may drop in at any time that is convenient. The school is located at 2451 Favor Road, Marietta. 

Neighborhood Watch News
Protect Your Neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. Recently, MIC partnered with the Cobb County Police Department to hold a Neighborhood Watch Program meeting in the historic

Mableton area. A significant number of residents were in attendance from that area and others around the community. 


Officer Bowman provided general safety tips, including such things as not following a routine, looking out for your neighbors, not leaving valuables in your car and being vigilant as to your surroundings.  He further explained how the Neighborhood Watch program works, including the petition, police department approval, and sign installation. Many of the residents discussed the fact that they are now going to hold organizing meetings so as to select block captains for their neighborhoods.  Many thanks to the Cobb County PD and to First Baptist Church of Mableton and a particular thanks to all who attended out of a desire to make their community a safer place!


If you'd like to start a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood, contact Joel Cope. 

Register to Vote!
Deadline is Monday, October 6th

It's important!! On November 4th, registered voters in our area will have the chance to votevoter registration for Governor, one U.S. Senator, all state legislative seats, one Cobb County School Board member -- and vote for or against the SPLOST (more information below).  

To find out if you are registered, click here.  


If you are not already registered, you can do so by mail or in person.  Mailed applications must be postmarked on or before October 6th, and in-person registration must be completed on or before that same date.  Click here for voter registration information.


You owe it to your community - and to yourself to participate in our government.  Help us choose our future!

Last Food Truck Visit to Mableton for 2014
Thursday, October 2nd, 5 to 8pm 

The food trucks are coming back to the Mable House Complex on Thursday, October 2nd from 5pm to 8pm, thanks to the work of the South Cobb Arts Alliance and Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.  It's so much fun - picnics under the trees, live music and kids everywhere!

Lead food truck Happy Belly will once again be organizing other fellow food truck operators who will bring us an array of fun and interesting cuisines.  Ready for a hot tip?  Bring chairs or a blanket to spread on the lawn.  Visit with friends old and new while you spend a fun summer evening in Mableton.  

Keep up with the food truck news at the South Cobb Arts Alliance Facebook page

Storytelling Festival at the Mable House
Thursday, October 18th, 11am to 4pm 

Preparations are underway for the annual Storytelling Festival, set for October 18th storytelling festival from 11am to 4pm at the historic Mable House. Not only are there amazing storytellers, but also hayrides, pony rides, fun and games, and BBQ from the South Cobb Lions Club, too. Click here to watch a video of one of the past Storytelling Festivals and plan now for a great time this fall.


This great family event is presented by the Friends of the Mable House (part of the South Cobb Arts Alliance) and is supported by individual volunteers, Cobb P.A.R.K.S. and Cobb Travel and Tourism.

Free Candlelite Concerts Finale - Tommy Talton
Saturday, October 4th at 8pm 

The free Candlelite Concert series finishes out its 25th year on October 4th with Tommy Talton and his band.  Tommy is known for his "slinky, soulful slide guitar" and his deep roots in Southern rock and blues.  As a founding member of Capricorn Records' studio band Cowboy, Tommy toured with the Allman Brothers and many country stars as well.      


The Candlelite Concerts are presented by the South Cobb Arts Alliance at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton.  Organize your friends and family and come listen to great music under the stars in your own back yard!  Bring a picnic dinner or visit the concession stand.

Lawn and covered seating are free, but table seating close to the stage can be purchased for the series or single concerts. Gates to the plaza open at 6:30pm, seating begins at 7:00pm.  For information, call (770) 819-3285.  

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