News Line for Kennesaw

Ice bucket challenges you haven’t seen: Cops and firefighters
Tired of all those videos of folks having cold water dumped on their heads, even if it is for a good cause? Hang on. Now, local police officers and firefighters are making a splash with their own challenges to each other.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kennesaw City Council votes to ban smoking in parks
The Kennesaw City Council voted 3-2, with council members Leonard Church and Jim Sebastian opposed, to approve an ordinance removing smoking areas from city parks, making Kennesaw’s 130 acres of public parks smoke free.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City of Kennesaw awarded GMA grant
The Georgia Municipal Association has awarded the City of Kennesaw a $6,000 safety and liability management grant to purchase officer body armor.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw Board of Ethics tables talk of bullying
Although the Kennesaw Board of Ethics plans to submit a revised version of the city’s ethics code to the city clerk later this week, it will contain no language about “bullying” or “intimidation.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Public meeting to focus on zoning changes
The City of Kennesaw will have a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, that will kick off public participation on zoning for the Cherokee Street corridor and the move from conventional zoning codes to design-based codes.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw ethics board to discuss bullying, intimidation
A specially-called ethics meeting to “discuss enhancements on ‘bullying’ and ‘intimidation’” will fall just over a week after Mayor Mark Mathews singled out a citizen during a council meeting for posting unflattering comments about him on her social media page.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw mayor to have town hall meeting
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews will be conducting a Town Hall meeting at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. to listen to constituent concerns and answer questions about programs, policies, safety and services.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to have biometric screenings
The City of Kennesaw, in partnership with WellStar, will have a free biometric health screening for residents from 2 to 7 p.m. July 16 at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw sets SPLOST wish list
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said the bulk of the $30.6 million his city would receive under a renewed sales tax program would go toward improving conditions along busy or dangerous streets.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Working together: County, cities eye sharing costs of proposed community centers, road upgrades
Five of Cobb’s six cities hope to partner with the county to pay for such things as community centers and road work with a sales tax program voters may approve Nov. 4.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Blight, be gone: BoC plans to form authority to tackle issues in south Cobb
One way Acworth and Kennesaw officials attack blight is with a blight tax.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Dream Dash race marks 20th in Kennesaw Grand Prix
Today’s Dream Dash marks the 20th race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, a program strengthening the runners and local economy, Councilwoman Cris Welsh said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Majority of Cobb mayors approve of 6-year, $750M SPLOST referendum
With a possible vote five months away, comments made by a majority of Cobb mayors indicate they’re behind renewing a one percent sales tax for six more years.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw eyes 2nd annexation for $40M mixed-use development
In a move predicted by city officials six months ago, the owners of a mobile home park are proposing the western half of their property be annexed into the city of Kennesaw to build a $40 million development.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to have writing competititon
The Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the Cobb Schools Foundation, will have the second annual Pig Tales Writing Competition open to all public, private or home schooled students in grades Kindergarten through eighth-grade within Cobb County.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to vote on $900K museum expansion
The Kennesaw City Council is expected to vote Monday on a $927,000 expansion to The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw City Council approves downtown development designs
For two hours Wednesday night, council members and residents of Kennesaw negotiated a critical moment for the city: how its downtown will be revitalized.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Vote on Dallas Street development delayed
Possible approval of the conceptual designs for a $20 million mixed-use development off Dallas Street across from City Hall will be delayed until May 14.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘A very big deal’: $20M Kennesaw project to have 178 apartments, large commercial space
The city council was briefed Wednesday night on the next step in developing Kennesaw’s downtown area with another large mixed-use project proposed for across from City Hall.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw denies billboard in city
A year after a split decision to annex a hotel property into the city limits, the Kennesaw City Council unanimously voted Monday evening to deny a billboard designed for the site.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Billboard bickering: Kennesaw council still debating electronic edifice
A contentious decision to annex a hotel property into the city limits a year ago still has Kennesaw’s City Council debating if a digital billboard should be erected at the site along Cobb Parkway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City of Kennesaw approves blight tax in unanimous vote
No residents spoke either for or against a proposed blight tax by the city of Kennesaw at two public hearings, resulting in an unanimous approval of the program Monday night.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw says no to Internet-based security for schools
A Texas-based vendor pitching an Internet-based security system for Cobb schools was given another resounding “no” by the Kennesaw City Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw Mixed-use development planned for summer 2015 completion
By the summer of 2015, Kennesaw will also boast a $38 million mixed-use development of apartments, shops and eateries along a stretch of Main Street that’s currently an empty lot.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kennesaw weighing blight tax, upgrades
The city of Kennesaw is cleaning up its act one block at a time, with more common sense street naming, a tax on blighted properties and a renovated jail.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Residents asked to voice opinions on improvements to Swift-Cantrell Park
Once again, residents are being asked if the city’s 10-year-old park should be filled with new features and possibly cleared of smoking.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw City Council approves jail remodeling
The renovation plans for the Kennesaw City Jail took a $100,000 dip when the estimates by a Decatur-based contractor came in over budget.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal