News Line for Kennesaw

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

Agency OKs $6.4M in bonds for project in Kennesaw area
A Kennesaw economic development agency set the amount of two bond issues that will pay for a parking garage to be attached to a new commercial development off Main Street.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to buy land for $38M development
The purchase of land this week for a downtown development project will involve multiple governmental groups and a bond issuance of more than $6 million.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw OKs rezoning for development despite protests
More than 50 adults, many with their young children, tried to stop a proposed $150 million commercial development during Monday’s Kennesaw City Council meeting.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw beefs up police officer staff, patrol car fleet
The Kennesaw Police Department will be purchasing two new patrol cars, the latest addition to a force that has recently filled vacant officer positions and will soon start renovating the city jail.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw Financial Report receives award
The 2012 Kennesaw comprehensive annual financial report was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw mayor touts plans to annex property, develop downtown
Mayor Mark Mathews in his 2014 State of the City address told a crowd of more than 200 people Tuesday the city will emerge from the stifled economy by annexing 53 acres of county property at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Barrett Parkway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Three new council members sworn in
More than half of the faces on Kennesaw’s City Council changed Monday night when three new members were sworn in.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Councilman-elect Church ready to re-enter city politics
Leonard Church has traveled the world, but says home will always be Kennesaw.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Committee plans to edit Kennesaw employee manual
Kennesaw’s Benefit Committee will push forward with changes to the city’s employee manual today, paving the way for a rulebook to govern the city’s elected officials.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Williams looks to grow into council role
Debra Williams is uncomfortable wearing the hat of a City Council member.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Vote paves way for Kennesaw to build downtown development
Kennesaw’s stars are aligning after a more than 20-year struggle, Mayor Mark Mathews said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Old, new to collaborate at city retreat in Kennesaw
Both the old and the new recently met at Kennesaw’s City Hall to discuss plans for the future and to appoint new council members to serve as liaisons for the city’s committees and departments.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Skate park debuts in Kennesaw
What began as mere discussions in 2004 has evolved into a $1.8 million state-of-the-art skate park, which will become the only skate park of its kind in Cobb County, said Doug Taylor, the director of the city’s parks and recreation department.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

New director will guide how Smith-Gilbert Gardens grows
After living in Hawaii, Canada, Virginia, Miami and Costa Rica, Ann Parsons has moved to Kennesaw. The new executive director of the Smith-Gilbert Gardens chose the city as her newest home for both its strong community feel and sense of Southern charm, she said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw gives OK for additional $400,000 on city’s new skate park
Kennesaw City Council unanimously approved spending an additional $400,000 for the city’s new skate park Monday evening.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to nurture public art
Kennesaw residents can expect to see more public art on display within the next few years as the city’s art commission forms and begins to attract local artists.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal