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Fullers Park Potential Closing Update

6/16/2018

Attention East Marietta Basketball families,

As you know, last week the East Marietta Basketball League Board of Directors was provided with the schedule of upcoming 2019 County Budget Town Hall Meetings as well as the projected deficit for the FY2019 budget. Officials project the FY2019 (October 2018 - September 2019) deficit to be roughly $30 million.

The Marietta Daily Journal recently ran a front page article that discusses a draft plan for closing several Cobb County Parks and Facilities which would create cost savings of nearly $3.4 million, one of which is our own Fullers Park. While this is just a draft plan and nothing has been set in stone, it is extremely alarming to the Board, and hopefully all of you, who cherish all that East Marietta Basketball has meant to your kids, your families and the community.

Here is the link to the article available at mdjonline.com. http://www.mdjonline.com/news/ plan-puts-cobb-parks-on- chopping-block/article_ 295bd99e-6851-11e8-9b62- ab6615f2acde.html

As a Board, we are asking that our commissioners, coaches, and parents try and attend one of the Town Hall Meetings (dressed in East Marietta BL attire), send comments directly to the Chairman and Commissioners, or phone the Commissioner’s directly to show how important it is to keep Fuller’s Park open.

Below is the context of the information shared with the Board by the Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. Department. Before final approval of the budget scheduled for July of the FY2019 budget, county officials are seeking public comments on the budget.

  • In an effort to prioritize the services provided by the County, the Commissioners have divided them into three categories – Mandated-Essential-Desired. The PARKS Department was placed in the Desired category and in difficult budget times, these will be the first services to be reduced or deleted
  • The PARKS Department is currently operating with 36 fewer full-time positions than it did in 2008. Of these 36 positions, 19 of them are in the maintenance operation division. Over 1000 acres of park land have been added to the system since 2008. The level of maintenance provided in the parks has systematically been reduced to reflect this.
  • While there have been no public discussions on the closing of parks or a reduction in services offered, it is understood that if this projected budget deficit is not addressed, operating costs must be reduced.

The final decision about the budget is made by a majority vote by the County Commissioners: Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioners Bob Weatherford (District 1), Bob Ott (District 2), JoAnn Birrell (District 3) and Lisa Cupid (District 4).

The public may present information and opinions on the budget to the County Commissioners by email, phone, and in person during public comment sessions at commissioner meetings and at a series of public meetings on the 2019 budget.

A series of public input meetings concerning the 2019 County budget will be held in June and July. These are opportunities to hear pertinent budget information from the Commission Chair and for you to provide input concerning where you feel County tax dollars should be spent.

2019 County Budget Town Hall Meeting Schedule

  • Monday – June 18th @ 7:00pm – East Cobb Senior Center – 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
  • Tuesday – June 19th @ 7:00pm – North Cobb Senior Center – 3900 S. Main Street, Acworth
  • Wednesday – June 20th @ 7:00pm – Senior Wellness Center – 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta
  • Monday – June 25th @ 7:00pm – Freeman Poole Senior Center – 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna
  • Wednesday – June 27th @ 7:00pm – West Cobb Senior Center – 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • Thursday – June 28th @ 7:00pm – South Cobb Community Center – 620 Lions Club Dr., Mableton
  • Monday – July 9th @ 7:00pm – Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center – 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta

Board of Commissioners board meeting dates and contact information are as follows:

  • 9 a.m. meetings - June 12 & July 10
  • 7 p.m. meetings - June 26 & July 24

Commissioners Contact

Mike Boyce, Chairman Mike.Boyce@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3305
Bob Weatherford, District 1 Commissioner Bob.Weatherford@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3314
Bob Ott, District 2 Commissioner Bob.Ott@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3316
JoAnn Birrell, District 3 Commissioner Joann.Birrell@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3318
Lisa Cupid, District 4 Commissioner Lisa.Cupid@cobbcounty.org 770-528-3312
Dr. Jackie McMorris, Deputy County Manager Jackie.McMorris@cobbcounty.org 770-528-2610
Mr. Rob Hosack, County Manager Robert.Hosack@cobbcounty.org 770-528-2612

 

Let's make a strong showing on Monday night at East Cobb Senior Center to keep our program going strong!!

See you there!!!!

Rob Stearns
VP Sales Ops and Marketing
East Marietta Basketball League
678-778-4941

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