2011 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax)
On March 15, 2011 the residents of Cobb County approved a 4 year Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). This SPLOST took effect January 1, 2012 and expired on December 31, 2015.
DOWNTOWN PARKING IMPROVEMENTS
The city opened a new 38 space parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Willis Street in June 2012. While providing additional parking for our downtown businesses the city turned a vacant eyesore lot into a first class parking lot with a unique design. Instead of regular asphalt, the lot was designed with underground storm water detention and pervious pavers. Stormwater is filtered before it goes back into Lake Acworth and the lot with the pavers is much more attractive than just a regular paved service.
In May 2012 the city purchased a new pavement marking machine so that stop bars and parking lot lines can be remarked. This new equipment allows the city to more efficiently re-line faded lines on streets and in parking lots with longer lasting materials than just street paint.
In March 2013 the city finished construction on a new state of the art Playground at Cauble Park. The new playground was built for kids of all ages with some unique new features like a 3 story tower with slides and rock climbing wall. Kids have already said it was a miracle and was the best playground they had ever seen.
Along with the playground in March 2013 the city completed construction of a new 750sq foot pavilion with a grill next to the playground. This new pavilion has 8 new picnic tables and is a great spot for families to come enjoy the park and playground.
While not the most glamorous project, but concerns have been heard, the bathrooms at Cauble Park have had a makeover. The bathrooms have been re-vented, repainted and have new fixtures. In addition new bathrooms have been added at the bath house. The old existing shower areas have been remodeled into bathrooms and changing areas for those using the beach. In addition a wash off area has been added.
ACWORTH SPORTS COMPLEX
The Acworth Sports Complex North Side Parking Improvements were completed in June of 2013. The project included widening of traffic lanes to accommodate two way traffic, converted the 60 degree parking configuration into a 90 degree layout creating better efficiency, increased accessibility by adding strategic sidewalks, added a dumpster enclosure, and upgraded signage. The project added a much needed 20 parking spots to accommodate the youth sports programs at the Complex.
Construction on the Newberry Park Concession and Restroom Facility was completed in November of 2013. The final product included the demolition of the old structure, a larger concession area, and two fully accessible ADA restrooms. The project was enhanced by Capital Improvement dollars that provided landscaping, new batting cages, new paint, and moved utilities to the facility underground. The project greatly enhances the oldest sport field in the city.
NEW POLICE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
Construction began in November of 2013 on the new two story 23,000 sq. ft. Acworth Police Headquarters. The building was designed by local architect, Croft & Associates. Hodges & Hicks General Contractors were retained for construction and construction was completed in September of 2014. The new headquarters is located on Acworth Industrial Drive adjacent to the current facility.
RAILROAD CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS
The city has begun working with CSX railroad, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Railway Administration on analysis of the following 5 railroad crossings.
- School Street
- Lemon Street
- Smith Street
- Acworth Industrial Ave
- New McEver
Before improvements to these crossings can be made, that will ultimately allow the Federal Railway Administration to designate all the Acworth crossings a Quite Zone, CSX has to engineer safety improvements that are necessary for each crossing. The City, GDOT & the Federal Railway Administration will then review the plans to determine what work needs to be done to meet Federal Requirements.
It is anticipated that actual work on the crossings will begin in early 2016 and be complete in fall 2016.
COBB PARKWAY (HWY 41) & MARS HILL INTERSECTION REALIGNMENT
The entire intersection was reconfigured. Dual turning lanes were added to increase stacking and moving vehicles through the intersection more efficiently. Construction was completed in Fall of 2013. This was a Cobb County managed SPLOST project.
RESURFACING, DRAINAGE & STORMWATER REPAIR
The city allocated a portion of each month’s SPLOST funds to resurfacing, drainage & storm water.
SOUTHSIDE DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS
Construction is complete. The project includes new sidewalk, asphalt, a public parking lot, curb and gutter, storm water improvements. The project stretches from Taylor Street to the Cowan Connector.
McCLAIN CIRCLE IMPROVEMENTS
Design and Engineering for McClain Circle should begin in 2016 with Construction to begin in 2016.
BLUE SPRINGS ROAD
Design and Engineering for Blue Springs Road has started. Construction is slated for 2016.
Construction has started and is projected to be complete late summer of 2016. Project will include widening the road, underground utilities, new street lighting, sidewalk, curb and gutter, and storm water improvements.
LOGAN FARM PARK
Construction began in January, 2016. The city plans to continue the expansion of Logan Farm Park by developing the vacant park property adjacent to the corner of Cherokee Street and Taylor Street into additional park land. The project will include additional parking, a pavilion, playground, open play space, and an extension to the Logan Farm Park Multi-use Trail.
NEW SIDEWALK INSTALLATION/REPAIR
Project complete. The city used SPLOST funds to repair various sections of sidewalk throughout the city where it has become cracked and broken. Additionally new sidewalk has been installed various areas around the city.
The Federal Government has adopted new regulations for street signage. The city replaced signs with new signs to meet requirements as needed.
HUBERT SPORTS COMPLEX
This is a Cobb County Parks & Recreation and Cultrual Affairs managed project. Plans are to renovate the Athletic Fields at the complex. Work should be complete in 2016.
This project is a Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department Project and is adjacent to our city limits. The Kennworth Tennis Center was completed in Fall of 2014. The previous facility was torn down and a new facility was built in its place. As of April, 2015, construction is complete on the replacement of two concession stands and renovation of all athletic fields that includes new irrigation system, sod, field lighting, fencing, dugouts, etc.