In the interest of keeping you informed on a timely basis, the below is cut and pasted from the Cobb County web site with some minor revisions:

“Cobb County will transition to a limited operational status Wednesday, March 18, that will mean many publicly-accessible buildings will be closed, except for essential employees. County services will continue and public safety will remain fully staffed.

“We need to follow the latest public health guidelines and advice on how to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Deputy County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris said. “This action will help protect both the public and our employees by limiting the number of people in buildings and public spaces.”

The change in operational status will begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, and will remain in effect until the county manager deems it safe to end. Department managers will determine which employees are essential and which employees can work remotely. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved policy revisions today that will ensure payment to those employees during this time, including those sent home to telework.

During a special-called Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, Commission Chairman Mike Boyce canceled Tuesday’s zoning hearing saying holding a meeting with a large group of people would send the wrong message.” Next Tuesday’s Board meeting on 224 March has also been cancelled. Below is the link to the video that summarizes the Board’s actions on Monday and some other thoughts

“Some highlights of the status change include:

  • Most public lobbies will close, and departments that take payments from the public will make arrangements to accept those payments by other methods.
  • Lobbies that must stay open will limit access to indoor spaces and require a six-foot buffer between employees and other patrons.
  • Libraries, senior centers and recreational facilities will remain closed throughout this period. Outdoor parks will remain accessible and any restroom facilities at those parks will undergo cleaning at regular intervals.
  • Cobb County’s administration building at 100 Cherokee St. will be closed to the public with access by essential employees only.
  • Cobb County courthouses will remain open to handle essential matters to ensure due process and to protect our community.

For more information on Cobb’s COVID-19 response, visit here.”

In a recent conversation with a longtime acquaintance, I was told that many in his circle do not believe that I am totally committed to my campaign for reelection. Somehow it has been overlooked that I am a full-time chairman who has major responsibilities in a County that ensures the safety and quality of life for 760,000+ residents and provides services to 13,000+ businesses. I address my County duties in the morning, campaign early in the afternoon, and then have evening engagements during the week and weekend. The Board meeting last Tuesday went to nearly midnight and I didn’t leave my office until much later. Thursday evening, I was a civic participant at a wonderful program for middle schoolers at Campbell High School

Fitting in a grassroots campaign means one thing–you forfeit practically any personal life you have with your family and friends. In the last 3 weeks Judy and I have canvassed approximately 2000 doors. At a minimum we do this 5 days a week. Every development that I canvassed this week had homes perched on knolls. You get more than your steps walking up and down the driveways and between homes.

It is a campaign that is primarily supported by small donors. Many of them have responded to my open commitment to my faith walk. They don’t ask for much, just a government that calls them back and tries to help them with their problems. I came from that community and despite the sacrifices that come with this campaign, meeting them at the door once again has been refreshing.

Yard signs will begin to mushroom again as our wave of canvassing and phone banks begin to spread. So, my answer to anyone who still doubts that I am committed is to call me and walk with me just one day. You can also make a difference by donating and volunteering. Ask a friend to drive and, with our new digital canvassing app, you can meet your neighbors. All you need is an iPhone or iPad. We’ll come train you on it. Judy and I have been using it for 3 weeks and it’s great!! No more paper reports.

My weekly video addresses, among other things, the major achievement last week of the Board’s approval of a step-in-grade pay table for our public safety officers. This will be the third pay raise for many of them during my first 3 years in office.

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