For information on City operations, by department, please see the information below.
City of Kennesaw Announces Plans to Reopen City Hall, Smith-Gilbert Gardens
The City of Kennesaw plans to reopen City Hall to public access beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.
All guests will be screened & evaluated upon entrance, and will have their temperature taken. To access City Hall, guests will need to use the middle double doors. City Hall will have a single access point, with separate doors for entrance and exit, to encourage social distancing.
The City encourages visitors to City Hall to wear Personal Protective Equipment, including a face covering.
The City of Kennesaw asks that anyone who has symptoms or has been exposed to anyone having symptoms including, but not limited to, having a fever over 100.4°F, cough or shortness of breath to please stay home.
The Departments of Building Services, Economic Development, Planning & Zoning, Public Works and the Office of the City Clerk will be available for in-persons meetings by appointment only.
When possible, the City of Kennesaw encourages our community to continue to access City resources remotely by phone, dropbox or web.
Business owners can pay their renewal by phone (the $3 fee for over the phone payments will be waived during this time), dropbox, mail or the City of Kennesaw Online Payment Portal. Online renewals are not available to any business with a privileged license such as Massage Therapy, Bail Bonds, Pawnbroker, Precious Metals and Temporary Use.
Open Record Requests will be taken over the phone (770-424-8274) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Open Record Request form may be found in the Document Center under City Clerk. Cemetery lots and burial permits can be requested via phone (770-424-8274) or email (email@example.com).
Property Tax bills may be paid by check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, money order or cash by mail (2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, GA, 30144), by dropbox (no cash), located at City Hall or online via the City of Kennesaw Online Payment Portal.
Utility billing (sanitation/stormwater/streets) can be paid by phone at 770-424-8274 (the $3 fee for over the phone payments will be waived during this time), via the City of Kennesaw Online Payment Portal or by dropbox located at City Hall (2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144).
Smith-Gilbert Gardens will reopen on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, maintaining a Tuesday-Saturday schedule; open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members and non-members will need to reserve and purchase tickets online before visiting at www.smithgilbertgardens.com. The Hiram Butler House will remain closed, along with the Gift Shop. All public events, classes and programs remain canceled until further notice. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is continually working to ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff, and operations may change as the situation evolves. Smith-Gilbert Gardens encourages guests to check the website prior to each visit.
The Ben Robertson Community Center, Municipal Court and Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History remain closed at this time.
For updates from the City of Kennesaw and more information on current operations, please visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/covid-19.
44th Annual Big Shanty Festival
Out of an abundance of caution for the health and wellness of our community and in compliance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 04.30.20.01, the Kennesaw Business Association, in partnership with the City of Kennesaw, have decided to postpone the 44th Annual Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival to November 7 & 8. The Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival was originally scheduled for April 18 & 19, and previously re-scheduled for May 30 & 31.
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp extended the Public Health State of Emergency through June 12, 2020, extending the ban on large gatherings.
Rescheduling the festival for the fall will allow the City and the KBA to ensure the best festival possible for the community. We look forward to being able to continue the annual Big Shanty tradition.
Countywide Burn Ban to Start April 10
Because of the current shelter-in-place policy, Cobb County’s Fire Marshal is moving up the annual burn ban to take effect on April 10th.
Leaves, pine straw, and other yard debris may NOT be burned starting that date, and the Fire Marshal’s Office will also stop the issuance of Large Yard Waste and Bonfire permits during this time.
Please note there is no ban on fire bowls, chimineas, or similar devices as long as clean wood (not pressure treated, and no varnish) is being burned.
City of Kennesaw Extends Deadline for Business License Renewal
The City of Kennesaw has extended the deadline for Business License renewals to May 29, 2020, without penalty.
Currently, business owners can pay their renewal by phone, dropbox, mail or the online payment portal. Online renewals are not available to any business with a privileged license such as Massage Therapy, Bail Bonds, Pawnbroker, Precious Metals and Temporary Use.
The City of Kennesaw’s Online Payment Portal can be found at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/payment-center/.
City of Kennesaw Declares State of Emergency
On Friday, March 20, 2020, City of Kennesaw’s Mayor Derek Easterling declared a State of Emergency. The declaration follows the President of the United States declaring a National Public Health Emergency on Friday March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Georgia declaring a State Emergency in Georgia on March 14, 2020; and the World Health Organization has declaring Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020.
Kennesaw’s Code of Ordinances, Sec. 34-2, grants the power to declare a state of emergency to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
At this time, the City of Kennesaw is not taking actions to further reduce or restrict businesses from operating or establish curfews; this declaration does set the framework that will allow the City to respond expeditiously should the need arise.
This declaration of an emergency shall continue until the Mayor finds that the emergency conditions no longer exists, at which time the Mayor shall execute and file with the City Clerk a document marking the end of the state of emergency. No state of emergency shall continue for longer than 30 days, unless renewed by the Mayor. The City Council may, by resolution, end a state of emergency at any time. See, Sec. 34-2(a)(3).
Executive Order – 06
A Declaration of Emergency was executed and became effective on March 20, 2020. Pursuant to the Declaration of Emergency and the Kennesaw Code of Ordinances, Sec. 34-2(a)(3), “no state of emergency shall continue for longer than 30 days, unless renewed by the mayor.”
Due to the on-going nature of the Covid-19 emergency, it is hereby ORDERED that the Declaration of Emergency is hereby renewed today, May 6, 2020, and the Declaration of Emergency, and any Executive Order(s) related thereto, shall continue until the mayor finds that the emergency no longer exists, at which time the mayor shall execute and file with the city clerk a document marking the end of the state of emergency. The city council may, by resolution, end a state of emergency at any time.
All Non-Essential Meetings Postponed
As cases of the coronavirus increase in Georgia, the City of Kennesaw has decided to postpone all non-essential public meetings beginning today, Thursday, March 12, out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for the health of our citizen volunteers and staff members.
The City Council will continue to have its regular monthly meetings and any meetings that are required due to ordinance processes and/or requirements. Monthly meetings by City boards, commissions and authorities that are not required will be postponed for the next several weeks or until further notice. All board, commission and authority volunteers have been notified of the cancelations via email.
Health Official Monitoring COVID-19
In an effort to keep our community well-informed, please see the below information and useful resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
As you may be aware, late last night (March 2) Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and chair of the governor’s COVID-19 task force, confirmed two cases of the virus in Fulton County. The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has since been detected in more than 35 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.
According to DPH, symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: get a flu shot, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness until they resolve. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided.
Best Practices, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
- If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
For more information please contact DPH directly:
Constituent Services DPH-ConstituentServices@dph.ga.gov
24/7 Public Health Emergency Line: 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)