“You did throw us a bone by limiting the speed limit at 35 miles per hour. But it’s not enforceable We asked you to put in speed humps…. Nope. Couldn’t do that.She took pictures. She called 911, and they caught one of the dragsters. Neighborhood Watch in action.
You designed a mile and a half straight-away, and they have come. Welcome to the Quarterman Road Drag Strip!
The Commission responds by looking at County Engineer Mike Fletcher:
Fletcher says they’ve sent a request to the Georgia State Patrol to ask for radar enforcement on Quarterman Road. That’s a good idea, but also very interesting, considering all the times they told us they couldn’t do that, because the design speed is higher than the posted speed limit.
And speed humps?
Chairman Ashley Paulk still says they can’t do that because of “mercy vehicles.” “Anybody else?” he added, perfunctorily.
And no, a 35 MPH posted speed limit is not an impediment to installing these impediments. Most of these examples are of speed humps intended to bring speeds down to 35 MPH.
Why is Lowndes County backwards, to use one of Commissioner Lee’s favorite words?
We were told Quarterman Road was being paved for safety. Commissioner Richard Lee, who earlier insisted on paving Quarterman Road for that reason, silently shuffled papers in response to Carolyn Selby’s pictures of drag racers.
When will the County Commission do something about this safety on Quarterman Road? Will this take until mercy vehicles have to be called after somebody is run over by a drag racer?
Meanwhile, there were other citizens wishing to be heard.
Gretchen Quarterman wanted to know if the county would hold a local government 101 session like Valdosta is doing.
Chairman Paulk joked that maybe she would like Valdosta to annex Quarterman Road. She responded that no, she’d just like something done about safety.
County Manager Joe Pritchard said he and County Clerk Paige Dukes were working on something on county government that they would show to the Commission soon.
John S. Quarterman (your humble scribe) noted that while he’s aware the county has some budget issues, looking on the county’s web pages before this meeting he found no Commission meetings scheduled for this year, and he thinks that’s rather severe!
Or somebody could update the calendar; that would also work. Chairman Paulk said it’s probably because he was out of the country. jsq agreed that must be it. The calendar was updated by the next day. No meetings are listed for January, even though I remember going to some.
County Manager Joe Pritchard and Public Works Director Robin English commended a former employee, but neither of them said his name:
Commission and Robin English gather for group picture with honoree:
We look forward to the minutes so we can learn his name.
Update: The agenda says his name is James Perry, Public Works Retiree.
The Valdosta Daily Times didn’t see fit to mention any of this.
Fortunately, LAKE covered these citizens wishing to be heard, and a former county employee being honored. Here’s a playlist for the above videos.