Here are videos of the entire approximately eight minute 7 May 2012 Work Session of the Lowndes County Commission. They vote in Regular Session tonight at 5:30PM. Here’s the agenda.
See other post about “5. Appointments – Lowndes County Development Authority”.
Two weeks ago they decided to hold a public hearing about abandoning part of the Right of Way of old US 41 South, but this time it’s on the agenda as a Resolution, and it appears part of the request has been withdrawn, and some people would be left landlocked with no access to a public road, so it seems the Resolution will be to table at least part of it to an undetermined future date. Yet the County Engineer seemed to reccomend going ahead with the rest of the abandonment. Where’s the public hearing?
Two rezonings had no comments. The third, just north of Hahira, got opposition at the Planning Commission; see the other post on that.
A developer wants, according to County Planner Jason Davenport, a letter from the Commission so it can more readily get tax credits from the federal government. He didn’t say what the tax credits would be for. For a concrete front yard? Or for solar on the roof? It will be interesting to see how the anti-grant Commissioners vote on this one, when it’s a developer who benefits.
It sounds like the county wants to award a contract to Scruggs Company for some work on Ousley Road, with no competitive bidding. Hard to say, with the vague description from the County Engineer involving LMIG and GDOT. He said it was 2,214 square yards of patching. He didn’t say how much that would cost. He seemed to say the money was coming from the state.
They considered adjusting the budget for the county call-on-demand bus system, MIDS, for a new total of $136,921. They considered approving getting a contract written to adjust the payoff for water and sewer for a savings to the county of $301,952. Hm, that savings would more than pay for the entire busy system, which gives a scale for how little the county pays for MIDS.
The county is being asked to sign a trust indenture for water for Piney Wood Mobile Home Park. Utilities Director Mike Allen said he put a revised copy on the Commissioners desks this morning. If we the taxpayers who are the actual trustees want to see it, we can file an open records request, and we’ll get a copy after they vote on it.
They ended with a brief executive session for the purpose of [mumble].
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 May 2012.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).