Videos: Airport, alcohol, taxes, road, jail @ LCC 2013-01-22

Commissioners discussed several items much more than last year’s Commission at this morning’s Work Session; they vote 5:30 PM tonight at their Regular Session. However, you’d think with an ankle monitoring program Commissioners praised so highly, they’d want the public to know the details. Nope, still none of the documents related to that nor any of the other items they were discussing were revealed to the tax-paying public. They don’t have a press release about that, nor about the Parade of Champions the Chairman talked about (twice) even though it wasn’t on the agenda. He was silent, however, on who the candidates for the Airport Authority are, and none of them were present.

That’s four reports that were not on the agenda: Parade of Champions, ankle monitoring, the county’s wellness program and the upcoming Bird Supper.

Here’s the agenda, with links to the videos and a few notes, followed by the video playlist.

WORK SESSION, TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
  1. Call to Order

    Parade of Champions.
    Not on the agenda, Chairman Slaughter talked about the Parade of Champions, which he said would be 4PM 30 January 2013, as a joint effort between the City of Valdosta and the Lowndes County Commission, honoring the last three national championship teams out of Valdosta State University.

    That’s a huge asset to this community and what it adds to the TitleTown title that we have.

    Sounds great, and VSU and Valdosta have press releases about it, but the county doesn’t. Chairman did say more later in the same meeting, but that’s not quite the same.

  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  4. Minutes for Approval
    1. Work Session — January 7, 2013
    2. Regular Session — January 8, 2013

    Ankle Monitoring:

    See separate for this item that was not on the agenda.

  5. Appointment — Valdosta/Lowndes County Airport Authority

    Chairman said this was to replace former Chairman Ashley Paulk on VLCAA, and added:

    “You should find some information in your packet so we can make that appointment tonight”

    No names were mentioned. No candidates were present.

  6. Public Hearing — Beer Wine & Liquor License — Rascal’s — 4875 Hwy 41
  7. For Consideration
    1. Special Assessment Rate for 2013

      Crawford Powell:

      “Is there a reason we set it so low?”

      Stephanie Black:
      “It’s just always been set at 2% above prime. I believe it’s in your ordinance”.

      What ordinance would that be? Is it one of the dozen on the county’s website or is it one of the many more that are not?

    2. Abandonment of a portion of Old State Road (CR 16)

      Phillip Connell requests that Old State Road that goes through his property and dead ends at the river be closed. See separate post.

    3. Replacement of the Jail Fire Alarm System in Buildings 001 & 002
  8. Reports-County Manager

    Unscheduled items:

  9. Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address

    That’s only in the Regular Session, 5:30 PM today.

Here’s a video playlist.

Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange 8:30 AM 22 January 2013.