They voted to put the SPLOST VII Resolution on the ballot in November, “to reimpose the tax”, with not even a hint of those town halls that never happened. They reappointed Mac McCall to ZBOA. The Proclamation was for a boy who called 911 to help an old neighbor who was trapped under a refrigerator (nope, not for South Georgia Pride). And we learned that nobody has to fear arrest or threat and everybody can speak their mind in the Commission chambers; nevermind recent history to the contrary.
Here’s the agenda, with links to the videos and a few notes. See also videos of the previous morning’s Work Session.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
- Call to Order
See separate post for what Minister Commissioner John Page prayed that didn’t match what the Commission did later in that same meeting and in many others.
- Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
- Minutes for Approval
No changes were mentioned. Unanimous approval.
- Work Session — August 26, 2013
- Regular Session — August 27, 2013
Chairman Bill Slaughter moved it to the end of the meeting. He did at least ask if there were any objections from Commissioners.
- Appointment — Valdosta/Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals
They unanimously reappointed John “Mac” McCall to ZBOA. This time they mentioned they had appointed him last December to the unexpired part of Dave Kirk. McCall spoke the previous morning; he was not present this time. Zoning Administrator Carmella Braswell spoke instead.
- Resolution – SPLOST VII Resolution
County Manager Joe Pritchard muttered something nowhere near his microphone. Commissioner John Page moved “to adopt the resolution as presented”. They proceeded to do that, even though we the voters have never seen that resolution. See Work Session video for a bit more detail.
- For Consideration
- GEMA Performance Partnership Agreement (FY 2013)
Emergency Manager Ashley Tye, sitting in the Engineer’s seat, reminded the Commissioners again that this was an annual renewal, reiterating responsibilities, and serving as a conduit for $32,770 per year from GEMA. Plus by having this agreement in place, the county can get financial and other resources from GEMA during a disaster. See Work Session video for a bit about matching funds. Commissioner Joyce Evans moved to approve, which they did unanimously.
- Sewer Service Requested for Lowndes County Board of Education
Commissioner Crawford Powell asked for Option 3 to be displayed or read, about sewer service for Lake Park Elementary to help out their failing septic tank; see separate post.
- Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address
Ms. Anita L. Armstrong of Gaines Lane asked for help with her private road, but isn’t likely to get it; see separate post.
- Announcement of 9/11 Remembrance @ LCC 2013-09-10
Chairman Bill Slaughter announced a “9/11 remembrance” at the old courthouse the following morning.
- 5. Proclamation
Hunter Cochran, eighth grade honors student at Hahira Middle School assisted an elderly neighbor by calling 911, and the county gave him a proclamation of the Chairman declaring 10 September 2013 Hunter Cochran Day.
The county once again violated its own ordinance by permitting citizens videoing from their seats.
Here’s a video playlist:
Videos: SPLOST VII Resolution, child proclamation, and appointment
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 10 September 2013.