Defibrilators from Homeland Security @ LCC 2014-04-07

The KLVB presentation told us up to three states dump in the Pecan Row Landfill in Lowndes County, for which the county gets some unspecified amount of tipping fees, which go to fund KLVB. An appointment to KLVB was added to the agenda, although nobody deigned to reveal who was “that individual that has requested to serve on that board”. The Homeland Security grant application turned out to be for defibrillators.

Here’s the agenda, with a few annotations and links to the videos.

WORK SESSION, MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
327 N. Ashley Street — 2nd Floor
  1. Call to Order Call to order 4. National County Govt. 5. Minutes for Approval


  2. Invocation

    Only in the Regular Session Tuesday evening.

  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

    Only in the Regular Session Tuesday evening.

  4. National County Government Month Proclamation

    Chairman Bill Slaughter said they’d do that tomorrow.

  5. Minutes for Approval
    1. Work Session — March 24, 2014
    2. Regular Session — March 25, 2014
  6. Appointment
    1. Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful Board
  7. Appointment
    1. Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful Board Appointment - KLVB

      Video. The Chairman said he had heard that “that individual that has requested to serve on that board” would be there the following evening at the Regular Session, although nobody said who he was at the Work Session. The County Manager did point out “Aaron” who said he was present, but that was Aaron Strickland, KLVB executive director, not “that individual”, so who can say?

  8. Public Hearings
    1. REZ-2014-08 Gramercy, 3921 and 3927 Old Pine Rd R-1 and R-A to R-10, Water and Sewer, 7.92 acres REZ-2014-08 Gramercy

      Video. No updates.

    2. REZ-2014-09 Kinsey, 5724 Dawkins Rd E-A and R-1 to R-A, Well and Septic, 4.23 acres REZ-2014-09 Kinsey

      Video. They’re interested in “reconfiguring”.

    3. REZ-2014-10 Bennett’s Tree Service Lot 22 Rezone 2811 US Hwy 41 S, R-21 to C-H, Well and Septic, 1.53 acres REZ-2014-10 Bennett's Tree Service

      Video. They want to turn two residential lots into one bigger commercial area. There was some discussion about buffering.

  9. For Consideration
    1. Request from LCSO-GOHS Grant #2015-GA-0071-00(1) LCSO Grant #2015-0071-00(1)

      Video. Sheriff’s office would act as grant administator for a $200,000 grant through the governor’s office of highway safety, funded by the National Highway and Safety Administration, for addressing highway safety issues. Commissioner Demarcus Marshall wanted to know if this would cover some of the devices for new vehicles. Answer from County Manager: “I don’t think so.”

    2. 2014 Homeland Security Grant Application 2014 Homeland Security Grant


      County Manager Joe Pritchard said it was a request from EMA Director Ashley Tye to apply for a grant to fund nine automated external defibrillators to install in nine locations, such as “this building”, City Hall, and local libraries.

      Commissioner Demarcus Marshall asked how much the grant was for. Answer: $18,467.

      My question is: why did he have to ask? Apparently it’s not just the public that doesn’t know what the Commission is being asked to vote on: sometimes it’s the Commissioners, too.

    3. Change Order for Val Del Road Change Order for ValDel Road

      Video. An “issue with a cross drain” was noticed after the work started. It’s already been repaired. Commission now expected to vote funds for it.

  10. Bids
    1. Tractor Purchase for Utility Department Bids a. Tractor Purchase for Utilities

      Video. Utilities Director Mike Allen said there was older equipment that needed to be sold off with a buy-back option. Staff recommends the low bid of these two received:

      Bidder New PriceBuy-back PriceActual Cost
      Nashville Tractor $63,500$40,450=$23,050
      Atlantic and Southern Equipment $77,000$25,000=$52,000

  11. Reports-County Manager

    Appeal of a decision of the Board of Equalization. The Board of Assessors is wanting to appeal the decision to the Superior Court Judge. Reports - County Manager


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

    Only in the Regular Session Tuesday evening.

  13. Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful presentation-Aaron Strickland KLVB presentation

    Video. Aaron Strickland delegated

    Our funding comes from the landfill…. This is a tipping fee that is not part of the general budget; it is a separate budget. The owners of this landfill charge tipping fees for every state that dumps there. Up to three states dump in that landfill. Of that percentage they give the host county, which is the Lowndes County, one dollar of that, and that’s what our budget is comprised of.

    What percentage? Which three states? How much more coal ash from Tennessee has ADS accepted into that landfill? How many more toxic PCBs? How much more wastewater from Superfund sites? All just uphill from our Withlacoochee River?

    The rest of his presentation had numbers and information that made sense, such as that in KLVB’s fiscal year 2013,

    for every budget dollar, a value of $3.48 in volunteer hours and in-kind services was produced.

Here’s a video playlist:

Defibrilators from Homeland Security
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 April 2014.