A presentation and some rubberstamping @ LCC 2014-08-26

Congratulations to Ashley Tye for being only the third in the state to attain a certificate as a professional emergency manager.

“I was trying to break a record,” bragged County Chairman Bill Slaughter as several people reminded him not to skip approving the minutes, presumably referring to the previous morning’s three-minute Work Session. After the six-minute presentation, they took less than a minute on each of the remaining items, except they did find time for an Executive Session for Attorney-Client Privilege. Who are they suing this time? Crawford Powell had to remind the Chairman not to skip Citizens Wishing to Be Heard, but “There are none,” said the Chairman, with satisfaction.

This time the contractor had magically finished punchlist for Nottinghill that the previous morning the County Engineer said would take a week, but had not finished the work. What does this rubberstamp punchlist mean, then? They approved the Davidson Road drainage easement quit claim from the county back to the landowner.

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

WORK SESSION, MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
327 N. Ashley Street — 2nd Floor
  1. Call to Order 1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. Pledge


  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  4. Emergency Management Certificate Presentation 4. Emergency Management Certificate Presentation

    Video. Chairman Bill Slaughter also thanked Brad Johnson of CivicPlus for working with the new website.

    Gary Rice, Regional Director, and Charlie Dawson, Director of Operations, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), presented a certificate to Ashley Tye, Lowndes County Emergency Management Director, on behalf of GEMA Director Charlie English and the Office of Homeland Security. They said Tye was only the third in the state to attain a certificate as a professional emergency manager, and they enumerated a long list of examples of his influence in the state.

  5. Minutes for Approval 5. Minutes for Approval


    1. Work Session — August 11, 2014
    2. Regular Session — August 12, 2014
  6. For Consideration
    1. Adopt Resolution accepting infrastructure for Nottinghill Subdivision 6.a. Adopt Resolution accepting infrastructure for Nottinghill

      Video. The previous morning County Engineer Mike Fletcher said the punchlist was “substantially complete” and it would take about a week for the contractor to finish it. Only a day later he said it was complete, “as well as most of the work.” Wait a minute: what does the punchlist mean if the work isn’t finished? Also he said they were waiting on GA-EPD to make their final approval of the water system on Thursday morning. No questions this time. Marshall moved adoption pending completion of the punchlist and approval by the County Engineer. Unanimously passed.

    2. Quit Claim Deed for Drainage Easement on Davidson Road 6.b. Quit Claim Deed for Draina ge Easement on Davidson Road

      Video. Video. The county is quit claiming the old location back to the owner. Crawford Powell moved. Unanimously passed.

  7. Reports-County Manager 7. County manager's Report - 8. CWTBH - Adjourn to executive session

    Video. County Manager Joe Prichard, with his microphone way off to his left (you can hear him if you crank the volume to 11) he had no report but he wanted an Executive Session for Attorney-Client Privilege.

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

    Commissioner Crawford Powell asked if they should do the executive session after CWTBH. Chairman said “we don’t have any”.

  9. Executive Session for Attorney-Client Privilege (not on the agenda).

    Powell moved and they unanimously voted to go into executive session. Who are they gonna sue this time?

Here’s a video playlist:

A presentation and some rubberstamping
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 26 August 2014.