Gretchen reports from Macon that Lowndes County Commissioner Clay Griner (District 5), Paige Dukes (County Clerk), Joyce Evans (District 1), Scott Orenstein (District 2-elect), and Valdosta City Clerk Theresa Bolden (not pictured) are all at the VDT Open Government Symposium in Macon. Congratulations, Jim Zachary and the VDT, on getting them to show up!
Clay Griner (District 5), Paige Dukes (County Clerk), Joyce Evans (District 1), Scott Orenstein (District 2-elect)
And apparently the Symposium passes the first test: you can see the LAKE video camera videoing in that picture. There are still a bunch more questions, though.
Perhaps they will be inspired to bring their website up to date. Minutes from the June 10 commission meeting are the latest to be posted and the future meeting dates still show the September 2014 ones. If they will not make available the information on which they will vote ON OUR BEHALF…they could at least let us know what they have done and when they plan to meet again. How hard could it be to record and post the minutes from the 15 to 35 minute meetings they hold?
Gretchen, I was so glad to see you were able to attend the symposium. I could not go because of the late notification. I do intend to be at the next symposium in Savannah and I have asked for more advance notice to be sure I can arrange my work schedule. I am very encouraged by the recent Valdosta Daily Times editorials about the importance of open government. We LAKE people have been in the trenches for years now fighting side by side in spite of our political differences because we have always been in agreement that adherence to government transparency is a non-partisan goal. Perhaps we are experiencing the first waves of media momentum that we can join our efforts to. Your efforts and time sacrifices with LAKE are much appreciated and will be a continuing torch as we hopefully have found more of our pack.