“ There were overwhelming complaints about Advance Disposal Sanitation customer service.” Many other issues and concerns are listed in this text published by Demarcus Marshall (PDF) of feedback received and and LAKE videos of the Town Hall Meeting 5 December 2014. -jsq
Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall
Super District 4
Post Office Box 1349 ● Valdosta, Georgia 31603-1349 ● Phone (229) 671-2400 ● Fax (229) 245-522
Super District 4 and Concerned Citizens,
I want to thank those who came to my Town Hall Meeting on December 15, 2014. It was a pleasure to hear from you. Your presence made the event a success and I look forward to another one in the near future. I have listed the “Topics and Highlights” addressed at the Town Hall Meeting below for your review. As well, I have released my State of the District Address for the public. It is my sincere hope that you will remain actively involved in our local community. In the meantime, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year!
[signed] Demarcus A. Marshall
Dr. Demarcus Marshall
Super District 4
Lowndes County, Georgia
Super District 4 Town Hall Meeting
“Topics and Highlights”
Inquiry about non-income based housing in Lowndes County, Georgia
Paving roads list
Authorities and Board appointments (diversity)
Ideas and Suggestions
Public transportation around Lowndes County
Renewable energy technologies commitment
Copy of commissioner packets available for the public
Reactivate the Lowndes County Veterans Commission
Beaty road needs to be graded more often after rains.
There were several request to open recyclable centers and bulk item sites.
Board positions and recruitment to be accessible on the new county website
Beracady Road to be paved
Yellow lines in Mt. Zion Road needs to be restriped
North Forrest Street needs to be widened
North Forrest Street need sidewalks
Morning school traffic at Dewar Elementary (Forrest turning onto Mt. Zion).
There were overwhelming complaints about Advance Disposal Sanitation customer service. The complaints included special pick up timeframes, adopt-a-highway bags, recyclables, and trash cans turned over, garbage coming from trucks, pick up days, and rude telephone operators. As a result, Commissioner Marshall took a vote among those present to find out the opinion of reopening at least two bulk items waste sites, eliminating the exclusive franchise agreement with ADS, and possible cost increase to make accommodations for (2) waste sites and eliminating the exclusive contract with ADS. There was compelling support for re-opening at least two bulk item sites and eliminating the exclusive contract with ADS; however, some support dwindled a little in regards to an increase in sanitation fees to accommodate these changes to a proposed sanitation plan.
Addressing sanitation issue
Sabal Trail Pipeline Opposition
New County Website
City of Valdosta Issues
There is heavy congestion around the mall area.
It is difficult to transverse through the intersection of Northside @ Bemiss Road.
The city needs to video there meetings.
Lighted crosswalk for safety near VSU
Forrest Street has not been widened as promised years ago.
Forrest Street need sidewalks as promised years ago.
Morning school traffic at W.G Nunn Elementary
South Madison Highway @ Patterson street design and congestion
State of Georgia Issues
The Driving Department Services building is too small and limited timeframe for students.
Dignitaries and Special Guests Present
Chairman Bill Slaughter
Commissioner Joyce Evans
Commissioner Clay Griner
Commissioner-Elect Scottie Orenstein
Mayor John Gayle
Mayor Pro-Tem Alvin Payton
Councilman James Wright
Police Chief Brian Childress
Democratic Party Chairman Tom Hochschild
Pastor Dr. William C. Morgan
Valdosta State University SGA Executive Board
Johnny Ball III, Greater Lowndes Planning Commission Chairman
Jody Hall, Greater Lowndes Planning Commissioner
Lou McClendon, Greater Lowndes Planning Commissioner
Gretchen Quarterman, Valdosta-Lowndes Zoning Board of Appeals
Lee Henderson, 105.9