The proposed MAZ changes have “absolutely nothing to do with” the 23 acres on Davidson Road that were proposed to be rezoned R-21 back in 2010, after the county paved Davidson Road, said County Chairman Bill Slaughter at yesterday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session. County Planner Jason Davenport said he had hoped to get “on the same page with Moody” before that same evening’s Planning Commission meeting for the MAZ ULDC Text Amendments, but as yet he had nothing to report, and tabling was an option. I don’t think that word “ultimately” means what he thinks it does. See more below about Davidson Road.
Not on the agenda were three, no four, reports:
- Gold standard CALEA accreditation by Danny Weeks
- KLVB Chairman says thank you
- County Nuisance Abatement Ordinance
- Welcome Utilities Director Steve Stalvey
Like the MAZ changes, also requiring a public hearing Tuesday evening is a Beer, Wine and Liquor License – Lake Park Pub – 4991 US Hwy. 41 S., plus another without a hearing, for Lake Park Pub – 4991 US Hwy. 41 S.
County Manager Joe Pritchard asked the County Attorney to draw up an agreement about the $16,915 to upgrade a water main to subsidize a developer they agreed on last month. This was after the Zoning Board of Appeals in February refused a variance for the same developer not to connect to county water. And that developer subsidy is more than the $15,957 the county declined to provide to study public transportation and truck routing, even though the City of Valdosta, the state of Georgia, and the federal government already approved the vast majority of the funding.
Still nothing about Sabal Trail, even though Dougherty County, Albany, and their state and federal reps plan a joint opposition meeting.
On the agenda for yesterday morning’s Work Session and tonight’s Regular Session: three items on emergency response, emergency planning, and 911 operations, plus one on liability, but nothing about the invading pipeline soft target.
- 1. Call to Order 4. Minutes for Approval
- 5.a. Valdosta-Lowndes County Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals
6.a. ULDC Text Amendments, TXT-2015-01, (MAZ)
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall wanted to know about the rezoning for R-21 that was proposed on Davidson Road back in 2010. Davenport said you go up Bemiss Road past the new Moody gate, turn left on Davidson Road past the Dollar General, and the relevant parcel is on the right, owned by “I thought it was a Mr. Davis, sir”. There’s only one parcel that fits that description and is big enough to split out 23 acres: Parcel 0181 001, owned by John Henry Davis of 4907 Davidson Road, which is that address.
County Chairman Bill Slaughter then interjected that that formerly proposed rezoning had “absolutely nothing to do with” the now-proposed MAZ ULDC changes.
On the same Tax Assessors’ map here, you can also see a subdivision farther west on the other side of Davidson Road that was put in in 2010 (according to the land sales in the Tax Assessors’ database), after the county paved Davidson Road starting in 2007 with GDOT assistance (according to the county’s own minutes). The Tax Assessors’ database says lands for that subdivision were handled by Lowndes Development LLC, which also still owns a lot on Davidson Road. The Georgia Secretary of State corporations search at the moment isn’t turning up any records for that LLC. However, the Tax Assessors’ database gives an address of 3723 Bemiss Road Ste A, Valdosta, GA 31605. At that address google finds Farmers Insurance agent William Waller. No doubt that also has absolutely nothing to do with the proposed MAZ changes.
Marshall also wanted to know about tax relief for people living within the MAZ. County Manager Joe Pritchard said it was “premature” to even come up with a “potential” solution. So what is the purpose of the proposed ULDC changes for the MAZ?
Also, the minutes on the new, improved, county website only go back to 2012. So how are the Commissioners and the public to know what went on back in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 on Davidson Road? Fortunately, LAKE has copies of those minutes. More later.
- 6.b. Beer, Wine and Liquor License – Lake Park Pub – 4991 US Hwy. 41 S.
- 7.a. Beer and Wine License – Quick Change 16 – 2797 US Hwy. 41 S.
- 7.b. ACCG IRMA Liability Program Renewal
7.c. Agreement with Carolyn and Robert Dinkins
Video. County Manager Joe Pritchard said he asked the County Attorney to draw up this agreement to “memorialize” what the Commission already agreed on last month, to build a 6-inch water main for a private developer. I wonder why he thought that was necessary?
- 7.d. FY2015 EMPG Response and Recovery Award Application –
- 7.e. FY2015 EMPG Planning and Preparedness Award Application
- 7.f. Service Contract for the Logisys CAD System
- 7.g. Service Contract for the Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs)
7.h. Service Contract for the Liebert UPS at 911 Center and 4 Tower Sites
Video. County Manager Joe Pritchard asked Danny Weeks to talk about the award he had just accepted for the county in Colorado. 911 Director Weeks said it was a gold standard award for CALEA accreditation. County Chairman Bill Slaughter complimented Weeks and his department. See also Joe Adgie, VDT, 28 July 2015, 911 Center earns top CALEA accreditation.
8. Reports – County Manager – KLVB Chairman says thank you
Video. Carl Onyeka, KLVB Chairman wanted to express appreciation for additional funding previously received, including by handing an award to the County Chairman. He mentioned three gateway initiatives conducted so far, and said KLVB would “keep this ball moving forward”.
Does KLVB still get most of its funding from the mysterious landfill tipping fees?
8. Reports – County Manager – County Nuisance Abatement Ordinance
Video. County Attorney G. Walter Elliott said County Manager Joe Pritchard had asked him to look at the nuisance abatement ordinance because Georgia law had changed since it was adopted, so the county ordinance needs update and amendment, which “we anticipate getting it out this week” to the Commissioners. Not to the public, of course.
- 8. Reports – County Manager – Welcome Utilities Director Steve Stalvey County Manager Joe Pritchard said Steve Stalvey was a lifelong county resident and that he came to the county from Moody AFB.
Here’s a video playlist:
Videos: MAZ again, Lake Alapaha, Emergencies, but no Sabal Trail
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 27 July 2015.