The proposed MAZ changes were tabled for 90 days, they approved everything else, and welcomed new Utilities Director Steve Stalvey again, at the 5:30 PM Tuesday 28 July 2015 Regular Session of the Lowndes County Commission. Valdosta City Council Sandra Tooley didn’t fill out a form and so didn’t get to speak, but another citizen asked about the Naylor Boat Ramp (answer after the meeting: on schedule for this fall) and about Sabal Trail (answer: none).
See also the LAKE videos of the previous morning’s Work Session and agenda, plus the LAKE videos of the previous evening’s Planning Commission meeting. Below are the videos from Tuesday evening’s Regular Session, with a few notes, followed by a video playlist.
- 1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. Pledge
- 4. Minutes for Approval
- 5.a. Valdosta-Lowndes County Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals
- 6.a. ULDC Text Amendments, TXT-2015-01 – MAZ
- 6.b. Beer, Wine and Liquor License – Lake Park Pub – 4991 US Hwy. 41 S.
- 7.a. Beer and Wine License – QC 16 LLC, – 2797 US Hwy. 41 S.
- 7.b. ACCG IRMA Liability Program Renewal
- 7.c. Agreement with Carolyn and Robert Dinkins
- 7.d. FY2015 EMPG Response and Recovery Award Application
- 7.e. FY2015 EMPG Planning and Preparedness Award Application
- 7. f,g,h Approve Annual Contracts
- 8. Reports – County Manager – Welcome Utilities Director Steve Stalvey
- 9. CWTBH – John S. Quarterman
Video. Displaying the Alapaha River Water Trail brochures by WWALS Watershed Coalition, and pointing out the Naylor Boat Ramp on the map, I asked what was the status of that project that Lowndes County is building with SPLOST funds. Nobody answered in the public meeting, but afterwards Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker and Chairman Bill Slaughter said it was currently waiting on GA-DNR, but assuming that went well it was on schedule for this fall. I told them that was good news!
Also I mentioned it would be even better if they could say it in public so I didn’t have to try to remember and paraphrase what they said. The Chairman answered mysteriously, “I’m not a reporter.” No, he’s the source. Actually, the county has a Public Information Officer who should be the source, but experience indicates any questions to her would be answered with “file an open records request”. In any case, it’s good news that the Naylor Boat Ramp is on schedule. And thanks to Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker for taking an interest.
As the Commissioners were leaving the room, Commissioner Joyce Evans mentioned they would be having a meeting about that in the next few months. I recommended they invite some WWALS people to that. She didn’t say they wouldn’t.
I related a number of new developments with the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, such as Dougherty County, Albany, and their state and federal reps planning a joint opposition meeting, and asked what Lowndes County was going to do. Answer: silence.
- 10. Meeting Adjournment
Here’s a video playlist:
Videos: MAZ tabled, Naylor Boat Ramp and Sabal Trail CWTBH
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 28 July 2015.