Videos: Coal ash, Calles, Val North PD Water Sewer, Habitat CDBG, Sewage Valves, Stone Creek Antenna, Sheriff, Alcohol @ LCC 2017-03-14

Not on the agenda: Coal Ash and Y-Lead from Hahira Middle School and Teen Explosion. Also Stone Creek train quiet hours.

In a fifteen minute item, the Commission approved a split rezoning for REZ-2017-02 Calles, and they approved the removal of conditions from REZ-2017-03 Val North Dr, Stewart Circle. They approved the CDBG Grant preparation, but they didn’t mention they can’t actually apply until the resolve their feud with the local cities about tax allocation.

Below are links to each LAKE video of the 14 March 2017 Regular Session of the Lowndes County Commission, with a few notes, followed by a video playlist. See also the agenda and the LAKE videos of the previous morning’s Work Session.

  • 1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. PLedge 
      1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. PLedge

    Video.

  • Chairman’s Recognition – Student Group seeking proclamation 
      Chairman's Recognition - Student Group seeking proclamation

    Video. According to its facebook page:

    Y-LEAD (Youth Leadership Exploration and Development) is a program at Hahira Middle School that fosters leadership skills within students through various social and service-oriented activities.

    Y-Lead’s faculty sponsor is Ashleigh Kenny.

    Helen Lester said that Teen Explosion was there to ask for a proclamation to declare April the month of awareness for alcohol abuse. The Chairman said he would get that on the next agenda.

  • 4. Minutes for Approval 
      4. Minutes for Approval

    Video.

  • 5a. REZ-2017-02 Calles, Alexandria St, R-10 and CON to R-A and CON 
      5a. REZ-2017-02 Calles, Alexandria St, R-10 and CON to R-A and CON

    Video. Speaking against: Judy Haverkamp in concern for the livestock, saying RA would resolve that. Cliford D. McMaugh next door at 2761 Alexandria Street said he had sent pictures and paperwork for the Commissioners to look at (which the Commissioners did not make available for the tax-paying and voting public to look at), which he said demonstrate the property is often four feet deep for five days straight, with mosquitoes, and he fears dengue virus, especially with livestock.

    Speaking in favor as as usual was Wilmer Calles speaking for his mother Rosa Calles, this time with his uncle Joseph Neice, who said he is married to Rosa Calles’ sister. They spoke about the concerns of the neighbors. The Commission showed many pictures apparently from those in support.

    Commissioner Demarcus Marshall said he went out there and expected to see a swamp, and asked when they purchased the property. Answer: April 2005. He asked more questions, getting to the gist that they’re out of code right now and the rezoning is so they will become legal. Commissioner Scott Orenstein asked about fencing, and Wilmer Calles said they were more than willing to fence in the entire property within sixty days, using whatever fencing would be allowed.

    The commission voted for RA (2.5 acres) and CON (remainder).

  • 5b. REZ-2017-03 Val North Dr, Stewart Circle, PD Amendment 
      5b.  REZ-2017-03 Val North Dr, Stewart Circle, PD Amendment

    Video. Nobody spoke against, and only the applicant spoke for. Commission voted to approve removal of conditions.

  • 6a. FY 2017 CDBG Grant, Habitat for Humanity 
      6a. FY 2017 CDBG Grant,  Habitat for Humanity

    Video.

  • 6b. Beer & Wine License – Bhumi Corporation – 6685 Bemiss Rd 
      6b. Beer & Wine License - Bhumi Corporation - 6685 Bemiss Rd

    Video. Approved, as they always do. Why do they even hear these licenses?

  • 6c. Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Lease Agreement 
      6c. Sheriff's Office Vehicle Lease Agreement

    Video. Sheriff purchased a vehicle with his own funds and will lease it to the county for use by Sheriff Paulk so it can be covered by county insurance for $1. They approved that.

  • 6d. Peterson Road Isolation Valves 
      6d. Peterson Road Isolation Valves

    Video. Approved.

  • 6e. Stone Creek Antenna Space License Agreement 
      6e. Stone Creek Antenna Space License Agreement

    Video. Approved.

  • 7. Reports – County manager – need an executive session at end 
      7. Reports - County manager - need an executive session at end

    Video. Attorney-client privilege regarding pending litigation. They didn’t say what litigation, of course. Could it be the feud with the local cities about tax revenue distribution?

  • 8. CWTBH – Gretchen Quarterman on Coal Ash 
      8. CWTBH - Gretchen Quarterman on Coal Ash

    Video. She thanked the county, specifically Public Works Director Robin Cumbas, for picking up the mountains of trash WWALS has been picking up at the river landings.

    She discussed HB 387 and HB 388, which would have required public notice when coal ash ponds are dewatered and coal ash is disposed of. Georgia Power is closing 29 coal ash ponds with 8-10 million tons of coal ash, with mercury, lead, arsenic, and “stuff you wouldn’t want to get into your water systems”. Right now there are no regulations for notification. But since Georgia is a home rule state, the county could make an ordinance requiring notification of the public.

    Chairman Bill Slaughter interrupted to say they were going to do a minute of silence about agriculture and the impending freezing temperature, on a timing with local churches. Apparently the staff was also surprised, since it took a few seconds for the CWTBH countdown clock to stop.

    She continued:

    “So our water is really one of our big resources here. We sit on the Floridan Aquifer. We have our beautiful rivers. And the state: those two bills got stuck in committee; they didn’t get out. Potentially they’re going to have a study committee to see about how to proceed next year.

    But that doesn’t mean we can’t do something right now to protect ourselves. To say you know that if coal ash is going to come into the landfill, that the landfill would have to notify us, to notify the public to say we’re going to take this in, and this is what we’re going to do with it. One of the bills was to say they couldn’t take in over a certain amount without having a federal [actually state] permit. So we could consider something like that locally. Please.

    And again, thank you very much Robin for picking up the trash at the rivers.”

  • 8. CWTBH – Steve Parker on train quiet hours near Stone Creek 
      8. CWTBH - Steve Parker on train quiet hours near Stone Creek

    Video. Also Angela Evans. They wanted to say thank you for the quiet zone at Stone Creek. They said the biggest job was getting the Stone Creek Property Owners Association to approve the $6400 for the study.

Here’s a LAKE video playlist:


Videos: Coal ash, Calles, Val North PD Water Sewer, Habitat CDBG, Sewage Valves, Stone Creek Antenna, Sheriff, Alcohol
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, March 14, 2017.

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