It was Art (12 minutes of 4. State of the Arts by Cheryl Oliver, Director, Turner Center of the Arts) Law (10:46 of 7.c. Solicitor-General’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Application and 1:31 of Introduction of new Probation Officer, which was not on the agenda), and Development ( 6.b. REZ-2018-02, E-A and C-C to E-A and PD-R, 4391 Rocky Ford Rd, ~72 acres) this morning at the Lowndes County Commission Work Session. Actually, all of those items were about law enforcement one way or another. The Commissioners vote Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM.
Below are links to each LAKE video of this morning’s Work Session, with a few notes, followed by a LAKE video playlist. See also the agenda for this morning and tomorrow evening, and the LAKE videos of the preceding GLPC meeting.
1. Call to Order 4. “State-of-the-Art Center” Presentation by Cheryl Oliver
Video. Cheryl Oliver certainly is the very model of a public speaker. After a decade as Director of the Turner Center for the Arts, she announced last month she is resigning. She discussed several recent Arts Center events, how arts promote the local economy, Center debts paid off, and a million-dollar endowment.
Introduction of new Probation Officer
Video. The new Probation Director is Felicia Rountree. They spoke at her; she did not speak.
- 5. Minutes for Approval
- 6 a. REZ-2018-01 Simmons, 3881 Bemiss Rd, R-10 to C-G .89 acres
6 b. REZ-2018-02, E-A and C-C to E-A and PD-R, 4391 Rocky Ford Rd, ~72 acres
Video. GLPC Recommendation: Approval
TRC Recommendation: Approval and Approval with Conditions (Buffering)
County Planner Jason Davenport said Pastor Jay Watkins with Redlands Baptist Church works with a group called Camp Rock that wants to use this site for at-risk youth in the community and around the region. He said applicants and staff started with around 30 issues and whittled it down to two.
In most cases there would be a requirement for a landscaped and fenced buffer, but Davenport and County Zoning Director Carmella Braswell thought the property was big enough that something different would work, and they asked for a fifty foot undisturbed buffer. Applicants got letters from neighbors saying they didn’t want any buffer. Davenport countered with a 20-foot buffer, thinking ahead for new owners of adjacent properties. Applicants said the camp would be established and anybody moving in would know what to expect. Staff still prefer a buffer.
- 6c. REZ-2018-03 Diana Guy, 2497 Madison HWY, C-G to C-G and C-H, 4.04 acres
6 d. Abandonment of a Portion of Bradford Rd. N.
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher reviewed that this was cleaning up an omission from 1986. People will get to speak in the Public Hearing Tuesday evening.
- 7 a. Accept infrastructure for Quarterman Estates Subdivision Phase 2
- 7 b. Professional Services for I-75 Exits 2 &11 Utility Relocate
- 7 c. Solicitor-General’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Application
- 8. Reports – County Manager (none)
- 10. Adjournment
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: Turner Center presentation, VAWA, Rocky Ford Road
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, February 12, 2018.
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