The longest single item in the one January Valdosta City Council meeting was unscheduled: the surprise statewide Georgia Parks and Rec Volunteer Award and Council Andy Gibbs responding with thanks.
The most contentious rezoning was 4.b. CU-2018-13 Scintilla Charter Academy Conditional Use Permit, to add a Middle School to an Elementary School.
The most-discussed general topic on the agenda was water, with Utility Director Darryl Muse speaking about 5.b. Bids for 10 emergency standby generators for Utilities, 5.c. Bids for water treatment chemicals for Utilities, and 6.b. Purchase SCADA system for Lift Stations and Water Treatment Plants, with frequent questions from Council members. They did bring up the recent major spill at the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In Citizens to Be Heard, I told them what Valdosta Utilities hadn’t.
Also in CTBH, John Robinson spoke about how small businesses need to thrive and another speaker said he had been attacked physically by a local business man. Renaming Forrest Street was discussed by Prof. Mark George, by George Boston Rhynes, and by a Pastor Jasper whose last name I didn’t get.
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item, with a few notes, followed by a LAKE video playlist. See also the agenda. The minutes are not online yet, but a Summary of Actions is: yes, they really approved every item unanimously 6-0. For the rezonings, see also the preceding Greater Lowndes Planning Commission meeting.
- 1. Order, Invocation, Pledge
- 2. Council Gibbs gets Georgia Parks and Rec Volunteer Award
- 2. Council Andy Gibbs thanks for Georgia Parks and Rec Award
- 2.a. Lt. Shelley Miller & Sgt. Allen Carter, Fire Dept.
- 2.a. Lt. Shelley Miller & Sgt. Allen Carter accept Employee of the Month, Dec. 2018
- 3. Minutes Approval (2018-11-08)
- 4.b. CU-2018-13 Scintilla Charter Academy Conditional Use Permit
- 4.b. VA-2018-15 1.79 acres from R10 to R-M, Ailone Tichone, Hickory Road
- 4.c. VA-2018-16, 11.14 acres, R-10 to R-P, Harvest U. Meth. Church, E. Park Ave.
- 4.d. VA-2018-17, 2.57 acres, R10 to C-N, Treina Dove, N. St. Aug. Road
- 5.a. Bids for painting City Hall exterior
- 5.b. Bids for 10 emergency standby generators for Utilities
- 5.c. Bids for water treatment chemicals for Utilities
- 5.d. Bid from Georgia Power for relocation of poles, Lake Park Rd. sidewalk project
- 6.a. Funding, Single-Family Residential Rehabilitation Repair
- 6.b. Purchase SCADA system for Lift Stations and Water Treatment Plants
- 7.b. Travis Morgan appointed to one of two open KLVB slots
- 7.b. Brent Moore appointed to Valdosta Tree Commission
- 7.c. Appoint Aneesha Johnson to Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority
- 8. CTBH: Renaming Forrest St. –Mark George
8. CTBH Help get GA-EPD to publish sewage spill reports –John S. Quarterman
Video. Utilities hadn’t told Council, so I did: there were thirteen more spills than just the one from the WWTP, as WCTV carried me saying that around that same hour of the evening. I also asked the Valdosta City Council to help get GA-EPD to publish sewage spill reports. The Mayor indicated Valdosta reported to the state and I could get the reports from there. I said that was the point: that’s how I found out about the 13 spills Utilities didn’t tell anybody else about.
- 8. CTBH Renaming Forrest St. –George Boston Rhynes
- 8. CTBH Small businesses need to thrive –John Robinson
- 8. CBTH Local business man attacked the speaker –Charles Mark Judge Sr.
- 8. CTBH Too much attention on trying to spell something –Pastor Jasper (?)
- 9. First Friday, Christmas events, Bird Supper, Retreat March 15-16 –City Manager
- 10. Council Comments
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: SCADA and Generators for sewer system lift stations
Regular Session, Valdosta City Council (VCC),
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, December 6, 2018.
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