On July 8, 2019, Lowndes County met with the cities of Valdosta, Hahira, Lake Park, Remerton and Dasher to officially call for SPLOST VIII. As a result, the attached SPLOST VIII Agreement between Lowndes County and the cities has been prepared for consideration. Once approved by Lowndes County, the agreement will be forwarded to the cities for consideration during a public meeting.
Will when and where for that upcoming “public meeting” be announced in advance? Where is “the attached SPLOST VIII Agreement”? Wednesday morning at 9:35 AM, I sent the county a Georgia Open Records Act (GORA) request for the board packet for this week’s Lowndes County Commission meetings. By a very generous interpretation of the three business days GORA permits to respond to such a request, time’s up this morning at 9:35 AM. So far, the county has not even acknowledged receipt of the request.
The Hospital Authority, over whom the county has so little authority it has to pick from a list of candidates sent to it by the Hospital Authority, wants the county to refinance some certificates the Hospital Authority issued in 2011, for some unspecified amount, at some unspecified current interest rate, to some unspecified future interest rate, in “the attached Resolution”, which as usual is not attached to the agenda. See above about the three days are up on the GORA request.
Photo: Moody AFB, “The Honorable James F. Council Jr., Judge of the Juvenile Court of Lowndes County, speaks at a Lunch and Learn seminar at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Jan. 30, 2014. Lunch and Learn is a program put on by the 23d Force Support Squadron to allow Airmen to attend professional development courses during their lunch hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan/Released)”
…be used to fund Functional Family Therapy. Evidence Based Associates (EBA) was selected in 2013 as the program administrator for grant funded services and have continued to provide those services in each of the subsequent funding cycles. In order to officially accept the awarded grant funding and continue these services, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council requires submission of the signed award packet, to include an Agreement for Services between Lowndes County and EBA.
Neither the award packet nor the Agreement was attached to the agenda.
The next time a County Commissioner worries about not passing a rezoning because a developer might sue, remember the county has Property and Liability insurance for just such an eventuality.
The Documents:FY 2020 Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant.pdf
Also on the agenda is a request from Moody AFB to connect its Grassy Pond recreation area to county water and sewer, at a cost of $518,673.30.
Here is the agenda.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
- Call to Order
- Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
- Minutes for Approval
- For Consideration
- FY 2020 Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant
- ACCG IRMA Property and Liability Program Renewal
- Grassy Pond Sewer Connection
Documents:Grassy Pond Sewer Connection.pdf
- Hospital Authority Refunding Revenue Certificates
- SPLOST VIII Agreement
Documents:SPLOST VIII Agreement.pdf
- Abandonment of Portion of Reed Road
Documents:Abandonment of Portion of Reed Road.pdf
- Reports – County Manager
- Citizens Wishing to be Heard-Please State Your Name and Address
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