“You’ll see on the attached drawing….” and “You will see in your packet….”, but you the taxpayers and voters cannot see, because the county has not put the packet on its website and has not yet returned it in response to an open records request by LAKE.
Did you know a rollback of 0.126 mills was scheduled for a 5PM meeting today, with adoption at the 5:30PM meeting?
Surprise eighteen minutes yesterday morning on procedures for taking private roads into the county road system.
Three Lowndes County Commission items are about water: Transfer of Drainage Easement Agreement between Lowndes County and the City of Lake Park , and two Lift Station Pumps, Francis Lake for $49,103.25 to buy a new pump and Peterson Road for $29,689.20 for repairs for lightning damage , both to Xylem. There is no mention of bids.
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item from yesterday morning’s Work Session, with a few notes, followed by a LAKE video playlist. See also the agenda.
- 1. Call to Order 4. Minutes for Approval
6.a. Beer, Wine, and Liquor license, Yogeshkumar B. Patel
Video. A new store.
6.b. Adoption of the Millage Rate
Video. Rollback of 0.126 mills. 5PM meeting; adoption at 5:30PM meeting.
6.c. Abandonment, Ivandale Circle
Video. “You’ll see on the attached drawing….” Commissioner Wisenbaker couldn’t find it in the electronic packet.
- 6.d. Transfer, Drainage Easement, Lowndes County to Lake Park
6.e. Updated Title VI Plan for Lowndes County Transit
Video. Commissioner Demarcus Marshall: “This one takes us to 2021?”
Planning Technician Molly Stephenson: Yes.
6.f. South Joint Regional Development Authority Resolution (Jason Shaw)
Video. Each county will be required to vote. on appointing Jason Shaw as a member at large to the mystery South Regional Joint Development Authority, for which no current Member At Large is listed on the Lowndes County website:
Similar to the Lowndes Development Authority, this joint authority is comprised of members representing Lowndes, Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Echols and Lanier counties. Serving as a funding mechanism, members are appointment by their respective county for a term of four years. For more information, you may contact the Office of the County Clerk, 229-671-2400, or email the County Clerk.
- 6.g. ImageTrend Service agreement (Fire Dept. call reports)
6.h. Francis Lake Lift Station Purchase
Video. Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker: “What is the life of these pumps?” Utilities Director Steve Stalvey: It depends: lightning, seal, etc.
Francis Lake or Frances Lake keeps coming up at the County Commission and the Planning Commission.
- 6.i. Peterson Road Lift Station Pump Repair
7. Reports a. Dedication of Private Roads
Video. County Manager Joe Pritchard: “You will see in your packet a list of items concerning the acceptance of private dirt roads.” Quite a bit of discussion among the Commissioners about the proposed criteria for acceptance of private roads, drafted by County Engineer Mike Fletcher.
- 9. Adjourn
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: Private Roads, Alcohol, and Water
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2019-08-26.
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