The longest item of those I videoed (yes, I was late to this Work Session) was 6.f. Deannexation of Ganas Property by Lake Park, which apparently doesn’t cost the county anything. Directly, at least. Maybe even net positive, due to property taxes.
Here are the costs found in the agenda sheets for the items, from most expensive down, with links back into the agenda.
|$290,000.00||2020 Administrative Services Agreement with Allied Benefit Systems, Inc.|
|$50,433.00||Bid for Repairs to Knights Academy Road; emergency repairs for Culvert Aprons|
|$43,245.50||Approval of Clyattstone Rd.-Simpson Ln. ROW Purchases|
|$24,613.44||Microsoft Server 2019 Data Center License|
|$11,535.00||Approval of Clyattstone Rd.-Simpson Ln. ROW Acquisition|
The actual cost for one item is larger; see below for Clyattstone Road and Simpson Lane ROW Purchases.
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item, with a few notes. See also the agenda and the board packet, which is on the LAKE website due to a LAKE open records request. See also the LAKE videos of the preceding Planning Commission meeting.
- Yes, I got there too late for the first few items: the rezonings, the Hamm Estate, and the Microsoft server.
6.c/d. Approval of Clyattstone Rd.-Simpson Ln. ROW Purchases
$43,245.50 The stated ROW cost in the agenda $11,535.00 and the other stated ROW cost in the agenda $2,916.00 Up to that amount for an acre of drainage for Simpson Lane, approved April 16, 2020. $20,000.00 For wetland credits acquisition on the agenda for April 28, 2020. $77,696.50 Grand total so far
And that’s before grading, base, and paving. Gretchen notes that probably no other roads will be done this way, because that’s T-SPLOST money, and sales taxes are a bit depressed now.
6.e. 2020 Administrative Services Agreement w. Allied Benefit Systems
Video. Health insurance administration.
6 f. Deannexation of Ganas Property by Lake Park
Video. Commissioner Demarcus Marshall wanted to know about neighboring properties. Answer was the red ones are in Lake Park and the others are in Lowndes County, on the map they were displaying. That map was not in the agenda packet obtained by LAKE through an open records request. The map below is the only one that was in there for the Ganas property.
7.a. Bid for Repairs to Knights Academy Road
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher didn’t say why Culvert Aprons require “desperate” emergency repairs, nor whether this item was in the budget. They did say GDOT inspection found the problem. Engineering did at least get three bids.
8. Reports 10. Meeting Adjournment
Video. County Manager Joe Pritchard: no additional report. So they adjourned.
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: Deannexation, Rezonings, Right of Way, Software, Health Insurance, Road Repairs
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2020-02-24.
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