Roads, Water, and Taxes @ LCC 2021-02-22

Four million dollars in tax money discussed this morning, to be voted on at 5:30 PM tomorrow (Tuesday) by the Lowndes County Commission.

[Table: Four Million Dollars]
Table: Four Million Dollars

Yet their video cameras seem to be broken and I haven’t seen anything about paying to fix them or buy new ones. Meanwhile, Valdosta City Council started online through an iphone, and numerous other counties in Georgia and Florida have made their meetings accessible online.

Cost What
$1,974,139.00Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan Application for the Lake Park Bellville Road Widening Project
$1,875,000.00 Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan Application for Lift Station & Manhole Rehab Project
$219,000.00Approve Purchase of West Savannah Avenue and Briggs Street Properties
$168,880.00Purchase of Wetland and Stream Credits for Old US 41 North Widening Project
$59,500.00Contract with Condrey and Associates, Inc.
$34,024.64Request for the Purchase of Motorola Radios for Public Works
$19,167.00 Approval of the Solicitor General’s VAWA Competitive Grant Award
$10,195.00Approval of Hightower Road and Cooper Road Right of Way Purchases
$6,000.00GMASS Rural Land Maintenance Contract
$339.00Just Compensation – Right of Way Parcel 10 Hightower Road and Cooper Road, TSPLOST Project
$4,366,244.64Total

We don’t know where are the lift stations or manholes to be financed through a GEFA loan for $1,875,000, but I’d say that’s a good use of funds. Not so sure about the $1,974,139 for relocating utilities for widening Lake Park Bellville Road, because I’m not clear on why that road needs widening. I do wonder why sewer and drinking water improvements have to be funded through loans while road building gets tax funds.

Here is the agenda. The board packet is on the LAKE website, received Friday in response to a LAKE Open Records request.

LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PROPOSED AGENDA
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  4. 2021 Comprehensive Plan Kick-off Presentation (Work Session only)
  5. Minutes for Approval
    1. Work Session – February 8, 2021 & Regular Session – February 9, 2021
  6. For Consideration
    1. TIA Local Agreement for Briggston Road

      Documents:TIA Local Agreement for Briggston Road.pdf

    2. TIA Local Agreement for Shiloh Road

      Documents:TIA Local Agreement for Shiloh Road.pdf

    3. Approval of Hightower Road and Cooper Road Right of Way Purchases

      Documents:Approval of Hightower Road and Cooper Road Right of Way Purchases.pdf

    4. Purchase of Wetland and Stream Credits for Old US 41 North Widening Project

      Documents:Purchase of Wetland and Stream Credits for Old US 41 North Widening Project.pdf

    5. Just Compensation – Right of Way Parcel 10 Hightower Road and Cooper Road, TSPLOST Project

      Documents:Just Compensation – Right of Way Parcel 10 Hightower Road and Cooper Road, TSPLOST Project.pdf

    6. Approval of the Solicitor General's VAWA Competitive Grant Award

      Documents:Approval of the Solicitor General VAWA Competitive Grant Award.pdf

    7. Request for the Purchase of Motorola Radios for Public Works

      Documents:Request for the Purchase of Motorola Radios for Public Works.pdf

    8. Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan Application for the Lake Park Bellville Road Widening Project

      Documents:Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan Application for the Lake Park Bellville Road Widening Project.pdf

    9. Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan Application for Lift Station & Manhole Rehab Project

      Documents:Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Loan Application for Lift Station and Manhole Rehab Project.pdf

    10. GMASS Rural Land Maintenance Contract

      Documents:GMASS Rural Land Maintenance Contract.pdf

    11. Approve Purchase of West Savannah Avenue and Briggs Street Properties

      Documents:Approve Purchase of West Savannah Avenue and Briggs Street Properties.pdf

    12. Contract with Condrey and Associates, Inc.

      Documents:Contract with Condrey and Associates, Inc..pdf

  7. Reports – County Manager
  8. Citizens Wishing to be Heard-Please State Your Name and Address
  9. Adjournment

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