The Lowndes County Commission votes tonight at 5:30 PM, after minimal discussion yesterday morning.
At the end of yesterday morning’s Work Session, County Manager Paige Dukes asked for an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation, plus a bigger than usual room to meet in, due to wanting many department heads there.
Earlier, Chairman Bill Slaughter asked to add an agenda item for sale of real property to the Industrial Authority. There was no discussion of this item, simply the addition of the item to the agenda for the voting session. Apparently all the commissioners know all about this from some executive session. The public knows nothing.
Also, Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker asked to move the two millage adoption items to the end of the agenda for tonight.
The only thing they spent more than two minutes on was 5.h. Adding Dispatch Consoles 11 and 12 for the 911 Center.
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 and the board packet.
1. Call to Order 4. MInutes for Approval
Add an agenda item for sale of real property to the Industrial Authority
5. a/b. Adoption of Milage (County and Fire)
5.c. Beer, Wine, and Liquor License – South Lowndes Bottle Store
5.d. Beer and Wine License – Bigfoot – 6872 Lake Park Bellville Rd.
5.e. Approval of Easement Documents for Hightower Road
5.f. Approval of Lease Amendment #3 to Bellsouth
5.g. Adopt Resolution Accepting Infrastructure for Val Del Estates Phase I
5.h. Adding Dispatch Consoles 11 and 12 for the 911 Center
Video. Commissioner Scottie Orenstein wanted to know if all twelve consoles were used. Answer from Danny Weeks: not now, but if things continue, probably soon. County Manager Paige Dukes said due to COVID there was a shortage of personnel, but later she expected there would be more.
5.i. Alapaha Plantation Proposed Consent Order for Water
Video. Yet another reason why there should be no more private community wells.
5.j. Whitewater Road Manhole Emergency Repair
Video. Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker wanted to know where the manhole was. Utilities Directory Steve Stalvey didn’t have the address or road name at hand,
5.k. Mud Swamp Road and Swamp Edge Drive Private Road Dedication Advisement
Video. After many of them spoke at the previous Commission Regular Session two weeks ago, owners of Mud Swamp Road and Swamp Edge Drive have signed documentation, in preparation to dedicate their land for necessary ROI donation to the county (if the county accepts).
6.a. TIA-03 Hightower Road and Cooper Road NE
Video. The big ticket item at more than $2 million.
8. Managers Report – request for executive session
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Videos: Potential litigation, Millage, Hightower Road, Bellsouth, Val Del Estates, 911, Alapaha Plantation, Manhole Emergency, Private Roads, Alcohol * 2 @ LCC
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
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