Videos: GA Forestry, $3 million, redoing 2 rezonings, 3 extraterritorial water and sewer @ LCC 2022-09-12

Update 2022-09-26: Videos: Redo rezonings and a citizen paving request @ LCC 2022-09-13.

Update 2022-09-21: Videos: 6 Remerton, 4 Valdosta, 1 Hahira, 1 Lowndes County cases @ GLPC 2022-08-29.

Other than the seven-minute not-on-the-agenda Georgia Forestry presentation by Lowndes County Chief Ranger Mike Williford, the highest-dollar item got the most discussion: Griner Park, at the corner of Webster and Ashley Street.

There was no discussion of the items about redoing their botched rezoning decision.

They did kvetch about each of the extraterritorial jurisdiction items for water and sewer, alleging it was all somebody else’s fault. But why did the county not catch these earlier?

That was at the Work Session yesterday morning. The Lowndes County Commission voted this evening at their Regular Session.

[Videos and a picture]
Videos and a picture

Some Commissioners seemed unclear on why they were spending so much on Griner Park. Here’s Gretchen’s take:

Ok, so I get that water on a property has to be held on the property (thus the underground drainage, etc). However, how is it that the county needs to develop a piece of property with tax dollars that could be developed with private money. The current proposal is to put a park there. The city of Valdosta just made a park at the corner of Lee and Central, just two blocks away. I get that it was in the county’s best interest to buy the old Griner car dealership property, spend the time to monitor the potential for underground contamination, but why now spend tax dollars to develop it into yet another park. Isn’t that what free enterprise is all about? And why now? There are three “private” properties that abut this property on the back that could use some serious re-development. Couldn’t the money be better spent to make those houses presentable (at least one has boarded up windows).

[Webster St. @ Ashley St.]
Webster St. @ Ashley St., with the county palace and the Chamber of Commerce office in the background. Photo: John S. Quarterman 2022-09-12.

Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item, with some notes by Gretchen, followed by a LAKE video playlist. See also the agenda with links to previous posts on the two rezoning redos, the board packet (received in response to a LAKE open records request), a VDT article about the botched rezoning decision, and the LAKE video of the preceding millage rate hearing.

Here’s a LAKE video playlist:

GA Forestry, $3 million, redoing 2 rezonings, 3 extraterritorial water and sewer @ LCC 2022-09-12 Lowndes County Commission Work Session, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia,
Monday, September 12, 2022
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),


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