Two weeks agao the Lowndes County Commission at its Regular Session recognized Fire Chief Lloyd Green for finishing second in his age class in a recent road race.
Then they unanimously approved the previously-rejected O’Neal James Road rezoning, after applicant’s attorney Bill Langdale pointed out the code infractions would have to get fixed regardless of the rezoning decision.
On the previously-decided Campus Howell Road rezoning, they voted twice to invalidate their previous vote. because first they forgot to hold the public hearing. Twice because the Chairman first forgot to hold the Public Hearing. In the Hearing, several citizens spoke against the rezoning. The actual rezoning decision will be taken somewhere between six and nine months later, after the other Public Hearing held just after this Public Hearing.
In the other Public Hearing, they took no vote, since the vote will be sometime between March and May 2023. The rezoning may also go before the Planning Commission again before then. One citizen spoke against, asking why bother going through the Planning Commission again considering that the County Commission rejected the previous GLPC recommendation. County Chairman Bill Slaughter said GLPC will be asked if that is required for due process. Joshua Knight and Brent Moore spoke for.
All the extraterritorial water and sewer extensions passed, but both the Valdosta ones by split votes.
Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker voted against the Griner Park work, saying it is not a top priority and later they might get more than one bid. It passed anyway.
Everything else passed unanimously.
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 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, and the LAKE videos of the preceding Planning Commission meeting.
1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. Pledge
Chairman’s recognition of Fire Chief Green
4. Minutes for Approval
5.a. REZ-2022-15 , 2547 US HWY 84 West, R-21 to C-H, 4.53ac
Bill Langdale represented the applicant. Rezoning was approved unanimously.
5.b. REZ-2022-10 The Campus T Validity of June 16, 2022 Vote
Vote was unanimous twice. Chairman called for vote before the public hearing. Public did get to be heard.
5.c. REZ-2022-10 The Campus OCGA § 36-66-4(f) Public Hearing
This is the first of two public hearings regarding the appropriateness of a transitional care facility. No vote taken at this time. Next hearing and possible vote in the March – May 2023 time frame.
6.a. Accept Infrastructure for The North Acres Subdivision Phase I
and an exodus of people who only came for their one item.
6.b. Briggston Road Paving Project Agreement with Valdosta Railway
6.c. Extraterritorial Extension of Water and Sewer Services Hahira
6.d. Extraterritorial Extension Water and Sewer Services – Monster
Split vote 4:1 for.
6.e. Extraterritorial Extension of Water and Sewer Services
Split vote 3-2 motion passed.
Explanation of Extraterritorial extensions.
7.a. Griner Lot Improvements
Split vote 4-1. Mark Wisenbaker voted against this.
8. Reports – County Manager
Utilities and Finance requested $44 million in ARPA funding, with 10% match, to come out of existing ARPA funds. Grant proposal work attributed to Rachel Bowen.
9. CWTBH – two citizens want Register Road paved
Jerome Register and Melvin Brandon.
10. Meeting Adjournment
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Redo rezonings and a citizen paving request @ LCC 2022-09-13
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, September 13, 2022.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
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