James Road rezoning, Kinderlou well emergency repair, Francis Lake sewer rehab, Val Del water main extension to McMillan Road @ LCC 2023-03-13

It will be a busy Work Session this morning at the Lowndes County Commission, with a rezoning, an emergency well repair, a sewer main rehab, and yet another water main extension northwards along Val Del Road, pushing sprawl with it.

As usual, they pretend the rezoning will cost the county nothing, yet the vast majority of the more than a million dollars for the water items is for the water main extension, which will result in more rezonings and more subdivisions. This has been the county’s practice on Val Del Road since they pushed water and sewer north for Nelson Hill subdivision. As goes Val Del, so goes the county, if the County Commission continues to have its way.

Cost What
$980,051.00Val-Del Water Main Extension
$225,910.30Francis Lake Sewer Rehab
$26,585.50Kinderlou Offsite Well Emergency Repair

I do not have the board packet, because I forgot to send in a GORA request. Why the county does not put its board packets on its own website is mysterious. Under Agenda Center for each County Commission agenda there is even a pulldown slot for “Packet”. That currently has only the agenda and the one-page agenda sheets. There is no reason it could not instead have the PDF of the entire board packet.

[Agenda, James Road rezoning]
Agenda, James Road rezoning

However, the county got around to sending the GLPC materials for the rezoning the day after the GLPC meeting, well after the statutory three day limit for the Georgia Open Records Act (GORA). So those rezoning materials are on the LAKE website.

Here is the agenda.

WORK SESSION, MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2023, 8:30 a.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  4. Recognition
    1. Probation Recognition

      Documents:Probation Recognition.pdf

  5. Minutes for Approval
    1. Work Session – February 13, 2023 & Regular Session – February 14, 2023
  6. Public Hearing
    1. REZ-2023-03 Flannigan, ~8.0 acres, James Road & Smith Street, R-1 to P-D, County Utilities

      Documents:REZ-2023-03 Flannigan.pdf

    2. Addition to Basic Decorative Lighting District: Ballantyne Subdivision (81 lots) and Quarterman Estates Subdivision, Phase 4, Section 1 (27 lots)

      Documents:Addition to Basic Decorative Lighting District – Ballantyne Subdivision.pdf

  7. For Consideration
    1. Dell Laptop Lease for Signature

      Documents:Dell Laptop Lease for Signature.pdf

    2. Abandonment of a Section of Hightower Road

      Documents:Abandonment of a Section of Hightower Road -.pdf

  8. Bid
    1. Kinderlou Offsite Well Emergency Repair

      Documents:Kinderlou Offsite Well Emergency Repair.pdf

    2. Francis Lake Sewer Rehab

      Documents:Francis Lake Sewer Rehab.pdf

    3. Val-Del Water Main Extension

      Documents:Val-Del Water Main Extension -.pdf

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


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