It turns out the board packet for today’s Lowndes County Commission meeting contained little or nothing beyond the one-page agenda sheets for the four Bid items.
So you actually learn more about those items from the LAKE post with the agenda and bid documents.
In the Minutes for the Work Session of September 11 and for the Regular Session of September 12, about REZ-2023-04 Chase, 6119 Quarterman Road, the LAKE letter is only alluded to as “a report from the opposition” in this passage: “When staff did the analysis, there are 131 properties that have access to Quarterman Road, with an average lot size of 12.10 acres. Mr. Dillard stated there is a report from the opposition challenging the number of parcels. Additionally, Mr. Dillard stated there is a large discrepancy in acreage between all of these properties, some being under an acre, some being one acre or more and some larger parcels over 150 acres. Mr. Dillard stated a petition was signed in opposition and the addresses of those who have signed.”
Paris Stoeffler is mis-spelled as “Keri Stoeffler, 5869 Quarterman Road.” It would have taken only a few seconds to look up that address in the summary table of the opposition petition signers that was sent to the county with the LAKE letter.
What each opposition speaker said in the Lowndes County Commission Regular Sesison is truncated to a sentence or two. For example, there is no mention of what I said about neighbors calling the county fire department whenever I do prescribed burns, nor that more people would ust make that problem worse.
Fortunately, you can see that whole meeting for yourself in the LAKE Videos: Quarterman Road rezoning unanimously denied; Mt. Zion Church Road rezoning unanimously approved @ LCC Regular 2023-09-12. The video segments of the individual opposition speakers are linked in Videos: Quarterman Road rezoning unanimously denied @ LCC 2023-09-12.
However, you have to wonder what is missing from other minutes (and board packets) of the Lowndes County Commission.
The board packet for today’s session and the minutes from the previous sessions, received in response to a LAKE open records request, are on the LAKE website.
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