At a monthly meeting held during an election,
the Lowndes County Board of Elections decided to re-open a polling station at a Valdosta State University (VSU) precinct,
which hasn’t happened since 2009.
The next step is for the VSU President to make a decision.
Then, students, step up and staff it, and vote, please!
Photo: Gretchen Quarterman, of Lowndes County Elections Supervisor Deb Cox, with Lowndes County Board of Elections Members Ray Corbett, Carla Jordan, and Jackie Goolsby.
Not on Valdosta’s online calendar yet,
but we got this email notice from City Council Tim Carroll,
indicating Valdosta wastewater is first on his list to discuss.
His number 4 about Internet speed and access is also of interest
throughout the county and beyond.
As are his other items.
I hope each and everyone of you are having a great start to 2019. As
we kick the year off, it is time to begin preparing for the cities
annual Mayor and Council retreat.
It will be held March 15 & 16 at the Women’s Building.
Their longest item was
3. CU-2018-13 Scintilla Charter Academy‘s
request to expand from an Elementary School to add a Middle School.
GLPC recommended approval unanimously, as they did for all other such items.
Greater Lowndes Planning Commission
City of Valdosta
City of Dasher
City of Hahira
City of Lake Park
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
Monday, November 26, 2018 * 5:30 P.M. * Public Hearing
Lowndes County South Health District Administrative Office
325 West Savannah Avenue
If not consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, nor with the water and sewer growth plan,
fire and rescue doesn’t want it, and the Planning Commission recommended rejecting it,
what does it take for the Lowndes County Commission to reject a zoning,
in this case for
The Settlement North, 5999 Val Del Road?
Only three people were allowed to speak against, of the five whose hands went up.
The developer promised restrictive covenants enforced by nobody but the homeowners.
County-imposed conditions on the Nelson Hill development, also on Val Del, were largely waived by county staff without public hearings.
What promises should we believe?
Will the developer’s demand to ignore the Comprehensive Plan
because of “market conditions, supply and demand” prevail?
Do property values of neighbors not matter?
How about saddling the county school system with houses priced too low
for property taxes on them to cover expenses of sending school buses?
Or is profit for a few all that matters?
Since she made that table, Valdosta actually lowered its millage to 7.916, which in the above example would mean $50.32 less per year, for an example of how little difference
these minor millage rollbacks or increases actually mean to taxpayers.
Valdosta Board of Education wants to increase its tax rate (but not its millage).
Well, they spelled that wrong, as “Where are we now?”
Maybe for the video narrator from California who showed
a picture of lily pads when he said “River”.
But to be fair, this website and
the video from the Development Authority
VisionFirst whom Lowndes County paid $25,000,
presumably matching Valdosta,
also adopted by
does work hard to show a positive vision of the local area.
Oops, I forgot the hospital and the Chamber, and, most importantly,
Georgia Power, listed in the FAQ:
These videos are for those of you who have jobs, or responsibilities, which prevent you from taking random days or hours off at a time. Commissioner Marshall was absent from the second day of the retreat because he has a job which does not allow him the flexibility of daytime hours off. (The first day of the retreat was on Presidents Day.)
The topics of discussion ranged from the ever popular litter and trash collection, to special tax districts, fire and emergency response, animal control and the animal shelter, and one of my favorites, electronic records. Most presentations were made either by the county manager or clerk but the current Deep South Solid Waste Authority Chairman Kevin Beals was first up to talk trash.
A few years ago,
a doctor in Valdosta applied for a variance
for solar panels over his parking lot.
The Zoning Board of Approvals (ZBOA) tabled it,
because Valdosta’s Land Development Regulations (LDR)
did not permit that.
I think he then made the panels connected to his building,
which put them a different and already-permitted category.
What if Valdosta and other local governments updated their codes
to enable parking lot and other solar power?
4-6PM Monday, March 12, 2018
National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Library (NESPAL)
2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793
“The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and University of Georgia have come together to develop a model solar zoning ordinance to provide county and city officials and other decision-makers in Georgia access to best practices and a common baseline from which to work. We will produce a comprehensive document that addresses multiple scales and types of solar energy systems that counties and cities can adopt and adapt to their needs.”