Videos: Hurricane Recovery, Fire Department, expand Board of Tax Assessors, new water tower, appointments, election qualifying fees, insurance, and bids @ LCC Regular 2023-12-12.
Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
for Lowndes and Echols Counties.
CASA advocates for children who have been abused or neglected,
and who are often in foster care.
Lowndes County was one of the last to sign on to the program.
Her 10 minutes accounted for a third of the half-hour Lowndes County Commission Work Session of December 11, 2023.
They spent a bit more than a minute on
7.l. Expanding Board of Tax Assessors.
One issue, said County Manager Paige Dukes, was that with only three Assessors,
two constitutes a quorum, which limited their flexibility for meetings.
Earlier, Commissioner Clay Griner asked about appointments of Tax Assessors,
pointing out that Assessor James Puckett’s term was up;
this was in
6.b. Appointment – Lowndes County Public Facilities Authority.
Chairman Bill Slaughter said those appointments would be on a January agenda.
In the actual item about Tax Assessors, the County Manager said James Puckett would remain an Assessor until somebody was appointed to replace him, which would happen in January.
Second longest item at almost four minutes was
7.j. Lowndes County Juvenile Accountability Court FY24 Enhancement – Innovation,
because Commission Demarcus Marshall asked about 17-year-olds, who would soon be entering the work force.
Judge Council said some nonprofits helped, and he welcomed any other resources.
Third at more than two minutes was
8.b. Bid for Security Services at the Human Resources Building.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall asked if armed security guards cost more,
and would being armed make a difference.
Chairman Bill Slaughter said these guards man the metal detectors
to keep people from bringing firearms in.
There was more discussion.
Two water items got about a minute and a half each.
8.c. Moody AFB Emergency Backup Water Connection
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall wanted to know how long will the connection be.
8.d. New Elevated Water Tower located at 2650 James Road Extension,
the $3.5 million item,
Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker wanted to know whether this tower was north of US 84.
Utility Director Steve Stalvey said it would be south of US 84 but north of the railroad tracks.
Nobody provided any detail for why it was being built.
It’s probably not coincidence that this water tower comes after
the March rezoning for a James Road apartment complex,
which is apparently the same that was withdrawn back in August 2022.
Let’s not forget all the previous subsidies to James Road (widening, water lines, etc.)
after the infamous failed 2007 mega-mall boondoggle.
They ended with an Executive Session, of which we have no video.
Collage @ LCC 11 December 2023
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item,
followed by a LAKE video playlist.
See also the
the agenda and the board packet.