Board’s Pleasure should be Deny: Miller Bridge Road rezoning @ LCC 2022-02-07.
It’s almost enough to make you wonder why the Lowndes County Commission does not want the public to know what it is doing?
A state-funded road restriping with the list of roads
not revealed to the public for three months, and no minutes for the relevant meetings on the Lowndes County website (but LAKE kept a copy from their old website).
A petition with 300 signatures the County Planner
just took out of the board packet so even County Commissioners did not see it.
Two board packets (for Planning and County Commission meetings)
not returned for more than the statutory three days,
and then one of them only partial.
No board packets on the county’s website,
even though other counties larger and smaller in Georgia and Florida have been doing that for years.
No minutes (except one) before 2014, or maybe some hidden.
Not even any agendas before 2012.
Lowndes County Agenda Center for 2013
County Commission staff do take videos of the Commission meetings,
but they only post videos of the Regular Session (not the Work Session),
and not even those between October 2020 and October 2021.
This is despite spending more than $100,000 for new audio visual equipment for the Commission Chambers, while the Valdosta City Council has livestreamed through the pandemic using an employee’s iPhone.
I could go on about
the stealth reapportionment of Commission Districts
and the half million dollar bailout of a developer,
both at the same January 25, 2022, Lowndes County Commission meeting,
both not revealed to the taxpaying public before the voting Regular Session.
But just items related to the Miller Bridge Road rezoning requests
are enough to raise questions about the secrecy of Lowndes County Commission and staff.
Why don’t they want the public and the taxpayers to know?
What don’t they want us to know?