The added agenda item
6e. Emergency Repairs to Rocky Ford Road
got a couple of bids (unusual procedure; different from their
usual no-bid emergencies) passed.
The Chamber sent
Gary Wisenbaker to speak in Citizens Wishing to Be Heard
to ask for (after a very long preamble by John Page)
apparently money from GDOT for a long list (in a letter the taxpayers
did not get to see) of
transportation projects to help “the business community”,
apparently including the truck bypass.
They only appointed six of the seven members of the
Development Authority of Lowndes County,
although a Commissioner did ask about that.
It’s also curious they said all the terms expired right then,
since the Wayback machine has a snapshot of 4 April 2017, which shows three expiring in June 2017 and four already
expired in December 2016.
Apparently they just didn’t bother to appoint anybody to the four slots
that expired in December 2016 until eight months later,
and then they didn’t appoint anybody to one of the 2017 slots.
Longest at seven minutes was
6a. REZ-2017-11 Arrow Engineering,
in which the County Commissioners ignored the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny, and the County Planner’s observation the previous morning that
the applicants would accept one acre.
Instead they approved 2.5 acres with no conditions as Office Institutional (OI)
in an area with no other instances of that.
They actually spent the most time on the
the biggest item was
renaming Val Tech Road:
they decided not to do that, rather to designate “a portion” of it as
Wiregrass Technical College Way or something like that.
For two boards,
they didn’t have an application for one seat,
so they left it until the next meeting.
The agenda still says 8:30 AM Monday morning for the Work Session,
and they have only half an hour left to change it and still comply with state law.
In case anybody has forgotten Moody AFB is by far the biggest employer in these parts, the county wants
to hire for $36,000 a year a pair of lobbyists to the Air Force:
Parker and Lucy Greene,
“to provide consulting services on behalf of Lowndes County to enhance
relationships with the Air Force and Department of Defence regarding Moody AFB.”
tabled T-SPLOST until their next meeting
because they got a complaint from the Chamber about process,
and also from others.
Remember, even if it gets on the ballot, it can still be voted down again, like in 2012.
Even though the Lowndes County Commission delayed a vote on the
regional T-SPLOST at its last meeting due to local confusion on the
one-penny sales tax, enough counties in the area now support the tax
(10 out of 18 were needed) to move it forward to a public vote even
without the commission’s approval.
In the coming weeks, a regional roundtable of government
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Here are LAKE videos of
the candidates running in the November general election at
“Meet the Candidates”
by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce September 27th 2016.
It seemed less attended than usual, but that may have been due to the larger venue
of Mathis Auditorium dwarfing the audience.
Each got a few minutes to say something, and nobody took questions.
There were tables with information before they spoke.
“Come meet and hear from the candidates running in the November general election,”
says the Chamber, and this is usually the best-attended candidate forum.
This is not a debate. Each candidate gets a few minutes to say something, and nobody takes questions.
However, they also have tables with information and you can usually catch them before or after.
When: 5-7PM Tuesday September 27th 2016
Where: Mathis City Auditorium
2300 North Ashley Street
Valdosta, GA 31602
Mostly what the assembled rotaries and homebuilders seemed to be interested in was getting the Senator to defend Moody Air Force Base against closure,
which makes sense, since Moody is still by far the largest economic engine of the entire central south Georgia and north Florida region.
Maybe you can hear where he says anything about defending us from the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline; I must have missed that part.
He ended by saying it wasn’t about rich vs. poor, and quoting from the Declaration of Independence about “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” There’s no mutuality in the federal government giving eminent domain to a pipeline company from Houston, Texas to take our lands so they can profit by exporting fracked methane.