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.
County Planner Jason Davenport sent email to the Planning Commission
yesterday noon before their evening meeting:
In light of the comments from the Chamber of Commerce from last week
related to TXT-2015-01 I have prepared a document that helps show the
amendments and various TRC and Chamber recommendations/comments side by
side. The amendments are overall organized into two groups, those that
are recommended for approval and have no objection and those that have
opposition and/or other comments. I will plan to provide physical
copies of the attached document at tonight’s meeting. Thank you.
Maybe this is a precedent for the county taking citizen comments more seriously;
one hopes it doesn’t apply only to the Chamber.
Updates about Moody, Tillman Crossing, and the Withlacoochee River Wastewater Treatment Plant,
for tonight’s Planning Commission meeting, received after last week’s GLPC Work Session.
I would post tonight’s GLPC agenda, but it’s not on the county’s website.
See the surprise addition in this update of
REZ-2015-20 City of Valdosta WWTP, about which details were not included: “The proposed site plan
is the same one that was presented to you with your paperwork last
So if you’re not a Planning Commissioner, you don’t get to see what the City of Valdosta is proposing for its new Withlacoochee River Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Details of massive revisions to the proposal for changes to the Moody Activity Zoning Districts,
sent by County Planner Jason Davenport to the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) and the Lowndes County Commissioners on 11 November 2015,
in advance of the GLPC’s 23 November 2015 Work Session and 30 November 2015 Regular Session.
He copied LAKE due to an open records request from Gretchen Quarterman.
The whole thing is
on the LAKE website.
Especially interesting are two slides apparently intended to finally the question on everyone’s mind of which developers are these changes for?
Tuesday 8 Sep 2015 at 10AM (no reason given for the odd date and time),
the Development Authority is preparing for the Chamber Economic Summit 2015-010-08
and various other events, plus the usual reports.
Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Development Authority Conference Room/103 Roosevelt Drive
Monthly Meeting Agenda