Tag Archives: 13 November 2012

Video playlist @ LCC 2012-11-13

The County Commission continues to do the peoples’ business in secret. The solid waste exclusive franchise agreement was tabled for a month, due to some mysterious new information, and two citizens pleaded with the Commission to reconsider the whole thing. The developer who got to speak at Monday’s Work Session asked for his development to be tabled for a month, and the Commission did so. After the meeting, three people from Moody AFB trooped into a side room with the Chairman.

Also, if it’s a privilege to serve and an honor to be appointed, why does the Lowndes County Commission not tell us who they are appointing? In the Work Session they muttered some proposed names unintelligbly, and in the Regular Session they didn’t say anything about who some of the new appointees are, and none of the appointees spoke. As near as I could tell, only one bothered to show up: VLCIA reappointee Mary Gooding.

Update 2012-11-20: Jody Hall reminds me he was there as an appointee. He says he was ready to speak, but nobody asked him to.

Here’s a video playlist:

Video playlist
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 13 November 2012.

Here’s the agenda again, this time with links to the videos plus a few notes.

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Don’t do this to private enterprise —Cary Scarborough @ LCC 2012-11-13

Cary Scarborough of Deep South Sanitation told the Commission he and his wife and son and daughters started a business, but he “didn’t think it would come down to what we’ve seen here lately.” He spoke at Tuesday’s Lowndes County Commission Regular Session.

I understand … that the county has a responsibility for the solid waste…. I understand we have these big corporations, Advanced Disposal, Veolia. I know some of these people at Veolia, good people; they’ve got a good company, and they pick up several thousand cans every day. What we do offer the citizens here… we offer just a personal service. I know a lot of these people first hand….

He told a story about a customer whose husband lost his job. He stopped billing until the man got another job.

Cary Scarborough’s summation:

Don’t do this to private enterprise, to an individual. If it’s done to me, it will get easier later down the road to do it to someone else.

Yes, why is the county taking customers away from a local business and giving them to a company that isn’t even based here?

County Manager Joe Pritchard, once again, was mostly not paying attention.

Here’s the video:

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Keep waste sites open and reprioritize SPLOST —William Geyer @ LCC 2012-11-13

William Geyer expressed two widespread opinions, keep the solid waste disposal sites open, and reprioritize SPLOST, when he spoke at Tuesday’s Lowndes County Commission Regular Session. County Manager Joe Pritchard, the driving force behind the waste disposal decision, still wasn’t listening.

Keep the solid waste disposal sites open

Saying he was William Geyer of 5474 Union Road, Hahira, he asked the Commission to reconsider their solid waste plan, and to keep the waste disposal sites open.
There’s people out there that can’t afford what y’all are offering. And with a budget as large as we got, I know there’s some way to keep them open. Not only that, Florida has them, and they don’t even man them. I talk to a lot of people out there, they don’t come here, but I wish you really would reconsider, because it is a plus for this county, the elderly, a lot of people here who are struggling, who can’t afford it. I’m not saying I can’t; I can afford it, but there’s a lot of people here who can’t afford it.

Reprioritize SPLOST

Geyer noted SPLOST was supposed to be for paving roads, but lots of roads hadn’t gotten paved.
At that first SPLOST meeting, it was around 1984 or 5 they did my road, Union Road. What happened to the rest of the roads that are dirt? We’ve somehow lost our priorities. We want a new library, we want a new this or that. What about these people who live on these dirt roads that were promised they’d be paved. County Manager, how many miles of dirt roads do we have in this county?

County Manager Joe Pritchard obviously wasn’t listening, “Pardon me?” he said, after the Chairman prodded him. He didn’t know, either; he motioned Continue reading