The Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline and others already in the county
came up in the
Comprehensive Plan approval discussion, as you can see in these
LAKE Videos from Monday morning; they vote tonight 5:30 PM.
Citizen Delores Matchett wanted to know why Howell Lane isn’t paved when all the streets around it are; she mentioned several new subdivisions.
She said Commissioners had no idea how fast people drive on that dirt road.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall noted (as a different Commissioner did
Monday morning) that
the three lift station pumps are no-bid.
The agenda sheets for them said because of some unexplained county policy.
They vote Tuesday night at 5:30 PM. In these LAKE videos of Monday morning’s
8.5 minute Work Session, you can see they are buying
three new lift station pumps, and for each:
“This pump has not been bid due to it being a sole source item in accordance
with the County’s standards and specifications.”
One commissioner did ask about that.
Where can we see these no-bid standards and specifications?
In other water news, they are likely to approve the annual renewal of the
USGS Little River GA 122 stream gauge, which they started paying for after the 2009 floods.
Half the meeting (11 1/2 minutes) Tuesday was Commissioners grilling
Sheriff Chief Deputy Joe Crow
the cost of
High Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (Heat):
how less funding is provided the more successful the program is,
and federal funding may go away, leaving the county to foot the bill.
Chairman asked for monthly statistical updates.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall moved to approve continuation of the grant,
plus a statement in favor of the grant including a disclaimer that the county would “work to preserve” as much of the grant as possible if state funding goes away.
They vote 5:30 PM this evening on
finally fixing the railroad bridge over Old Quitman Highway.
As you can see in the videos below of yesterday morning’s Work Session,
County Engineer Mike Fletcher said it’s taken long negotiations with CSC and GDOT,
ending up with realigning the road to go across the railroad at 90 degrees.
Finance Director Stephanie Black said they were having public hearings
because they were required to when raising the millage.
She said some of the reasons for the raise were a decline in the
Local Option Sales Tax revenue, “because of the TATV” a decline in motor vehicle revenues,
and a decline of 1.88% or $56 million in the property tax digest.
TATV appears to be Ad Valorem Title Tax, which changed with
HB 386 becoming law 1 March 2013, changing annual TATV to a one-time tax at vehicle purchase, and that new tax goes to the state, not the local government.
As you can see in the Millage History slide pictured, they did Continue reading →
That’s 2:39 for all business in Monday’s Work Session of the Lowndes County Commission, except for
a report at the end about a new county agent.
The whole thing took less than 5 and a half minutes, according to their own clock.
Valdosta City Council Sandra Tooley showed up at 5:35, just before they adjourned, and wondered what happened.
You ever get the feeling they discuss business somewhere other than in public m eetings?
Tonight there’s a third millage hearing at 5PM, followed by their voting
Regular Session at 5:30 PM.
See previous post for some background on the millage and the agenda.
Below are links to each of the LAKE videos of the August 22nd 2016 Work Session of the Lowndes County Commission.
They vote tonight. Continue reading →