George Rhynes’ video of the last two citizens speaking at the
7 November 2011 County Commission meeting has
interesting closeups on the county staff while
the Chairman was answering Matt Portwood.
Then at 1:35 Tony Daniels answered the request for “any other business”
by walking up to the podium and talking.
He cited life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
from the Declaration of Independence:
How can we pursue happiness when we don’t even have a job?
I believe the city and county and Industrial Authority and the Chamber of Commerce
need to work more together to create an atmosphere of trying to bring more
industry inside the city.
We have highways coming through Valdosta.
I hope to see in the near future that the county and the city and the
Industrial Authority and the Chamber of Commerce
work like brothers and sisters.
Because you know and I know that you are elected by the people
of the people and for the people, and I’d like to see that….
Because we need more entrepeneurs, we need to see all governments
in this area promote that….
After apologizing for setting off a flash earlier,
I recommended the county video their own meetings,
so they wouldn’t have to depend on amateurs.
Lowndes County Board of Education had an open forum about school consolidation.
and they had their own person videoing the whole thing,
ended up on the web in a day or two,
which means that everyone in the county could see what was going on….
We get enough of that for free.
I’ll send you a bill!
The Chairman nodded, so I’ll take that for approval of billing by LAKE.
George Rhynes complimented Ashley Paulk for having provided
information about people in jail when Paulk was Sheriff,
and noted that unfortunately that had not been the case since.
He asked if someone could point him to where he could get such
Chairman Paulk reminded him that the Sheriff is a constitutional
officer, and the Commission did not direct him.
George Rhynes responded:
Everywhere I go, I hear that.
I go to Brooks County, and they inform me of the same thing.
Chairman Paulk noted:
… by state law.
They agreed on that, and George said he thought nonetheless:
Seems like somebody in the state of Georgia would know how to get that information,
if it is open.
Ashley Paulk, Lowndes County Commission chairman contributed $200
So it’s not like the public doesn’t already know Ashley Paulk’s opinion
on this subject, and it seems he was reminding us of it: he contributed money to FVCS, a group actively lobbying to prevent the school consolidation promoted by CUEE.
Chairman Paulk also noted:
We do have county residents who live in the city.
Seems like he’s confusing two excuses for the Commissioners not speaking about school consolidation:
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Alcohol, rezoning, hospital, debt, and an election!
Because Tuesday is Election Day, the Lowndes County Commission
changed its regular meeting to Monday.
Work sessions are usually Monday in the morning; today the Work Session
is at 4:30 PM, just before the Regular Session at 5:30 PM.
It’s a busy agenda, including two alcohol licenses, two rezonings, and
an appointment to the
Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County (VLCHA);
that’s the body that authorized
South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) buying Smith Northview Hospital,
after which SGMC got the County Commission
to have we the taxpayers guarantee $100 million in bonds for expansion.
Hm, and “SGMC Revenue Certificates” is on this agenda, too.