Health, Planning, Tourism, Construction, and KLVB:
this is said to be a list of the remaining appointments to be made
by the Lowndes County Commission for the rest of this year.
The source document didn’t say who’s currently on those boards,
but I’ve added links to other sources where those could be found.
The Region Four Planning Board represents 24 counties in the region.
Members are appointed by their county commissioners; they are
business and civic leaders with a strong interest in mental health,
developmental disabilities and addictive diseases as well as
consumers or family members of consumers.
You have to do the stuff. Everything in life turns out to be a
distraction from the real thing you want to do. There are a million
distractions and when I was a kid I was very disciplined. I knew
that the other kids weren’t. I was the one able to do the thing, not
because I had more talent, maybe less, but because they simply
weren’t applying themselves. As a kid I wanted to do magic tricks. I
could sit endlessly in front of mirror, practicing, practicing,
because I knew if you wanted to do the tricks you’ve got to do the
thing. I did that with the clarinet, when I was teaching, I did that
with writing. This is the most important thing in my life because I
see people striking out all the time. It’s not because they don’t
have talent, or because they don’t want to be, but because they
don’t put the work in to do it. They don’t have the discipline to do
it. This was something I learned myself. I also had a very strict
mother who was no nonsense about that stuff. She said ‘If you
don’t do it, then you aren’t going to be able to do the thing.’ It’s
as simple as that. I said this to my daughter, if you don’t practice
the guitar, when you get older you wouldn’t be able to play it. It’s
that simple. If you want to play the guitar, you put a half hour in
everyday, but you have to do it. This has been the biggest guiding
principle in my life when I was younger and it stuck. I made the
statement years ago which is often quoted that
80 percent of life is showing up.
People used to always say to me that they wanted to
write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a
novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the
way to having something happen. All the other people struck out
without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they
don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do
it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you
are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I
was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have
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?
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.
The Lowndes County Commission invited a developer to speak
about his proposed rezoning at a Work Session
without inviting any opposition to speak.
Plus another rezoning, a proposed solid waste ordinance with exclusive franchise
agreement, and proposed appointments to five boards and authorities.
And at the end an animal event report.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
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Here is the entire Lowndes County Commission Work Session from this morning,
the same day it happened.
VDT or WCTV or WALB could do this.
Or the Commission itself could.
But since they don’t, LAKE did, and now you can see them dealing
with appointmments, alcohol, and animals.
If you have concerns about anything that happened,
or anything else related to the county government, there’s
a regular meeting Tuesday evening.
We need to
watch local boards regardless of whatever else happens.
But to ensure
local boards and agencies become more responsive to the community,
even better is to
appoint people to them who want to be more responsive to the community.
Many such appointments are available right now.
Valdosta’s list of open appointments, qualifications, etc. can be found
There are 14 positions open on 8 boards,
ranging from the Parks and Recreation Authority, which has its own dedicated
tax millage larger than that of the Industrial Authority, to the Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful Board,
which has a paid executive director.
Here’s an excerpt:
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Previously, the Valdosta City Council appointed City Council member
Robert Yost to the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority (VLPRA).
The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners debated appointing a Commissioner
to the VLPRA at their June 8 meeting:
They decided to appoint their chairman, Ashley Paulk, to the VLPRA.
Chairman Paulk said he would serve, but as a private citizen.
I wonder then what the point was of appointing him, rather than