the 22 July 2013 Work Session
Here is the letter discussed (“So at this point, in order to comply with the deadline submitted by EPD, it was necessary to go ahead and work with Lovell on this.”)
and approved (“The water is good, right?”)
23 July Regular Session of the Lowndes County Commission,
obtained through an Open Records Request by April Huntley,
plus a transcription.
You may wonder, as I do, why the county didn’t just put it online
along with the agenda, like so many other county commissions and
city councils do. Continue reading →
7.b. Letter to Environmental Protection Division concerning Alapaha Water Treatment Plant Upgrade
Regarding the letter written by Lovell Engineering to GA EPD on behalf of the
county, discussed in the previous morning’s
22 July 2013 Work Session,
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall asked:
I just had a question regarding the timing of the letter.
I know it says eight month pilot study.
And I just wanted to know for the record, that
the water is good now, right?
It’s drinkable, and so forth, just for the public to be aware
that it’s not some public health risk out there.
The slides for the SPLOST VII presentation have appeared on the county’s website;
here’s a link, with the text from that website.
Videos are to come from
last night’s Regular Session SPLOST VII Presentation.
Meanwhile you can see
video from Monday morning’s Work Session, in which they actually said more.
Nothing seems to be in the VDT about this today, which is odd,
since I’m pretty sure that’s the VDT reporter in the left
foreground of this picture from last night. -jsq
What is Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST)?
As of July 1, 1985, Georgia law enabled local governments to collect
SPLOST proceeds for capital improvement projects that would
otherwise be paid for with General Fund or property tax dollars.
SPLOST stands for Continue reading →
Idelle Dear handed the Commission a thank-you card on behalf of library users
for providing additional funding that reduced furlough days.
She tried to speak at the meeting two weeks ago,
but the Chairman
stopped her then on a technicality.
Ms. Dear reminded the Commission that she did speak to them
at the beginning of the year,
and she appreciated the card she got from the Chairman after that.
She appreciated even more that the number of furlough days had
been reduced, since, as she explained again this time,
people use the library for everything from job hunting to course assignments.
A SPLOST VII presentation, an appointment to the
Department of Family & Children’s Services Board,
rehiring prisoners who are cheaper than local labor,
and a letter to GA EPD about an upgrade to
the Alapaha Water Treatment Plant they’ve been tinkering with since
13 and 14 August 2007 at least.
Is this the upgrade
Reed Construction Data says is on US 84,
was engineered by Lovell Engineering?
If so, it’s for:
Water Treatment, Sewage Treatment The Work To Be Done Shall Consist
Of Furnishing All Labor Materials & Equipment Necessary To Construct
The Project Titled Alapaha Water Treatment Facility As Shown On The
Construction Drawings In General Construction Consists Of
Approximately 950 LF Of 6 PVC Watermain, Relocation Of 20000 Gallon
Hydro-Pneumatic Tank, Valves, Fittings, Controls, Erosion Control
Grassing, 2 Submersible Wells, Water Supplies Sulfide Removal
Stripper Tank, 2 Booster Pumps, 16′ X 16′ Blcok Masonry Bldg & All
Other Associated Apertures Necessary For A Complete Installation
You can have it as early as the
26th of July,
but it has to be done and ready for the tax commissioner by July 31st.
County Manager wanted to know if there would be a quorum present for
26 July 2013 at 8:30.
Chairman asked for a show of hands, and got two, which is not a quorum.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall checked his calendar and said he could
also attend, and three is a quorum.
Commissioner John Page asked if this was the day they previously
had been advised in an email.
Answer: no, that was Thursday, and this date is a Friday.
County Manager also clarified that they couldn’t set their millage
until the School Board did.
Commissioner Marshall noted he had previously been told the 25th,
and once again staff admitted that was so.
Three days later, there is still nothing on
the county’s online calendar
for 26 July 2013.
over at the historical Courthouse square,
Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and Lowndes County Public Works Department
will plant three trees that are native to south Georgia
in celebrating a three-day free-to-the-public electronic recycling event.
The public is welcome.
And I’d like to also recognize at this time special thanks to Advanced Disposal
and Yancey Caterpillar for helping with the funding of this event.
What we’re doing is at the request of the Committee for the Preservation
of the Courthouse.
The scene around the Courthouse as you see it now
the Annex has come off.
There is sod down at this point.
We’re going to add three more trees on that, which would be the north side
of the Courthouse.
It would be three different species of hardwood trees.
And when that is completed, we should have a sample of each hardwood
tree that is representative of south Georgia around the perimeter of the
So it’s going to be really nice, and it will still allow us to
be able to use that green space and all right there for some events and such as that,
for Farm Days and what have you.
So if you do have it, put it on your calendar, take the opportunity to come
out and enjoy the morning with us as we plant those three trees.