Richard Raines answered again.
He continues to be communicative and genial.
From: Richard Raines
To: Gretchen Quarterman
Subject: RE: Text Amendment
The motion to table the issue is made by the Commissioners. Chairman
Paulk thinks (and I agree) that this issue cannot be satisfactorily
settled by December 11th and that the new Commission should take it
up. It is not unusual for Chairman Paulk to weigh in on whether or
not we should table an item. Often times he is in a unique position
to give an informed opinion and in this case I concur.
The proposed text amendments, if approved, do not endanger Moody’s
mission or survival. If I have my way, the MAZ will be strengthened
in the areas closer to the base while easing development
restrictions in the areas furthest away. Even a cursory glance at
the ULDC and MAZ 1-3 reveals certain issues which must be addressed
in an effort to be equitable.
“This is a ‘thank you’ for the voters,” said Houston
County Chairman Tommy Stalnaker as Warner Robins Councilman Paul
Shealy presented the black and white sign. “They are the real
victors of this thing tonight.”…
Unofficial results showed the SPLOST received 10,029 ‘yes’ votes
to 4,799 ‘no’ votes. More affirmative than negative votes were
cast in every precinct.
That’s 67.6% to 32.4%, and a difference:
Houston County local elected officials
thanked the voters.
Lowndes County Chairman Ashley Paulk,
who rushed through a SPLOST vote a year early,
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Based on a conversation with the Chairman yesterday, it is my
understanding that this issue will be tabled until sometime next
year (Chairman-elect Slaughter will decide when to put it back on
the agenda) because we are working with MAFB on a compromise as
they are well aware of our mandate to balance property rights with
protecting against base encroachment.
Interesting, I thought that the commissioners made the decisions
about hearing or tabling an issue, not the chairman. While the
chairman can set the agenda, it is my understanding that the
voting members of the commission are the ones that actually get
to make the decisions.
Since I’ve been on the County Commission we have made it a priority
to constantly evaluate the ULDC and all zoning districts. MAZ 1-3
is no exception and must be evaluated to make sure that it is
balanced and consistent.
I appreciate that.
We have discovered a few inconsistencies with the MAZ which are
not practical and making adjustments will in no way put Moody Air
Force Base in peril. I was recently informed that Lowndes County
is the only community in the country with a MAZ, which means we
have gone to greater lengths than any other community to protect
against encroachment. Making minor adjustments is necessary with
all ordinances and, even if the proposed changes are made, we still
have the only MAZ in the country. Making minor adjustments in an
effort to promote consistency and eliminate duplication is not equal
to an all out assault on Moody.
I have many concerns about the continued presence of Moody AFB in
our community. Moody is a $400M+ economic engine and its loss or
The premise, and the promise, were brilliant in their simplicity:
Turn tree waste into fuel, help break the Middle Eastern choke hold on
America’s economy and bring hundreds of jobs to rural Georgia.
What wasn’t there to like?
Plenty, starting with the closing last month of the Range Fuels cellulosic
ethanol factory that promised to help make Georgia a national leader
in alternative energy production. Then there’s the money — more
than $162 million in local, state and federal grants, loans and other
subsidies committed to the venture.
Hm, who was involved in that?
“Range Fuels represents a new future for our country,” proclaimed
then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, flanked by dignitaries and beauty queens. “With
Georgia’s vast, sustainable and renewable forests, we will lead the
“Georgia’s status as the nation’s Bioenergy Corridor continues to
grow with the location of a renewable energy power plant in Valdosta,”
said Governor Perdue. “Our vast supply of biomass, technology innovations
and business-friendly environment are very attractive to companies such
as Wiregrass Power.”