“People would have a lot more confidence in the government
if they understood it and they could see it happen,”
said Gretchen Quarterman this morning on drive-time radio.
She used last night’s
Brookhaven apartment building rezoning public hearing in
Lake Park to illustrate: local landowners have property rights and
there was a lack of communication between the developers
of a proposed apartment building, the Lake Park city government,
and the neighbors.
Our county government does a lot of stuff really great…
but one of the things they don’t do very well
don’t advertise themselves;
not very transparent;
they don’t say what a great job they’re doing;
so I thought we could improve in that area.
The County Commission a couple of years ago had
two different studies commissioned
about growth and planning, and one of them was…
growth close to existing services.
The county already has an urban service area, like how far the
water line goes, how far the sewer line goes.
And that growth should be infilled, and not expand outside of that area,
because that saves resources in terms of how far you have to send the
sheriff, how far the school bus has to go.
And they also gave an average house price, what it costs in terms of
property taxes to support the services that are sent to them, to a development.
So I would say close in to existing services is the way to go.
Video: Drive Away CCA radio (John S. Quarterman interviewed by Chris Beckham)
No private prison in Lowndes County,
Radio WVGA 105.9 FM with Chris Beckham, Drive Away CCA (DAC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 6 March 2012.
Video by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
Audio from WVGA 105.9
audio from WVGA 105.9 is available.
There are plently of things you can still do to help Drive Away CCA:
John Quarterman, who is with a group informally called “Drive
Away CCA” visited The Morning Drive to discuss the group’s
displeasure with a possible private prison that is being discussed
in Lowndes County. A possible extension for the company to continue
its plans here is up for renewal and the group feels its location
here would be bad for area businesses and citizens alike.
Chris Beckham’s Black Crow show,
WVGA 105.9, about 4PM, will have
Bobbi Anne Hancock,
John S. Quarterman,
Austin Batchelor Sullivan,
and related matters.
And everything is related.
CUEE can attribute the source of this ad to another committee all
they want to. I know that I personally overheard Rusty Griffin telling
Myrna Ballard about the ad last Thursday night at the CUEE Education
Task Force meeting which I attended as a concerned citizen. Rusty was
very excited about the ad & said he expected it to greatly enhance their
campaign to unify the black community for consolidation. I told Sam Allen
what I heard, but neither of us knew what would be in the ad until it
aired Tuesday. Rusty said he had to get a final OK so I was hoping that
person would be smarter, but evidently not. Another thing I noticed at
the meeting where everyone but me was part of the task force only two
people out of the fifteen were from the black community. How does that
represent the diversity they preach?
I personally appreciate all the times over the past months
A new radio ad from the Community Unification for Educational Excellence,
Inc (CUEE) has sparked a lot of controversy in the few days it has
running in local media.
The ad, voiced by an actor who sounds like Morgan Freeman but is
not, encourages Valdosta city residents to vote “Yes” on school
consolidation November 8th. The commercial claims that Valdosta schools
are “once again segregated” and ties the success of the vote to
Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision.
Callers to the Chris Beckham Show, which airs from 3PM to 6PM each weekday
on WVGA 105.9 FM, were overwhelming in their condemnation of the ad.
Yes, that’s what Chris Beckham told me when I talked to him today.
I’ll be on his radio show on WVGA 105.9, tomorrow, about 4PM.