There was pushback on
lowering the millage rate at the Lowndes County Commission Work Session yesterday morning.
They will decide this evening at 5:30 PM at the Regular Session.
The Commissioners, like some of the public, also wanted to know when there will be a new County Clerk.
Answer, from the former County Clerk, Paige Dukes, who is now the County Manager:
not yet; maybe next meeting (two weeks from now).
It’s great that the Lowndes County Comissioner for District 2
is reporting about a highway in his district,
but why isn’t the county reporting it on its own facebook page,
website, twitter account, etc.?
While the county doesn’t have facebook account (why not?) it does
have those other things and there’s nothing on them about
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Gretchen made an Open Records request Monday morning and
it was available Tuesday 4:37 PM: mostly on paper and less than
an hour before the Commission voted.
The rezoning material from the Planning office was sent by electronic mail.
The rest cost $9.40 to retrieve on paper.
Nevermind in the email earlier Tuesday of the
old ordinance from 1992 the county staff demonstrated they can
put a paper document on their copier and produce a PDF.
They could have done that with the rest of the board packet.
Why didn’t they?
Will nearby buildings fall into this 120-foot sinkhole?
Will Shiloh Road have to be moved like Snake Nation Road was?
What about sinkhole insurance?
If there are “fault lines” causing sinkholes heading westwards in Lowndes County,
wouldn’t they cross the proposed path of the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline?
What will Lowndes County do if that thing goes in and a sinkhole opens under it?
What if Sabal Trail declares such a sinkhole force majeure and doesn’t pay?
LAKE learned about this because the County Clerk shared it on facebook
to her friends some of whom happen to be Gretchen’s friends.
Maybe mighty Lowndes County can afford its own facebook page?
PLEASE SHARE. Lowndes County Engineering has closed Shiloh Road
at Franks Creek due to a very large sinkhole.
Citizens will need to take the usual detour.
Please do not visit the area, this is not a photo opportunity.
Sinkholes are unpre…
That personal Paige Dukes facebook post did not seem to have
any corresponding information on lowndescounty.com last night.
In response to (a second) open records request, County Clerk Paige Dukes
stated in writing that Lowndes County does not have a contract with the person
referred to in numerous minutes as “County Attorney”, and that
no bids have been entertained for legal services for the county.
According to the budget documents the Clerk referred to,
the county raised the County Attorney’s budget 20% to $300,000 for 2013.
Illustrations below (some with links) were added by me. -jsq
CC: email@example.com; JPritchard@lowndescounty.com;
Subject: Open Records Request
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:22:08 +0000
These CDs demonstrate the county does make recordings
of the Commission meetings, at least of sound.
The County Clerk told Gretchen the recordings are erased after the Clerk
is finished with them.
Hm, since such recordings are records of public meetings, wouldn’t
that make them public open records?
And if they are, wouldn’t destroying them be illegal?