Which appears to be sufficient notice according to
O.C.G.A. 36-66-4(a): “A local government taking action resulting in a zoning decision shall provide for a hearing on the proposed action. At least 15 but not more than 45 days prior to the date of the hearing, the local government shall cause to be published within a newspaper of general circulation within the territorial boundaries of the local government a notice of the hearing. The notice shall state the time, place, and purpose of the hearing.”
The notice says opponents of the rezoning have to file a disclosure report about campaign contributions.
The same law, O.C.G.A. 36-67A-3 (2010)
says the applicant must also file a disclosure report.
I will include a request for that in the LAKE open records request before the January 24th Public Hearing.
Valdosta Daily Times, City and Public Notices, January 8, 2023,
Flags are to fly half-mast Sunday across the entire state of Georgia at the state Capitol and in Lowndes County for the late Sonny Vickers, whose absence loomed large over the
Valdosta City Council meeting.
The funeral will be
3 PM Sunday.
There will be a
special election for his Council seat,
as required by the city charter.
Below are links to each LAKE video of each agenda item with a few notes,
followed by a LAKE video playlist.
The board packet, received in response to a LAKE open records request,
on the LAKE website.
Some of the materials are out of order (I don’t know why), so if you don’t find something at first, keep looking.
John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper, thanked the city for fixing two sewer lines and installing a trash boom at Sugar Creek.
He reminded them that there was more to do.
For example, that trash on Holly Drive probably washes into waterways.
More than that, fast food parking lots need trash cans and to keep trash from escaping.
The city has ordinances, so if they don’t do it, the city can fine them.
And the city should put trash cans on its own parking lots to set an example.
He invited Mayor and Council to a chainsaw cleanup on the Withlacoochee River.
Council Vivian Miller-Cody said
the funeral for Sonny Vickers will be 3:00 PM this Sunday at
Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ, 1515 Barack Obama Blvd.
If there’s no room, people can go to
Harrington Funeral Home, 713 Lake Park Road, 229-242-2828.
She said the family requests no flowers, rather donations to a cancer foundation
which they are starting in honor of Council Sonny Vickers.
Mayor Scott James said the state proclamation from the governor
is to fly flags throughout the state at half mast this Sunday.
RIP Sonny Vickers + two sewer lines fixed @ VCC 2022-06-23
Valdosta City Council Regular Session, June 23, 2022, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
Investigative reporting costs money, for open records requests, copying, web hosting, gasoline, and cameras, and with sufficient funds we can pay students to do further research. You can donate to LAKE today!
Vice Chair Joyce Evans, presiding over the meeting in the absence of Chair Bill Slaughter, introduced the agenda change for district reapportionment indicating the Commissioners all already knew this was going to happen. Continue reading →
County Manager Paige Dukes said
“This is a follow up on the Building Valdosta purchase of property we have discussed with you several times…”
In what public meeting did those discussion take place?
She also said the county attorney had worked out an agreement with Building Valdosta, yet that agreement was not in the board packet.
And she remarked, “Any other claims related to this will continue through, um, any process with ACCG that they may have for lost profits.”
She immediately called for
an Executive Session for “Client-privileged communication regarding potential or pending litigation and for the purchase of property.”
Sounds like the county got sued by a developer, or was threatened with a lawsuit, and is resolving that by bailing out the developer with half a million of our tax dollars.
But the County Commission agenda does contain
two examples of how taxpayers are subsidizing development in Lowndes Counta.
The $45,742.00 for the
5.d. Nelson Hill Lift Station Pump Upgrade is “Due to growth in the area”: growth the county is actively promoting.
Maybe they could spend some of that to help fix the well and river testing costs downstream on the Withlacoochee River of
Valdosta’s record 7.5 million gallons of raw sewage spill into Sugar Creek, which has taken two months to maybe finally get diluted down the Withlacoochee River, twice entering Florida, with three Florida river advisories, and with Georgia warning signs on the Withlacoochee River downstream of Sugar Creek by Lowndes County and by WWALS (but not by Valdosta).
One City Council member tells me that audit doesn’t mean Valdosta has $2 million cash lying around.
But they do have several hundred thousand unspent.
Maybe they could also budget some of that surplus to help fix the stigma,
the decades-long reputational damage to all our rivers,
caused by Valdosta’s chronic sewage spills.
That would involve for example water quality testing or paying for testing downstream on the Withlacoochee River and doing marketing.