5.a. FY2020 USGS Joint Funding Agreement,
which adds county funding for the Skipper Bridge Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge
to the Hahira Little River Gauge the county has been funding since 2009,
Surprise bonds for the Development Authority and Lowndes County Schools,
and a turn lane for Wiregrass Tech, plus a new Forestry Ranger about fire,
in these LAKE videos of yesterday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session.
The longest item was five minutes about
funding the Skipper Bridge Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge
in addition to the Folsom Bridge Little River Gauge,
EMA Director Ashley Tye.
Valdosta apparently discovered that Skipper Bridge is not in the city limits, so Valdosta will no longer fund that gauge.
But the former funding from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) plus more from Lowndes County will cover it,
if the Lowndes County Commissioners vote for it at 5:30 PM Tonight,
after their discussion yesterday morning.
Lowndes County is adding funding for the Skipper Bridge Road Withlacoochee River gauge to its traditional since 2009 funding of the Folsom Bridge GA 122 Little River gauge.
That’s $8,300 and $14,200, respectively, with another $5,900 for the Skipper Bridge Gauge from the Suwannee River Water Management District.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) puts in $900 towards each gauge, or $1800 total.
Valdosta still funds the North Valdosta Road US 41 Withlacoochee River Valdosta gauge, and USGS completely funds the US 84 Quitman Withlacoochee River gauge.
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.
“378:30-a Public Utility Rate Base; Exclusions. Public utility rates or
charges shall not in any manner be based on the cost of construction
work in progress. At no time shall any rates or charges be based upon
any costs associated with construction work if said construction work is
not completed. All costs of construction work in progress, including,
but not limited to, any costs associated with constructing, owning,
maintaining or financing construction work in progress, shall not be
included in a utility’s rate base nor be allowed as an expense for rate
making purposes until, and not before, said construction project is
actually providing service to consumers.”
Why were only 12% of the projected 1000 nuclear plants built in the U.S. by
the year 2000?
Because of the no nukes movement started in Seabrook, New Hampshire
And because New Hampshire banned CWIP.
Here in Georgia in 2012 we can cut to the chase and do what they
did that worked.
Thirty years ago this month, in the small seacoast town of Seabrook,
New Hampshire, a force of mass non-violent green advocacy collided
with the nuke establishment.
A definitive victory over corporate power was won. And the global
grassroots “No Nukes” movement emerged as one of the most important
and effective in human history.
It still writes the bottom line on atomic energy and global warming.
All today’s green energy battles can be dated to May, 13, 1977, when
550 Clamshell Alliance protestors walked victoriously free after
thirteen days of media-saturated imprisonment. Not a single US
reactor ordered since that day has been completed.
Richard Nixon had pledged to build 1000 nukes in the US by the year
2000. But the industry peaked at less than 120. Today, just over a
hundred operate. No US reactor ordered since 1974 has been
completed. The Seabrook demonstrations—which extended to
civil disobedience actions on Wall Street—were key to keeping
nearly 880 US reactors unbuilt.
After years of protests and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident
the New Hampshire legislature passed a law that denied
the Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH)
Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) charges
before the Seabrook nuclear plant
provided electricity to its customers.
One of two planned Seabrook reactors did finally go into service in 1990,
more than a decade late and far over budget.
the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled the anti-CWIP law was constitutional,
and PSNH went bankrupt in 1988:
investor-owned utility since the Great Depression to declare
Seabrook was the last nuclear reactor built in the United States.
Which has CWIP.
Maybe we should
By January 1972 PSNH had decided not only to build a nuclear plant
at Seabrook but also to have it consist of two 1,150-megawatt units,
to be completed in 1979. PSNH was to own 50 percent of the $1.3 billion
project and share the remaining investment with other New
England utilities. In January 1974 the New Hampshire Site Evaluation
Committee, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and other
regulatory bodies had issued the basic permits, but interveners in
the case succeeded in having the New Hampshire Supreme Court
overturn these permits. After repeated appeals and rehearings PSNH
received its construction permit in July 1976—and experienced
its first protest at the planned site.
There followed a decade of other protests at the site, inside
regulatory chambers, and in New Hampshire and Washington courtrooms.
The 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear-power plant in
Pennsylvania—to name but one event that triggered concern
We’re not done working on this.
But if you think it’s time to bring it before y’all.
Later, at about 11:40 in, Davenport clarified:
And the only that’s different right now is Lowndes County.
Because Lowndes County did not hold
a public hearing as required, so we’re on a different timeline.
And if Mrs. Quarterman would have given me about until December 13th
she would have seen that.
Because our initial resolution was not the same as the other communities.
We’re on a little bit of a different timeline
because we have to address that issue.
That’s one thing;
the county in this instance will be handled a little different
than some of the smaller cities and Valdosta.
Anyway, the County Planner has said there will be a public hearing.
However, remember it was the County Chairman who said that
the public hearing item on the agenda was not really a public hearing.
It’s the Chairman, not the Planner,
who sets the agendas for the County Commission.
We’ll see what’s on the 13th December County Commission Agenda,
and whether it really is handled as a public hearing in that meeting.
Etta Mims reports that Myrna Ballard told her on the telephone Thursday
a week ago that the Chamber hasn’t invested any money in
the school consolidation campaign.
Myrna did admit that she spent some of her
time and some time of one staff member.
Etta asked Myrna was not time money?
At that point Myrna stated Etta had hurt her feelings,
and she was going to get off the phone.
I wonder, if the Chamber didn’t pay for that new ad, who did?
Ditto for the radio ad.
And who did Rusty Griffin have to get to sign off on it?
Also, I’m still looking forward to hearing any “FACTS” from the Chamber.
So far every alleged “FACT” from CUEE or the Chamber about “unification” or consolidation has been readily disproved,
and David Mullis has compiled the real facts.