They tabled until July 10th the Wetherington-Nelson annexation request,
and approved the city budget; also a beer and wine license.
And voted to accept a bid from EZsite to fix their website.
Council Mason Barfield said in Council Comments he loves being
on video, and sees the Internet as the future of local government.
County Manager Jonathan Sumner noted Hahira’s budget is in the black,
and, unlike other local governments, does not need to raise its millage.
Hm, maybe they could afford to do their own videos, then.
Since their website is still broken, I don’t have an agenda.
Here are links to the videos, followed by a playlist. Continue reading →
Videos: fire chief, teachers, web site, and chairs
Special Called Meeting, Hahira City Council (Hahira),
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Hahira, Lowndes County, Georgia, 15 May 2014.
Commissioner Franklin Bailey summed up the Dollar General proposal for Hahira:
There’s just a lot here we don’t have.
Hahira City Council
on the Teramore Development items, which are for a Dollar General
the one in Naylor),
as we discovered
Greater Lowndes Planning Commission Regular Session 26 August 2013,
even though the agenda doesn’t say.
GLPC recommended for it, even though engineering details hadn’t been done
for water management, the site plan wasn’t finalized, and no solution
was proposed for Dollar General’s corporate habit of using sidewalks
for cart storage, among many other issues.
To get a decent deal on streetlights, a small Georgia city may have
to help change the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Or, an energy concern in Hahira happened to coincide with
a visit by PSC candidate Steve Oppenheimer.
Ralph Clendenin, City Council member, is looking into converting
Hahira's streetlights to LEDs or maybe solar.
He has discussed that with Georgia Power, which will do it for
$250,000 up front.
At a savings of $1,000 a month, that would take quite a while to pay back:
more than 20 years.
What it comes down to is people like you in this room in the small communities
figuring out what pieces do we put together to make our community better for tomorrow.
Afterwards in the entranceway,
Ralph Clendenin showed Steve Oppenheimer how
he'd figured out that Georgia Power was charging about 73% maintenance
above the electricity cost of the streetlights.
Oppenheimer said there were many options.
Clendenin suggested one:
The option I see right now is, the Commission somehow, has got to change the rules
on how Georgia Power… structures payments.
Oppenheimer suggested a way to get there:
We need a commission with some new leadership,
with some separation from industry, that doesn't have the
apparent conflicts of interest.
Ralph summed it up pithily:
Ralph Clendenin: 73% is that forever payment to Georgia Power.
Steve Oppenheimer: It's a great deal, if you're on the right end of it.
What say we change the end of the stick we the taxpayers are getting from the PSC?
Here are the rest of the videos from the Hahira City Council meeting of 2 August 2012, including the very interesting scheduled agenda items in which each Council member, the City Manager, and the Mayor give their thoughts on issues relevant to the City of Hahira.