Received 1 June 2012 about the
22 May 2012 VLMPO Open House at SGRC.
The “Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, is the short-range
plan approved by the VLMPO Policy Committee that allows federal funds
to be spent on various transportation projects in the region.”
I attended the transportation plan open house on the day that anyone could
come from early morning until 7:00 PM and when I went at 5, I was only the
sixth person who had been there all day. Corey Hull showed me and four
other people the plan, answered our questions, explained the difference
between this long term plan and the TSPLOST and there was a discussion about
how one might go about becoming a bus services provider in the area. The
amount of money allocated to the city of Valdosta for transportation is not
an amount that is near what a bus system would cost, so there still will
have to be other funds available to make that possible. Even though our
group brought the attendance for the day up to 10 citizens, it was a huge
improvement over the last open house, when NO ONE showed. Corey Hull was
very helpful and had a lot of information that probably would have been
fascinating to others if they had attended, but once again there was
virtually no input.
-Jane F. Osborn, MSSW
projects submitted for T-SPLOST,
a bus system would cost about $7.5 million (startup and a few years run-time),
but that got cut first pass, while $12 million for widening one road
is still in the T-SPLOST list.
I’m told that public transportation is not an issue around here.
If people think it is, maybe they should show up at meetings
like the one SGRC organized about the other transportation plan
and say they want a bus system.
The Department of Community Health (DCH), Healthcare Facility Regulation
Division (HFRD) invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting on the topic,
“Establishing Meaningful Distinctions for Levels of Care in Licensed
Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living Communities and Nursing Homes”.
The Town Hall Meeting will be held in the DCH Board Room, 5th Floor,
2 Peachtree Street, NW on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to provide a forum where
interested consumers, providers, advocates, stakeholders and regulators
may discuss the topic informally. This informal dialogue will assist
the DCH in its development of proposed rules for personal care homes
and assisted living communities as a result of the passage of SB 178
which creates a licensure category called assisted living communities.
Of course, any rules that the DCH ultimately develops would be
taken through an informal rules advisory group process and the public
rule-making process. If you are unable to attend the Town Hall Meeting,
but would like to provide input on this topic, please feel free to send
your input electronically to DCH staff using the following email address:
That web page also includes some questions for which DCH wants public input.
From: “Jane Osborn”
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:32:19 -0400
Have you seen these proposed projects for our region if the transportation
tax is passed? A few meetings have been held in local cities, mostly
attended by elected officials with Ashley Paulk as the chair of our
committee. Committee members are listed and projects proposed for each
county in the region are outlined in great detail.
Abuse of an animal is a criminal offense. The GA Dept. of Agriculture
is a regulatory agency able only to issue fines, not pursue criminal
investigations. Why are these reports not on the desk of the sheriff of
Lowndes County for criminal investigation? Dismissing the allegations
because the people whose testimony was taken might be biased does no
service to the current or future animals that will pass through the