Much to the surprise of the several dozen opponents of the Dollar General rezoning,
and even after the DG developer attorney attempted to tell his version of the Lowndes County Commission’s legal responsibilities,
all the Commissioners voted to deny the rezoning.
The audience laughed at the Dollar General’s offer of an “enhanced facade,”
as conveyed by County Planner JD Dillard.
Even after Chairman Bill Slaughter limited each side to ten minutes,
the opposition gave excellent summaries.
Heath Dawson, who is the nearest neighbor to the north and a commercial banker,
attested Continue reading →
Lowndes County Commissioners were still not happy with the City of Valdosta
Service Delivery Agreement,
with Chairman Bill Slaughter reciting a litany of recent extraterritorial water and sewage decisions and a change in funding for county roads for the upcoming
at their Regular Session of October 11, 2022.
Commissioners Clay Griner and Scottie Orenstein complained about the agreement,
with some threats to go back to the 2008 agreement if signatures were not gotten from the Valdosta immediately.
It passed 4:1, with Griner voting against.
County Manager Paige Dukes in her
said the county was only doing their river cleanup because it is required
by the county’s stormwater permit, so it’s a checkbox they are checking.
Also, she was asking Public Works to have the county’s litter crew
stand down beforehand, so volunteers would have something to pick up
at the boat ramps.
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).
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Perhaps the most far-reaching item
was one of the briefest, presented by Mayor Scott James Matheson:
3.f. Resolution in Opposition to a proposed strip mine near the Okefenokee Swamp,
opposing the proposed Twin Pines Minerals (TPM) strip mine or any others within ten miles of the Swamp,
asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its abdication of oversight,
asking GA-EPD for a moratorium on all mining permits until effects are settled of the recent court overruling of 2020 Clean Water Act changes,
as well as to reject the TPM permits, or at least to review those applications as thoroughly as the Army Corps would, and
asking the Georgia legislature to prevent such strip mines near the Swamp or any blackwater rivers in the Suwannee River Basin. Continue reading →
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).