CDBG Citizen Advisory Committee
Date: 4/29/2013 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room
300 N. Lee Street
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizens Advisory Committee
is charged with providing recommendations to the Mayor and City Council
regarding the use of the federal entitlement funding received by the City
of Valdosta through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
For more information, contact the Neighborhood Develoopment at (229) 671-3617.
The Lowndes County Commission has retreated to Berrien County once again
So far they’ve talked about budgets and finance, LOST and SPLOST,
departmental requests, and the local Land Bank Authority,
with the occasional policy interjection.
Commissioners and staff were clearly taking their tasks very seriously,
although not without humor from John Page’s sneeze.
And I congratulate them on
going some place that couldn’t have cost much.
I wish they’d talk more about policy and strategies for increasing the pie,
rather than almost entirely about how to divvy up the existing pie.
Video will follow; meanwhile here are a few notes.
On the one hand, it’s great that county staff have pulled together
and managed with 30 fewer people, and while Commissioner Page
was right that that’s efficiency, I think Chairman Slaughter was
even more right in saying it’s beyond that, it’s beyond capacity.
County Manager Joe Pritchard noted if there’s no SPLOST, the
current Commission will have to decide between cutting some
services and raising taxes.
That’s no doubt true, and he indicated that Valdosta seemed to
be waiting to hear what the County wants to do about SPLOST,
while the county is waiting to hear what Valdosta wants to do.
Several people remarked that the prior LOST negotiations (which
are currently on judicial hold pending one participant returning from
the current session of the state legislature)
did affect SPLOST losing in the most recent election.
I didn’t hear anybody suggest holding public hearings this time,
but Commissioner Marshall did say it would be good to say what
SPLOST funds would be for in some detail.
Mara Register from the Mayor’s office of the City of Valdosta
came to the Lowndes County Commission to speak about
Valdosta Downtown Farm Days, May through September.
One of the wonderful things about this event is it
highlighted our beautiful historic courthouse.
It highlighted our local growers and producers,
and our historic downtown.
But also went further to help promote healthy eating in our community.
…bringing people together to the downtown area to take advantage of the
products that were produced here locally.
The sense of conviviality was just wonderful,
bringing the community together.
It’s very exciting actually to see several of our vendors here this evening.
Ashley Paulk, on his very best behavior that day, recognized
his neighbors the Quartermans
Continue reading →
There’s two surveys one on goals to save energy and the second one is
your thoughts on the planning phase and projects already using energy
saving measures. Some of those changes are the timing at traffic lights
in a high accident prone areas that allows traffic to move more
smoothly and efficiently.
They’ve also had energy audits on municipal buildings at no cost from
Georgia Power and added motion detector light sensors through a community
block grant that’s also paying for the surveys.
“It’s not only important as a local government to take steps to conserve
energy because we see energy prices going up but we need to protect
our natural resources and our environment and we want to encourage our
citizens to do the same,” said Mara Register, the assistant to the city
manager. “This helps heighten that awareness.”