Minutes aren’t on Lowndes County’s new website back more than a few years.
Even on their previous website, three sets of minutes were not there.
More than four years after Gretchen asked,
and today we finally got those three.
Look who signed those minutes as County Clerk:
K. Paige Dukes, the same County Clerk who took four years to
return them in response to an Open Records request.
Here’s the message, and I’ve linked in those minutes.
From: Amanda Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:43:18 +0000
To: “‘email@example.com'” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Meeting Minutes
LAKE video below,
the WALB story by Colter Anstaett
including interviews with Cary Scarborough of Deep South Sanitation
and Steve Edwards of Advanced Disposal Services.
Solid Waste Ordinance on their
County Ordinances web page (although I don’t see the updated franchise agreement anywhere),
and they even posted the results of that meeting.
Neither the county’s results summary nor WALB mentioned Commissioner Marshall’s
question about recycling glass nor Chairman Slaughter’s response that glass
can be disposed of as ordinary trash, which means they’re not going to recycle it.
announced at the Lowndes County Commission meeting on Tuesday,
the new county website was available this morning. I took a little
self tour and then started sending in comments to County Clerk Paige
Dukes. Paige has been responsive in answering my questions and
comments and I heartily suggest to everyone that you take a look
around and then send in your comments.
If you were a county government appointing members to an Authority,
wouldn’t you know who the other members were, and what that Authority does?
Lowndes County doesn’t seem to know those things about
Deep South Solid Waste Authority (SWA).
Here’s the open records request from Brett Huntley of 7 June 2013:
Deep South Solid Waste Authority (SWA)
– List of members of the board, officers, and staff of SWA,
who appointed each, and their terms of office
– Charter, bylaws, resolutions, and any other SWA organizational documents
– Agendas and Minutes for the past five years for SWA, and future meeting schedule
Please provide as much in electronic form as possible.
And here’s the response from Paige Dukes 12 June 2013:
Regarding information related to the Deep South Solid Waste Authority,
you may contact Regional Commission Representative, Julia Shewchuk, at
229-333-5277. Lowndes County is not the custodian of the records you
I've been nagging Valdosta for years about putting some of their
cable TV station content on the web.
Turns out they are already doing some of that,
which is a step towards acting like a modern metropolitan area.
Received Wednesday via Tim Carroll;
I added the links and the [clarification].
From: Sementha Mathews
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:48 AM
To: Tim Carroll
Subject: RE: "The rest of the story"
Thank you for the recent phone call. As a result, I will research
the Austin, Tx media practices to see if they can be implemented in
any way here at Metro 17. We used to include a council wrap segment
in each show, and I'll ask
Shemeeka [Johnson, Valdosta Channel 17 Media Coordinator]
why we took that out. But we
can easily add that back in.
When officials act like they have something to hide, they often do….
Here’s George’s Open Records Request.
February 7, 2013
George Boston Rhynes (229-251-8645)
5004 Oak Drive
Valdosta, Georgia 31605
TO: Valdosta-Lowndes County; South Georgia Regional Library
Director/Chair person along with Board Members Respectively, Georgia
News Media Outlets concerned about open government and the sunshine
SUBJECT: An open records request on behalf of the general public
right to know…