Citizen Delores Matchett wanted to know why Howell Lane isn’t paved when all the streets around it are; she mentioned several new subdivisions.
She said Commissioners had no idea how fast people drive on that dirt road.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall noted (as a different Commissioner did
Monday morning) that
the three lift station pumps are no-bid.
The agenda sheets for them said because of some unexplained county policy.
They vote Tuesday night at 5:30 PM. In these LAKE videos of Monday morning’s
8.5 minute Work Session, you can see they are buying
three new lift station pumps, and for each:
“This pump has not been bid due to it being a sole source item in accordance
with the County’s standards and specifications.”
One commissioner did ask about that.
Where can we see these no-bid standards and specifications?
In other water news, they are likely to approve the annual renewal of the
USGS Little River GA 122 stream gauge, which they started paying for after the 2009 floods.
Florida real estate effects of sinkholes in the same Floridan Aquifer
that underlies Lowndes County
would be worth looking at
before rushing to build Moody Housing around a sinkhole on Val Del Road.
It’s not just the sinkhole that may widen, it’s housing prices that may drop.
DAVID MANNING / Reuters
A section of the Summer Bay Resort lies collapsed after a large sinkhole opened on the property’s grounds in Clermont, Fla. on Aug. 12.
Sinkholes may be as old as the earth itself, but the increase in
sinkhole activity is new. The rush to reason why has put scientists,
engineers and real estate developers at odds.
Some geological experts believe the sinkhole activity is increasing
because developers are pumping more water out of the ground for new
projects or for agricultural use. While acid in the water itself is
what causes the limestone under much of Florida to dissipate and
create the holes, the water also acts as a support. Add water from
heavy rains on the top soil, and you’ve got a bigger problem.
It is even beginning to weigh on the recovering real estate market