5.a. FY2020 USGS Joint Funding Agreement,
which adds county funding for the Skipper Bridge Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge
to the Hahira Little River Gauge the county has been funding since 2009,
Surprise bonds for the Development Authority and Lowndes County Schools,
and a turn lane for Wiregrass Tech, plus a new Forestry Ranger about fire,
in these LAKE videos of yesterday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Work Session.
The longest item was five minutes about
funding the Skipper Bridge Withlacoochee River USGS Gauge
in addition to the Folsom Bridge Little River Gauge,
EMA Director Ashley Tye.
Valdosta apparently discovered that Skipper Bridge is not in the city limits, so Valdosta will no longer fund that gauge.
But the former funding from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) plus more from Lowndes County will cover it,
if the Lowndes County Commissioners vote for it at 5:30 PM Tonight,
after their discussion yesterday morning.
Lowndes County is adding funding for the Skipper Bridge Road Withlacoochee River gauge to its traditional since 2009 funding of the Folsom Bridge GA 122 Little River gauge.
That’s $8,300 and $14,200, respectively, with another $5,900 for the Skipper Bridge Gauge from the Suwannee River Water Management District.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) puts in $900 towards each gauge, or $1800 total.
Valdosta still funds the North Valdosta Road US 41 Withlacoochee River Valdosta gauge, and USGS completely funds the US 84 Quitman Withlacoochee River gauge.
Lowndes County still does not have a County Planner and now not a Zoner, either,
since Carmella Braswell resigned last month.
As usual, Molly Stevenson spoke for Planning.
I see she is now listed as
Department Head on some county documents.
Misty Yeargan of 4501 Wellington Woods Drive, across US 41 from the point
of the subject property, wanted to know if there was a plan for the subject
The proponent answered to say that there’s not room for a driveway down there,
so any driveway would have to be farther north, about where the current
driveway is now.
Acting county planner Molly Stevenson added that there would be buffer
requirements in place, as well.
They voted unanimously to recommend the rezoning with no conditions.
Videos: Office on old US 41 N
Regular Session, Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 25 March 2019.
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They expect this Work Session to take less than 15 minutes,
since they have
a Special Called Meeting at 8:45 AM:
“There could be a slight delay if the work session runs longer than expecte.”
Why they couldn’t wait one day to vote on that also in tomorrow’s
Regular Session is mysterious.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
Greater Lowndes Planning Commission
City of Valdosta
City of Dasher
City of Hahira
City of Lake Park
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
Monday, March 25, 2019 * 5:30 P.M. * Public Hearing
Lowndes County South Health District Administrative Office
325 West Savannah Avenue
In their one December 2018 Regular Session,
they couldn’t bring themselves to reject a rezoning, but
they did require still larger lot sizes, for
the Val Del Road rezoning.
That was the most elaborate series of motions I’ve seen on anything
in the dozen years I’ve been following the Lowndes County Commission.
It even exceeds the time somebody tried to rezone next to my west field
and they denied that one by not voting.
Molly Stevenson, Engineering/Planning Technician,
reminded Commissioners that the main reason for the Val Del Road
is to be able to subdivide at a greater density.
Then she recited the reasons to deny it.
Chairman Bill Slaughter reminded Commissioners they’d tabled it twice, and
“I’d very much like to get this resolved at this meeting.”
By which he meant the Regular Session this evening at 5:30 PM,
not the Work Session yesterday morning at which he said that.
At least one Commissioner
had a question.
The agenda sheet says “the applicant’s conceptual site plan is attached.”
But of course we the taxpaying, traffic-affected, and water-drinking public don’t get to see it.
Why the Lowndes County Commission considering rezoning for a subdivision
that its own staff says doesn’t fit the Comprehensive Plan Character Area,
is outside the Urban Service Area, would add significant traffic, and many neighbors spoke against it, plus the Planning Commission recommended denial?
The Commission tabled in October, and again in November, when
Commissioners asked for an update, but now staff says, “There are no updates to the overall case status.”
If they can’t deny this one, what rezoning can they ever deny?