Most people wanted to know which roads would be paved when,
in Bemiss, to Alapaha Subdivision, and next to the new Civic Center.
They did also talk about the
planned new civic center and the
Alapaha Boatramp they’re building.
Due to a lack of agenda items requiring attention at this time, the
Lowndes County Commission Meetings scheduled for Monday, February
22, 2016, at 8:30 am and Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 5:30 pm,
have been canceled.
Thank you Commissioner Demarcus Marshall
for voting no.
“a good business decision”, the CEO of Waller Heating and Air
lauded the others for voting to sell county land for a pittance to a company from Houston, Texas, nevermind their resolution of a year ago.
We thought we elected them to represent the people of Lowndes County,
and we thought they did
back in December 2014 when they unanimously voted
“the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners opposes the construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline in any portion of Lowndes County.”
But at least one of them (“Wisenbaker) didn’t even remember that the county voted to oppose Sabal Trail.
Apparently most of them concur with what the County Engineer said about landowners who have not taken
Sabal Trail’s money, “I don’t know who they are.”
Update 2016-01-28:WCTV report, plus Gret chen’s question: “Is less than 50 cents per person in Lowndes County enough to risk drinking water for all?”
There is no reason our only county-wide elected government should rush to take a pittance from a company from Houston, Texas for an easement through the closed landfill toxic waste site that would risk our drinking water and enable more easement takings from local landowners.
On the front page of today’s VDT the County Clerk contradicted what Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter has written repeatedly to FERC, that he and the Commission represent “Citizens of Lowndes County”.
She also didn’t mention the GA-EPD permit for any work within that landfill that
the Chairman previously demanded from Sabal Trail, nor the multiple state other and federal permits Sabal Trail does not have.
Although it’s still not on the published agenda,
the Commissioners have an opportunity tonight to vote to support their
own unanimous resolution of December 2014 against Sabal Trail.
It’s great that the Lowndes County Comissioner for District 2
is reporting about a highway in his district,
but why isn’t the county reporting it on its own facebook page,
website, twitter account, etc.?
While the county doesn’t have facebook account (why not?) it does
have those other things and there’s nothing on them about
this news: Continue reading →
Gretchen made an Open Records request Monday morning and
it was available Tuesday 4:37 PM: mostly on paper and less than
an hour before the Commission voted.
The rezoning material from the Planning office was sent by electronic mail.
The rest cost $9.40 to retrieve on paper.
Nevermind in the email earlier Tuesday of the
old ordinance from 1992 the county staff demonstrated they can
put a paper document on their copier and produce a PDF.
They could have done that with the rest of the board packet.
Why didn’t they?
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 <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:43:18 +0000
To: “‘firstname.lastname@example.org'” <email@example.com>
Subject: Meeting Minutes
Back in 2011 the County Clerk didn’t say which May she would provide
that list of ordinances….
Her response of today is below.
old ordinance is so old it’s signed by Inez Pendleton.
It’s still in force, though, so shouldn’t it be on the county’s website,
along with all the other ordinances in force that also aren’t there? See below for list; also notice the dates I’ve boldfaced.
proposed new ordinance
is not readily translatable to plain text; looks like she scanned a paper copy.
Both are relevant to
today’s Lowndes County Commission meeting.
For the minutes she mentioned, see separate post.
From: Paige Dukes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:42:29 +0000
To: John and Gretchen Quarterman <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Open Records Request for Ordinances
Will nearby buildings fall into this 120-foot sinkhole?
Will Shiloh Road have to be moved like Snake Nation Road was?
What about sinkhole insurance?
If there are “fault lines” causing sinkholes heading westwards in Lowndes County,
wouldn’t they cross the proposed path of the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline?
What will Lowndes County do if that thing goes in and a sinkhole opens under it?
What if Sabal Trail declares such a sinkhole force majeure and doesn’t pay?
LAKE learned about this because the County Clerk shared it on facebook
to her friends some of whom happen to be Gretchen’s friends.
Maybe mighty Lowndes County can afford its own facebook page?
PLEASE SHARE. Lowndes County Engineering has closed Shiloh Road
at Franks Creek due to a very large sinkhole.
Citizens will need to take the usual detour.
Please do not visit the area, this is not a photo opportunity.
Sinkholes are unpre…
That personal Paige Dukes facebook post did not seem to have
any corresponding information on lowndescounty.com last night.