At yesterday’s Work Session, there were two unscheduled reports.
Mark Stalvey of the county Housing Authority
said they’re working together with Habitat for Humanity
to form a nonprofit for collecting funds for rehabilitating
housing, and they’re asking for $5,000 each from Valdosta and Lowndes County
to get the nonprofit up and running, in return for which each would get
to appoint some board members; the rest would be elected by the nonprofit board.
Half a million dollars for paving without any competitive bid:
it’s the county way!
Only one of three potential board appointees showed up.
Commissioners asked a surprising number of questions,
including about a water system trust indenture,
but not enough.
They vote this evening at 5:30 PM.
with links to the videos and a few notes.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
County Engineer Mike Fletcher said
Lowndes County was receiving from GDOT a Local Maintenance
and Improvement Grant (LMIG) of $746,984.75 for FY “two thirteen”.
Because T-SPLOST didn’t pass, the county has to come up with a
30% match, which is $224,095.43.
He said there was a work sheet and project list in the board
packet (which the rest of us don’t get to see).
County Manager Joe Pritchard said with change from LARP
(Local Assistance Road Projects, primarily for resurfacing) to LMIG
the county could now use these funds for any purpose,
and had planned to use LMIG for
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William Geyer expressed two widespread opinions,
keep the solid waste disposal sites open, and reprioritize SPLOST,
when he spoke at Tuesday’s
Lowndes County Commission Regular Session.
County Manager Joe Pritchard, the driving force behind the waste disposal decision,
still wasn’t listening.
Keep the solid waste disposal sites open
Saying he was William Geyer of 5474 Union Road, Hahira,
he asked the Commission to
reconsider their solid waste plan, and to keep the waste disposal sites open.
There’s people out there that can’t afford
what y’all are offering.
And with a budget as large as we got, I know there’s some way
to keep them open.
Not only that, Florida has them, and they don’t even man them.
I talk to a lot of people out there,
they don’t come here,
but I wish you really would reconsider,
because it is a plus for this county,
a lot of people here who are struggling, who can’t afford it.
I’m not saying I can’t; I can afford it,
but there’s a lot of people here who can’t afford it.
Geyer noted SPLOST was supposed to be for paving roads, but
lots of roads hadn’t gotten paved.
At that first SPLOST meeting, it was around 1984 or 5
they did my road, Union Road.
What happened to the rest of the roads that are dirt?
We’ve somehow lost our priorities.
We want a new library, we want a new this or that.
What about these people who live on these dirt roads
that were promised they’d be paved.
County Manager, how many miles of dirt roads do we have in this county?
County Manager Joe Pritchard obviously wasn’t listening,
“Pardon me?” he said, after the Chairman prodded him.
He didn’t know, either; he motioned
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369,629 people died on America’s roads between 2001 and 2009. Following
its analysis of UK casualties last week, transport data mapping experts
ITO World have taken the official data from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration – and produced this powerful map using
OpenStreetMap. You can zoom around the map using the controls on the
left or search for your town using the box on the right – and the key
is on the top left. Each dot represents a life
The national view is very interesting, but let’s look at Lowndes County:
I don’t know what that adds up to, but it looks to me like a lot of dead people,
and in just nine years, from 2001 to 2009.
Far more dead people than killed by terrorism.
OK, but where are these fatalities happening?
All over the county.
Let’s zoom in on Hambrick Road:
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How much does it cost to pave 3.5 miles of dirt road?
Apparently $1,413,097.92, or around a million dollars a mile,
when the county insists on paving it like a state highway
at the expense of safety:
Lovell Engineering Associates
Design of Culvert
Doyle Hancock & Sons Construc.
Clearing and Grubbing
The Scruggs Company
This financial information comes from an open records request
filed by Carolyn Selby more than a year ago
and finally fulfilled 17 March 2011.
Copies of all the pages received are
in the flickr set.
How many other roads could have been paved for $1.4 million?
If this road had been paved like a local rural road,
instead of like a state highway (literally according to
state highway standards) it would not have cost nearly
as much and probably another shorter road could have been paved, too.
And if other roads were paved like local roads instead of state
highways, how many more of them could be paved?
They still wait while this one got paved to the tune of $1.4 million.