Perhaps the most far-reaching item
was one of the briefest, presented by Mayor Scott James Matheson:
3.f. Resolution in Opposition to a proposed strip mine near the Okefenokee Swamp,
opposing the proposed Twin Pines Minerals (TPM) strip mine or any others within ten miles of the Swamp,
asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its abdication of oversight,
asking GA-EPD for a moratorium on all mining permits until effects are settled of the recent court overruling of 2020 Clean Water Act changes,
as well as to reject the TPM permits, or at least to review those applications as thoroughly as the Army Corps would, and
asking the Georgia legislature to prevent such strip mines near the Swamp or any blackwater rivers in the Suwannee River Basin. Continue reading →
Only one citizen showed up to speak: David Houtz, who asked Commissioners not to change the Character Area Maps, and said he had not seen the latest plan.
SGRC’s Elizabeth Backe handed him a copy; she also presented a summary of the process at the beginning of the meeting, and clarified process later.
You can see in this LAKE video a discussion between Valdosta and Hahira City Planner Matt Martin and
Lowndes County Commissioner Scottie Orenstein about changes to the Hahira Character Area map is not recorded in the minutes,
as well as the rest of the 17-minute meeting.
At least part of the long-contentious Service Delivery Strategy (SDS)
has been resolved between Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta.
The county has agreed not to fund county roads using property taxes from incorporated taxpayers, that is, taxpayers within city limits of
any of the five cities in the county.
Plus the county is spending a million dollars on communications equipment,
road graders, and an architect for a library addition.
Update 2020-01-10: Not quite settled. Valdosta still has to agree to it.
These must be golden words indeed, to have been worth the hundreds of thousands of legal fees expended over them:
In regards to water and sewer services:
The Parties’ current water and sewer service areas are delineated on
the service area maps attached to the DCA Forms for water and sewer
services approved herewith.
All existing intergovernmental agreements of the Parties regarding
the provision of water and sewer services shall remain in effect.
Any request for an extraterritorial extension shall be negotiated by
the requesting Party and the affected Party. Approval of the
affected Party shall not be unreasonably withheld.
The wording is
“based on trust,” said Commissioner Clay Griner.
“Where’s the document?” responded Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker?
“It’s on your ipad,”
clarified Chair Bill Slaughter.
As the County Clerk proceeded to hand out paper copies, Griner elaborated:
And it’s all based on trust.
It’s us trusting, the County Commission trusting the City Council,
whichever municipality it is, to do the right thing.
The city council has to trust the County Commission to do the right thing.
And the citizens to trust all of us to sit down and do the right thing.
After the county didn’t put anything for the citizens to see on the county website
about this Wednesday morning meeting until Continue reading →
Years ago I met Rep. Lamar Smith at the Texas State Capitol.
He studiously avoided my attempts to talk to him about solar power.
And is House Committee report on energy markets does not mention
solar power even once, and wind only to sneer at it.
The report does spend quite a bit of space promoting fracking.
Oh, it’s supposed to be about those horrid Russians.
It builds its case otherwise around 4% of 9,097 social media posts
over two years, which is about one every other day.
I personally post more than that.
Not a very impressive report.
Mostly what the assembled rotaries and homebuilders seemed to be interested in was getting the Senator to defend Moody Air Force Base against closure,
which makes sense, since Moody is still by far the largest economic engine of the entire central south Georgia and north Florida region.
Maybe you can hear where he says anything about defending us from the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline; I must have missed that part.
He ended by saying it wasn’t about rich vs. poor, and quoting from the Declaration of Independence about “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” There’s no mutuality in the federal government giving eminent domain to a pipeline company from Houston, Texas to take our lands so they can profit by exporting fracked methane.