I've been nagging Valdosta for years about putting some of their
cable TV station content on the web.
Turns out they are already doing some of that,
which is a step towards acting like a modern metropolitan area.
Received Wednesday via Tim Carroll;
I added the links and the [clarification].
From: Sementha Mathews
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:48 AM
To: Tim Carroll
Subject: RE: "The rest of the story"
Thank you for the recent phone call. As a result, I will research
the Austin, Tx media practices to see if they can be implemented in
any way here at Metro 17. We used to include a council wrap segment
in each show, and I'll ask
Shemeeka [Johnson, Valdosta Channel 17 Media Coordinator]
why we took that out. But we
can easily add that back in.
A number of years ago, the City of Austin purchased this land
planning to install a new coal-fired power plant. When those plans
fell through, a landfill was proposed for the site that now boasts
280 acres of solar panels with a view of downtown Austin along its
Of course, it doesn’t have to be that big, or all in one place.
How about on top of a landfill?
How about on the cotton fields
next to Valdosta’s Sallas Mahone Elementary School?
Energy to air condition the school instead of drifting pesticides,
and profit to the landowner!
How about at the airport?
At the mall parking lot?
On top of the new county palace?
On the warehouses in Hahira?
AUSTIN, Texas , Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Austin Energy
along with Austin City Mayor Lee Leffingwell , and Village of
Webberville Mayor Hector Gonzales today announced the activation of
a 30 megawatt (MW) solar power plant located within the Village of
Webberville, Texas . The activation of the power plant marks the
first utility-scale solar deployment for Austin Energy and helps
bring the utility one step closer to achieving a 35% renewable
energy mix by 2020. It is the largest active solar project of any
public power utility in the country, the largest active project in
Texas and among the largest of all operating solar projects in
America. The project was activated on December 20, 2011
The key was a PPA:
The utility-scale solar project was made possible through a 25-year
solar power purchase agreement in which Austin Energy will purchase
the energy at a fixed rate along with the renewable energy credits.
In Georgia, PPAs can be made with municipal governments,
universities, companies, or even individuals,
if SB 401 passes.
“The legislature has given the Attorney General’s office the
jurisdiction to enforce the Open Records law and this bill will give
us the tools to do so.”
Olens said the AG’s office receives an average of 400 complaints
each year of Open Records violations by governmental entities in the
state. The bill strengthens penalties and gives the AG more tools to
use to prosecute violators.
Subsection 50-14-6 changes the fine for knowingly violating the law
from $100 to $1,000 and allows the court to impose a civil penalty
The bill also strengthens the guidelines for posting notices on
websites and clarifies the rules for social events that may attract
a quorum of officials. Also, destroying public records can be
prosecuted as a felony.
Requesting such a hearing before January 24 would give the opportunity
to have all this information presented and for questions to be asked
Except that’s not the way it works around here.
Public hearing locally means the chairman or mayor or whoever says
“Who wants to speak for?”
and maybe somebody speaks.
And then “Who wants to speak against?”
and maybe somebody speaks.
It doesn’t mean that the Commission or the Council or the Authority
presents anything for the public to consider.
Almost none of the local municipalities or boards or authorities
routinely present to the public the information that is in the
packets they see before the discuss or vote.
There are rare exceptions, such as the VLMPO
and other organizations or projects administered by the
Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC).
SGRC is a state agency, not a local agency.
Why does Lowndes County and all its municipalities and boards
I don’t know how you found this example, but good work & thanks for
the research. This is a real genuine effort to produce government
transparency. Anything short of this is faux transparancy. Can you
find out how the citizens were able to get this good faith transparancy
I am expecially concerned with the cloudy transparancy on RFP &
bidding procedures within our county. Having spent 12 years in
government construction contracting I know the detailed safeguards
that have been enacted to protect the taxpayers from contracting fraud
& crony capitalist back door agreements. It is my observation that
these safeguards are being bypassed by end around tactics & the current
popularity of public/private partnerships has a plethora of possiblities
for good old boy system abuses.
Recently a local contractor started
an unfunded, unawarded government project that was exposed
by the local newspaper. The city’s answer to the illegal contracting
procedures was to issue a contract change order for $143,807 with a 10%
contingency. It has been my experience that anytime a contractor starts
work on an unfunded project said contractor eats the cost of any work
completed & all contractors are aware of this rule.
In addition it is a dis-service to taxpayers for that amount of money
This web page version is derived from a manual conversion of the
official document of record for the convenience of the user. Travis
County has posted this notice and agenda in good faith, in compliance
with Government Code section 551.056. Please note that, in the event of
a technical problem beyond the county’s control that prevents the county
from posting here or that results in an erroneous posting, notice of
this meeting and agenda posted at the courthouse remains valid
By “Backup Materials” they mean the packet the Commissioners got.
The rest of that web page fior their 13 December 2011 meeting
has video and text for ciizens communications and consent items,
plus each item that had its backup information in the Commissioners’
packet is separated out with video, text, and backup links.