“There’s nobody that can tackle something like that alone,”
said Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye in a
West Mims Fire Special Presentation
with firefighters from all over Lowndes County and its cities,
including a resolution from the Charlton County Commission.
They’re settling on
“Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Road to Success”,
but when did Commissioners decide on that between the previous morning’s
open meeting and this one?
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The most interesting item this morning at 8:30 AM at the Lowndes County Commission Work Session
is the Special Presentation by someone unnamed
about the West Mims Fire in the Okefenokee Swamp.
Apparently they sent some assistance.
Mr. Mike Vickery’s term on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Construction
Board of Adjustments and Appeals expired on June 30, 2017, leaving a
vacant seat. Mr. Tripp Howell has expressed interest in being
appointed to the board.
They actually spent the most time on the
the biggest item was
renaming Val Tech Road:
they decided not to do that, rather to designate “a portion” of it as
Wiregrass Technical College Way or something like that.
For two boards,
they didn’t have an application for one seat,
so they left it until the next meeting.
The agenda still says 8:30 AM Monday morning for the Work Session,
and they have only half an hour left to change it and still comply with state law.
In case anybody has forgotten Moody AFB is by far the biggest employer in these parts, the county wants
to hire for $36,000 a year a pair of lobbyists to the Air Force:
Parker and Lucy Greene,
“to provide consulting services on behalf of Lowndes County to enhance
relationships with the Air Force and Department of Defence regarding Moody AFB.”
As expected from the previous morning, they appointed
Chairman Bill Slaughter to the
South Georgia Community Service Board, after he got that board to change the time of its meetings to be different from this Commission’s time.
A Commissioner after the vote appointing Chairman Slaughter
asked what this board did.
Chairman’s answer: mostly behavioral health,
and they used to hold their meetings the same time as the Lowndes meetings,
but they have moved them to Adel at 1PM presumably also on Tuesday.
For quite a bit more background, see
the LAKE video from the previous morning’s Work Session.
Chairman asked for timeline.
Ashley Tye said federal year starts October 1st, so Valdosta would like to have
and agreement ready to sign before then.
Also they could come back at a later time, but could lose out on the federal
Chairman asked for timeline to get agreement ready by then.
Tye said agreement with USGS would be with Valdosta,
and he would check back with them for a more firm date,
and would probably be best to decide at next Lowndes County Commission meeting.
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall asked confirmation that waiting until the
next meeting would work.
Answer: tabling until next meeting would work.
And that’s what they did.
Videos: 3 appointments, 1 well public hearing, Withlacoochee River Flood Map
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, July 12, 2016.
They vote Tuesday 5:30 PM.
Monday morning at the Work Session,
after some resistance from a Commissioner, surprisingly Chairman Bill Slaughter
paying the $40,000 to match Valdosta on the LiDAR flood maps
to prevent loss of life and property damage.
He even said “folks that live in our cities are Lowndes County Citizens as well.”
Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye
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