Tag Archives: VLCHA

You can apply to serve on a board or commission

You can apply to be appointed by Valdosta to a local board or authority that decides or recommends on issues that affect everyone: do interesting work and serve your community. Dealine: April 30th. You don’t even have to live in Valdosta: anybody in Lowndes County can apply. If you want to run for a city council or county commission seat someday, this is a good way to start. And if you want to run for the state legislature or higher office, that’s the most common path to get there.

Update: 4:30 PM 24 April 2014: And there’s the Board of Elections which is decided by a completely different process with a quicker deadline of 28 April 2014.

Winnie Wright wrote for WCTV 23 April 2014, City Of Valdosta Looking To Fill 15 Vacancies In Boards, Authorities, and Commissions, Continue reading

Local hospital opens 1950s-style diesel power plant

And still not a single solar panel at South Georgia Medical Center. Yes, I know that won’t work for emergency power during the night, but it would do fine for peak load during the afternoon. Plus, did anybody see a request for bids for that new power plant?

Valdosta Electric always parked across the street from SGMC; google streetview Eames Yates posted SGMC PR for WCTV Friday 19 July 2013 verbatim including the title, plus a smoking smokestack image, State-Of-The-Art Power Plant Opens At SGMC, while WALB posted a slightly shortened version, S. GA Medical boasts brand new power plant. Here’s the SGMC PR; I’ve added a few links: Continue reading

Board of Health meets this morning @ VLCHA 2013-05-21

The Board of Health meets this morning at 7:30 AM, according to the VDT calendar. There’s nothing about this on its own web page. Gretchen is there with the LAKE video camera.


Hospital Authority meets Wednesday @ VLCHA 2013-01-16

Apparently the Hospital Authority is meeting tomorrow morning, although I can’t find any public notice and it’s not listed in the VDT’s calendar. In case you’re curious who these board members are, I’ve looked them up below.

According to its web page:

Hospital Authority

As a public hospital, an eight-member Hospital Authority governs SGMC. Both the City Council of Valdosta and the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners appoints the representatives who serve on the Authority. Each group appoints four representatives who each serve a 5-year term. Authority members are community leaders who serve the hospital voluntarily. It’s a labor-intensive job for which no Authority member receives any monetary compensation.

In terms of governance, the Authority has the ultimate decision-making ability when it comes to the hospital. The Authority is subject to the Hospital Authorities Law of the Code of Georgia.

Notification of Open Meeting of the Hospital Authority

Regularly scheduled meetings of Hospital Authority occur on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30am in the SGMC Executive Board Room unless otherwise posted.

Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County Members

Here I’ve annotated the list from the Board’s website with pictures and some additional information of the sort that maybe the Authority would like to put on its website so we the taxpayers would know.

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Our honest responses to HUD —George Rhynes and John Robinson

Received today. -jsq

September 26, 2012
George Boston Rhynes
5004 Oak Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31605
TO: U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development
Valdosta City Government
Valdosta Housing Authority
Valdosta Industrial Authority

The following is our honest responses to HUD and in response to the City of Valdosta’s 8th Year of responding to HUD CPMP Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. This includes Narrative Responses to CAPER questions in relations to and with the Consolidated Planning Regulations and questions from the general public as highlighted on page 5, paragraph 1.

CITIZENS VIEW POINT AND RESPONSES: {GEORGE BOSTON RHYNES AND JOHN ROBNISON} after reviewing all previous CAPTER’S and the city’s responses to them, I commend the City of Valdosta for responding to HUD in an extremely professional manner on paper. One can see and feel the professional prowess involved in providing these answers the City of Valdosta has placed on paper over the city’s (long) historic past. However, when one looks deeper into the problems facing our beloved community, one will find the following to be as Paul Harvey would say the rest of——-the story!

GENERAL QUESTIONS: The City of Valdosta’s response on the issues remains the same as reported in many other CAPERS such as:

  • City attained the goal of:
  • # of homes was brought up to code.
  • Worked in conjunction with——
  • to train, resident information sessions were held that yielded nearly 30 attendees etc.
  • Staff continues to…., Overall, the city is pleased with the second Consolidated Plan Submission.
  • (3.a) The city hosted several Section 3 Information Sessions and will continue to provide more information to…. Work with local community and faith-based organizations to identify and address.
  • I could go on and on with these highly professional lines of what some see as solutions to the real problems in the City of Valdosta, Georgia. However there is another side and forgive me for not going through the complete CAPER in the above manner. I am sure your time is valuable; therefore I will cut through the chase and provide the following in response to the City of Valdosta RESPONSES. Not only to this CAPER but others we have read and taken into consideration:

A recent meeting held in the Valdosta City Annex about Community Housing etc. perhaps exemplifies

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Started on Time! Lowndes County Commission finally set its clock @ LCC 2012-07-10

Somebody finally set the invisible clock in front of the Lowndes County Commission Chairman: Even the old dog was surprised! for the first time in recent memory, they started on time, instead of four or five minutes before the announced start time. Even the old dog on the phone was surprised.

The whole meeting took about seven minutes long. Note the Millage Hearing announced for just before the next Regular Session.

Here are videos of the previous morning’s work session. Here’s the agenda.

Here’s a video playlist of this Regular Session:

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VLCHA Appointment and a chatty audience: Video Playlist @ LCC 2012-07-09

Yet another start before the publicly advertised time, followed by a Hospital Authority reappointee and another person answering from the audience. Funding for computers, planning and preparedness, Code Red, and a block grant applicant, mostly with information in board packets that we the citizens paying for them don’t get to see. We did learn that nearly half the county uses Code Red, and at least 11,000 people are already signed up for weather alerts. I know I get them. They meet again to vote 5:30 PM this evening.

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Hospital Authority meets 9:30 AM 18 July 2012 @ VLCHA 2012-07-18

According to their web page at SGMC, the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County (VLCHA) has open meetings:

Notification of Open Meeting of the Hospital Authority

Regularly scheduled meetings of Hospital Authority occur on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30am in the SGMC Executive Board Room unless otherwise posted.

They added that since I last looked back last August. Hm, maybe somebody should go to that open meeting and record it.

And don't forget they're having a public hearing on selling Greenleaf 9AM Monday 23 July 2012.


Hospital board, awards, contracts, and a bid @ LCC 2012-07-09

The Lowndes County Commission meets 8:30 AM tomorrow morning (Work Session) and 5:30 PM Tuesday evening (Regular Session). Here’s the agenda.


WORK SESSION, MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street – 2nd Floor
  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  4. Minutes for Approval
    1. Budget Public Hearing — June 19, 2012
    2. Work Session — June 25, 2012
    3. Budget Public Hearing — June 26, 2012
    4. Regular Session — June 26, 2012
  5. Appointments – Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County
  6. For Consideration
    1. FY2012 EMPG Response and Recovery Award Application
    2. FY2012 Planning and Preparedness Award Application
    3. Code Red Service Agreement
    4. Cisco Unified Computing System
    5. FY 2010 CDBG Deed, Lease, & Promissory Note
  7. Bid – FY 2010 CDBG Construction Contract
  8. Reports-County Manager
  9. Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address

Hospital authority public hearing on selling Greenleaf @ VLCHA 2012-07-23

The Hospital Authority is selling off a mental health and substance abuse treatment center: a public hearing 9AM 23 July 2012.

Update 8 July 2012: fixed date in title.

Found in Georgia Public Notice:

The Valdosta Daily Times
Lowndes County




The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed sale to Acadia Greenleaf, LLC, an affiliate of Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc., 830 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, Tennessee 37067, the real estate, assets and operations owned by The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia associated with its operation of the Greenleaf Center located at 2209 Pineview Drive, Valdosta, Georgia and the Greenleaf Outpatient Center, located 2217 Pineview Drive, Valdosta, Georgia. The public hearing shall be held on July 23, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Dining Rooms 1 and 2 on Level 1 at South Georgia Medical Center, 2501 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31603. At said public hearing, the subject matters required by O.C.G.A. 31-7-74.3 will be described, discussed and disclosed.

J. Randall Sauls, Secretary,
The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia
Walter H. New
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 111
Quitman GA 31643