tonight’s vote on Moody Housing on Val Del Road,
maybe somebody should review
these administrative waivers from county staff for Nelson Hill,
one for the minimum lot size, and the other for setbacks for the lots along the “lake”.
I haven’t yet found who waived
the requirement for condominiums,
or for their fronts to be staggered,
or for them to be at least 1800 square feet,
or the traffic calming measures,
or how all this fits the submitted site plans,
nor for that matter what happened to
the gate or guards or the road connecting to Grove Point.
Maybe you can find those things in
the materials about Nelson Hill received in response to
an Open Records Request.
If staff can waive all these things without any of them coming up
again for a vote before the elected Commission in a public hearing,
why do we have the elected Commissioners vote in the first place?
Good afternoon. Based on recent questions from multiple parties
regarding Nelson Hill we thought it best to respond in writing to all.
For us the question is “Will the County require a minimum lot size in
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Resolution-Proposed Amendment-March 2007 Greater Lowndes Solid Waste
County Planner, Jason Davenport, presented the resolution, adding that
the amendment was drafted due to a proposed expansion and reconfiguration
of the Evergreen landfill. Mr. Davenport added that the amendment had
been reviewed by staff, the Regional Commission and the Deep South Solid
Waste Authority. Mr. Davenport further stated that Mr. A.J. Rodgers, of
Veolia Environmental Services, was present to answer any questions the
Commission might have regarding the project. Commissioner Lee stated
that he was concerned that the contractual relationship that has been
in place for quite some time be accurately reflected and adequately
maintained in the future. Commissioner Lee then asked Mr. Rodgers if a
new cell had been created yet. Mr. Rodgers answered that construction
had begun in a cell that had already been approved.
Here’s the Georgia Supreme Court’s own video of
S13A0992 Turner County v. City of Ashburn et al.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
It starts with the attorney for Turner County, Walter Elliott
(who is also Lowndes County Attorney)
apparently arguing that the courts shouldn’t intervene because
only legislative bodies should decide on taxes.
The judges didn’t seem to understand his argument.
One judge wondered how disputes would be settled then.
Elliott said the local elected bodies would decide or the tax
wouldn’t be levied.
Another judge pointed out that legislative bodies could delegate
Later the same judge asked how to distinguish this case from
a child custody case as far as criteria and a court being
able to decide.
Elliott claimed that was a judicial function, but allocating
tax dollars was not.
The judges didn’t seem to be buying the city attorney’s argument later, either.
Funny how the Supreme Court of Georgia videos its sessions,
but the Lowndes County Commission does not.
First the Chairman talked about how many people could speak and
for how long in the public hearing; then
Tuesday evening's Regular Session
the Commission tabled it
for two weeks, so closing the only public access to the Alapaha River
in Lowndes County will be up for a vote again Tuesday 26 February 2013.
You can see in the video that the room was packed, which is very unusual.
The great majority were there to oppose closing the road.
As Chairman Bill Slaughter
remarked, about nine people signed up for Citizens Wishing
to Be Heard to speak about this item; as he noted, anyone can speak
in a public hearing without signing up.
To my knowledge, only one person was there to speak for closing the road,
and that was the applicant who had just agreed to ask for it to be tabled.
The Chairman said:
Mr. Chairman and Commissioners, you have handed, or were placed at your seats,
a revised alcohol beverage brown bagging ordinance.
There were some changes that came about, wording changes,
yesterday, after our work session.
Ah, that passive voice!
I guess it was the ordinance elf that made those changes and left paper
copies at each Commissioner’s seat.
The ordinance elf didn’t put a copy of that draft on the web where
the rest of us could see it, however.
LOWNDES COUNTY — The Lowndes County Commission heard a presentation
Tuesday evening from Glenn Thomson, Alston & Bird LLP regarding a bond
issue the County has entered into for the purpose of providing needed
funding for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority.
After the presentation, a vote was taken accepting the issue and Lowndes
County Commission Chairman Rod Casey,
County Attorney Walter Elliott and
County Clerk Paige Dukes adjourned to an adjoining chamber to complete
the signing of the documents that will enable the Industrial Authority
to negotiate for the acquisition of property pursuant to their mission
of attracting manufacturing and other businesses to Lowndes County.
Bond Counsel, Glenn Thomson, stated, “Mr. Chairman and Commission, I
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and brag
on your staff and consultants. Your staff put this transaction together
very quickly. In fact, the underwriter’s counsel remarked that he had
never encountered county employees and staff that had worked so diligently
and that due to their preparedness and hard work, he was able to put his
information together in near record time. Their performance and that of
County Attorney, Walter Elliott, who worked tirelessly on this project
as well, is a tremendous credit to those responsible for managing the
business of the county.”
Why was it necessary to put together a guarantee for a $15 million
dollar bond issue in “near record time”?
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