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Friday, 29 April 2011

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Leigh Touchton

Sterling said they would send a new letter with different deadlines? Then this is just going to keep going after June 1? Mr. Quarterman, can you help me understand what that part meant?

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

When I understand it, I'll be happy to help everyone else understand it. When Jerry Jennett calls me, I'll ask him.
Meanwhile, we know a lot more about what's going on (on more than one topic) than we did a few days ago, due to the efforts of many people.

Michael Noll

Thanks Mr. Quarterman.

Perhaps it is time for those with insights into the local oligarchy to expose this power structure, particularly as it relates to those who either still support or hope to benefit from the proposed biomass boondoggle that threatens the health of our citizens.

Michael Noll

Let me see if I got this right:

1) The week before the last meeting of the Industrial Authority (IA) Wiregrass Biomass LLC sent a letter to the IA asking for an extension of the agreement to build the biomass incinerator. (June 1, 2011, is the current deadline.)

2) Based on comments made by Chairman Paulk and others, all indications were that the IA may have been ready to vote down such an application for an extension of the agreement.

3) However, the vote on biomass never came up at the IA meeting, and as a matter of fact, biomass wasn't even discussed, as it was not even on the agenda. Apparently a few hours before the IA meeting, "biomass" (or a vote on the extension of the agreement with Wiregrass Biomass LLC) was removed from the agenda.

4) This change of events (i.e. the removal of a vote on biomass) was based on an initiative by Mr. Jennett (Chair of the IA board), Mr. Ricketts (Project Manager of the IA) and Mr. Gupton (the IA lawyer) who went to Atlanta to have a little chat with Wiregrass Biomass LLC (or Sterling Planet).

5) As a result of that talk, Wiregrass Biomass LLC withdrew their application for an extension of the agreement. Thus, there was no contract (or an extension of a contract) to vote on at the last IA meeting.

What sense would it make for Wiregrass Biomass LLC to send "a new letter with different deadlines" according to Mr. Call? How is that different from the original letter that apparently asked for an extension of the current agreement with the IA, which for all practical purposes must have had a "date" in it (e.g. December 31, 2011)?

After all these months of protests and at a time when it is clear that the community (including members of the LCC and CC) do not want and/or support this project anymore, we are still playing games? What on earth are people like Mr. Jennett and Mr. Ricketts thinking, and how on earth is it possible that members of the IA board (e.g. Mr. Bennett) haven't even seen the original letter?

George Rhynes

Thanks Dr. Noll.

You have made it crystal clear that citizens are being taken for a blind ride. Patriots like you and others are very much needed today to help complete the work of the founding fathers and mothers of our beloved nation.

For decades not this community has been operating on an 1860 mentality apparently taken from the old Valdosta City Charter that was removed in early 2004 because I requested that it be removed from Valdosta City Hall.

After much controversy from Mayor John Fretti and some council members they relunctantly remove this disgraceful charter from the wall in City Hall. However, it is becoming clear that it remains in the hearts of some elected officials in our beloved community.

Originally the words in the following charter applied to Blacks but now are being applied to White Folks also. Often without them ever realizing it until it is too late.


Please understand our mayor and several council members had no problems with the words contained in this 1860 Valdosta City Charter and this can be documented from past years on my blog under the heading of Valdosta Disgraceful City Charter of 1860.

It read, In Article 100, Section XI, THAT THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL SHALL PASS ALL PROPER AND NECESSARY LAWS AND ORDINANCES FOR THE CONTROL OF SLAVES AND FREE PERSONS OF COLOR IN SAID TOWN AND SUPPRESS AND ABATE ALL NUISANCES ARRIVING FROM HOGS, DOGS, HORSES, OR OTHER STOCK STRAYING AT LARGE IN SAID TOWN, OR FROM OTHER CAUSES."

Although this charter was removed from Valdosta City Hall. Apparently it remains in the hearts of some remaining people in our community. Therefore our community cannot move forward until these issues are exposed and so new life can be brought in to serve all citizens equally.

Therefore, we must overstand what others understand by continuing to work as never before to help save our world from today’s patriots and christians with limited and distorted visions. Moreover we must understand that in the end we will win. Then our children will rejoice knowing that we stood strong so they could have a future among the brotherhood and sisterhood of all mankind!

We are not who we claim to be, but who we prove ourselves to be over a given period of time. South Georgia needs us; even if they don't overstand it yet!

Peace, love, and overstanding knowledge always.


GEORGE BOSTON RHYNES

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Those are some of the outstanding questions.
I consider it progress that we (interested parties in the community) at least know more questions to ask, and some of the people involved are talking to the community.
It's not clear there ever was a biomass item on the VLCIA agenda (Ashley Paulk told me he wasn't sure about that). Such an item probably wouldn't even be required for a board member to make a motion and someone else to second it to require a vote, which would fit with what a couple of the VLCIA board members have said.
When Jerry Jennett calls me back, I will ask him these and other questions. LAKE (and doubtless other organizations) will also continue to pursue other avenues.
As George Rhynes (and some of the VLCIA board members have pointed out), people of all economic statuses, black and white, old and young, rich and poor, need to work together to keep our community informed.
-jsq

Karen Noll

Thank You, John, for chasing down the facts in this matter so diligently. The conversation continues, which is at least hopeful.
Karen

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