Yesterday morning's County Commission Work Session started on time! In addition to the open records and open meetings items, it included a report from KLVB, two rezonings, typo fixes and date changes in the ULDC, a vanity road name change, an alcohol license and an alcohol ordinance change, a USGS river gauge, surplus vehicles, purchase of a new fire truck, and more! They vote on all this tonight at their Regular Session, 5:30 PM. Here's the agenda.
5.a. Unsurprisingly, the County Manager suggested the County Clerk be appointed the Open Records Officer now required by state law. 5.b. They also have a resolution before them about review and approval of minutes of executive sessions, but of course they don't allow we the taxpayers to see that before they vote on it.
6. Videos of the KLVB report and of applicant Emily Macheski-Preston are in a separate blog post.
7. Public Hearings:
7.a. REZ-2012-12 Parker Place, 4842 Parker Place Rd., 0070 015; 3.4 ac., 3 lots, E-A to R-1, well/septic
previously postponed; nothing new heard; evidently ready for a vote tonight.
7.b. REZ-2012-14 Harris, 6926 Jones Dr., 0139 023, 6.8 ac., 1 lot, E-A to R-A, well/septic
Two sisters in far south Lowndes County want rezoning for family ties.
7.c. TXT-2012-01 — Primary Intent: Appendix A Land Disturbance & Clean Version of ULDC
County Planner Jason Davenport said the changes were to maintain the integrity of land disturbance ordinance and to maintain status as a local issuing authority. Clean version is to skip a step of bureaucracy. Commissioner Raines wanted clarification that this was all fixing typos and no substantive changes to the ULDC at this point. County Planner said there were some date changes, but otherwise it was all typos, mostly due to feedback from the state, which he considered a welcome receiving.
7.d. Public Hearing Renaming Sandy Creek Drive (CR #1118)
Requesting name change to M.D. Guest Road. Only one address is affected, and he's the applicant, who wants the road named after himself. The county is only supplying a sign for each end of the road. None of the other property owners have any objection.
7.c. Beer License — Lin's Hibachi — 1078 Lakes Blvd.
Existing business wants to add alcohol.
8. For Consideration
8.a. Letter of Understanding — Bond Refunding
8.b. USGS Funding Agreement for HWY 122 Stream Gauge —Ashley Tye
See separate post.
8.c. Section 5311 Rural Transportation Program Operating Contracts —Mike Fletcher
The county's on-call bus system annual funding, currently operated by MIDS, Inc. County Engineer Mike Fletcher said we have had almost 15,000 trips on our six buses this year.
8.d. Declaration of Surplus Vehicles — Lisa Burton
Couple of vehicles for sale.
7.e. Brown Bag Ordinance —Joe Pritchard
It (whatever it is) would be incorporated into the county's alcohol ordinance at the end of the year.
9. Bid - Rescue Pumper for Lowndes County Fire Rescue
Lisa Burton said low bid was $302,587 with 30-45 day delivery time. Fire Chief Guyton said all the various pumpers met specifications. Commissioners had a few questions about condition and such.
10. Reports-County Manager
County Manager Joe Pritchard asked County Clerk Paige Dukes to talk about the very brief ceremony 11AM Tuesday morning at the old courthouse square for 9/11 victims.
County Manager also asked for an executive session, which Commissioners then convened.
11. Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address
They don't do that in the Work Session. If you want to speak, show up tonight at the Regular Session.
Here's a video playlist:
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE), Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 10 September 2012.