“Whatever problems there are, they're going to be resolved.”
2011-05-24 The VDT quotes County Manager Joe Pritchard
“It's no longer a case of an individual making a claim, as it will be evident by the physical evidence provided by the security cameras.”
“You take that policy, coupled with the updated standard operating
procedures, added to the technical verification and I think that
addresses the issues. My purpose is to eliminate any problem or potential
2011-05-31 statement by Director Linda Patelski saying two people fired for euthanasia violation of 20 May 2011
The town of Quartzsite, AZ, population 3,466, is in disarray after a
video showing police hauling away a citizen for speaking at the town
meeting podium went viral. The woman was saying that the town council
had been violating open meeting laws.
It was the second citizen arrested at a Quartzsite town meeting in two weeks.
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This is typical of all elected & appointed government bodies locally. The
common opinion is citizens are only valuable for voting. After we vote
we are to go home, never ask questions, never complain, & never comment
until it is time to vote again. The common consensus is we are not capable
of understanding what our elected/appointed officials are doing so we
need to stay out of the process totally. This is nanny state government
via local venues. We the people are reduced to you the unendowed &
unimportant. John - Our political views are usually polar opposites,
but we are always 100% agreed on shinning the light on government
black-outs. Keep up the good work.
Soon the people of South Georgia Will see that the old 1860 Valdosta
City Chater Mentality is still in force but has been extended to all
citiens. That is to keep all citizens deaf; dumb; and blind to what
is really going on in South Georgia. But in the end truth, right and
equal justice will most certainly win in the end as history always
I said I would like to compare the county's submissions for T-SPLOST
funding to the county's Thoroughfare Plan
and the Comprehensive Plan; if I could find those plans online.
The Chairman said my five minutes were up.
I said "Alrighty" and moseyed back to my seat.
As you can see for yourself, it was actually 4 and a half minutes.
Should it take more than six months to find the county ordinances
that code enforcement needs?
Gretchen Quarterman thanked County Clerk Paige Dukes for
helping her in the "neverending answering to my list of questions."
She noted that:
The chairman thinks I'm badgering,
but really I'm not.
This body makes ordinances, and
some of the ordinances are on the website.
go to the state website, and find out where all the laws of the state are;
go to the city of Valdosta's website, and find out where all the laws of Valdosta are.
Go to our website and only find out some of the ordinances.
Paige says she has been diligently working on this
and I absolutely positively believe her.
And I know it's very complicated
But I really encourage y'all as a body
— I'm not trying to tell you how to do your job —
but to keep the business of our county in order.
She's been trying to get public access to all the ordinances since December.
The county doesn't even have a list of all the ordinances.
Should it take more than six months to find the local laws
that code enforcement needs?
Chairman Ashley Paulk and 2 of 3 voting Commissioners, Crawford Powell and Richard Raines,
Could they run a business when resolutions of the board were nowhere
to be found?
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Paulk and Pritchard wrapped up the budget hearing,
quite well, except at the very end,
when about 2 seconds were allowed for citizens to say they
wanted to speak before the hearing was ended.
So that's two budget hearings with no citizen input:
the first one nobody knew about,
and this one where nobody was permitted to speak.
Chairman Ashley Paulk thanked county employees for their cooperation.
He noted that even the constitutional officers, who could appeal
their budgets, had not.
He noted the jail accounted for about half the sheriff's budget,
calling it an expensive operation.
He said that his office had accounted for 3 of the 8 layoffs
last time, and fortunately there were no more this time.
A couple more videos of this hearing
to come of remarks by Chairman Ashley Paulk
and County Manager Joe Pritchard in this budget hearing,
plus a related video from the Citizens Wishing to be Heard later
that same day.