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Notes by John and Gretchen Quarterman. These are citizen notes recording what we think we heard at a public meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners.

They are not the official minutes, which are usually approved at the next meeting.

What: (Meeting Name): Lowndes County Comissioners Meeting

When: (Meeting Date / Time): Tuesday June 23, 2009 5:30pm

Where: (Location of meeting)
325 West Savannah Ave.
Commission Chambers

Who: (Who were officials there)
Chairman: Ashley Paulk
District 1 Commissioner: Joyce Evans
District 2 Commissioner: Richard Lee
District 3 Commissioner: G. Robert Carter

(Who were other staff / speakers there)

A dozen or more county employees from various departments.

(Who or how many other attendees were there)

Apparently only three from the general public.

How: (Meeting Notes:)

Headings from Agenda (PDF)

1. Call to Order

2. Invocation


3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

4. Minutes for Approval

a. Work Session – June 8, 2009

Carter moved; Lee seconded; Approved unanimously with no changes.

b. Regular Session – June 9, 2009

Carter moved; Lee seconded; Approved unanimously with no changes.

5. Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address

Nobody wanted to be heard.

6. Appointment for Introduction-Valdosta/Lowndes County Industrial Authority

John Peeples resigned.

Three names were supplied.

Lee nominated Mary Goody. Evans seconded. Unanimous.

7. Resolution

a. Resolution Authorizing the Lowndes County Tax Commissioners to Credit or Refund any

Overpayment of Taxes

Lee moved; Carter seconded; Unanimous.

b. Resolution Authorizing the Lowndes County Tax Commissioners to Receive Certain Checks and

Money Orders in Payment of Taxes and License Fees

Lee moved; Carter seconded; Unanimous.

c. Resolution Regarding Adult Entertainment Ordinance

Jason Davenport mentioned some part of it requires no alcohol within some distance of something.

Comm. Lee asks why two different distance limits.

County Manager says there were two different rationales.

Comm. Evans congratulates Jason on being well prepared.

Somebody moved to Extend moratorium for 15 days; Lee seconded; Unanimous.

Back to planning commission, then back here.

8. For Consideration

a. Real Estate-Purchase Price and Conditions of Sale for Former Bemiss Road Collection Site (Tax

Map/Parcel 179/001) 0.36 Acres

Next to Claude Stephens. Unanimously agreed that adjacent landowners will get right of first refusal.

b. Lease/Purchase Agreement for Dell Computers

Aaron Kostyu: 64 in-car computers. County Manager: going through county's lease-purchase gets some tax benefits. No questions.

Lee moves to approve. Evans seconds. No discussion. Unanimous.

c. Judicial Network Infrastructure

Aaron Kostyu: says it's related to the telephone infrastructure. Also includes admin building.

Lee moves. Evans seconds. Unanimous.

d. NAC Switch Replacement

Aaron Kostyu: Purchased a switch from cisco a while back. Cisco failed to say would need to change some other infrastructure. Need new equipment anyway due to end of life. 65% discount off MRSP (usually 40%).

Lee moves. Evans seconds. Unanimous.

e. Section 5311 Rural Transportation Program Supplemental Agreement

Mike Fletcher: decrease in federal something?

Evans moves. Evans seconds. Unanimous.

f. Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Fire Chief: Request to apply for grant for new firestation in west side district. Asked up to 2.5M. Actual will be less. Wanted to be sure to cover all bases. Also lease of $1/year to Langdale Corp.

Lee moves; Carter seconds; Unanimous.

Lee: "Drive that deficit up."

g. Beer and Wine License for Narendra M. Patel of Shree Kunteshwar, LLC, d/b/a Barretts, located

at 6685 Bemiss Road

Stephanie: Due to a change in ownership.

Lee moves; Evans seconds; Unanimous.

h. Adoption of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget

County Manager: Had two budget hearings. In order to comply with timelines would need an adoption of the budget. With any amendments.

Carter: Motion to approve as is.

Discussion. Carter: Thought we had it all in one book. If not, we need to talk about it.

County Manager: Only two amendments recommended are Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) and DARE officers. Leave Moody funding as is ($75,000; VLD had $105,000).

Carter: Changes motion to approve with amendments; Evans: Seconds; Unanimous.

9. Bids

a. Installation of School Zone Lights for Lowndes Middle School #3

Lisa: 45 day contract. County will head up project, then it will be handed over to board of education. Skipper Bridge Road at Reed Road.

Only bid: Corbett Electric $7,500.00.

Evans: moves. Somebody seconds.

Lee says needs two motions: accept bid and approve contract.

Evans makes motion for both. Lee seconds. Unanimous.

b. Installation of Turn Lanes at Cat Creek Road and Skipper Bridge Road

Skipper Bridge Road at Reed Road.

Lee: motion to award to Reames as low bidder and to sign the contract. Somebody seconds. Unanimous.

10. Reports-County Manager

County Manager: Was a tragedy today, a drowning. Wanted to be sure everyone was aware of it, and that the fire chief was on the job.

Fire Chief: Had a call from a gentleman who found a boat overturned on Paradise Lake. 2PM body found. Had 3 boats in the water searching and a number of drivers.

Comm. Carter: Did they give out his name yet?

Fire Chief: I have that information, but it's not public yet.

Sheriff Prine: Like to comment on the detail of this morning. Coffee, Colquitt, Decatur [prob. meant Camden] Counties all came down. "We worked real well together."

Adjourn approx. 6PM.

Lowndes County approves 2009-10 fiscal year budget, By Malynda Fulton, Valdosta Daily Times, 24 June 2009.