Valdosta Daily Times

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January 14, 2014

County commission holds work session

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Commission met Monday morning for a work session, where the commissioners were given the opportunity to ask questions about agenda items to ensure an efficient meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m.

One of the items discussed was an agreement between the Georgia Board of Regents and the Lowndes County Commissioners. This agreement was presented by the University of Georgia extension office to provide a personnel contract for the Fort Valley State University extension service.

Extension services provide agricultural education programs, environmental and natural resource management, family and consumer science, 4-H/youth work, and similar subjects in Lowndes.

Jake Price from UGA’s extension service informed the commission that this agreement was last signed in 2012, and is only coming before the commission because of a change in leadership.

In 2009, Peter Brown Construction returned SPLOST VI funds left over from constructing Pods C and D of the Lowndes County jail during the second phase of construction.

These funds will go to repairing the roof and the showers of the Pod. The roof is leaking because of structural issues and the shower’s plumbing is leaking due to erosion causing uncontrollable leaks.

IPG Architects have overseen repairs to the structure multiple times since its completion in 1991, and they have submitted a design,  bidding, and construction administration for this project.

Another item before the Commission is an intergovernmental agency agreement with the City of Valdosta for Building Inspections for Lake Park.

County Manager Joe Pritchard said this agreement will offer building inspection function to the City of Lake Park.

This is a one year agreement, needing to be renewed annually.

During their regular meeting on Tuesday, Commission will also be celebrating the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia’s centennial anniversary.

Other items the Lowndes County Commissioners will vote on during their meeting Tuesday are:

• Set qualifying fees for the general primary, nonpartisan election.

• Set interest for the Special Assessment Rate

• Adopt a resolution for infrastructure repair at Grove Pointe Subdivision

• Approve a workers’ compensation insurance coverage plan

• Approval of a Beer License.

After the meeting, Dr. William Grow, South Health district officer, provided an update to the Board of Commissioners regarding public health and the care of Lowndes County residents.

Dr. Grow said the county has grown since 2008, while at the same time, funding has been cut. He concluded his speech by telling the commissioners the strain budget cuts put on local healthcare; 70 percent of his budget comes from the federal government, Dr. Grow said.

The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners adjourned for an executive session to discuss legal issues. They will meet again on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to vote on the agenda items.

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