Valdosta Daily Times

January 15, 2014

County appealing Deep South ruling

Matthew Woody
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Tuesday night, following the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners meeting, Chairman Bill Slaughter discussed the county's decision to join Advanced Disposal Services in appealing a judge's December decision in favor of Deep South Sanitation.

“We had until the sixteenth to make a decision on whether the county wanted to join in with the appeal with ADS. We did take a vote,” Slaughter said. “It was a split vote, three in favor, and two opposed.”

   The next and final step for this case is to go before the Georgia Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of Lowndes County's Solid Waste Ordinance.

“We feel like as a county we needed to do that for clarification on the ordinance itself. So we would know the direction we could go to in the future for not only that ordinance but for any ordinance in the future,” Slaughter said.

One of the two commissioners who opposed the appeal was John Page.

“I respect all of the commissioners and their decision,” Page said. “I did not feel like the county needed to appeal, and I was one of two who voted against it.”

During the Tuesday meeting, the commission sped through their agenda consisting of nine items.

The Commission unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution commending the Association County Commissioners of Georgia on its centennial anniversary. Planning a year-long celebration, the ACCG plans to launch initiatives to increase public awareness about the services the ACCG provides.

Unanimously approving an intergovernmental agreement, the commission has entered into an agreement with the City of Valdosta to provide building inspection functions to the City of Lake Park.

Lowndes County Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, for a personnel contract for the Fort Valley State University extension service.

As required by law, Commissioners voted to set the qualifying fees for the upcoming election. The vote unanimously set the qualifying fee at $450 for the commissioner position.

At the beginning of every year, Lowndes County Commissioners are required to set the interest rates for Special Assessments. This rate is for the paving and utility assessments, not paid during the initial 90-day period. The commissioners voted unanimously to set the rate, two percent above the current prime rate, which is

currently 3.35 percent, so the interest rate totals at 5.25 percent.

Unanimously approving to utilize returned SPLOST VI funds from Peter Brown Construction, the Lowndes County Commission voted to repair the roof and showers of Pod “A” in the County's old jail. Lowndes County Project Manager Chad McLeod informed the commission the total cost of repair will approximately be $487,000.

Participating in the ACCG's Group Self-Insurance Workers Compensation Fund, the commission unanimously approved to renew their worker's compensation insurance. The county reports this is a 7.5 percent reduction in premium cost, which saves nearly $20,000.

Grove Pointe Subdivision off of Old Hwy 41 North was unanimously accepted to have its roads be maintained by Lowndes County.

Located off of Lakes Blvd., the Quick Mart was unanimously approved for their beer license for consumption off premises.

Lowndes County will meet for their next work session meeting on January 27 at 8:30 a.m.