Valdosta Daily Times

May 14, 2013

County addresses varied agenda

Appointments, street paving discussed in work session

Jason Schaefer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Slaughter missed the work session Monday morning due to illness, but Commissioner Joyce Evans successfully chaired the brief meeting in his absence.

The Board moved through a short agenda of two appointments, a rezoning, two alcohol licenses, a bid for street paving and two other issues in about 15 minutes.

Jeff Sikes and J. Kevin McCraney submitted applications to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority seat to be vacated by Wayne Edwards later this month. The Board will appoint one of these men to the position Tuesday evening.

Sikes is the President/CEO of 1st America Drugs, 1st America Drug Services and 1st America Home Equipment, and McCraney is the South Region External Affairs Manager for Georgia Power.

The Board will also decide whether to re-appoint South Georgia Community Service Board Chairperson Shamb Purohit, whose term expires in June.

County Planner Jason Davenport presented the Commission with a proposal to rezone a 2.7-acre property at 4850 Peat Moss Road from Suburban Density Residential to Low Density Residential, so that the owner can add a second building. The owners could have chosen to subdivide their property, but instead chose to rezone, Davenport said.

The Board considered a beer license for consumption off-premises for C&M Country Store at 2295 New Statenville Highway and a beer and wine license for Quick Change #3 at 4592 North Valdosta Road, both due to a change in ownership.

Commissioners discussed whether to issue a Trust Indenture to the Valdosta Islamic Center for a private water well at the group's new church, the Merciful Community Center located at 5426 Old U.S. 41 North. The Trust Indenture is a requirement of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and places management responsibility in the hands of the well owners and not the County.

The Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority proposed the sale of a small one-room building in Clyattville Park for disposal. The building does not meet the Authority's current needs, and the proposal is intended to ensure the County consents to the disposal.

The Board discussed a construction bid in the amount of $495,845 for soil cement, bituminous prime with sand, and paving for Bayhill Drive, Pinewood Drive, Grand Pine Drive, Glenn Hill Drive, Bay Wood Drive, Bemiss Knights Academy Road North, a portion of Old Bemiss Road, Payton Place and Dodd Road.

The Scruggs Company holds the low bid, and the funding source for the projects is the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program through the Georgia Department of Transportation. Bayhill, Pinewood and Grand Pine drives are 80 percent ready to begin the construction projects.

The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the commission’s chambers.