- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—VALDOSTA — Two public hearings, one reappointment and seven other items will be considered today by the Lowndes County Commission.

—The first public hearing scheduled involves amendments to the Moody Activity Zone in the Unified Land Development Code. This item is expected to be tabled to a later date.

—The second public hearing involves beer, wine and liquor license for Lake Park Pub, 4991 U.S. Highway 41 S., which is under new ownership.

—A second alcohol license will be considered for QC 16 LLC, doing business as Quick Change 16, 2797 U.S. Highway 41 S. A beer and wine license for off-premise consumption has been applied for due to a change of ownership.

—The county’s insurance premiums with ACCG-IRMA, a non-profit, Georgia county-owned insurance fund, are up for renewal. The county has two options for renewal.

The first option is to renew the premiums at the current level — $601,356 — including $2,500 per occurrence on all lines, except for $5,000 per occurrence for Law Enforcement Liability and Public Official Liability.

The second option is to increase the deductible on all lines of coverage to $5,000 per occurrence, except for $10,000 per occurrence for Law Enforcement Liability and Public Official Liability. The premium will be reduced to $566,847 if this option is selected.

—The county is expected to vote on approving a proposal to upgrade a water line in the Lake Alapaha subdivision from a two-inch line to a six-inch line to serve subdivided lots of Carolyn and Robert Dinkins.

—Two grants will be considered from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Performance Grants.

The first application is for a $25,000 grant from GEMA for a Response and Recovery Award. If GEMA approves the application and issues the grant, the county will use the grant to upgrade equipment at the Emergency Operations Center and will fund an Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management training course.

The grant requires a 50/50 fund match, and the county is expected to fund an additional $27,912 for the upgrades.

The second application is for a Planning and Preparedness Award, which provides funding for planning and preparedness elements of emergency management, such as conducting disaster exercises and training.

If the application is approved and GEMA issues the grant for $2,500, the funds will be used to develop a local Critical Incident Stress Management Plan. The grant requires a 50/50 fund match, and the county is expected to fund an additional $2,500 for the program.

—The county will consider an annual renewal for the Computer Aided Dispatch System contract with Logisys for the 911 center worth $34,000. With this contract, Logisys provides free software upgrades, 24/7 customer service and an account technician.

—An annual renewal for the Mobile Data Terminals service contract through Motorola for the 911 center is due. The contract, worth $61,623, allows the county to contract Motorola when problems with the MDTs occur, and provides the county access to free software upgrades and continuance of software licenses.

—An annual renewal for the Uninterruptible Power Supply service contract for the 911 center is due. The agreement allows for a guaranteed four-hour response 24/7, emergency service labor and travel coverage, preventative maintenance visits and battery replacements for the center and for four tower sites in Hahira, Valdosta, Naylor and Clyattville.

The service contract for the 911 center is worth $11,130 and the contracts for the four tower sites are worth a total of $11,760.

—Commissioners will consider reappointing Jim Scruggs to the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Scruggs’ three-year term has expired and he is interested in another term.

The County Commission meeting is at 5:30 p.m. today at the Lowndes County Administrative Complex and is open to the public.


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