Gretchen doesn’t just talk about local government transparency;
she does something about it.
Here online are
the agendas and minutes of her appointed board,
and here, reposted with permission
from Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange,
is how she got that to happen.
Elect Gretchen Quarterman tomorrow to Lowndes County Commission District 5 and she will work
to bring transparency to your County Commission.
Zoning Board of Appeals decided unanimously at its 6 December 2011 meeting
to publish its agendas and minutes on the City of Valdosta’s website.
This item was not on the agenda, but members of such a board can make motions
Member Gretchen Quarterman suggested it.
Valdosta City Planner Matt Martin said they could do it no problem.
They all agreed to post agends before their meetings,
and to post minutes after they are approved (usually at the next meeting,
a month later).
Maybe other local boards and authorities will follow this example.
Left to right:
Laverne Gaskins (V), Gretchen Quarterman (L),
Paul Alvarado (V), Allan Strickland, Chair (V),
Nancy Hobby (V), Dave Kirk (L),
Carmella Braswell (Lowndes County Zoning Administrator),
Matt Martin (Valdosta City Planning and Zoning Administrator).
Absent: Scott Orenstein, Vice-Chair (V), Dr. William Houseal (L).
L: Lowndes County appointee.
V: Valdosta appointee.
ZBOA decides to publish agendas and minutes on Valdosta website
Agendas and Minutes,
Regular Session, Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 6 December 2011.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
I totally love the way you do here,
and hear all your reports, and everything is very out in the open.
Citizens can know what’s happening easily.
Lowndes County can follow that example and be significantly more transparent
That’s sort of what I’m about: open transparent government,
and being good stewards.
The Mayor mentioned he’d met Gretchen at
the April 28th Public Hearing about the Brookhaven rezoning,
which she also videoed.
None of the other candidates for Lowndes County Commission District 5
attended that Public Hearing.
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“The jewel of the South”, “a gem down here”, is what Scott James and Gretchen Quarterman
agreed Lowndes County could be, starting with local government transparency
and continuing with not waiting on Atlanta to build on local strengths such
as South Georgia Medical Center and Wiregrass Tech.
Local policy issues include what would happen to us if we got
20 inches of rain like Pensacola just did?
The county needs to be appropriately staffed and prepared for emergencies.
The Army Corps of Engineers study on flooding
will be presented at the next
Valdosta City Council Work Session (5:30 PM May 6th at City Hall)
with a public presentation afterwards (6:30 PM at City Hall Annex).
Gretchen added that
will be giving a Lowndes County Emergency Management
Continuity of Business Workshop 5:30-6:30 PM 5 May 2014
at the Lowndes County Administrative Building, 327 North Ashley Street, Valdosta.
Radio host Scott James noted,
In case nobody picked up on it, I just
quizzed Gretchen and she is involved.
She answered both very well.
Gretchen added that having things online for people who can’t
go to the meetings because they’re at work
would be very useful in getting more people engaged.
Scott James advocated livestreaming videos of meetings,
“or at least recorded and played back”.
Gretchen recounted an anecdote about wishing she could have
heard the recent Valdosta City Council meeting livestreamed.
“People would have a lot more confidence in the government
if they understood it and they could see it happen,”
said Gretchen Quarterman yesterday morning on drive-time radio.
She used Monday night’s
Brookhaven apartment building rezoning public hearing in
Lake Park to illustrate: local landowners have property rights and
there was a lack of communication between the developers
of a proposed apartment building, the Lake Park city government,
and the neighbors.
I sort of wish that I had been able to observe the executive session
where you discussed the pending lawsuit against Deep South
Sanitation. I wonder who asked the question “Is it beneficial to all
concerned?” I wonder which one of you said “This will really attract
people to start or relocate business in our county when we sue one
of our local business owners.”
If I were considering a business move, I wouldn’t move to a county
that eats its own.
I ask that you drop the lawsuit and stop wasting taxpayer money.
Bill Slaughter and Gretchen Quarterman were inducted into Valdosta
Rotary on the same day (12 September 2012); that’s John Page (who recently vacated District 5),
already a member, standing behind them.
County Attorney Walter Elliott is also a member.
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Gretchen Quarterman stood up for property rights of local landowners,
for the economy including local solar power,
and for the environment including our drinking water supply,
and for safety including not adding more risk of sinkholes
and other hazards
because of an unnecessary methane pipeline.
Lowndes County Democratic Party opposes the Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline –Gretchen Quarterman
Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline,
Scoping Meeting, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 4 March 2014.