Tag Archives: Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Nimble –Videos of Gretchen at VSU

Elected officials need to adapt to new information and new circumstances, while all working together. If elected, Gretchen will be nimble.

Here are videos of her saying that at VSU last Tuesday at an event organized by the South Georgia Young Republicans and others. Remember, this Special Election is tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th, because the seat is vacant. The winner will take office immediately upon certification of the election results. So please call your friends and neighbors and ask them to vote tomorrow for Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes County Commission District 5, with her calling for financial stewardship and community transparency for economic development.

Follow this link for the videos and transcripts.

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Gretchen convinced ZBOA to publish agendas and minutes online 6 December 2011

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.

The 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 anyway. Member Gretchen Quarterman suggested it. Valdosta City Planner Matt Martin said they could do it no problem. Discussion ensued. 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.

Here’s the video:


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.

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Gretchen at Lake Park City Council May 6th

Gretchen said a few words from behind the camera where she videoed the entire Lake Park City Council meeting of May 6th, including the Council’s decision to deny the Brookhaven apartment rezoning. Gretchen said,

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 and accessible. 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. They also weren’t at Continue reading

Video of Gretchen on Scott James radio show 2014-05-01

“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 Ashley Tye 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.

Here’s the video:

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Video: Gretchen on Chris Beckham radio show, April 29th

“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.

She also talked about jobs, including in local agriculture. For example, she ran the 2014 South Georgia Growing Local Conference. Money spent on local agriculture supports the local economy, not companies far away.

She talked about stewardship of resources, including preserving local property and environment from the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. She advocated Continue reading

Gretchen stood up against an unnecessary lawsuit

“Stop wasting taxpayer money” said Gretchen Quarterman in the May 28th 2013 Regular Session of the Lowndes County Commission.

Gretchen Quarterman 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. Thank you.

[Applause]

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. The Rotary Continue reading

Gretchen stood up for Lowndes County against the Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline

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.

At the Valdosta FERC Scoping Meeting 4 March 2014, she read a statement from the party of which she is the chair: Lowndes County Democratic Committee Opposes Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline.

Here’s the video:


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.

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