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.
Where can you vote on Tuesday May 20th,
which is Election Day for the Special Election for Lowndes County
Commission District 5?
You can find your polling place in
My Voter Page by the Georgia Secretary of State.
Or you can zoom and pan on the
VALOR GIS Election Boundary Map.
Remember, it’s not November: Tuesday May 20th
is the election for this Special Election,
unless there’s a runoff.
Please vote for Gretchen Tuesday.
If enough supporters turn out and vote, she can win outright Tuesday.
PS: And remember to vote for
the Lowndes County Board of Education,
for the elections for judges, and for the primaries for the Georgia
statehouse and U.S. Congress.
only a tiny percentage have voted,
and turnout wins elections.
You can help.
Share this post.
Call your friends.
Ask Gretchen for a call list.
Or come help canvass.
Most important: vote today in early voting at the Board of Elections, 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta,
or Tuesday May 20th at your polling place.
With Glenn Ritchie canvassing. Didn’t get the dog’s owners’s name; sorry.
Picture by John S. Quarterman for GretchenforLowndes.com, Iola Street, Valdosta, 15 May 2014.
Only 4% of registered voters have voted so far.
If all of Gretchen’s supporters get out and vote, she will win
on May 20th.
Call your friends; remind them District 5 is a Special Election
that will be decided Tuesday May 20th.
Contact Gretchen; she’ll get you a call list or a walklist.
Local elections affect you directly: water, sewer, trash, roads, taxes,
jobs, and ordinances.
It’s time to get people out and vote!
Today and tomorrow early voting continues at
the Board of Elections, 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta.
Election Day is Tuesday May 20th at Continue reading →
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.
They also weren’t at Continue reading →
The Valdosta Branch of the Georgia Rotary Student Program is holding
the 2014 Racing with Rotary 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run, and proceeds
from the event will benefit the Georgia Rotary Student Program and
other Rotary groups. The Rotary Program is a charity set up to help
students with opportunities to study overseas when they might not
otherwise have the chance to do so.
“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.