In the City This Week

Staff Report

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Central Valdosta Development Authority Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 
5:00pm
City Hall Annex, Multi-Purpose Room

Recognizing Downtown Valdosta as the historic core of the community, the Central Valdosta Development Authority manages the process of enhancing Downtown's position as the governmental, cultural, and economic center of the Greater Lowndes County area by involving businesses, property owners, government, churches, and the entire community.

The Central Valdosta Development Authority meets the Tuesday following the second Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m.  All meetings are held in the Authority conference room in the City Hall Annex, Multi-Purpose Room, located at 300 North Lee Street.  View the 2020 CVDA Meeting Schedule.

For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Ellen Hill, Main Street Director, at (229) 259-259-3577 or E-mail.  

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Development Authority Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 
5:30pm 
Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Development Authority Office

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority is responsible for the proper applications of those powers associated with the promotion and encouragement of the location and expansion of industry, agriculture, trade, and commerce in Valdosta and Lowndes County. Other responsibilities of the Development Authority include the following: (1) to buy, acquire, develop, improve, own, operate, maintain, sell, lease and mortgage land, buildings, and property, (2) to grant, loan, or lease Development Authority funds and/or property to private persons or corporations operating or proposing to operate any industrial establishment, (3) to encourage industrial and agricultural development in Valdosta and Lowndes County, (4) to encourage the location of new industries in Valdosta and Lowndes County, (5) to elect Development Authority officers from the Authority's membership, (6) to appoint and select staff and agents and set compensation, and (7) to adopt and amend bylaws and regulations for the conduct and management of the Authority.

For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority, at (229) 259-9972 or E-mail, or visit the Development Authority website.   

Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
8:00am
South Georgia Medical Center, Board Room

The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County is responsible for establishing policy and an adequate means of implementing policy associated with providing person-centered quality care to each sick or injured patient, for promoting healthful living and preventive medicine to the public, for seeking to provide optimal care at a reasonable price, for achieving and maintaining an excellent staff of competent and caring persons, for encouraging a creative partnership within the hospital community with mutual respect for the role of the public, administration, medical staff, nursing staff, and each individual employee involved in the provision of health care services, and for improving health care in Lowndes County and surrounding areas, while accepting any patient without regard to race, creed, color or national origin.

The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a. m. in the Executive Board Room at South Georgia Medical Center, 2501 North Patterson Street.  View the 2020 Hospital Authority Meeting Schedule.

For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Mr. Ronald Dean, CEO, South Georgia Medical Center at (229) 259-333-1000 or E-mail

City Hall Annex Building, Multi-Purpose Room
9:00am
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Land Bank Authority Meeting
 

The Valdosta/Lowndes County Land Bank Authority was established pursuant to O.C.G.A. §48-4-60, et seq., to foster the public purpose of returning property which is in a non-revenue generating, non-tax producing status to effective utilization status in order to provide housing, new industry, and jobs for citizens.

Responsibilities of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Land Bank Authority are as follows: (1) Inventory and Analysis of Properties - The Board shall collect and receive data from public, private, professional, and volunteer sources to compile an inventory and analysis of the desired property for acquisition. (2) Administration by Authority of Properties - The Authority shall administer the properties acquired by it as follows: (a) all property acquired by the Authority shall be inventoried and appraised, and the inventory shall be maintained as a public record and shall be filed in the office of the Authority, (b) the Authority shall organize and classify the property on the basis of suitability of use, (c) all properties acquired by the Authority shall be appraised and the estimated value as established by the Lowndes County Board of Tax Assessors shall be deemed acceptable for this purpose, (d) The Authority shall provide for the maintenance of all property held by it in accordance with the applicable laws and codes, (e) the Authority shall have the power to manage, maintain, protect, rent, lease, repair, insure, alter, sell, trade, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any property on terms and conditions determined in the sole discretion of the Authority and in accordance with applicable law, (f) the Authority may assemble tracts or parcels, property for public parks, or other public purposes, and, to that end, may exchange parcels or otherwise effectuate the purposes set forth herein, (g) the acquisition or disposal of the property by the Authority shall not be governed or controlled by any regulation or law of the parties unless specifically provided herein, and transfers of property by the parties to the Authority shall be treated as a transfer to a body politic as contemplated by subparagraph (a) (2) (A) of Code §36-9-3, (h) property held by the Authority may be sold, traded, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of by the Authority as long as the disposition is approved by the majority of the membership as required herein above and approved as follows: (i) if the property is located within the City, approved by both Authority Members appointed by the Mayor, and one of the Authority Members appointed by the County Commission, (ii) if the property is located within the County, but outside the City, approved by both Authority Members appointed by the County, and one of the Authority Members appointed by the City.

The Valdosta/Lowndes County Land Bank Authority meets on the third Wednesday of each month (except for the months of June, July, and December) at 9 am in the City Hall Annex Building Multi-Purpose Room.  View the 2020 Valdosta/Land Bank Authority Meeting dates. View the Recently Approved Meeting Minutes for the Valdosta/Lowndes County Land Bank Authority

For more information on the Valdosta/Lowndes County Land Bank or to inquire about parcel donations or sales, please call Neighborhood Development staff at (229) 671-3617.
 

Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Parks & Recreation Authority Meeting
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30pm
Valdosta-Lowndes Co. Parks & Recreation Authority

The Legislative Act creating the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority was approved by Governor Sonny Perdue on March 25, 2008. The purpose of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is to provide parks and recreation services throughout Lowndes County. No member of the Authority shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, profit, or benefit in any contract, work, or business of the Authority nor in the sale, lease, or purchase of any property to or from the Authority unless (a) any interest, profit, or benefit by such member is disclosed in advance to the other members of the Authority and is recorded in the Minutes of the Authority, (b) that no member having any such interest, profit, or benefit may be present during that portion of an Authority meeting when such contract, work, business, sale, lease, or purchase is being discussed, (c) that no member having such interest, profit, or benefit may participate in any decision of the Authority relating to such matter.

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at 1901 North Forrest Street.  View the 2020 Meeting schedule.

For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact George Page, Executive Director, Parks & Recreation Authority, at (229) 259-3507 or E-mail or visit the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation website.  

Public Art Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:30am 
Turner Center for the Arts

The City of Valdosta created the Public Art Program to further the purchase and foster the appreciation of works of public art and to promote the creation of works of art and the purchase of same for the citizens and the City of Valdosta in order to promote the aesthetic value to the entire community. The Program also encourages the preservation and protection of works of public art and to encourage economic development.

The Public Art Advisory Committee will meet the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Turner Center for the Art, 527 North Patterson Street. View the 2020 Public Art Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule.

For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Bruce Smith, Chairman of the PAAC, at (229) 244-1188 or E-mail.