Cook County had the most people I’ve ever seen at one of these meetings in any county! SGRC’s Elizabeth Backe corroborated my remark, noting I had recently been to the Charlton County meeting.
The next meeting will be 3 PM, Monday, October 7, 2019, at the Cook County Commissioners Conference Room, 1200 S Hutchinson Ave., Adel, GA.
The purpose of the first meeting was: “we will review the community vision, goals, issues, and opportunities — for the county and all four cities (Adel, Lenox, Cecil, and Sparks).” All four cities were at the meeting, and each of them spoke at various times. Also unlike most other such meetings in other counties, nobody was sitting up front; everybody was in the audience.
As usual, I suggested adding more about rivers and water trails. This additional Opportunity on page 2 I think was my suggestion:
- The Little River is a valuable resource for recreation.
There was much discussion of broadband, which turned out to be already in there, but got its own section added on page 12.
Well, one person was sitting up front: Ariel Godwin of SGRC, who convened this meeting. Somebody asked, “Where do you live?” As soon as he said, “Valdosta,” they started ragging on him about “that’s the place with all the sewer spills!” The stigma Valdosta doesn’t want to understand extends even upstream to Cook County.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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