News Line for Valdosta

Officials serve lunch to city employees
The City of Valdosta hosted its annual employee appreciation luncheon Thursday at John W. Saunders Memorial Park.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City: Most overflows stopped
The City of Valdosta reported Wednesday evening that all manhole overflows resulting from Tuesday’s heavy rains had stopped, with the exception of two.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays
Editor’s Note: Following are the winning essays in Valdosta’s “If I Were Mayor” contest. The essays are unedited and presented as they were written.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

If I were mayor
Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council approves $36.7 million GEFA loan for sewer project
Valdosta council members unanimously approved the $36,781,448 loan from the clean water state revolving fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) for the pump station, force main, headworks, and EQ Basin Project for the city’s sewer system.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

504,000 gallons and counting
With four inches of rain between 3 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, a number of manholes around the area overflowed, resulting in a release of 504,000 gallons and more as the overflows continue.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Inspectors give Valdosta police glowing reviews
The Valdosta Police Department received glowing recommendations this week following an extensive review from a public safety accreditation agency.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City hosts second redistricting meeting
Valdosta City Schools hosts its second public input meeting regarding the redistricting of elementary schools, at 7 p.m. today, J.L. Lomax, located at 1450 Howell Road in Valdosta.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council votes to reissue GEFA loan
Valdosta City Council unanimously approved Thursday to reissue a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan for the water and sewer infrastructure project.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta City Councilmen sworn in
Before Valdosta City Council meeting Thursday night, three members were sworn in. The newly-elected Sandra J. Tooley, and incumbents Alvin Payton, Jr. and Robert Yost were sworn in by Judge James Tunison, accompanied by friends and family members.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City Council brings the roof down
On Tuesday night, during the first work session of 2014, the Valdosta City Council was hearing a proposal from Director of Utilities Henry Hicks about approving a contract for smoke testing the city’s sewer system, when all of a sudden a large chunk of plaster fell roughly 25 feet from the ceiling, crashing onto the green carpet below.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City moves forward with flood management study
The recent collection of elevation data in flood-prone areas of Valdosta is moving the city closer to understanding and providing more accurate information during heavy rain events.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council raises accommodations tax
The city council's meeting Thurs. night began with business as usual, but ended with two emotional farewells. During the business portion of the meeting, the council voted to raise the Accommodations (Hotel/Motel) tax from five percent to seven percent.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Hotel/Motel tax increase discussed at city council work session
The Valdosta City Council discussed a tax increase in the Accommodations (Hotel/Motel) Tax at their work session on Tuesday, along with other items that will be voted on in their regular session Thursday night.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Wastewater project loan approved
The City of Valdosta was awarded a $36.7 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) last week to finance the force main project for the wastewater treatment improvements. The new loan brings the city’s total outstanding debt to GEFA to approximately $79 million, excluding interest.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City run-off election underway
The Valdosta City Council election is not finished.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

'Let the games begin’
The Thirty Club hosted a political forum Monday night for the Valdosta City Council and school board candidates.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times