News Line for Valdosta

Valdosta PD hopes to sell three squad cars
The Valdosta Police Department wants to sell three vehicles to other organizations. They will seek approval for this during Thursday night's city council meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City of Valdosta Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of Valdosta has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the 28th consecutive year.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Hanson reappointed to policy council
Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson has been reappointed to serve on the Georgia Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Council. The council is responsible for proposing the association’s Legislative Platform and engaging other city officials in the legislative process throughout the year in helping move the platform forward.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City Council considers speed limit changes
The Valdosta City Council will meet Thursday and will consider an amendment to the speed limit ordinance within Valdosta city limits.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta raises millage rate
Valdosta City Council voted unanimously to raise the city’s millage rate from 4.102 to 6.102, a two mil, 67.2 percent increase, Thursday night. It is the first millage rate increase by the city in more than two decades.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Lake Park City Council raises millage rate
The Lake Park City Council voted to increase the city's millage rate by 1.5 mils Tuesday night. This raises it from 5.052 to 6.552, a 29.64 percent increase.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Greetings from South Georgia’s sister city
In the northwest corner of Italy, 30 minutes from France and one hour away from Switzerland, lies a beautiful town, named after Augustus Caesar, called Valle d’ Aosta.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.
A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta receives some new bicycle racks
Parking availability is increasing in Downtown Valdosta through the installation of four new bicycle racks for public use.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta council: No to downtown semis
City leaders hope to permanently end tractor-trailer traffic through Downtown Valdosta
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta announces preservation award recipients
The City of Valdosta recently honored Dr. Richard Saeger and David Sutton with the Harold M. Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award for their long-term stewardship and contributions to historic preservation.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City explains 2013 water report violation
The city’s recently released newsletter reports a water-quality violation from more than a year ago.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council passes FY 2015 budget
The Valdosta City Council approved two significant items Thursday night: the city's Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the design build project to relocate the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City breaks ground on force main project
Ten golden shovels were imbedded in the soil Wednesday at the new site of the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant off of Wetherington Lane.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City weighs budget tax hike
The City of Valdosta reviewed a proposed budget Wednesday night that could include a tax increase.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Manhole project approved
Valdosta City Council approved by a 6-1 vote Thursday evening Phase III of a manhole replacement/rehabilitation program.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City manhole rehab continues
Valdosta City Council discussed four wastewater issues during its Tuesday night work session, including Phase III of the manhole rehabilitation project which will either reline or replace 38 manholes in the city's system.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta’s Heart & Soul
Standing as a testament to an era long past, the Ashley House, formerly the Daniel Ashley Hotel, holds onto the memories of its former social glory.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council OKs recycling plant rezoning
Valdosta's Planning and Zoning Department recommended approval, the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission recommend tabling it, and the Valdosta City Council passed it by a four to two vote during its Thursday night meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

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