Cit­i­zens’ panel

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Dur­ing a Ro­tary Club of Cov­ing­ton meet­ing Tues­day, New­ton County Chair­man Keith El­lis an­nounced that the com­mis­sion­ers are plan­ning to start a cit­i­zens’ panel con­sist­ing of an ap­pointed mem­ber by each com­mis­sioner and ap­pointees from each city in the county and en­ti­ties such as the cham­ber, wa­ter and sewage au­thor­ity and school board.

We like this idea, and we hope that all the ap­pointees ac­cept this re­spon­si­bil­ity with an open mind and a de­ter­mi­na­tion to insure that the county has plan­ning guide­lines in place that are fair for the ma­jor­ity of the landown­ers of the county.

We have heard that at least one mem­ber of the Cov­ing­ton city coun­cil is broach­ing the idea that the city should have equal num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the county, be­cause it has in­vested equal amounts of money in the plan­ning con­sul­tants. How­ever, we think that this type of think­ing will im­pede the panel.

The county com­mis­sion will be the gov­ern­ing body vot­ing yeah or nay on the plan, so it makes sense their con­stituents voice their opin­ions.

This panel should be un­bi­ased and its sug­ges­tions should if pos­si­ble be acted upon in a pro­fes­sional, quick and fair man­ner.

In our opinion we are still a few years away from a re­birth of growth but we hope this panel work­ing hand-in-hand with the plans that are es­tab­lished af­ter 10 years of study by the 2050 group can be in place by the time this re­birth be­gins.

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