Cooper with­draws from 2050 panel

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

A sec­ond mem­ber of the pro­posed 2050 cit­i­zens’ panel with­drew Tues­day, low­er­ing the num­ber of con­firmed mem­bers to just two.

The ad­vi­sory panel will have ei­ther 13 or 18 mem­bers, and its pri­mary goals, at least at first, will be to dis­cuss lot-size min­i­mums and trans­ferrable devel­op­ment right pro­vi­sions in the 2050 Plan. Mem­ber­ship de­tails re­main sketchy.

But An­dre Cooper’s with­drawal from the panel is un­equiv­o­cal.

Cooper, nom­i­nated by New­ton County Com­mis­sioner JC Hen­der­son last week, po­litely with­drew from con­sid­er­a­tion Tues­day.

A sher­iff’s deputy, Cooper wrote in his let­ter to Hen­der­son that while he was “de­lighted” to be con­sid­ered, “I can­not ac­cept. I con­tem­plated my in­volve­ment prior to the ap­point­ment and rec­og­nized I would be un­able to be on the panel due to fam­ily obli­ga­tions and sched­ul­ing.”

He serves on four other boards, and does con­struc­tion on the side. Time is not Cooper’s ally.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­sid­er­a­tion,” he wrote. “Please do not hes­i­tate to think of me for fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties to work to­gether for the best in­ter­ests of New­ton County cit­i­zens.”

On Fri­day, Com­mis­sioner John Dou­glas’ ap­pointee, Sandy More­house, also stepped down.

County Com­mis­sion Chair­man Keith El­lis could not be reached for com­ment Tues­day. The only con­firmed mem­bers of the panel are wastew­a­ter engi­neer Wayne Haynie, El­lis’ ap­pointee, and Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz’s ap­pointee, Michelle Porteous, chair of the Wind­crest Home­own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

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