Let­ter to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor,

Com­mis­sioner John Dou­glas made a mo­tion in Tues­day night’s Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing (be­fore a huge crowd) to do away with the 2050 Plan.

He re­ferred to keep­ing the plan as putting lip­stick on a pig, but still end­ing up with a pig — A great state­ment that I fully agree with.

How­ever, his mo­tion to end the 2050 Plan failed by a 3-2 vote with Com­mis­sioner Hen­der­son vot­ing with Dou­glas. Com­mis­sioner Hen­der­son stated that dur­ing his elec­tion he had only two calls sup­port­ing the 2050 Plan and many against. Think what­ever you want about some of Com­mis­sioner Hen­der­son’s votes, but he does seem to put what his vot­ers want ahead of his per­sonal views. Is this not what a com­mis­sioner is sup­posed to do — rep­re­sent the cit­i­zens in their district?

Com­mis­sion­ers Dou­glas and Hen­der­son got the mes­sage from the cit­i­zens in their district.

Yet at the end of the meet­ing Com­mis­sioner Le­vie Maddox, with a mo­tion de­cided to go ahead and put lip­stick on the 2050 pig by mov­ing it to the County Devel­op­ment Ser­vices Depart­ment, hop­ing it will be able to make this pig into some­thing else. Com­mis­sion­ers Nancy Schulz and Lanier Sims agreed to try to make this lip stick pig into some­thing else by vot­ing with Maddox. Com­mis­sioner Maddox said that he had talked with a for­mer long term com­mis­sioner who had spent 10 years on the 2050 Plan and sat in on over 200 meet­ings and he did not want the plan thrown out.

Let me sub­mit what this for­mer long­time Com­mis­sioner did while on our BOC. He was part of the vote to change our form of Gov­ern­ment to a County Manger Gov­ern­ment with­out the vote of the ci­ti­zen. He was part of tak­ing $5 mil­lion of your tax dol­lars for a Civic Cen­ter in the 2005. A civic cen­ter that has and shouldn’t be built yet they still have your $5 mil­lion gath­er­ing dust. He voted to take much more of your 2011 SPLOST to build a Agri­cul­ture Cen­ter which has not nor should be built. He was in of­fice dur­ing the glory time when tax dol­lars were fly­ing into our county yet they saved noth­ing for the rainy days that we are in. He was part of the BOC that al­lowed the buildup on the West­side we have to­day by lack of good zon­ing or vot­ing to let zon­ing be by­passed.

How many of you av­er­age cit­i­zens were al­lowed in the 200 2050 meet­ings that the for­mer com­mis­sioner sat in on? Yet Com­mis­sioner Maddox , Schulz and Sims vote to ad­here to his wishes and against the wishes of the ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens of New­ton County.

I be­lieve they will end up pass­ing this pig onto us as a land use plan in the near future. This is a Clint East­wood Quote “Don’t uri­nate down our backs and try to tell us it’s rain­ing. “That is ex­actly what they are try­ing to do to the New­ton County Cit­i­zens with this 2050 Pig.

Den­nis Tay­lor

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