Good de­ci­sions made for 2050

The Covington News - - OPINION -

We be­lieve Tues­day’s Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing was the most crit­i­cal in re­cent mem­ory, and we ap­plaud the com­mis­sion­ers for their ef­forts.

The big­gest take-away was of course the 2050 Plan. Three com­mis­sion­ers voted to re­tain the plan.

To con­tinue to work on a plan for the future of New­ton County was an im­por­tant and brave de­ci­sion for future gen­er­a­tions. There has been a tremen­dous amount of public out­cry about the pro­posed or­di­nances, the most vo­cal of course be­ing to squash it.

It is good to see elected of­fi­cials brav­ing the storm and will­ing to make ad­just­ments so the next wave does not crash so hard as to bring down the house.

A plan for the future of the county is nec­es­sary to avoid er­ratic and un­rea­son­able build­ing and de­vel­op­ing that has oc­curred in New­ton and other coun­ties.

The vote to fight on is not the most pop­u­lar de­ci­sion. The meet­ing’s fol­low­ing pro­posal, how­ever, was with a unan­i­mous vote to elim­i­nate the 10- and 20-acre is­sue in the pro­posed base­line or­di­nances.

Dur­ing public hear­ings on the 2050 Plan, time and time again peo­ple spoke out about be­ing re­stricted in build­ing on their 10- and 20-acre lots in ru­ral and con­ser­va­tive zones. The com­mis­sion­ers proved they were lis­ten­ing, and they proved they were lis­ten­ing to the public’s in­put and think­ing through their poli­cies.

In the even­ing’s other im­por­tant vote for the county’s future, the com­mis­sion­ers con­tin­ued to work on set­ting the tone for New­ton County’s future.

Thanks to a 3-2 mo­tion, the BOC will host a work ses­sion on the county’s form of gov­ern­ment.

Our form of gov­ern­ment is a man­ager-coun­cil (in this case com­mis­sion) style, where the man­ager works on the day-to-day busi­ness. How­ever, New­ton County has a full-time chair­man, a full-time out­go­ing man­ager and a full-time man­ager-in-wait­ing. That is too many cooks in the kitchen try­ing to add their own spices.

We need to set­tle on one fla­vor of gov­ern­ment, and Tues­day night was a big step in do­ing that. The Aug. 26 work ses­sion will be an even big­ger step, and we are look­ing for­ward to see which way it will take the future of New­ton County.

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