Give the cit­i­zens com­mit­tee a chance

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Dear com­mis­sion­ers,

Af­ter years of no ac­cept­able of­fer­ings of a so­lu­tion from the board for our land­fill prob­lems, it was a beam of Heav­enly sun­light when the pro­posal was made to form a panel of in­tel­li­gent, con­cerned cit­i­zens, to look into op­tions and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the board. Es­pe­cially as that panel in­cludes two mem­bers from the Springhill com­mu­nity, as it ought to.

At last, by nam­ing a cit­i­zens panel, some open, trans­par­ent process will al­low broad in­put and ex­plo­ration of con­sen­sus build­ing res­o­lu­tions. Hooray!! A real so­lu­tion, while no doubt dif­fi­cult, seems pos­si­ble — and pos­si­ble in the only way it could hap­pen — with full cit­i­zen par­tic­i­pa­tion, not be­hind closed doors (like the un­ac­cept­able Green Hill P3 re­gional land­fill deal).

The task of this panel will be very dif­fi­cult and the in­di­vid­u­als who have vol­un­teered their time are to be com­mended for tak­ing on this chal­lenge. They de­serve the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion — and thanks — of all in the county.

Un­der­min­ing them by ques­tion­ing whether they are able to take on this role, with its po­ten­tial for scru­tiny, or claim­ing that the board prob­a­bly won’t lis­ten to their rec­om­men­da­tions any­way (as they of­ten don’t to rec­om­men­da­tions from the plan­ning and zon­ing board), or ex­press­ing doubt about how it is go­ing to work, shifts their task from very dif­fi­cult to al­most im­possi- ble. It scut­tles their ship — our ship — be­fore it has had a chance to sail.

So, I ask you, in hu­mil­ity and with apolo­gies for any mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of words or in­tent, to please — please for the sake of our county — give th­ese fine peo­ple a chance. We, the peo­ple, need a res­o­lu­tion and that panel is the best chance we’ve got. Don’t add to the years of fail­ure to re­solve th­ese is­sues, yet an­other fail­ure by un­der­min­ing the sin­cere ef­forts of this panel. Rally, and rally your con­stituents, to sup­port their hard work to­wards a res­o­lu­tion and bring­ing their rec­om­men­da­tions be­fore the board and the peo­ple.

Sin­cerely, Steve Brown

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