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Posted: August 4, 2014 8:02 p.m.

Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis last week announced that a 13-member citizens' panel would be formed to discuss the details of the 200-page plan for the county's growth, with members appointed by each county commissioner, each municipality, the board of education and the water and sewer authority.

But Monday night, Covington officials questioned the panel's makeup, with councilman Chris Smith pointing out that city has paid as much for the plan as the county, or $50,000 per year. The council agreed that the mayor should call the county and demand seven members on the panel. 

Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he'd call immediately: "This is no small thing. This (plan) is a big deal."

Johnston said the plan's impact on the city as the "receiver" of transferrable development rights via the plan is something Covington can't take lightly. 

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henrystamm: August 5, 2014 7:54 a.m.

Yes, a big deal of garbage! massive amount wasted on so called planers that screwed up the NE of the USA and now invading the south that was free of them. Looks like the dimwits and their so called incompetent terrorist laving leader are hard at work to screw us up. Our streets are deteriorating and the BOC is wasting time and our hard earned taxes on this, just like in NY, Chicago, Detroit, California and so on. Sad but lets throw the all out at the next election.

DustinKetchem: August 5, 2014 9:01 a.m.

I don't understand why the City wants more than half the panel to be their appointed members? They make up a small amount of the land mass, and more people live outside of the City of Covington, in other parts of the County. I can see the City of Covington getting 3, may be even 4 spots.. but kicking and screaming and being the brat that wont play unless they get their way is just childish.

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