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County reinstates long-range planning committee
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Public input on the future of the county is what will help maintain controlled growth, says Dawson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Billy Thurmond.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has voted to reinstate a long-range planning committee that will be responsible for studying and recommending revisions to the county's future land use plan, ordinances and other areas that the commission thinks need review.

Appointed to the committee are Gary Pichon as chairman, as well as Ronnie Adkins, Teri Tragresser, Jane Graves, Hugh Stowers, Jo Brewer, Tim Costley, Mandy Power and Dick Scharf.

Each member of the commission gave two names that they thought would do well to serve on the committee.

Thurmond said the committee was one of the things that he talked about and was very passionate about out on the campaign trail last year.

"We need to be looking 10, 15 years down the road so that we are planning properly for our citizens," Thurmond said. "Some of the things that we want them to look at is our future land use plan- does it need to be amended? [Also] transportation issues, ordinance updates, service delivery strategy for the county, alternate funding sources and other areas that they themselves see."

Thurmond said he hopes that the committee will hold many open discussions with the citizens of the county to hear thoughts, ideas and concerns that would help make Dawson County a better place for all.

No meeting times have been announced for the newly established committee.