Newton County District 4 town hall meeting set for March 22

COVINGTON — Citizens living in Newton County’s District 4 will have the opportunity next weekend to raise questions and learn more about projects to be funded by 2011 SPLOST money.

Commissioner J.C. Henderson, who represents District 4, invites the public out for a town hall meeting to discuss projects planned for the community from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Nelson Heights Community Center, 7200 Laseter St.

Henderson said he hopes to use $1.1 million in SPLOST funds to purchase computers for the workforce development center, New Leaf, and possibly build a new recreation park.

New Leaf Center was a $3 million project funded by federal Neighborhood Stabilization grant funds, Newton County SPLOST dollars, and the Covington Housing Authority. It offers classroom and office space for the city’s Housing and Financial Counseling Program, which readies potential homebuyers for home ownership, as well as a job training and life skills counseling program to be run in partnership with the Newton County Ministers’ Union, Georgia Department of Labor and Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

“I hope to receive input from the citizens on identifying how the 2011 funds should be spent,” Henderson said. “I’ve heard a lot of feedback from those who want to have a park with football and baseball fields, too. I hope citizens walk away understanding that the commissioners are not sitting at home doing nothing, we’re listening to our constituents and doing what we can to better our community.”