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, January 11, 1973 COQUILLE VALLEY SENTINEL y0r Claims COG Function Vital To Area mayor, Bob Ma- onetime chairman of the - Curry Council of Gov- commented today on criticism and, what he misconceptions, regard- I the regional planning agency i Past three weeks. told The Sentinel, county commission in its move to withdraw from COuncil of governments has back on intergovern- cooperation at the local Mason, who served as chairman in both 1970 971, said that the corn- are making an to "Scuttle" the Without making any sag- for change of alter- action. "They should something constructive to of merely react- they have,  the twice- mayor adOed. asked for his response by interested that the COG is taking controls out of the hands People, Mason said, "The opposite is true. There legislation requiring planning and inter- cooperation. And is rhore legislation plan- this session." members of COG who are councilmen, mayors, port of- ficials and county commission- ers are all responsible and in- telligent people but some in- dividuals in the past have cap- italized on the misconception that they might be champions of the people and are going to save all the rest of the members that don't share their opinions." "The COG has been of in- valuable service," Mason said "to us ( the City of Coquille.) One of the benefits, for ex- ample, is that the city has someone to turn to like the COG staff who is well informed on state and federal programs and can tell us if there are funds available for any needed pro- grams or projecrs we choose to undertake in Coquille. It is impossible for our city ad- ministration to keep up with all the government's complex programs without having to hire someone full time just for that specific purpose." Mason told The Sentinel that some people may feel it is im- proper and even immoral to ac- cept state and/or federal funds. "and I feel this is a commend- able attitude but it is not real- istic. That's like living 20 years in the past," the mayor noted. "These programs ar set up by the congress and the legislature and if local agencies do not avail themselves of these programs then local repre- sentatives are remiss in their responsibilities." Mason explained that the real purpose of the COG ("misun- derstood by many people in- cluding some local officials') is to improve intergovern- mental relations and commun- ications, eliminate duplication of projects..."and one of its most important purposes to qualify for assstance funds from state and federal sources for needed and desirable pro- jects by the banding together of local government represent- i continued, 'erhe state has to dictate these decisions from a state if they wish but through the governor has to leave as much of the responsibil- as possible to local bodies. officials turn backs on these p lanning then you can expect de- bs to be made at the state level." officials who are of COG without par- in the decision-mak- of the COG show of confidence in their T to make decisions" "The voting Sale Reg. 3.99 yd. Save 25%. Sew up savings by the yard while you make dresses, skirts, palazzo pants, and trouser outfits in texturized polyester double knits. Choose from a colorful variety of jacquard patterns and solid crepe knits, plus a group of two-tone coordinate patterns. All Penn-Prest, 58-60" wide. i JCPenney We know what you're looking for. COQUILLE atives. This does not mean we must plan a project just to get funds. As government repre- sentatives we can sift through the programs and choose those that are needed in a particular area on a matching-fund basis. The mayor said one of the criticisms of the COG has been that some areas represent- ed are paying more than once for membership. Dues are Oaid through a complicated for- mula which includes amounts of funds received and population. This has meant that Coos county's dues are paid on the total of county population in- cludlng the population inside the cities, which also pay and the pert districts that pay too. Mason said this is justified because of the areas of larger population there is more need _ i for a regional planning body to plan sewer, road and water pro- jects. By way of background, the mayor explained that the COG originally grew out of BARPA (Bay Area Regional Planning Authority) when agency mem- bers found that they were not eligible for federal monies be- cause they did not represent a a-rge enough area. It was at" this time that cities in the southern end of Coos county were attempting to establish the Coquille Valley Regional Plan- ning agency. The two organiza- tions combined to become the Coos County Council of Govern- ments. Mason would not even discuss the possibility of the elimina- tion of the COG but more- over stated that the planning a- gency would continue to play a vital role in the progress of both Coos and Curry counties andall its member government a- gencies. AROUND TOWN b/ Georgia Husted Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Ad- ams and daughter Julie were here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Flannery. Spending the Christmas holi- day with Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cunningham was his sister and aer husband, Mr. andMrs. Earl Martin from Vancouver, Wash- ington, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kudrna and son Guy from Coos Bay, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cunningham of Roseburg. Ray is a brother of Elmer Cunning- ham. Fairview Jimmy Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Leighton, Sonoma, Calif., died in a one-car ac- cident in Sonoma Dec. 29. He leaves his wife, Cheryl, daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hous- ton of Falrview, son, Jimmy Jr., and daughter, Krist His brother, Chuck Hall, lives at Fairvlew, and a sister, Janet Pitts, Lebanon, is a former local resident. We express deepest sympathy to the entire family. Mr. and Mrs. Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Hall were in Sonoma for the fun- eral January 2. Zelda Ayotte is home from the hospital following a snow-. mobile accident New Year's weekend at Diamond Lake. 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