By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
Angels Camp City Council member Cheryl Cowden told her fellow council members Tuesday night that she will be resigning her council seat Aug. 31.
Her resignation letter, which she read during Tuesday's meeting, said she and her husband had sold their home and were moving to Arizona. She said, "It has been an honor serving the city."
Mayor Debbie Ponte expressed regret in accepting the resignation and wished Cowden well.
Cowden later said she had been a council member for about two years.
She said she had sought the council seat because she felt that "the old people in town and those who have lived here all their lives are being forgotten, and I wanted to be a voice for them."
She, herself, was born and raised here, she said.
Cowden said the most important issues facing the city during her tenure on the council were water projects and sewer upgrades.
"I have mixed emotions about how the city is dealing with (both) the water and sewer projects and problems," she said.
Cowden said she wants to encourage Angels Camp residents to become more actively involved in city government. "I think the people are becoming a little more aware, but they need to come and voice their opinions at the City Council meetings," she said. "They need to get more active in what's going on. That's the only way they can keep an eye on what's happening in the city."
Although she said the city is having growing pains, and mistakes often complicate such growth, "Mistakes are not done intentionally. But there needs to be more cooperation," she said.
A Realtor who has most recently worked for Vintage Realty in Angels Camp, Cowden said she plans to get an Arizona real estate license.
She said she and her husband are looking forward to life in Arizona, where it is warm in the winter and where they can travel all summer.