The public gathered to discuss the possible closure of Valley Road. The closure would be just north of Valley Road's intersection with 31st Avenue in Lauderdale County.
Representatives from the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation said the closure would be to improve public safety and provide a better opportunity for expansion at Atlas Roofing. The forum Tuesday night was the first of two scheduled to get public comment.
"The purpose of tonight is to get your input. I guess I see this as two issues: convenience and then safety. We need to weigh all of those issues to weigh what's best for this community and that's why the board of supervisors of Lauderdale County and the city of Meridian asked us to help coordinate this meeting," said Wade Jones, EMBDC president.
"The reason again for this request is for the safety of our citizens and the safety of our employees. In the future the needs and expenses may arise and in order for us to be able to do this we need to put this thing in place to make it safe through traffic." said Roger Myrick, manager of Atlas Roofing.
Many of the citizens in attendance expressed the idea of considering different alternatives.
The second forum is set for Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at Union Station.