Still No Hearing Date on Valley Road

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The possible closure of a portion of Valley Road was a hot issue Thursday at a recessed Lauderdale County board of supervisor's meeting.

To continue with the proposal, a public hearing is required. The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation advocates closing a portion of the road by Atlas Roofing for economic development reasons. Others cite safety as a concern.

The board tried to set a date for the hearing, but both motions for two different dates never passed.

District 2 supervisor Craig Hitt says the heating is needed soon.

"For one, state statute says to close a road you have to have a hearing and it is an issue that has been quite the talk in our community," Hitt said. "So we need to have a hearing and we need to have it in the afternoon so that people will have an opportunity to come and voice their opinions, for or against."

Members of the board say the hearing is important in order to hear from people, for and against the closure.


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  • by katy Location: mdn on Jan 31, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    there should b a study conducted comparing deaths, injuries and illnesses caused by atlas and those caused by vehicles traveling in front of atlas. and i don't recall a hearing being held when dr vise closed the old cc road.
  • by b Location: meridia on Jan 30, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    I have a suggeson for the spervisor. Since it is impossible or this group of clowns to make a decision about anythig except to argue with one another, for th best interest of Lauderdale Count, they should all resign. Thes are just a joke anyway.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    I think the road needs to be left open. I think Atlas has enought land on both sides of the road to do whatever they need to do. It would be a mistake to close the road.
  • by Angela Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Atlas is claiming to have 210 employees and Valley Rd is a hazard for their employees. What they don't tell you is they are including employees at 2 other locations other than Valley Rd. I have been driving by Atlas for 30 years, and their parking lot does not have the capacity to handle 210 employees at any given time. If the road is too dangerous for their employees, the company can build a breezeway walkway over the road to allow their employees the safety of crossing the road. There are other options! Rumors are Atlas is planning on building a warehouse across Valley Road if the closure is allowed. My grandfather sold Atlas Roofing 1,000 acres of land for them to build a parking lot. The parking lot is only on a section of that land. There is plenty of land the company owns to build another warehouse. It is not fair to allow a company that employs 210 (they claim) people to strong arm the 2,000 city and county residents that travel the road every day. LEAVE VALLEY ROAD OPEN!
  • by k Location: valley rd on Jan 29, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    a r better hope and pray nothing happens to sowashee bridge if they succeed with shutting down James Chaney Memorial Road. then there would be no way in or out of their little stink plant.
  • by jbrat Location: Valley Road, Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    Leave Vally Road open. How would you like to have an access to your home closed? Craig Hitt would have a fit if we closed his road. Atlas will not leave Meridian over the non closing of Valley Road. IF they would leave Meridian, it would be to economics not the road being left open. Vally Rd has been here for over 150 years, Altas for 50. They knew the road was there when they bought their land. Peoples homes are more import than a business that was prompted to try to hold us hostage by a supervisor and the EMBDC. It is not a safety issue either. There has been maybe one accident there in 50 years. 31st Ave. can't handle the extra traffic. What about the Steel plant on Officier's Lake Road, how are trucks to get to them? There again 31st Ave. can't handle that extra weight either. KEEP VALLEY ROAD OPEN!!!! You need to voice your opposition to the closing of Valley Road.
  • by Kay Location: District 5 on Jan 29, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    Say what you want about Ray Boswell, but he certainly cares about his constituents. I live off of Valley Road and I don't fully understand the reasons for wanting to close the road. On one hand, they claim safety. But I have to ask how many more wrecks have occured at this location compared to wrecks on North Hills Street? And for economic reasons, why should Atlas Roofing be any different than any other company that expanded to different plant locations within the county? Structural Steel Services has done it just as Peavy had to. If the Economic Board really wants to help with expansion, they should be touting up the brand new industrial park they are building as a solution for Atlas instead of trying to inconvenience the tax paying residents of Valley Road.
  • by John Location: Meridian, MS on Jan 29, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    I went to one of the board meetings. What a joke. Ray Boswell made several comments that were not true. He stated there had never been an accident involving Atlas Roofing on Valley Road. That is not true. I know of at least three in the past 10 years. He also said nobody has ever been killed because of Atlas on Valley Road. While that is true, what is he waiting on? That is the whole purpose of closing the road. Is the county going to wait until there is one before closing the road? He also stated Atlas will never leave Meridian. I don't know how he has such insight he has into their business but if I worked there I would be neverous that he is risking 215 jobs to satisfy a few of his voters.
  • by jl Location: dr brock rd on Jan 29, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    This story needs more media coverage. Why not send a reporter to Atlas and ask management if they are going to move the plant or close the plant if the road is not closed.
  • by david Location: valley road on Jan 29, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    leave valley road OPEN! let the stinkin',unsightly cancer-causing industrial plant move to the new and nearly vacant industrial park. or at a minimum put down a speed bump to slow traffic down.
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