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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