Supervisors Set Hearing Date

After two failed attempts at a meeting last week, Lauderdale County supervisors agreed Monday to set a public hearing on a proposal to close a portion of Valley Road.

By a three to two vote, supervisors scheduled the hearing for Mar. 15 at 5 :30 p.m.

Local economic development officials want to close the part of the road that runs in front of Atlas Roofing, to give the company room to expand, and to improve safety in that area. But some who live around there are against it.

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  • by Charles Location: Valley Road on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:57 PM
    Valley Road predates Highways 11 and 45. It was first Meridian-Stonewall Road. It furnished a route for agriculture and commerce for the area south of Meridian, as it still does. I have lived here since 1972. My father was born on Valley Road in 1927, his Father was born near the same location in 1894. His Father settled this area in 1888 and raised a family of seven children. During all this time Valley Road has played an intregal part in all our lives along with hundreds of others all the way to Clarkdale, Stonewall, Enterprise and Quitman. I was President and Fire Captain of the VFD who responded to incidents several times from 1986 to 2004 at Atlas roofing. None of theses events were an accident involving the Road or traffic. In fact, I know of no safety incident at Atlas Roofing involing traffic on Valley Road. Valley Road predates Atlas by at least 75 years. The residents have been good neighbors. Now Atlas wishes to end this relationship. Help us save our road.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Feb 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Would you rather close part of the road or risk losing Atlas to a county that will let it build the plant it wants (read: losing jobs in a bad economic time)? The choice seems obvious.
  • by Adele Location: Valley Road on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    Valley Road, also designated James Chaney Memorial Drive, existed prior to Atlas Roofing. Closing Valley Road would be a major inconvience to those of us living South of the section designated to be closed. Other options such as lights and crosswalks (at Atlas expense, not the County) should be considered before closing a major North/South road.
  • by Nancy Location: Collinsville on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:04 PM
    We the people have voted approximately two times to keep the green boxes, but as usual that didn't suit some of the supervisors so now they have said the green boxes will go. My question is: If they are not going to listen to the people then why did they even bother to put it to a vote in the first place? Seems like that was just wasting taxpayer's money! What this county needs are supervisors that are willing to listen to what the people actually want and then to follow through with the wishes of the majority, like in the votes.
  • by Dan Location: Collinsville on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    I have lived in Lauderdale county for less than one year, and this is the first place I've lived where I had to haul my trash to a common dumpster. I've heard the arguments about varmints and dogs getting into the trash. I never experienced any of these things at past residences because the garbage containers are large and prove to be very difficult for animals to open (even raccoons). I encourage our country supervisors to finalize the decision to implement curbside pickup, I look forward to the country starting this service as soon as possible.
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