Hearing on Valley Road Closure

Residents of Meridian and Lauderdale County get to make their voices heard Monday night on an issue that has stirred some strong emotions, the proposed closing of a local road.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at South Volunteer Fire Department on closing the portion of Valley Road that runs in front of Atlas Roofing.

Local economic development officials want to close it, because they say it will be safer for Atlas employees, and give the company room to expand.

Many residents in the area have opposed the idea.


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  • by rj Location: zero on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    atlas has not cutbak and production is wide open we just want the road
  • by Duane on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    Close the road around EMBDC and maybe they will close LOL LOL ...... And i would really like if they would close the road around the power company and water company and cable it would help me out alot to.
  • by jbrat Location: Valley Road on Mar 2, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    Dana, I am educated about Atlas. I have some family that has worked there for years. Their hours have been cut, along with the production. This is not due to the road being there. It is due to the economy. Valley Road needs to stay open for the people that live and travel this road. Don't close it just because the EMBDC wants to make themselves look powerful. Let them get busy an bring industry in here to help the pople of Lauderdale County not hurt the ones that already live here.
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:05 PM
    If they close the road, it will still be open enough to have the state and county maintain it for just the Atlas Roofing employees and trucks. Also, if they can get the road closed, what is to keep them from taking the property around the plant for future "expansion". They could just go and say "I want that property, or I may have to close my plant." Local politicians will blindly go with them to save their jobs. The politicians job is to serve the people of their district, not just a few that pad their pockets with promises. If the majority of people do not want the road to close, then majority wins in a democracy! Keep the Valley Road OPEN!! EMBDC is a waste of time and money! I have been in Meridian for 15 years and only one plant has come to the Industrial park and one that took the county for 14 million. Not a very good track record if you ask me.
  • by Stella Location: valley road user on Mar 2, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Hey Jennifer, We better hope they don't close the road, because cell phone reception on 29th/31st is iffy at best, think about that some cold dark night while you're sitting there with a flat or someother car troubles.
  • by Jennifer Location: Valley Road, Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    Who cares if they close Valley Road? There's an alternate route. I don't see what everyone's getting so upset about. If it helps a company who employees hundreds of people, I'm willing to drive a mile out of the way. Get over it, people!
  • by anonymous Location: valley road on Mar 1, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    If Atlas wants to expand is there a reason they cant buy the land behind them on either side of the road? If Norwood would repair the road,repave and strip the road then the cars and trucks would not have to drive down the middle of the road, also a crosswalk could be made for the employees, then the cars and trucks would have to slow down or stop.
  • by Dana on Mar 1, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    jbrat-educate yourself about companies, yearly trends, etc. before you go popping off about things.
  • by Donna Location: Valley road on Mar 1, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    1st curb side pick up; now closing Valley Road. Does it really do any good complain? No one listens. Doesn't it matter to Atlas Roofing how many people would be inconvenienced by closing this road? I have done my part by obeying the posted speed limits. If everyone would go slower through that area perhaps the road could stay open. I'm sure that the EMBDC (what a scam) has made promises to Atlas. (Exactly what has the EMBDC even do besides host a banquet?) Registered voters of district 4 please remember how we have been treated when it comes time to elect a county supervisor.
  • by jbrat Location: Valley Road on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    Let's stop the EMBDC from closing any portion of Valley Road. Atlas will not leave because of this road being left open to the public, as it has been for over 150 years. IF Atlas would close it will be due to economics not the road. Atlas has already cut back on employees and production. Valley Road being open has nothing to do with their cutbacks. KEEP OUR ROAD OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! J:)
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