Citizens Actively Oppose Road Closure

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A group of citizens in Lauderdale County has organized its opposition to a proposal to close part of Valley Road near Atlas Roofing.

The group says closing it would cause unnecessary burdens on the people in the community.

Along with the inconvenience factor, members of the group going by the name, Valley Road Action Committee, say they don't believe closing the road is necessary based on the reasons being given by economic development officials.

The reasons that have been given are: the safety of Atlas Roofing employees and economic development. Valley Road goes between the plant operations.

But group members say the community should do more to make the road safer before they vote to close it.

And when it comes to economic development, they say the company can still expand with Valley Road open.

"We feel like they have been giving public land, when they ought to at least sell it or get a trade off if it's going to be the end result," said Andy Smith, owner of a Valley Road business. "But right now, we are talking about just closing the road and that is all that has come to light."

A public hearing has been set on this issue for April 19. Smith says he will be there, along with other members.

Do you think Lauderdale County should close a portion of Valley Road near Atlas Roofing?


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  • by Duane on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    Why don't the people of Valley road do a human road block on the bridge for a day or two and make all those Atlas roofing trucks go around on 31st ave and have a taste of what there wanting us to do ....
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    Atlas has never gone on record saying that they would close the plant is they did not get the road closed. They have also said publicly that they will expand the plant if they get the road closed. The EMBDC is pushing this hot and heavy for some reason. Atlas is staying quiet and did return calls for an interview. All facts need to be known about this deal and why it is so important to close Valley Road. Why not put speed bumps down on the road if people speeding is the problem, or do as Everette Sr. suggests and put a pedestrian walkway over the road. Also, to answer a post from another story that Ray Boswell is getting something for this. Atlas is in Joe Norwood's district not Ray Boswell's. Why don't we ask Joe why the Valley Road has not been maintained? There are no lines on the road and gravel from the Atlas truck lot comes well into the road. That it is a safety factor if you ask me. Put all the cards on the table and quit hiding Wade!!
  • by mm Location: Union on Mar 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    ATTENTION ATLAS ROOFING: Please come to Union, We would probably close MAIN STREET, just to get the jobs. (ps. There are plenty of good people in the Union area that would love to work for you.)
  • by Everette Sr. Location: Union on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    I Think They Should Leave The Road Open And Build An Overpass Over Atlas Roofing,Then It Would Be Totaly Safe For Everyone.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Don't close the road so Atlas can expand and safely conduct their business or they'll move to a place that will let them do so. If you're really so selfish that it's an impossible task to ask you to drive one extra mile then you don't deserve to have a good employer in your county. Shame on those who are evidently trying to run Atlas out of town and forcing people to be put out of work. It will happen if the road remains open, mark my words.
  • by RedLine Citizen Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    Atlas should just close its doors and relocate to another area or city. Then all the jobs would be lost and the people of Valley Road would have their road. That would be best for the economy of the area!!! People should think about whats good for the whole, not just a few!!!
  • by wishing mississippi would get with the times! on Mar 3, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    Just keep the road open is that so hard to do??? we need new blood running lauderdale county and who will know what they doing!
  • by Roy Location: Lauderdale on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    I don't see how Public Officials can close Valley Road, A Stateaide Road. The road is not only paid for by Lauderdale County people but all taxpayers of Mississippi. People, there must be gold, silver, oil or maybe somebody has some land for sale around there and as the old saying (you scratch my back and I will scratch your back). Remember, Hitt and Norwood, they never say no to the EMBDC so they will be the ones to get there scratch under the table. But remember, they need 3 votes to make this happen, so someone will put the squeeze on poor Old Mr. Hank. And the squeeze will be from the EMBDC....
  • by Get over it on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    Seriously, an extra 3 miles a day. if your going to the co-op once a day your wasting enough money that you wont notice the gas. terrible excuse. lets just make atlas roofing relocate! a terrible looking abandon building will look right at home on valley road with all the other meth lab mobile homes
  • by Valley Road Location: Resident on Mar 2, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    Notice how quiet Atlas Roofing has been. They will be glad to take the public road and bridge that our tax dollars paid for and will maintain. As a community and a group of taxpayers, we should be outraged. Our development commission is trying to give away our public roads. Come on guys, something is just not right about this picture. I guess EMBDC doesn't think the citizens of Valley Road are smart enough to deserve the truth. Valley Road residents should raise up in arms against this gross injustice. And don't even bring up the word "inconvenient." This has nothing to do with anything if it doesn't have to do with EMBDC "conveniently" attempting to give away a road that they never travel anyway.
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