Supervisors Approve Valley Road Closure

After a lengthy public hearing, Lauderdale County supervisors Monday night voted to close a portion of a road that runs in front of one of the county's biggest industries.

Supervisors, by a 3-2 vote, approved the closure of the portion of Valley Road that runs in front of Atlas Roofing. Supervisors Craig Hitt, Joe Norwood and Hank Florey voted yes. Supervisors Ray Boswell and Wayman Newell voted no.

The vote came after a several-hours long public hearing, where people before and against the road closure spoke.

Opponents of the closure have vowed to appeal the decision.


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  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    GET OVER IT THE ROAD IS CLOSING! ITS FOR THE BEST PEOPLE!!!!!!!
  • by Gary Location: Valley Rd on May 11, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    There is a campaign to Vote Out these Supervisors; Craig Hitt, Joe Norwood and Hank Florey. These voted to Close Valley Road. We appeal to your conscience and understanding of the Problem and Cost to everyday folks that travel Valley Road. These Supervisors have No voters in these areas so they seem uncaring about the cost per year of those who work on that side of town and travel Valley Road. WE will appeal to your Voters to walk in Our shoes! We are Determined!
  • by well.... Location: Valley Road on Apr 25, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    WHY DON'T ATLAS BUILD A BRIDGE GOING OVER THEIR PLANT FOR CIVILIANS TO GET TO THEIR HOMES?...THEN THEY CAN HAVE THAT DIRTY TORN UP ROAD. I AGREE 100% THE ROAD SHOULD NOT BE CLOSED. FOR SOME WHO WORK NIGHT SHIFTS @ PLACES (like hospitols) SOMETIMES THEY NEED TO GO BY THE PILOT TO GET GAS. SHOULDN'T THE PILOT HAVE A SAY SO ALSO IN THEM CLOSING THE ROAD? CONSIDERING IF THE ROAD CLOSES LESS PEOPLE WILL GO TO THE PILOT BECAUSE IT WILL NOT BE AS EASY TO ACCESS. I DONT SEE THE BIG PROBLEM WITH IT BEING A PUBLIC ROAD. IF THOSE WORKERS WOULD LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CARS COMING @ 50 MPH. HOW ABOUT THEY JUST REQUEST BETTER PATROL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. PUT A COP IN THEIR PARKING LOT TO CATCH THOSE SPEEDING AT 50 MPH AND THEY WILL SLOW DOWN!!! OR THEY COULD EVEN PUT SPEED BUMPS UP TO WHERE PEOPLE HAVE TO SLOW DOWN!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM
    Based on mileage figures posted by EMBDC 12/16/09; Assuming this figure of 1600 a day Public through traffic at an additional 1.2 miles each (figures from EMBDC on Facebook under Discussion Board) Assuming all traffic averages 20 MPG. Assuming average on 365 days driven annually. Assuming fuel prices stay at $2.60 per gallon. This would mean an increase of 1920 additional total miles driven per day, an annual total additional 700,800 miles driven. Assuming again, average 20 MPG or a total of 35,040 additional gallons consumed per year. 35,040 gallons @ $2.60 per comes to $91,104.00 additional cost placed on taxpayers. These figures DO NOT account for double the traffic and wear and tear placed on 31st Avenue, nor do they reflect the actual cost per mile driven. Standard mileage rate allowed by IRS for 2009 is $0.55 per mile or total cost of $385,440.00 for proposed additional driving for 1600 persons annually. ($240.90 per driver per year).
  • by Stacy Location: somewhere in Mississippi on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    seems like Meridian is going backwards as usual instead of forward KEEP THE VALLEY ROAD OPEN!
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    There are flashing lights at Atlas, along with speed limit signs and trucks entering highway signs. You say that you have to dodge cars coming down the road at 50mph, how about the Atlas trucks that are going 45-50mph on that same stretch of road? People that work there do not obey the speed limit either. Atlas knew the road was there when they put the offices across the street. Why did they not build it on the same side as the plant? They also do not keep the gravel out of the road from their parking lot. The big trucks have torn up the edge of the road that if you get close to the line (if you can see it) that you will run into several large potholes. How come Joe Norwood has not maintained this part of the road, it is in his district, not Ray Boswell's. Ray's district start's at Dr. Brock Road. Closing this road is illegal and unjust. The EMBDC are nothing but a bunch of "Look at me boys" that have not brought anything substantial to this community. All talk and not action!
  • by Ralph Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Anybody with any brains already uses the 29 Avenue/ 31st Avenue route to access South Valley Road going to and from the interstate. If you don't the chances are good you will get stopped at the railroad by the train. Then you get to turn around and go around or sit and wonder how long before the train moves. We do need better signs to get tourists to the James Chaney grave. A tourist could not find it without a tour guide, probably not even a native unless they have been there.
  • by Maurice on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    So much to clear up...Atlas is not going to close if the road is not closed, they will expand on property they already own on the plant side of the road, EMBD is a money machine for the EMBD. They have spent millions of dollars on vacations and brought no major business to east MS. Would (grease my palm) Hitt vote for a manure plant next to his house and allow the nearest route to his home be closed? If so I am prepared to build that plant. Atlas built on a main road for the easy access. They knew when they chose this location what problems may arise. It's wrong for then to now want to deny people easy access to thier homes. Passing this opens the door for all of us to lose property, property value, and ease of access to our property by anyone with more money than you. Best to think this out very well before letting it go. If Atlas threatens to close, then call them on it. The cost of closing would be greater than the cost of expanding without closing the road.
  • by Mark Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Please have Atlas or EMBDC provide any evidence of ONE accident taking place on the road in the last 50 years and who are the 215 people working there averaging nearly $50,000 in salary and just what part of Meridian/Lauderdale County do they reside. The EMBDC need to be focusing their efforts on other projects. This is not the feather for their cap!
  • by think about it Location: Lauderdale on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    Why close the road when the county is "hurting" so bad for funds. Make Atlas "BUY" the road. Would make sense to me. If you are going to close it, why not make them pay for it, and for those that are going to be inconvenienced. I mean really, this is ONLY going to benefit Atlas, not the people that live there, so if it has to close then Atlas should pay......
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