Appeal Expected over Valley Road Vote

Opponents of a road closure, approved by Lauderdale County supervisors Monday, are getting ready to appeal.

On a 3-2 vote, the board approved closing a portion of Valley Road by Atlas Roofing.

The day after the vote, signs calling for Valley Road to remain open are still standing.

The attorney for opponents of the closure says his clients are planning to appeal, and must do this in Lauderdale County Circuit Court within 10 days.

Attorneys for the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors say they are not sure how long it will take a judge to render a decision on the appeal. No matter how long it takes, officials with the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation say they feel good about the outcome.

"We feel optimistic that any court will uphold the process and measures that we utilized to take these steps," said the EMBDC's Skip Scaggs.

Since October 2009, the EMBDC has been pushing for the closure. Scaggs says officials with Atlas Roofing made the request, for safety and economic development purposes.

Monday night supervisors voted to close the portion of Valley Road that goes from Atlas to Interstate 20/59. Some opponents of the closure had expressed concerns about the extra drive the closure would cause.

From the Pilot Truck Stop to where Atlas Roofing ends is half a mile. After recording that mileage, I decided to also drive what would be the new driving route. From the point where the closure would actually take place, down 31st Avenue to the interstate, I found that the distance was just over one mile.

"In the long run, we hope that people will see this as a win-win in terms of improved job opportunities for those in the county, as well as improved safety for everyone traveling along Valley Road," Scaggs said.

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  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    It doesnt matter if it is only 1.3 miles,Ms William. I never witness a grown persons not being able to look out for traffic. We have several business here in Meridian,therefore everybody need to ask to shutdown these roads and let see how Ray Boswell and his hill billies friends vote to that!
  • by Michelle Location: SOUTH Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    To Don:It is not your road-so it does not affect you.The 1st Reason Atlas had for closing Valley Rd,was for expansion-that excuse has already gone.There is a hidden agenda that we will all find out later.They have 150 acres/WHY DO THEY NEED THE ROAD?THEY DON'T-IT IS POLITICS AS USUAL.The 2nd time around is for safety.No accidents on that part of Valley Rd.They have laid off in the past,every year.Ride thru there about July at nite thier will be about 7 or 8 cars on the lot.Like I does not affect you,cause it is not your road!It is my road that I have been using for over 20 years.
  • by Keith Location: Lauderdale County on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    The proverbial "bucket of crap and flamming pine top" couldn't run Atlas off Valley Road. Residents have endured their pollution and lack of regard for the road condition passing through that zone for years. They need a good dose of the DEQ and residents who see pollution, smell it, or suspect that it is being discharged into Sowashee Creek should call that agency and report it. City taxpayers should also squeal all the way to City Hall about having to maintain and pay inspection fees on a "Bridge to Nowhere But Atlas". They employee very few Meridian residents and probably pay very little tax.
  • by DK Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    If they close Valley Road they should also close Hwy 45 for Johnson's Mobile Homes
  • by Rick Location: Lauderdale county on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    I expect we will see several new faces on the board after the next election. They are on a roll of one bad decision after another.
  • by Don Location: Meridian on Apr 21, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    I don't understand what people are crying about, there are thousands of people that are moved out of their houses and land to make way for a new highway or shopping mall. As long as a politican can say it is for the better good of the community they have imminent domane, they can take it from you. You say there are no jobs available in Meridian but you are willing to run off a company that employs so many and pays taxes here, what kind of responsible person would do that. It is not like they are building a barrier that will not let you in Meridian.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    Remember what one Sup said in the decision to bring (then) Wackenhut prison into the back yards of Lost Gap residents? (Paraphrased;)We're not going to let anything stand in our way in getting this prison here.
  • by Egwu Dike Location: Valley Road on Apr 20, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    So the county is now in the corporate welfare business. Everyone Must Buy Dis Crap
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    Vote out the supervisors they are there for the people not political interests. Looks like money can buy a vote at the same time cause people to loose respect for the elected officials that turned there backs on the voters. Bah Humba
  • by itsabouttime on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    watch what happens now,that land will be used for something coming to meridian..and they will make big bucks.the supervisors know this.a new rail service will soon be here...just watch and see....
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