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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