Universal quarry issues
By Andy Bateman
January 28, 2010 – With minor variations, a proposed Alabama quarry reveals universal public perceptions about quarry operations.
The report, posted
by myfoxal.com on January 26th, described how “hundreds of
Vincent residents packed Vincent High's gym Tuesday night to voice
their opinions on a proposed rock quarry.
The city's Planning Commission held the public
hearing to get a sense of how people feel about the issue.
Supporters said the quarry would bring jobs
and economic growth to Vincent. Opponents said it would bring noise, pollution,
and affect property values of homes near the site.
"I just can't find too much good about a
quarry," said Charles Cantrell, "sinkholes, noise, pollution, and
they will damage property."
"I am for this because it will create
jobs," said Grover Abbott, "I won't be here much longer, but in the
future, someone could get some good out of it."
Before construction can begin, the members of
the city's Planning Commission will have to vote to rezone the property.
Representatives from White Rock Quarries also
attended the meeting and listened to resident's opinions. They maintain the
quarry would bring over 100 jobs to the city, and millions of dollars in
"White Rock has come into town and
pledged to help schools, help the senior citizen facility, and recreational
facility, with $1.6 million," said Rob Fowler, the attorney representing
White Rock Quarries.
Vincent's mayor, Ray McAllister, said it isn't
surprising this issue has sparked such strong reactions throughout the city.
"It has been a little testy from time to
time, said Mayor McAllister, "But I think everybody still loves each
other, and when it is over, we will still be one town."
The Vincent Planning Commission will take into
consideration everything said at the public hearing, and vote on whether to
rezone the property. Then, the issue will go before the town council.”