The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners held a public
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren
Taylor, Commissioner Graylen Blevins, Commissioner
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order.
Chair Eldon Edwards reviewed the rules for public hearings. He asked for public comments.
Bruce Cook thanked the Board for their work on the ordinance. He talked about the impact of an asphalt plant on tourism, safety and welfare of the citizens.
Lou Zeller with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League talked about other polluting industries, the need to clarify the intent of the ordinance and spacing requirements. He stated that he encourages the Commissioners to pass the High Impact Land Uses / Polluting Industries Ordinance but he would like to obtain a printed copy of the ordinance before he can issue his final comments.
Janet Zeller, Executive Director with Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League stated that she is proud of the Board’s actions. She talked about shortfalls in the ordinance and the State’s requirements for the permitting process. She asked everyone to attend the public hearing on November 21 about the air quality permit. She stated that local governments have the responsibility to protect the health of the residents. She urged the Commissioners to follow through with the ordinance.
Tom Burgiss talked about holding meetings like this brings everyone closer together as a county. He stated that he hopes this ordinance will close future polluting industries. He further stated the elected officials have done a good job to protect us now and in the future.
Eva Ingle with the National
Committee for the
Ricky Profitt stated that he is very concerned about the health and safety of everyone. He thanked the Board for their efforts and allowing the public the opportunity to speak and here everyone’s comments.
Michael Schweitzer stated that it is
very impressive how responsive the local government is in
Randel Hanes talked about the beauty of the county. He thanked everyone for speaking up about the quality of life here.
Betsy Dillon said thank you for the ordinance that will protect the area and urges the Board to pass it.
Dr. John Kovacich presented medical data concerning asphalt pollution that has been published by the CDC.
Earl Deal thanked the Board for the hard work. He stated that he was glad to see one of his concerns addressed about the traffic safety. He asked if the Board considered major feed lot operations for this ordinance.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that feed lots hasn’t been discussed.
Earl Deal talked about feed lots have become a major issue in other counties.
Joe Ritchie applauded the Commissioners
for their actions. He mentioned a
concern to consider is adding landfills as a polluting industry under Section
2, Article 1. He talked about his
Joanna Sink talked about the beauty of the county and it is up to us to protect it. She thanked the Board for their work.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated his appreciation for everyone comments. He talked about landfills being a concern.
Commissioner Graylen Blevins talked about fuel bulk storage facilities are one of the regulated uses in this ordinance, which is his business. He reminded everyone that everybody has harmful stuff just lying around and needs to be mindful of those things. He stated that he spoke to Maymead when he first heard about the proposed asphalt plant. He further stated that he was excited about the potential progress in the County but the people spoke louder. He said that the ordinance protects the County in general. He thanked everyone for coming tonight.
Commissioner Ken Richardson thanked
everyone for the comments as they relate to the
Chair Eldon Edwards talked about
Being no further business, Chair Eldon Edwards closed the public hearing at .
Clerk to the Board