To the Editor:
Monday night, Jan.7, 2013, Charlie Harrell and I made our last appearances at an Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting, for different reasons, however.
My swan song began Friday, Jan. 4, when I read the rezoning Notice in the Southerner. This was a typically vague but technically legal notice to rezone three lots in No. 12 Twp. From agricultural residential use to heavy industry. It was so vague and so typical that my interest was sparked to accept the invitation to visit the county planning office to learn more. There, a very nice young man showed me a great colored map. The three "lots" turned out to be three large tracts of land containing about 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land stretching about three or four miles along the south side of US 64 Alternate in No. 12 and No. 11 Townships. These tracts of land would be in addition to about 500 acres rezoned in November to heavy industry. Add that to other tracts rezoned for QVC, KanBan and others about 1988 and you will have about 3,000 acres and about five miles of frontage along US 64 Alternate in an industrial zone. The man who showed it noticed my surprise and asked if I had any concerns. My answer: "Should I have any?" He said that most people who had inquired were worried about Sanderson Farms putting a chicken processing plant here. (The one recently kept out of Nash County). He went on to say that would not be possible as Sanderson needed more ground water than was available in the Kingsboro area. That Friday afternoon and weekend gave me time to write a statement to our County Commissioners hoping to slow down a process that seemed to me to have already gained reckless momentum.
Here's my statement, read at the public hearing Monday night: