Citizens deserved more time to learn about new industry

Amanda Clark

Citizens deserved more time to learn about new industry
On Monday, commissioners voted 4-3 to rezone a piece of property that will eventually be the home of Sanderson Farms, a chicken processing plant.

First of all, let me just say that the county claims this is not a done deal yet, that Monday’s meeting was just to rezone the property, not to approve any specific industry. But in reality, the rezoning just puts the county one step closer to signing the deal. Of course, in my opinion, this whole thing is already a done deal. The hearing on Monday was just for show and the hundreds of people who came out to voice their concerns were just wasting their time.

There were lots of concerns brought up by residents who live near where this plant will go. These residents brought some valid concerns. It’s sad that over half the board didn’t seem phased by their concerns.

I’ve only lived in Nash County for a few years but I really like it here. It’s a great place to live and work and for the most part, the county seems to try to listen to its citizens and do what is right. But sometimes the lure of false things can mislead even the smartest of people.

Sanderson Farms promises to employ 1,100 people. That sounds pretty good for a county with high unemployment but when you look at who they will hire, it doesn’t look as good. I wonder how many actual Nash County residents will be employed by Sanderson Farms. I also wonder how many people will be brought in from other places to work here. In actuality, 1,100 Nash County residents, or even Edgecombe or Wilson County residents, will end up with jobs here.

Another point brought up by residents was a concern about lack of water for such a large industry. An industry such as Sanderson Farms sure will use a lot of water. Does Nash County have access to that much water? I don’t think so. I’m not sure that at this moment, the county can provide water to such a large company. Maybe it’s something the county should look into?

There were a lot more concerns brought up that I think warranted some additional time to think about things before making a final decision. A few commissioners agreed and tried to delay action so public informational meetings could be held. I applaud those commissioners for stepping up.

I think the citizens a least deserve a little more time to understand what this industry coming to Nash County will mean for them and their families.