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Asphalt Plant Permit Issued


Posted 7:26 pm, 05/23/2018

I just read Pat Consadine's letter to the editor in the Ashe County Line. He acts like there has not been an asphalt plant producing sometimes thousands of tons per day for 42 years......in the New River Valley. To my knowledge, there has never been any pollution associated with this plant. Since I live within sight of it, I think in nearly thirty years I would have noticed if I had reason to complain. I think this plant is also less than 1 mile up hill from the New River. I do not see any court banning one company from operation when another company has successfully operated under the same ordinances for 42 years. Let's not let the tail wag the dog any longer. It is a waste of tax dollars.


Posted 11:05 pm, 05/15/2018

I have lived by the asphalt plant for 28 years, and haul asphalt on a daily basis. i have no issues at all with asphalt plants. Matter of fact, I enjoy driving on paved roads!!!


Posted 10:51 pm, 05/15/2018

I have lived within sight of Ashe County's largest asphalt plant for nearly 30 years. Mr. Clod does too. If there were any problems I would have built elsewhere. It's not like I do not have property in other parts of the county. I like the view from my house.


Posted 10:31 pm, 05/15/2018

Pat failed math. Pat failed a lot. Watauga has thrived as a tourist county with anasphalt plant right along the main path to the next tourist town and at the same time next to wild life trout waters. Pat not only failed. But is a complete liar.


Posted 9:00 pm, 05/15/2018

Pat says "350 million tons of asphalt a year" He has no idea what he is talking about.

200 ton per hour would be average - about 8 hrs a day - 24 days a month - 9 months out of the year. This assumes they got all the pavement in Ashe County. They will not.

200 x 8 x 24 x 9 = 354,000 tons per year That is a lot different than 350 million tons

Its amazing how facts make liars out of people.


Posted 8:20 pm, 05/15/2018


Posted 7:23 pm, 05/15/2018

They continue to ignore science. Just like they continue to ignore the asphalt plant in Crumpler that seems to bother no one.

jack rip her

Posted 7:23 pm, 05/15/2018

I'm willing to bet Pat has never visited the dump or the land around the dump.


Posted 6:27 pm, 05/15/2018


Posted 12:36 am, 05/13/2018

To keep a certain segment of the constituents happy even though the county will lose millions over these lawsuits, so that certain people can keep their political seats...


Posted 10:45 am, 05/11/2018

I can't help but wonder the obvious.....What is the REAL reason to deny the building and operating of the asphalt plant?

The environmental angle has been largely debunked.

jack rip her

Posted 7:12 am, 05/10/2018

Hence the reason they are keeping their mouths shut and meeting in secret. They are doing it for pure political reasons. One must figure out who has the power that is pushing them and working the strings.


Posted 4:01 am, 05/10/2018

Sadly it will take a miracle at this point for Sands and McNeil not to be reelected.

Heck even Foxx will, if only the people that showed up and voted for her in the primary show up and vote in November, even if all the Democrats that participated in the Democrat primary showed up and voted for Adams, Foxx would still win....


Posted 10:08 pm, 05/09/2018

Or, another way to look at it, if they were awarded court costs, could they then sue for loss of income? Then the insurance company would likely try to settle to save money.


Posted 10:06 pm, 05/09/2018

Seems to me though that the reason the plant isn’t built and operating is because of the commissioners. It seems if their reasons were political, that would be malice wouldn’t it?


Posted 8:49 pm, 05/09/2018

AMG would have to prove that the County acted with malice, and that their claims were specious and not brought in good faith. Even then, Federal Judges are loath to issue such an order for a plant that is not built and operating. If AMG had the plant up and operating, and the County made them stop, then yes, Ashe County would most likely be forced into issuing bonds to pay them. And the interest rate would be much more than 3 or 4 percent.


Posted 8:41 pm, 05/09/2018

Could Appalachian Materials sue for lost income too?


Posted 8:34 pm, 05/09/2018

The Planning Board conducted their decision making process in accordance with the law. They correctly issued the permit, in accordance with the law. The county BOC, being largely comprised of political cowards and sycophants, did not follow the law. If a Judge finds that they conducted their decision making process in bad faith, or for purely political reasons, the Judge could award the asphalt company and their attorneys all court costs and attorney fees. If the asphalt company attorneys were to decide to remove the issue to Federal District Court, the County will surely lose in a quick and decisive manner. And you can bet Appalachian Materials Group will ask for, and receive costs and attorney fees. The BOC can sometimes operate in a purely political manner. If they follow accepted practices of good governance. And that is something Ashe County has been missing for several years. Good Governance is an unknown factor in Ashe County. It is something we hear about in other places, but something we rarely see.


Posted 7:39 pm, 05/09/2018

I always thought Republicans were pro business while Dems were the strict environmentalist. Our BOC is supposed to be entirely Republican....what gives?

jack rip her

Posted 7:10 pm, 05/09/2018

Well Daylan you for sure have asked all the questions we wish we could get answers to. Maybe they try and drag this out until all of them are out of office and who knows? They are afraid to talk about zoning for the same reason as the plant perhaps.

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