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Some Moulton residents oppose truck stop

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Moulton residents urged council members Monday to deny a request to rezone property at Alabama highways 157 and 33 for business.

Former Moulton resident Robert Richardson asked the council to rezone the property last week so he could sell it to Flying J Inc., a major truck stop company.

The council voted to table the decision pending further discussion.

During a work session Monday, council members seemed eager to bring in a new business.

"To vote against something that's going to create jobs is like shooting yourself in the foot," said Councilman Farrell Saint.

Boyd Compton and Ray McWhorter, who both live near the lot, said they support progress but question whether the benefits of a truck stop outweigh the disadvantages.

"That little piece of property that he wants to rezone is the only buffer we've got (to the highway and other businesses)," said Compton.

"If that goes, you're voting to put a truck stop in my front yard. It's as simple as that."

McWhorter said he doesn't think the lot is large enough for a truck stop and questions whether the property owner has a deal with Flying J Inc.

"I'm wondering if the Flying J is really wanting it because there's not enough room. ... They usually locate on an interstate highway," he said.

The council agreed to vote on the matter during the next council meeting, March 26.

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