Town anxiously awaits final vote on quarry controversy

By Emily Luxen

VINCENT, AL (WBRC) -  Vincent's council again postponed a vote on a controversial limestone quarry possibly for the town. And now, some residents say they are becoming frustrated.

Mayor Ray McAllister said city leaders delayed the vote because they did not give residents enough notice that they were moving the meeting from  Town Hall to Vincent High School.

Opponents held a prayer vigil for the city outside the Town Hall. They too are getting impatient.

"We've lost a lot of sleep," said opponent Charles Cantrell. "A lot of citizens have lost a lot of sleep over this, and it has taken a lot of time effort and money and mental anguish wondering if they will listen to us."

White Rock Quarries first asked the city to rezone 886 acres of land in the town to make way for a quarry over a year ago.

Supporters said the quarry would bring an economic boost and jobs to Vincent.  Opponents said it would bring noise and pollution.

Vincent's Mayor Ray McAllister asked residents to be patient. He said the city is trying to do the right thing. "It's been a tough year, but the Planning Commission and Council have worked hard to come up with the decision that will be good for the whole community and majority of people here," said Mayor McAllister. Adding, "When that time comes the decision will be made."

Mayor McAllister said the date of the next meeting has not been set.    

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