Dear Editor: Lately, it has become apparent that some people in our county believe that success for Madison County will come in the form of more industry and the tax revenues those industries would generate.
Areas of our county are quietly being changed to facilitate this industrial growth. As of today the changes are, for the most part, in name only. Farm land, people’s homes, their property and beautiful rural agricultural areas of our county have a new name, “industrial corridor.” The expression, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” does not apply to these “industrial corridors.” An example of the type of industry attracted to an industrial corridor is the Georgia Renewable Power Biomass Plant (GRP) located in Colbert. From the moment GRP started up, it has destroyed the quality of life for those living near the facility. Light, water and air pollution and constant noise assault them 24 hours a day seven days a week. This is what an industrial corridor is about and this is what it will do to others if you don’t get involved and stop it from happening in our county. There are some who would disagree with this idea. They like to call GRP a success. To those people I have to ask, “Success at what cost?” For the people living near the GRP plant, this “success” has cost them everything.
Madison County leaders are in the early stages of developing a new comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is like a road map for future development in the county. Once completed, the plan will be used to make decisions about growth in the county. You as citizens of Madison County need to actively take part in this planning process. Contact your county commissioner and let them know that you are concerned about the future of our county. Tell them you understand the need for businesses and the tax revenues they generate that can help Madison County grow, but that growth, success, at any cost is not acceptable.
Your silence or lack of involvement in this planning process could leave you in an “industrial corridor,” a place where industrial growths success could cost you everything. Don’t let that happen to you.
Get involved, make that call now: Todd Higdon, County BOC Chairman, 706-795-2997; Dennis Adams, District 1, 706-202-8885; Terry Chandler, District 2, 706-338-6341; Brian Kirk, District 4, 706-540-8290; and Derek Doster, District 5, 706-521-2141.