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County to hold public hearing on road vacation

Residents that travel on County Road 7717 may want to attend the January 22 meeting of the Pike County Commission, when the county will hold a public hearing on vacating a portion of the road to Lockheed Martin.

County administrator Harry Sanders said the commission wants to hear from neighboring residents and from Lockheed.

“It will be an opportunity or the public to comment and bring any questions or concerns they have forward about the closing of the road,” Sanders said. “This will be the opportunity for anyone to address that.

“Of course, Lockheed Martin is an important industry and they have indicated this is an important issue for them as they look at expanding. They’re a wonderful corporate partner. It’s important that everyone has an opportunity to voice their opinion.”

Sanders said the commission is looking primarily to hear form residents that are actually using the road to speak up on their opinions.

Depending on what concerns are brought forward, Sanders said the commission could vote on the issue immediately.

“It’s certainly a possibility but not a necessity that the commission could address it in the same meeting,” Sanders said.

The public hearing will be held during the work session at 5:15 p.m. Monday, January 22. The commission meets upstairs at the Pike County Health Department.