On a 5-0 vote Talent City Council decided on Wednesday to continue its appeal of Jackson County rulings that grant approvals for the Mountain View Paving operation located on Bear Creek just outside city limits.
Almost 100 people attended and 20 spoke at a public hearing held before the vote on potential withdrawal from the appeal. Town residents protested noise, smells and dust arising from the operation, but building industry representatives supported Mountain View for providing an alternative source of asphalt.
City officials had explored withdrawing their appeal as part of an arrangement with Mountain View to mitigate impact of the plant and ultimately to purchase the site for open space.
Any arrangement would have required environmental group Rogue Advocates also to withdraw its appeal. However, the group has decided to not participate in any negotiated arrangement.
A hearing on the appeals will be held before the Jackson County Hearings Officer on June 24.
— Tony Boom
Read more in Friday's newspaper.