BOONE — "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

These were the words of Will Canu during the public comment portion of the April 16 Watauga County Board of Commissioners meeting. Around 23 people spoke in opposition of a potential asphalt plant being built on Rainbow Trail in Boone — a topic of debate, hearings and court rulings over the last four years.

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An asphalt plant in this location simply doesn't make good common sense. It's below grade and hollow location will be guaranteed to concentrate emissions from the plant and the prevailing winds from the northwest will carry them right down the hollow and into Boone. The short sight distance at the intersection of Rainbow Trail and Hwy 105 will also guarantee that many potentially deadly accidents involving dump truck will occur there. This is an established neighborhood and the property valuations in this area will most definitely be negatively affected. I can't identify one positive reason for the location of the proposed asphalt plant in this location, especially since the rights and well being of the surrounding residents and property owners will be seriously affected. However, in Boone and Watauga County money talks and the "good old boy" lawyer network usually prevails against the greater good of the community.

I should have stated the intersection of Rainbow Trail and Hwy 194, not Hwy 105.

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