Neighbors oppose proposed Pike County road idea by Lockheed-Mart - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Neighbors oppose proposed Pike County road idea by Lockheed-Martin

There is some contention between Pike County residents and Lockheed Martin (Source: WSFA 12 News) There is some contention between Pike County residents and Lockheed Martin (Source: WSFA 12 News)
There is some contention between Pike County residents and Lockheed Martin (Source: WSFA 12 News) There is some contention between Pike County residents and Lockheed Martin (Source: WSFA 12 News)
There is some contention between Pike County residents and Lockheed Martin (Source: WSFA 12 News) There is some contention between Pike County residents and Lockheed Martin (Source: WSFA 12 News)
PIKE CO., AL (WSFA) -

A part of Pike County Road 7717 has become an avenue of controversy between Lockheed-Martin and with people like Jack Davis, Peter Copeland and Darlene Lee.

"The problem I have is closing a good county public road and the speeding," said Lee who owns property along Pike County Road 7717.

Lockheed-Martin wants to close two and a half miles of the county road so the company can expand and bring more jobs in the future. The company confirms there's  nothing on the table in a way of job announcements. The request is being made just in case the defense contractor wins another huge contract from the Pentagon. Lockheed-Martin's email statement Tuesday to WSFA did not include any arguments for their proposal, just what they like to do. Company leaders say they may say more at a later time.

It's not the potential jobs the three are against.

"It's the Pike County Commissioners giving away 33 acres of land and a paved road," said cattleman and poultry farmer Jack Davis.

Peter Copeland, for example, worries about the nearest volunteer fire department a few miles away on Pike County Road 7714.

"They would not be able to get to me in a timely manner," Copeland said, who has called them before on drought related fires on his farm.

The three neighbors aren't just standing around and talking about it. They've turned the page in their efforts to stop Lockheed-Martin, submitting a petition of more than 70 signatures from people against the idea to the County Commission during its regular meeting Monday night.

"With the employee gate going down there, it's gonna block traffic all the way up to my road," said Lee.

Pike County Commission Chairman Robin Sullivan and Commissioner Homer Wright, who represents this part of the county, declined to publicly comment saying it's still an on-going issue.

While there's no way of knowing how the Pike County Commission feels right now, we may know something in less than two weeks when the County Commission meets again on Monday, Feb. 26. Pike County Administrator Harry Sanders confirms the matter will be on the agenda that night but not sure if the commission will vote on it.

Until then, Davis, Copeland and Lee intend to keep fighting, armed with names, arguments and the hope their victory is just around the bend.

Lockheed-Martin leaders tell WSFA 12 News that regardless of how the Count Commission votes, the main gate will not be moved.

Copyright 2018 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:46:02 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>
  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 11:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:45:15 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>
  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:44:31 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly