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Swing vote on Sanderson Farms chicken plant leans in favor

The embattled poultry processing plant proposed by Sanderson Farms was once again the topic of discussion Monday night by Cumberland County commissioners at a  public hearing Monday night..

Cumberland County Commissioner Charles Evans said he was leaning in favor of approving  an incentives package for the plant, saying “We need the jobs here” Evans is considered the swing vote in the decision on  Sanderson Farms.

An overwhelming majority of Cumberland County residents opposed Monday night a $6.3 million combined incentives package for a proposed Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant.

Nearly 100 residents — some in green in support and  others in red in opposition — took turns behind a lectern to  fire off about the controversial proposal in front of the  Cumberland County Board of  Commissioners and the  Fayetteville City Council.

No action was taken on the incentives packages following the more than 5-hour public  hearing at the Crown Theatre,  where county officials said  about 770 attended.

Sanderson Farms was planning to build a $95 million chicken operation at the empty Cedar Creek Industrial Park, but company officials told the Economic Development Alliance in January that Sanderson Farms had moved on from Cumberland County after commissioners initially voted against a public hearing.

But critics, worried the project isn’t dead, slammed the project.

County officials could consider voting on incentives February. 16.


Courtesy Fayetteville Observer