GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. - The countdown to an important vote is on for a rock quarry in and around Pleasant Garden.
For months, many people living there have been fighting a proposed granite company by the company Lehigh Hanson. On Thursday, Guilford County commissioners will have the final say.
The company hoping to build the granite quarry has told the neighbors they're overreacting, saying it won't bring major noise or traffic.
But neighbors have their doubts. The signs, the shirts, and the entire No Quarry Here movement all comes down to the vote, which they believe – could change the town of Pleasant Garden as they know it.
Driving through the area, the noises you hear are these: chickens on the farm, the crunch of gravel roads, and neighbor helping one another.
“We do not want to be robbed of that by Lehigh Hanson,” said Jennie Oakley.
Many who live here worry the peace and tranquility could come to an end if commissioners approve Lehigh Hanson's request to build the granite quarry.
Just the idea of it is too close to home.
“It’s 3,400 feet from my front door,” said Gerald Rayle.
“My garden stops within 20, 30 feet of it,” said Gerald Hall.
“I live 2,500 to 3,000 feet from their land,” said Oakley, “They acted like they were going to come in and think that we were just a bunch of country bumpkins down here and they can just slide everything in.”
The company's lawyer has said granite mining is not disruptive - and most people won't even notice it's there. He points out the mining itself would only take place on a small part of a 300-acre property.
But neighbors like Gerald Hall are still fighting the proposal. For 18 years, his farm has been his whole world.
“I’m not overreacting when every dime I’ve got is in this property,” he said, “It could possibly mean my whole livelihood.”
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Neighbors have done their homework, and on Thursday afternoon, they'll present their case to commissioners.
“[Lehigh Hanson] found out that we are not going to be pushovers,” Oakley said, “We are fighting for the next generation.”
We called all 9 Guilford County commissioners tonight, to see how they were going to vote. So far, only three have responded – all saying that they are currently undecided.
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