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Chatham Leaders To Hold Public Meeting On Proposed Quarry

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SILER CITY, N.C. — Chatham County commissioners will hold a public meeting next month for local residents to voice their concerns about a proposed rock quarry.

The commissioners met on Monday to discuss a $3 million incentives package for Maryland-based rock-mining company ISP Minerals to bring nearly 150 jobs to Siler City. The package would be paid out over a five-year period.

In July, local leaders unanimously voted on a proposal to bring the mining quarry, which would sit on more than 1,000 acres off of old State Road 421 in Siler City, to the area, saying it would bring much-needed jobs and boost the local economy.

The decision, however, has not been without controversy. Many local residents are fighting the development, citing environmental, noise and public safety concerns.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 16. A Chatham County spokesman did not say whether a meeting place had been determined.

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