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Faith Peppers

I have seen this quote in several articles: “Over the last several weeks, the public input surrounding the Rivian announcement has produced a thoughtful dialogue on how best to plan and prepare for an economic development opportunity of this size, unprecedented in both size and scope. This public interest has not gone unheard or unnoticed,” said Gray.

“This is a generational opportunity for our community…”

A dialogue implies you are having a conversation with the impacted party. We haven’t hear a word from Rivian. I’m curious who Ms. Grey is having this dialogue with.

She clearly can’t discern the difference between public interest and public outrage. The conversation is not about how the project moves ahead, but how we move the project out of this county. Rivian has proven they are tone deaf and arrogant. That is a bad combination.

One thing is certain: a petition to pass rezoning decisions before the necessary and required studies are complete means you know the reports will produce data that will impede your progress toward what you want to do. That should be as obvious to the Commissioners and zoning officials as the stop barrel in downtown Rutledge. So stop and wait. You can’t undo a bad decision that threatens the health and well-being of this county, but you can wait and insist on the proper studies so you make an informed decision.

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