Vote tabled on proposed Monroe County Dollar General after heated meeting

Vote tabled on proposed Dollar General

Tuesday night, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners voted to table a decision on if a new Dollar General should be built on Highway 87. 

This came after a heated public hearing where about a hundred angry Monroe County residents showed up to tell the commissioners why they do not want a new Dollar General in their county. 

"People need to let their commissioners know when they object to something in their neighborhood, so here we are," said county resident Ainsley Sterling.

"This store will ruin our small town atmosphere that makes our city so desirable to live in," said another man at the hearing. 

Last week, Monroe Planning and Zoning approved rezoning a 3.5-acre lot on the corner of Dames Ferry Road and Highway 87 from agricultural to commercial.

This came after Teramore Development, LLC proposed building a new Dollar General. 

"The people of Juliette prefer the glow of the moonlight over the glow of halogen bulbs in a parking lot," says Sterling. 

Commissioners listened to concerns about the store possibly decreasing property values, running the Rum Creek convenience store out of business, and potentially increasing crime rates. 

"We're proposing a 9,100 square foot building that's going to provide things eggs, bread, milk, paper towels, diapers, things of that nature, those things don't cause crime. Stupid people making stupid decisions are what causes crime," said a Teramore Development representative. 

Representatives from Teramore Development presented their plans for the building, and the current property owner told the commissioners he is in favor of selling his land to bring in a commercial store.

"There's a store that's willing to put services here and products for a customer to pick up between Gray and Forsyth."

But at the end of the meeting, the commissioners voted to table the decision on the property until they fill the District 4 Commissioner's seat.

They will elect a new commissioner in November and plan to make a final decision that month. 

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