Nash Chicken Plant Suits Costing Taxpayers Over A Million

Lawsuits over a poultry processing operation in Nash County have already cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports Sunday that more than $1.1 million in taxpayers' money has been spent on lawsuits and environmental studies over two lawsuits.

Laurel, Miss.-based Sanderson Farms wants to build a second North Carolina poultry processing plant.

The 180,000-square-foot facility is proposed for a 150-acre tract.

A Pitt County judge recently dismissed lawsuits designed to prevent Sanderson from building.

Landowners in the area and the city of Wilson have not said whether they plan to appeal.

Wilson City Manager Grant Goings says the issue is worth fighting for.

The Wilson City Council last fall voted to spend as much as $1 million to pay for litigation against the proposed plant.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: southern nash county on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Nash county is willing to let Sanderson Farms draw water from a protected watershed at the rate of 1.5 million gallons a DAY. They will give them the land and tax incentives. Taxpayer money
  • by concerned citizen Location: southern nash county on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:32 PM
    The story fails to mention that Nash county bought the land for 4 times the value of land in the area. That was with Taxpayer money. Nash county is also going to spend 6 million to upgrade water lines, electric, gas lines.
  • by concerned citizen Location: southern nash county on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    Nash county wants the spray fields in Wilson watershed! Why wouldn't Wilson fight it? Nash county also wants the Sanderson Farms plant on the southern most edge of the county and in a protected watershed area.
  • by concerned citizen Location: southern Nash County on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    The Sanderson Farms plant is not good for eastern North Carolina. Kinston plant will require 500 chicken houses when they go to full capacity. 1000 if they open Nash county....7 counties will be full of chicken poop
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    And the lawyers SMILE all the way to the bank, as always.
  • by chicken wing Location: on the grill on Jul 17, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Sanderson Farms money runs deep right here in ENC!! Look into it!
  • by nash on Jul 17, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    i'll bet the ones not wanting the new plant,works in wake county
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 17, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Sounds like "special interests" to me. Why turn down jobs for the community??
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      by I Fought the Law on Jul 18, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to jerry
      Jerry, you'right....it's is about special interests for the money bags of Wilson. The proposed plant in over on the west side of town where the country club is located and land investment for future growth has been gobbled up by Wilson elites. If it were on the east side of Wilson nothing would be said. Bruce Rose and the City Council have whizzed away yet another million and more of taxpayer dollars to side with a handful. It ain't about the "environment" folks.
  • by DUCHESS Location: ENC on Jul 17, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    "Let's spend a million bucks on a lawsuit that we will lose." Sounds like a brilliant idea to me.
  • by county boy Location: Wilson on Jul 17, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    Its a real shame that the taxpayers and employees of Wilson have to bear the burden of some cronies that. Work for the city. They don't want anyone to have a choice of new jobs in the area. They are spending taxpayers money that could help with utilities rates. And font let them tell you there worried about the water. They have wasted thousands of dollars on countlless junk.
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