The Mobile City Council on Thursday approved rezoning to allow a cement plant at 8561 U.S. Highway 90 in Theodore.
Only one resident spoke in opposition to the proposal. Former Theodore High School teacher Herb Wagner asked councilors to consider the amount of particulate matter the plant would release and other factors. Wagner, who lives on Jemison Street in Midtown Mobile, also wanted the council to find out what impact, if any, the plant would have on property values and the environment of Rabbit Creek, which is adjacent to the property.
“Don’t vote until you have these answers,” Wagner said. “Don’t vote until you can tell me and other citizens in Mobile County you’re confident you can answer those questions.”
Wagner also asked why the entire property was being rezoned when only a small portion would be used for the plant.
Planner Bert Hoffman said the rezoning of the entire 46-acre property would allow the applicant to expand if need be. Any expansion would require Planning Commission approval.
Hoffman added that there are many industrial properties nearby.
Before the 5-0 affirmative vote, Councilman Fred Richardson said he supported the cement industry.
“We’re going to fight cement?” he asked. “We need cement. I don’t see any way around cement.”
Councilwoman Bess Rich abstained, while Councilman Joel Daves was out of town and was absent for the vote.
In other business, the council voted 6-0 to table Councilman John Williams’ proposed rule change that would’ve limited Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s ability to put items on a meeting agenda.
The council also approved two items related to upgrades at the City of Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal. The largest was the allocation of $300,000 in previously unallocated funds for cruise terminal equipment. The other was a $8,430 contract with Thompson Engineering for civil engineering services at the site.
The council also approved a $52,887 contract with J.A. Dawson & Company for shade structures at Langan Park.
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