County Opposes U.S. 1 Bypass Through Horse Country
Opponents of a possible U.S. 1 bypass through Southern Pines Horse Country crowded into the historic courthouse in Carthage Monday to express their views during a public hearing called by the Moore County Board of Commissioners.
After hearing comments from about 17 speakers, the board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing any plans by the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that would carve a path through the Walthour-Moss Foundation lands and adjacent horse country in and around Southern Pines and Aberdeen and nearby areas.
Board Chairman Nick Picerno warned the freeway opponents that they must remain alert and continue to voice their opposition to state officials. He added that the commissioners, as a county body, have little influence with NCDOT.
“We believe a bypass through horse country is a bad thing,” Picerno said. “You’re going to have to continue to speak out against it. You tell the government what to do. The government ought not to tell you what to do.”
Of the several individuals signed up to speak during the hearing, only one expressed favor for the proposed bypass. He was Fred Walden of Southern Pines, a town council member who said he was speaking as an individual, not as a public official.
His comments were greeted with a scattering of boos, which Picerno deflected with a wave of his hand.
More details about the hearing, including comments by speakers, will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Pilot.
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