Supervisors overlook residents’ concerns and approve gas stationBy NIKKI ROWELL,
Despite residents being vocal about their opposition to another gas station in Gluckstadt, the Madison County board of supervisors approved plans for Calhoun Station, a gas station to be located at Church Road and Calhoun Station Parkway.
Jay McKay, a Gluckstadt resident, at a recent meeting asked supervisors not to approve the business, citing lack of need and property values as reasons why they should vote to deny.
The board voted 4-1 to approve the plan, with District Two Supervisor Trey Baxter voting against.
Traffic and appearance are other concerns residents have had over the years as more gas stations pop up in Gluckstadt.
There are six fuel stations open and operating in the area, with another under construction. Calhoun Station will bring the total to eight gas stations within five square miles of one another.
“New year, same problem,” McKay said. “There is no need.”
McKay said these businesses are “encroaching on property values.”
“I’m asking you not to approve Calhoun Station. We don’t need it,” McKay said.
Several subdivisions that are part of the Madison County Property Owners Association (MCPOA) have reached out to Trey Petro, MCPOA president, with concerns about the service station.
“The general consensus is that we have enough service stations in Gluckstadt already, and we do not need anymore,” Petro wrote in a statement to board. “We are all also in favor of getting a moratorium put in place to keep this from happening again. At least until Gluckstadt can become incorporated. We ask that you please listen to the community and take our opinions in mind.”
Petro’s fear is that some of these gas stations will not even be open down the line.
“This situation causes too much competition and endangers businesses’ opportunity to be successful,” Petro said. “We have seen this happen in other Jackson metro areas. The result is closed gas stations.”
He is also concerned with the amount of traffic that another service station will bring in.
“This type of business also concentrates traffic,” Petro said. “The residents of the community have repeatedly expressed issues with the infrastructure, which is struggling to keep up with the increased traffic counts.”
Residents, like Petro and McKay, are disappointed with the board’s decision.
“By the actions of the last few years, it seems that the current board is not listening to their concerns regarding this type of development,” Petro said. “We understand they have decisions to make and are directed to follow the law. The board has a responsibility to make the best decisions for the county residents and should be pro-growth as many of them have emphatically stated. The general consensus of the residents is they do not feel more convenience stores/stations are needed at this time.”
“The homeowners do not desire the look of the community to be presented this way,” Petro added.