- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners again has said no to pursuing a chicken processing plant that would have brought about 1,000 jobs to the area.

Multiple media outlets reported commissioners voted 4-3 Monday against a public hearing necessary to consider a $2.5 million incentive package for Sanderson Farms. The company was considering whether to build a $113 million plant in a county-owned industrial park.

Residents who live near the park have opposed the plant because of their concerns about several issues, including smell and noise. However, commissioner Jimmy Keefe says it’s difficult to pass up 1,000 jobs, most of which would have been filled by Cumberland County residents. The jobs would have paid almost $11 an hour to start.

Commissioners previously voted against the project in September.

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