Rendering plant foes ask court to block GAA from selling and leasing property to Pilgrim's


Donna Thornton, The Gadsden Times (AL)

Nov 15, 2021


The Gadsden Airport Authority is slated to meet Friday, and opponents of a proposed rendering plant fully expect the authority to vote to sell or lease property to Pilgrim's Pride for construction of that plant.


Plaintiffs who've already bought suit to try to stop the plant are seeking a restraining order, asking a judge to stop the execution of a sale or lease if the authority OKs it in the meeting at 9 a.m. Friday in Building No. 3 at the airport fire station.


Attorneys Joshua Sullivan and Christie Knowles on Monday filed an emergency petition with Circuit Judge George Day for a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction to stop the GAA and Pilgrim's Pride from taking action toward:


Allowing the sale, lease or use of airport property for the construction and/or operation of a rendering plant;


Entering an agreement to contract, convey, deed, lease or otherwise allow use of the GAA property for a rendering plant without receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.


Knowles said the judge could grant the motion, blocking the GAA from going forward with any agreement reached with Pilgrim's; set a hearing within 10 days; set a hearing prior to the meeting Friday; or deny the motion.


The petition filed on behalf of Dynamic Collision and a group of local businesses and individuals says the parties believe when the airport authority meets Friday, it will approve the sale or lease most likely a lease, they believe of property to Pilgrim's Pride for construction and/or operation of a rendering plant...