Stanly County Commissioners have scheduled an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss the ALCOA situation.
The aluminum company used to run a large smelting facility in Badin, and continues to operate a series of power plants on the Yadkin River. Stanly County government has been at odds with ALCOA over the conditions surrounding the relicensing of those power plants, and a long legal battle is said to have cost Stanly County taxpayers millions of dollars.
In mid-October, a judge allowed ALCOA to drop its case and start over with the relicensing process. Since that time, the general election brought some changes to the county commission, and on December 10, 2012, the commissioners met in closed session to receive a proposal from ALCOA. Details of that proposal have not been released, but are expected to be the subject of today’s emergency meeting. We’ll continue to follow the story.