The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 6, 2013

2 members argue over ALCOA costs

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer
SNAP

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 — The issue of ALCOA and the county’s costs dealings with the relicensing brought a rebuke by one commissioner of another.

Commissioner Peter Ascuitto has been reporting figures every month he says is the total the county expenditures on the issue since 2006.

Monday, he said the total was $5,063,648.

Commissioner Lindsey Dunevant said within that same period the county has had an overall spending total of $385,000,000.

“One million dollars of the money you are reporting is in answer to lawsuits that were filed against the county on public records,” Dunevant said.

“I don’t see how you can say those were direct expenses that we have had to occur because ALCOA has filed suit against the county.

“That particular dollar amount does not need to be reported every time we get together.”

Dunevant said that the total amount spent on the issue compared to the total budget amounts over the years equaled around one percent of the total expenditures.

“This is the most critical economic development issue that has come before the county in my lifetime,” he said.

“I don’t understand why we have to continue to talk about $1,000 here or $1,000 there.”

Dunevant said Ascuitto has the authority and the opportunity to “talk about it all you want.”

“I just don’t understand why it’s so critical we go over it and over it and over it when it’s so negligible to everything we’re doing,” he said.

“It’s just a very small amount.”

“It is $5,063,648,” Ascuitto responded.

“And, once a month I am going to continue in my efforts to keep Stanly County informed on how much we have spent on this project.”