The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 12, 2012

Board sees ALCOA proposal

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — Stanly County Commission met in closed session Monday morning to discuss the ALCOA situation and left a slight impression the end may be coming near for the long-running saga.

The commissioners met for two hours, taking two breaks along the way, which is one of the longest closed sessions the board has had in some time.

Then, for the first time in months, the commission offered a statement of sorts after the meeting had ended.

Chairman Gene McIntyre delivered the statement to the media and the few citizens who had arrived at the Commons to await the outcome.

“Our board met today to discuss a proposal from ALCOA,” McIntyre said.

“We reviewed that proposal and negotiations will be moving forward with this from today until we can see if those negotiations will bring fruition.”

The board did not reveal any of the specifics of the ALCOA‚Äąproposal or how far apart the parties may be from a settlement.

Commissioner Peter Asciutto, who brought attention to an ALCOA proposal at last week’s commission meeting, said the meeting was “productive.”

Without going into specifics, Asciutto said he felt the talks “at least aren’t stagnant.”

When asked when the commission would meet again by a citizen, McIntyre said the commission has a regular meeting scheduled for Monday evening.

But, he added there was no assurance the ALCOA matter would be a part of that agenda.