County supervisors again eased restrictions for heavy hauling on Greens Crossing Road after attorneys representing developers and contractors threatened lawsuits on Monday.

Supervisors agreed to eliminate time restrictions — currently no running of trucks between 6-8 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.  — and to allow for Saturday hauling, which was not allowed prior. The permit was extended until June 30, 2018, and developers will be required to place a $60,000 construction bond.

In exchange for eliminating the time restrictions, developers will have to place flagmen on the road between 6 a.m.-5 p.m. They will also have to provide wet trucks, sweepers, and make any road repairs within 24 hours. Any vehicles damaged due to potholes caused by the dump trucks will be incurred by the developers, too. Lastly, all spoils remaining on-site after June 30, 2018, will have to remain on-site.

Supervisors were split on the decision, with Board President David Bishop and District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter voting no. District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones, District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin voted for the eased restrictions.

The heavy hauling traffic is coming from the proposed Lake Crossing subdivision.

The property is owned by Birdsong Construction and Sides Properties, LLC. No homes have been built and the final product will include 16 lots.

Back in March 2016, the developers said they hoped to finish the digging out of the lakes in six months.

Trey Heigle with Sides Properties said the reason for the delay comes from waiting around for approval from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to mine approximately 50 acres of the land. He said they only had prior approval for the east side of the property.

“We didn’t have approval from DEQ,” Heigl said. “Everything on the east side of the property is complete now.”

Bishop, who lives off Greens Crossing Road, asked Bob Montgomery, an attorney representing developers, what response they have had from neighbors in the area during the life of this multi-year project.

“We went through multiple objections by some people,” Montgomery said, noting that there were no current objections to the planned development.

Bishop said he has met with several of the homeowners and has yet to find one supportive of the project.

But, Bishop said his main concern has and always will be safety, particularly school bus traffic on a narrow road when 10-20 dump trucks will be hauling continuously.

Eddie Abdeen, an attorney for Birdsong, said objectors have exhausted all avenues for appeal with MDEQ and they are ready to move forward.

“All we’re trying to do is come up with something that’s reasonable to get this development done,” he said. “DEQ has approved the entire site now. Mining can move forward so the lakes can be built.”

Abdeen later said if they couldn’t come to an agreement they would be forced to pursue legal action against the county, which led to an executive session discussion on the matter by supervisors.

After executive session supervisors approved the eased restrictions for the site 3-2.

Heigle said the conditions set forth by the county sounded “reasonable.”