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Potholes and patches drive commuters into frustration

By Emily Luxen

TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Trussville city leaders and the Jefferson County Commission are at odds over who should fix potholes on County Road 10. Drivers are frustrated.

Mayor Gene Melton said in July, the city received a letter from the Jefferson County Commission stating that the county no longer owns the road, and it is the city's responsibility to fix it. Mayor Melton said that isn't fair, and he thinks it's the county's way of avoiding the problem.

"Our legal contention is there is a statute that states unless the city is willing to accept responsibility and liability, and votes to do so, the county can't arbitrarily decide that," said Mayor Melton.

Mayor Melton said he met with Jefferson County Commissioner Bobby Humphryes earlier this week to try and solve the situation, but there wasn't any progress. Melton said he knows drivers are frustrated.

"People just, they don't understand, they drive from point A to point B. They hit a pothole, and they want to know why their tax dollars aren't being spent to fix it," said Mayor Melton.

When FOX 6 News attempted to contact Jefferson County Commissioner Bobby Humphryes, he did not return phone calls.

Trussville city leaders and the Jefferson County Commission are at odds over who should fix potholes on County Road 10. Drivers are getting frustrated.

Mayor Gene Melton said in July, the city received a letter from the Jefferson County Commission stating that the county no longer owns the road, and it is the city's responsibility to fix it. Mayor Melton said that isn't fair, and he thinks it's the county's way of avoiding the problem.

"Our legal contention is there is a statute that states unless the city is willing to accept responsibility and liability, and votes to do so, the county can't arbitrarily decide that," said Mayor Melton.

Mayor Melton said he met with Jefferson County Commissioner Bobby Humphryes earlier this week to try and solve the situation, but there wasn't any progress. Melton said he knows drivers are frustrated.

"People just, they don't understand, they drive from point A to point B. They hit a pothole, and they want to know why their tax dollars aren't being spent to fix it," said Mayor Melton.

When FOX 6 News attempted to contact Jefferson County Commissioner Bobby Humphryes, he did not return phone calls.

 

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