Good news and bad news in Leeds towing situation

LEEDS, Ala. (WIAT) — There was some good news and bad news at the Leeds City Council meeting Monday night.  The bad news – somebody is going to have to pay the $175 bill for each of the 30+ cars and trucks towed to open roads in the city during last week’s winter storm.  The good news – it won’t be the drivers.

Mayor David Miller says local legislators helped them get a legal opinion from the state that would allow them to used public funds to foot the bill.  But to do that they would have to declare the situation a “public safety emergency”.

And that is what they did Monday night.

But, even the city is off the hook.  Mayor Miller says he’s received confirmation from the Alabama Dept. of Transportation that the will be reimbursed for the money they spend on the towing.

Even though there is a solution to the problem.  Not everyone is happy.  Jimmy Cleckler spoke to the about his take on having this truck towed.

He agrees that he wasn’t parked in the best position.  After a short trip to convenience store for something to eat, he returned to find his truck towed away.

He agrees that he was partially in the road, but the officers on the scene didn’t give any warning that they were about to start towing vehicles away.

The city is already reviewing the decisions and plans they  had in place for this event, in the hopes that they will make better decisions next time.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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