Trussville mayor wants JeffCo to be responsible for roads

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Trussville mayor Gene Milton has had enough. Thanks to a resolution passed by the county in 2009, his city has spent millions of dollars fixing roads, but more needs to be done.

“Now we’re getting to the point where we’re going to have to do some serious work on them, so I’m hoping to get this question answered,” Melton said. “They claim they have the right to give that to us by a resolution.”

However, Melton says it’s not about the money. Rather, it’s about the duty of Jefferson County. He wants the county to be responsible for the roads.

“All they gotta do is a real simple thing – rescinding that resolution,” Melton said. “They don’t say they have to fix anybody’s road. This is strictly about liability and strictly about responsibility.”

The two parties took up the issue at Tuesday night’s city council meeting with legal teams present from both sides. The Trussville City Council voted to allow the mayor to take legal action against Jefferson County. Mayor Melton says he will try to compromise in the next three weeks.

He wants the resolution rescinded, and Melton says if it doesn’t happen in the next two to three weeks he will take legal action against Jefferson County.

Commissioner Joe Knight says he’s trying to solve the problem in the easiest way possible.

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