"Something was dropped," Robinson said and asked that the commission or their attorney Doug Ghee give an explanation.
said that the commission was considering filing a lawsuit to seek a declaratory judgement last year after doing extensive legal research.
said that after the people who owned the land (Soterra) "pulled out" the commission "decided not to get into the expense of taking legal action."
explained that the situation appeared to lay dormant until this year when the issue of taxing the land came up.
"The commission chose, this year, to get involved for the betterment of the county.
We want to make sure Edwardsville reverses what has been done and that it never happens again."
Cleburne County Commission Ex-Officio Chairman Ryan Robertson said he
has spoken with Edwardsville Mayor Billy Driggers, Jr. and has been assured the council there will start the reversal process.
Robertson also said that an attorney working with Ghee, Bruce Downey, will be working with Edwardsville's attorney Chad Lee to assist him in the de-annexing process.
said state law allows towns and cities to have a 3-mile police jurisdiction but local residents have the right to challenge the 5-mile claim in court.
said the county is not under any legal obligation to take any kind of action but they want to do what is right and act to protect the citizens.
The question of the Northeast Alabama Gas District, one of three special districts created by the Town of Edwardsville, "is a different thing" Ghee
Questioned by Robinson as to how much money has already been spent on legal research, Ghee
said somewhere between $2,500 and $3,500.
said that if the commission acts under their own requirements, they can continue or table the issue until a background check is conducted.
also thought the license is nontransferable and suggested tabling the issue until more information could be obtained.