Russell County terminating lease with town of Hurtsboro

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Russell County Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to terminate a lease with the small town of Hurtsboro in 60 days.

For at least the last ten years, Russell County has leased Hurtsboro a shop for maintenance and security of their garbage trucks at the cost of $1 a year.

But, since May 2011, the county utilities has handled trash pickup, meaning the land, the building, and these garbage trucks, possibly full of rotting trash, have been sitting unused for 9 months.

Commissioners call the building in Hurtsboro an eyesore.  They say the town is violating their lease agreement and if the Alabama Department of Environmental Management got involved, the County would have to pay.

County inspection officials said they found home-made beds and cots in the building, leading them to believe vagrants are using it for shelter.

Many say the 40 acres of land can be put to better use, but have not decided what that use should be.

The Hurtsboro Mayor tells News Leader 9 that he had no idea the county was thinking about terminating the lease.  He says the building was in bad shape when the lease started and it is still in that condition.

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