Verdict Not In On Hurtsboro Charter

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by Lindsey Connell
WTVM News Reporter
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Aug. 18, 2008

PHENIX CITY, Al. (WTVM)-- Some Hurtsboro residents say for the past three years, there has been no public disclosure of records, inadequate trash pick-up and disposal, inadequate police protection and failure to maintain roads.

Today, they took their frustrations to court, trying to rid the town of its charter.

Residents of Hurtsboro say they are not trying to kill their town or wipe it off the maps but some say, the only way to preserve what's left of it, is to abolish the charter- putting the city under Russell County jurisdiction and ridding the town of a government residents say is no longer capable of caring for its citizens.

"I'd like to see what we have left saved but the only way that I see to save it is to turn it over to somebody who can tend to it," said Cliff Streetman, a Hurtsboro resident.

"This is simply about a town that does not have the resources to provide adequate services for the people of Hurtsboro," added Thomas Worthy, attorney for the petitioners.

Hurtsboro's attorney, Armando Wesley Pitters, asked petitioners for documented evidence of the claims made in the petition, however, concerned residents said they could not provide it since they were denied access to city records.

"They are trying to engage in a coup d'etat and that is not what America democracy is all about," said Pitters.

Some residents do want to keep Hurtsboro the way it is.

"Change the government and put somebody in there that you can work with. It was established in 1857 and that's a long time to just get rid of all that history," said Barbara Phillips, a Hurtsboro resident.

The hearing wrapped up this afternoon and the judge says it will take about a week for him to review everything addressed in court today and make a final verdict.

News Leader 9 will bring you the outcome of the case.