Commissioner asks for AG opinion on Phenix City annexations 

By Blenda Copeland

One top topic at the Russell County Commission work session Tuesday was about seeking the Attorney General’s opinion on a matter regarding Phenix City and Russell County’s police jurisdiction lines.

New, first-term Commissioner Carl Currington, who represents the Ladonia area, wants to know whether the city’s annexations of county property in the Ladonia area and Ft. Mitchell areas of Russell County were done legally, because that could affect possible discussions of incorporation for the Ladonia area.

Second-term Commissioner Chance Corbett said the latest state legislation addresses police jurisdiction zones, and he’s under the impression that because of that recent legislation, only contiguously annexed property counts.

Seasoned Commissioner Gentry Lee said the county tried to take the police jurisdiction matter to court in one case in the past, and the court ruled that time had run out to dispute the lines.

Other highlights discussed at the work session included: 

- Corbett’s request for a joint Phenix City-Russell County bicentennial committee celebrating the state’s 200th year

- expected discussion at Wednesday’s meeting, after Citizen press time, with the county attorney about the county’s possession of a property known as the Old Post Office and what the county may do with the building at the end of the Courthouse Annex -- the row of buildings where the county board of education  and county extension offices are located.