Before going into executive session Tuesday night to discuss the city’s lawsuit against the Arab Water Works Board, some board members seemed to express a willingness to allow customers to vote on whether they wanted flouride returned to the water supply.
That willingness, board members implied, has been stopped in its tracks by the city’s decision to move forward in the courts.
In the executive session, board members decided to retain law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings to defend the board in the city’s lawsuit against it, a choice board members approved unanimously following the executive session.
By a 4-1 vote on Feb. 16, the Arab City Council authorized the city’s attorneys, McLaughlin and Edmondson, to initiate legal action against the water board seeking to have fluoride reintroduced into the municipal water supply.
Bradley Arant’s first order of business will be to represent the water board in front of Judge Tim Riley at 1 p.m. March 8, when the city will seek a temporary injunction to force the board to put flouride back in the water system.