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Limestone plans to turn FEMA trailer into restroom

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — When the county turns a FEMA trailer into a portable potty, the jokes are begging to be made.

Like a quip about the county flushing money down the toilet.

Or a little ribbing about things turning into a cesspool up there.

In reality, the idea has merit, said tourism director Jeanette Rich.

On Wednesday, Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert announced that the county bought a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer for $1,500.

He said the county will convert it into a mobile bathroom with eight commodes, four each for men and women.

Public events

Seibert said the county can haul the bathroom to public events where bathrooms are not available.

Rich said there are no public restrooms on the Athens square, for example, where there are parades, musical events and gatherings throughout the year.

"It gets expensive to rent portable toilets for each event, so when I showed David Seibert the trailers that could be rented, he said that he could probably make a bathroom," Rich said.

She said the trailer is supposed to have running water for hand washing, which isn't available with portable toilets.

"This idea might sound like a funny story," she said, "but it can save a lot of organizations money."

And it could save spectators a lot of discomfort.

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