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Somerville eliminating its police jurisdiction

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

SOMERVILLE — Gov. Bob Riley this week signed a bill that extends Somerville's corporate limits to eight property owners, including six businesses.

With Riley's signature, the Somerville Town Council will move forward on an ordinance it approved May 14 eliminating the police jurisdiction. Somer-ville Mayor Ray Long said the ordinance becomes effective Aug. 1, the first day of the third month after Riley signed it.

Long said that without the Legislature passing the bill and Riley signing off on it, Somer-ville's police jurisdiction would have remained.

Introduced by state Rep. Ronald Grantland, D-Hartselle, the measure passed the House on April 10. State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, tracked the bill in the Senate.

Grantland and Orr worked with the council to remove the police jurisdiction in an effort to please businesses and residents who did not want to be annexed.

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