The Arab Water Works discontinued adding fluoride to the local water supply Wednesday morning, despite an effort by board member Dr. Catharine Willis to allow customers to vote on the issue.
At Tuesday night’s water board meeting, attorney Tim Cummings of the law firm of Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings LLP in Huntsville that represented the board during the fluoride lawsuit, briefly reviewed the 8-0 Alabama Supreme Court decision in late December establishing the independence of the board, and, its denial on March 20th to the City of Arab’s application to rehear the case that ended the appeals process.
The city of Arab had sued the water board because of the issue last February in an effort to enforce its own resolutions as they relate to public health.
Arab’s water was first fluoridated in 1972 following an order by the city commission, presumably at the request of the water board itself.
Marshall County Circuit Judge Tim Riley also entered an order March 20 that dissolved the preliminary injunction that he had entered about a year before.
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