LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Limestone County Commission agreed to pay a $5,500 fine for its role in the illegal dump site off Leggtown Road in Elkmont.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management fined the commission for "serious violations."
The commission failed to inspect the L&S Grocery Store, along with two other buildings, before demolishing them.
"We've tried to go through everything that ADEM said for us to do and we did agree to the penalty," said commission chairman Stanley Menefee.
The fine also covers the improper disposal of the debris and likely economic benefit for not following protocol.
"We did do wrong and so any way we did that," said Menefee. "They could've done a lot worse."
Cleanup of the site was completed last week.
It included transporting the debris to the Morgan County Regional Landfill and resowing the grass on the property.
"Total cost there was $24,769.44," said Menefee. "In the end results it wouldn't have cost that much more if we had carried it to the landfill to begin with."
While the commissioners agreed to pay the fine, their own wallets will not be getting any lighter.
"It was a mistake that was made by the commission and when you do make those mistakes, somebody has to pay and normally you go to the general fund," said Menefee.
The general fund is comprised of tax dollars.
It typically provides the resources necessary to sustain the commission's day-to-day activities.
When ADEM receives the signed consent order form from the commission, the public has thirty days to express opinions to ADEM about the penalty.
For a complete breakdown of the fine, click here.