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Aug 20, 2014 9:05 AM by AP

Alexandria council moves toward paying settlement

The Alexandria City Council has indicated its willingness to pay more than $1.3 million to a Baton Rouge attorney for work he did in the city's lawsuit against Cleco.

But the City Charter won't allow a payment to be made as quickly as a federal judge would like.

City Attorney Chuck Johnson tells The Town Talk he is trying to make arrangements that will satisfy the judge.

The council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to authorize Johnson to proceed with the payment attorney H. Craig Davidson.

Davidson was hired in 2005 during the Mayor Ned Randolph's administration as one of the attorneys representing the city in a lawsuit alleging that Cleco had defrauded the city pay overcharging for electricity and other offenses.

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