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Apr 5, 2012 11:11 AM by AP

Sorrento may pay damage claims

SORRENTO, La. (AP) - The Sorrento Town Council has voted 3-0 to pay claims by residents whose homes were flooded and soiled by backups from the town's troubled sewer system.

The Advocate reports the vote Tuesday night gave Mayor Pro Tem Randy Anny authority to issue nearly $30,000 in checks in Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr.'s absence.

Longanecker for months resisted attempts to pay the claims until a contractor could verify them, directing Town Clerk Paige Robert not to issue such checks.

Longanecker said in the interview that he would repeat his directive forbidding Robert from issuing town checks to the residents until a certified contractor could inspect the affected residences and report back to the Mayor's Office on the validity of the claims.

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