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City agrees to pay $27K for damage after sewer spill
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 07, 2013 | 1189 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gray’s City Council voted unanimously to award damages to a Jones County family whose lake was polluted twice in a 14-month period by a city sewage spill.

Following a closed session at Monday’s meeting, council members voted unanimously to give Frank and Bonnie Duke $27,000 to reimburse them for the cleanup of their lake and legal fees.

The first spill took place Feb. 22, 2011, and the second 14 months later, May 7, 2012. At first, City officials denied the spill polluted Duke’s lake, but, after intervention by State Rep. Susan Holmes following the second spill, the Environmental Protection Division got involved.

The city now has a maintenance program in place to eliminate the frequent spills.

After the vote, Mayor Gus Wilson apologized to the Dukes for the ordeal.

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