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Lakeview rejects settlement that requires no money from town

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LAKEVIEW - AL -

    Everyone involved in a lawsuit over sewer service for Lakeview Elementary school are baffled why the town is not taking a settlement that requires no money from its own coffers.

    The matter has lasted six years, since the new Lakeview Elementary school opened.  At the time, county school leaders blamed the town of Lakeview in part for blocking sewer connection to the school property.  For several months, sewage had to be pumped and transported daily at a rate of $400 dollars a day.  School leaders have sought to recoup some of those funds through a lawsuit against Lakeview.

   Recently, the school board agreed to a $300,000 settlement, down from $1.2 million dollars.  In an effort to end a financial bloodshed on the town, the county commission has agreed to pay the school board on Lakeview's behalf since the town is cash strapped.  It only has $40,000 in its reserve coffers.

   However, three members of the Lakeview Town council voted to reject the offer.  Councilwoman Shannon Phillips voted to accept the offer.  She says others "want the agreement to exempt the town of Lakeview from any future lawsuits, even on unrelated matters".

  County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford says the settlement is in Lakeview's best interest.  She hopes the town will reconsider before the offer is off the table.