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Sorrento ordinance establishes sewer hookup standards

Wade McIntyre

SORRENTO – The Town Council Tuesday adopted an ordinance that establishes standards for maintenance of sewer drains and lines and provides penalties for violating property owners.

The ordinance addresses properties in or out of the town limits that are served by the sewer system. It requires that no lines run above ground, no openings or leaks be present, and prohibits septic tanks from being connected or draining into the town system.

Violations not corrected within 10 days of notification are to be fined $500 per day plus attorney fees. Sorrento will also terminate service when necessary, according to the ordinance.

Discharge of storm water or other subsurface water into the sanitary sewer is also prohibited.

In an unrelated business matter, the council called for a public hearing May 27 to begin preparation of the town budget.

The council also accepted the donation of two combination fax/copier/scanners from Councilman Randy Anny.

Mayor Brenda Melancon said she planned to remove her certificate as mayor from its frame and donate the frame to the town when she leaves office this summer. She encouraged other councilmen to do the same because the frames are so costly.