Citizens react to Petersburg having fire safety equipment repossessed

PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC) — More details about the financial crisis in Petersburg have surfaced.

8News reported yesterday about the $600 thousand that the City of Petersburg owes Central Virginia Waste Management Authority.

Now a company has repossessed breathing equipment purchased by Petersburg firefighters.

Officials mishandled grant funds designated specifically for firefighter equipment.


“Whenever you mismanage funds, that’s wrong,” resident Robert Brown said. “If they are set aside for certain purposes, you should use those funds for that purpose and not something else.”

8News spoke to several residents and their reactions to the problems paralyzing the city are very similar.

“It’s not okay. The people who are in charge of this need to get it together because this is what they are getting paid for is to manage their city,” resident Laurie Sicot said.


Others echoed Sicot’s statement:

“Things need to be cleaned up and fast,” Steve Mignogna said.

Robert Brown sounded exasperated.

“The city should not have gotten to this point,” Brown said.

Ivan Perkinson expressed his agitation.

“I’m embarrassed. I don’t know what else to say,” Perkinson said.

To complicate matters further, the city also owes $844,484.48 to Vehicle First, the company that services and repairs company cars and trucks. Officials say they terminated the contract in April. They plan to service and repair vehicles in-house in the future in order to save money.

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