Someone may soon face charges for Petersburg’s failed water project

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Someone may soon face criminal charges for Petersburg’s defunct water project that cost the city $5 million.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, councilman Brian Moore asked the city attorney to bring back a plan to motion for a grand jury investigation.

“It would be to go through and find any wrong doings that were done to bring charges if charges are warranted and to help us move forward by actually having a solid idea of what transpired,” Councilman Moore said.a7cd8e352db24db1aaedcf1e53c14fab

Paul Goldman, a former Petersburg consultant, released the results of a probe into the water meter installation project earlier this year.

Goldman said the water project, done by Johnson Controls, was to blame for fouled-up water bills still bugging some who live in Petersburg.

Residents say the city has gone awry and it’s time someone is held responsible.

“Somebody needs to be accountable from the tip top,” resident Miriam Hatchett said. “The man in charge should have been abreast of these issues.”

Petersburg resident, Bernadette Moss said that her friend’s water bill was over $1,000 and that there was no way someone’s water bill could get that high.

Councilman Moore says the actions are an effort to improve transparency as the city moves forward. They will talk about next steps at the Oct. 18 meeting.

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