WILLIAMSON – A group of concerned Mingo County attorneys asked Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Maynard to conduct an investigation into the $1.2 million debt owed to Veolia Water.
In a letter addressed to Maynard, it stated, “We, the undersigned attorneys are members of the Mingo County Bar Association, residents and concerned citizens of Williamson, a municipality within Mingo County, West Virginia.”
The letter further states:
It was recently disclosed that the City of Williamson owes a debt to a city contractor, Veolia, of approximately 1.2 million dollars. At a city council meeting conducted on Aug., 18. 2015, the Mayor and Council indicated that they had only become aware of this debt two weeks earlier.
It would appear that the City of Williamson is unable to account for a debt in excess of a million dollars and/or acceptable to account for the lack of revenue to provide payment of city obligations. Either scenario would, in our opinion, justify your office conducting an investigation into the same and acting, if necessary, under the powers provided to your office pursuant to West Virginia Code 6-6-7.
As this is a matter of utmost urgency to the public and the citizens of Williamson in particular, we would respectfully request that your office proceed immediately with your investigation.
As always, we stand available to discuss this matter in greater detail at your convenience. Thanking you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.
The letter was signed by Williamson area attorneys W. Thomas Ward, Ronald J. Rumora, Marsha W. Rumora, Jeffrey S. Simpkins, Teresa McCune, Jonathon “Duke” Jewell and Charles “Butch” West.
Maynard’s office responded to the letter saying, “In response to yours of today’s date, please be advised that I am aware of the issues raised at the public hearing held on Aug., 17, 2015, regarding the City of Williamson and Veolia Water. Due to my own concerns and prior to the receipt of your correspondence, I requested that the West Virginia State Police conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the City of Williamson’s current financial situation and the debt owed to Veolia Water.
I cannot make any further comment on the status of the investigation at this time; however, I wanted you to know that I am aware of the situation and appreciate your concerns.”
The letter was signed by Maynard.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)