KINSMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – There are more headaches stemming from the problem-plagued Kinsman Sewer Project.
Marucci and Gaffney Excavating was doing work on the Kinsman sewer expansion, but there were problems with leaking pipes and the project went over budget and took more time than expected. Trumbull County ultimately severed its contract with them, and the company was later charged with fraud in connection to the project.
The county is now trying to figure out what to do next after arbitrators ruled in favor of the contractors.
In a meeting lasting several hours behind closed doors Wednesday, Trumbull County Commissioners, joined by staff at the Sanitary Engineer’s Office and their attorneys, went through a recent arbitration award to Kinsman Sewer Project contractors, Marucci and Gaffney.
“If we’re gonna do anything to appeal the award, there’s a time frame for that, 30 days, so that decision will have to be made quickly,” said Attorney Joseph Cavasinni, counsel for Trumbull County Commissioners.
Earlier this month, arbitrators in federal court issued their judgement in favor of the contractors — awarding them more than $1.2 million in damages and dismissing all claims the county made against Marucci and Gaffney, including fraud.
Yesterday, the county’s attorney filed a motion, requesting that judgment to be dismissed.
A court document states that since all the parties involved are in the same state, federal court does not have original jurisdiction of the case. Commissioners and attorneys are looking over what to do next.
“We’re looking at available options, and you know, deciding on how to proceed in terms of what’s in the best interest of the county,” Cavasinni said.
WYTV reached out to attorneys representing Marucci and Gaffney for comment, but they haven’t returned a call.