Groundworx looks to settle matters in court with Hattiesburg

Groundworx looks to settle matters in court with Hattiesburg

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg and Groundworx, LLC met in court Tuesday to further discuss the city's contractual obligations with the company who was going to construct the city's wastewater treatment facility before the contract was terminated in August.Forrest County Chancery Court Judge Ronald Doleac listened to four motions Tuesday in Poplarville, and he set a mediation date for January 8.

The first motion, which was overruled, was submitted by citizen Tommy Blanton to be relieved of mediation costs. He previously submitted a motion that said the Groundworx contract was unconstitutional according to Section 183. That motion, which Groundworx hopes to dismiss, is under advisement.

The remaining motion, which is also under advisement, was filed by the city to dismiss Groundworx' amended complaint regarding the constitutionality of its contract with Hattiesburg.

Andy Taggart, who represents Groundworx in this case, said he expects Judge Doleac to give his ruling on these motions by Christmas.

The attorney representing the city, Joseph Sclafani, said he felt the city had "very strong legal arguments that the complaint will be dismissed."