City of Parkersburg, car wash settle water dispute out of court

The owner of the Highway 57 car wash (pictured) recently reached a settlement with the city of Parkersburg for just under $10,000 related to illegal tampering with water meters in 2014 and 2015. (Eclipse News-Review photo)

A prolonged legal battle between the city of Parkersburg and the owner of a local car wash that drug out over two years has come to a close with an out of court settlement, according to information provided at the most recent regular council meeting.

Documents filed by attorney D. Raymond Walton and dated February 29, 2016, allege that Blake Simon, the owner of S and S Food Inc. and the car wash located at 701 Highway 57, obtained water from the city by tampering with meters to cause inaccurate readings between April 1, 2014, and January 15, 2015, before he was caught in the act by the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. On July 29, 2015, Mr. Simons pled guilty to Third Degree Fraudulent Practices, an aggravated misdemeanor, and the city later filed a civil suit seeking to recoup damages upwards of $5,000.

 

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