Weirton water board launches investigation

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Water Board is launching an investigation into allegations concerning operations of the city’s water treatment plant.

The board met in special session Tuesday, going into executive session for approximately 40 minutes.

Dan Guida, the board’s legal counsel, explained there had been allegations made by a former employee of the water board concerning the treatment plant’s operations. Guida wouldn’t comment on the nature of the allegations, but said they “are baseless and have no merit.”

“We’re going to start an internal review of those comments,” Guida said, explaining that review would be led by Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni.

Mastrantoni was not in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.

In addition, up to $10,000 will be made available for the hiring of an independent consultant to conduct an outside investigation of the matter.

Guida said similar allegations were made a few years ago, with those allegations recently revealed to have been from the same former employee.

“They previously were anonymous,” Guida said. “Now he’s put his name on it.”

Guida also noted the board was requesting assistance in the investigation from the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health.

The board’s next regular meeting will be Oct. 12, at which time Guida said the board will receive an update on the investigation.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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