02 February 2016
The two lawsuits that helped propel the James River water project toward approval will be dropped.
“We got what we wanted,” said Mike Lockaby, Louisa County attorney for the James River water project. “A judge hasn’t entered an order yet, but I think we can all safely say that the lawsuits are over.”
On Dec. 30 Louisa County and its supervisors filed suit against Fluvanna County and its supervisors for $40 million based upon Fluvanna’s Dec. 2 denial of permits for the James River water project. On Dec. 31 Louisa County and its supervisors were joined by the Louisa County Water Authority and James River Water Authority in a second suit chiefly concerned with whether Fluvanna should have required the permits in the first place.
On Jan. 20 Supervisor Tony O’Brien confirmed the widespread assumption that the lawsuits were what prompted supervisors to bring the permits back for a second vote that night. They passed unanimously Chairman Mike Sheridan was absent.
“To actually dismiss the case I need to discuss with my client,” said Lockaby, “but yes, we’re in the midst of going through that process. A judge hasn’t entered an order yet, but as far as Louisa’s concerned, we’re done.”
The project will pull water from the James River and pipe in northeast through Fluvanna to Louisa, then on to Zion Crossroads. Louisa has promised to have 400,000 gallons of treated water to Zion Crossroads for Fluvanna’s use by the end of 2018.
“We’re very pleased that, despite this hiccup, Louisa and Fluvanna are working together again as we have for many years,” Lockaby said.