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Legal action possible on $90 million Siemens contract

JACKSON — Jackson city council members have questioned a city attorney about the possibility of terminating the $90 million Siemens contract the city executed in 2012 and retrieving much of the $70 million already paid.

Leaders also said that they are looking into possible legal action after the latest problem caused by the contract.

The Clarion-Ledger reports neither Mayor Tony Yarber nor city attorney Monica Joyner expanded on broad statements about potential legal action during the meeting Tuesday.

The Siemens contract was to install new water meters across the city, implement a new billing system and improve existing sewer infrastructure in the city.

Officials say the latest problem is Siemens installing at least seven meters that were calibrated to read usage by gallon instead of the city’s standard cubic feet calibration.

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