City council reconsiders jail proposal - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

City council reconsiders jail proposal

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -There was a lot of drama at City Hall Monday night as council members pulled a surprise move and reconsidered their original passage of the new jail proposal. It was a close call for the mayor's office, but the plan will go forward. NBC12 had the only television crew inside council chambers. 

There were some very tense moments as the administration confronted allegations and tried to convince council members to pass even more changes to the proposal.

Councilman Charles Samuels said still, six weeks after council's original passage of the $116 million proposal, there are questions

"I really feel like because this is such a big deal and because this is the first time we have done the PPEA process, because there are so many unanswered questions, I would not be a man of my word if I did not make this motion," he said. 

The council's main complaint is the lack of transparency in the bidding process when it comes to the choice of Tompkins Ballard, the number of beds in the facility and minority business participation. During its term, the Jones administration has been highly criticized for issues with transparency.

"We are the governing body, not Mr. Marshall, not the mayor; we have the responsibility. Nobody else," said Councilman Marty Jewell. 

But the five council members who voted to push the plan through say the city needs progress. 

"We would be cutting off our nose off despite your face," said Councilman Chris Hilbert. 

This motion was suggested after the administration brought forward more changes in two amendments it said council needs to pass before the state board of corrections will sign off. 

"Whenever you have a project of this magnitude there is going to be some bumps in the road, we started off the day saying there were mistakes," said Mayor Dwight Jones. 

The mayor's administration is scheduled to present the amended plan to the State Board of Corrections for its final approval next month.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Obama to kick off The Richmond Forum's 2017-18 season

    Obama to kick off The Richmond Forum's 2017-18 season

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:59 AM EDT2017-04-23 13:59:40 GMT
    Former President Obama will kick off the Richmond Forum season in November. (Source: Richmond Forum)Former President Obama will kick off the Richmond Forum season in November. (Source: Richmond Forum)

    Less than a year after leaving office, former President Barack Obama will kick off The Richmond Forum's 32nd season in November.

    More >>

    Less than a year after leaving office, former President Barack Obama will kick off The Richmond Forum's 32nd season in November.

    More >>
  • Person shot following a party in Richmond

    Person shot following a party in Richmond

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-04-23 13:50:22 GMT

    Police say a person was shot, after a chaotic scene following a late night party. It happened just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, in the 1500 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Officer say a large crowd of people at the scene made it hard to find the victim. We're told the person turned down an ambulance, but was driven to the hospital later. Police say the victim's injuries are not serious. Right now, police are still looking for suspects. If you have any information that could help ...

    More >>

    Police say a person was shot, after a chaotic scene following a late night party. It happened just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, in the 1500 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Officer say a large crowd of people at the scene made it hard to find the victim. We're told the person turned down an ambulance, but was driven to the hospital later. Police say the victim's injuries are not serious. Right now, police are still looking for suspects. If you have any information that could help ...

    More >>
  • BREAKING NEWS

    Officer-involved shooting, homicide investigation underway in Richmond

    Officer-involved shooting, homicide investigation underway in Richmond

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:35 AM EDT2017-04-23 13:35:52 GMT
    An investigation is underway, after a woman is found dead in a home, and Richmond Police say the man who did it, was shot an officer. It all started around 4:52 a.m. Sunday, at the Town & Country Apartment Complex in the 6500 block of Armfield Road. Officers say they got a call from a man, who said he strangled his wife, and was holding a gun to his head. When officers arrived, they say the man was at the front door of the apartment. We're told an officer tried to use a Taser on t...More >>
    An investigation is underway, after a woman is found dead in a home, and Richmond Police say the man who did it, was shot an officer. It all started around 4:52 a.m. Sunday, at the Town & Country Apartment Complex in the 6500 block of Armfield Road. Officers say they got a call from a man, who said he strangled his wife, and was holding a gun to his head. When officers arrived, they say the man was at the front door of the apartment. We're told an officer tried to use a Taser on t...More >>
Powered by Frankly