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CHURUBUSCO â A Churubusco town employee was fired Wednesday night after the town council listened to disputes and put the matter to a vote.
âYour counsel can contact our counsel,â said Council President Frank Kessler to former Wastewater Treatment Supervisor Bob Hyatt.
Hyatt read a letter he received Monday from Madalyn Sade-Bartl, clerk/treasurer, and Jeremy Hart, town supervisor.
âThe letter was stating there was a digester spill and it was not documented nor was my supervisor notified,â said Hyatt.
Hyatt said the town requires him to contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) within 24 hours and itâs an offense punishable by fine.
âThe letter states that I have had late arrivals on four occasions and didnât make a note on my time card, which is falsifying my timecard and that I used the townâs cell phones for personal calls,â said Hyatt.
Before Hyatt spoke, the council made a motion to terminate Hyattâs employment. It called for the letter to be ratified. Hyatt was suspended without pay.
Kessler suggested to Hyatt to make good use of his time during the meeting.
âI should have time to make my appeal,â said Hyatt.
âI called the IDEM inspector on May 3 and I received this letter from Mrs. Raiser,â said Hyatt.
âThe letter states that on April 12 she received an e-mail from Madalyn Sade-Bartl, which was confidential about a hypothetical spill,â Hyatt said.
Hyatt went on to explain how on May 4 the IDEM met Hart at the waste water treatment plant and toured the facility. He told of the conversation between Sade-Bartl, Hart and Bob Gray and IDEM.
Ronald Felger, Churubusco town attorney, said to Hyatt, âThis is not a hearing.â
âBut they have accused me of dishonesty and theft. My job is on the line. Iâm a Certified Class 2 operator,â said Hyatt.
âThey sent you that letter out of the goodness of their heart,â said Felger.
âAccording to the handbook, on page 27 and paragraph 4, I can ask for an appeal. How does the appeal process work if itâs not at this meeting?â said Hyatt.
The council members and Felger all looked at the handbook.
âYou must request an appeal in writing,â said Felger.
âThatâs what Iâm doing. I have all of the writing here tonight. After nine years of service canât I afford that much respect? I was never told until May 14 this was going to be on the agenda at tonightâs meeting,â asked Hyatt.
âI do request to see all of my personnel files, all of my time sheets from July 3, 2003, and all the files on my cell phone usage. Youâll see no overage charges were ever incurred. Iâll seek legal counsel,â said Hyatt.
Kessler reminded Hyatt that his attorney could contact the town attorney.
The council voted in favor of Hyattâs termination 3-0.