CHURUBUSCO â€” A Churubusco town employee was fired Wednesday night after the town council listened to disputes and put the matter to a vote.
â€śYour counsel can contact our counsel,â€ť 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.
â€śThe letter was stating there was a digester spill and it was not documented nor was my supervisor notified,â€ť said Hyatt.
Hyatt said the town requires him to contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) within 24 hours and itâ€™s an offense punishable by fine.
â€śThe letter states that I have had late arrivals on four occasions and didnâ€™t make a note on my time card, which is falsifying my timecard and that I used the townâ€™s cell phones for personal calls,â€ť said Hyatt.
Before Hyatt spoke, the council made a motion to terminate Hyattâ€™s 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.
â€śI should have time to make my appeal,â€ť said Hyatt.
â€śI called the IDEM inspector on May 3 and I received this letter from Mrs. Raiser,â€ť said Hyatt.
â€śThe letter states that on April 12 she received an e-mail from Madalyn Sade-Bartl, which was confidential about a hypothetical spill,â€ť 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, â€śThis is not a hearing.â€ť
â€śBut they have accused me of dishonesty and theft. My job is on the line. Iâ€™m a Certified Class 2 operator,â€ť said Hyatt.
â€śThey sent you that letter out of the goodness of their heart,â€ť said Felger.
â€śAccording to the handbook, on page 27 and paragraph 4, I can ask for an appeal. How does the appeal process work if itâ€™s not at this meeting?â€ť said Hyatt.
The council members and Felger all looked at the handbook.
â€śYou must request an appeal in writing,â€ť said Felger.
â€śThatâ€™s what Iâ€™m doing. I have all of the writing here tonight. After nine years of service canâ€™t I afford that much respect? I was never told until May 14 this was going to be on the agenda at tonightâ€™s meeting,â€ť asked Hyatt.
â€śI 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. Youâ€™ll see no overage charges were ever incurred. Iâ€™ll seek legal counsel,â€ť said Hyatt.
Kessler reminded Hyatt that his attorney could contact the town attorney.
The council voted in favor of Hyattâ€™s termination 3-0.