Upset in E-town in wake of FOIA flood: MAYOR RESIGNS
ELIZABETHTOWN—Following a flurry of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from both Disclosure and other citizens, the village president (mayor) of E-town has resigned.
The move occurred Monday (Aug. 7) at the regular village board meeting after an executive session called to not only accept Heck Rose’s resignation, but to appoint his replacement, none other than former Hardin County sheriff Tom Seiner as new village president. We weren’t even aware that Seiner lived IN E-town; we thought he resided on the outskirts of Rosiclare, but we could be mistaken. We like Tommy Seiner; he was always VERY helpful to us when he was sheriff, and current sheriff Smoky Cullison speaks highly of him. So we’ll see what kind of a mayor he will be.
The first move Seiner made was to accept the resignation of water supervisor Skip Brownfield, according to Seiner, whom we contacted Wednesday. As those in the affected area are no doubt aware, Brownfield is the one who’s been in charge of the water over the past several years—and past several EPA violations. Apparently, according to one of our sources, this most recent violation, involved a mis-feed of chlorine (something that can actually be deadly if it gets out of hand); we’ll have full details on what President Seiner is doing to rectify the situation.
We’ve been advised that Brownfield is alleged to have falsified documents for treatment of water. We’re not sure what type of documents; it appears, though, that it may be time cards. This is an issue because reports have indicated those cards show Brownfield was clocked in at E-town working on the water, but in actuality, he was at his other job at the state park in Cave-in-Rock. IF this is the case, it’s said that Brownfield has been told he can either give up his job (as water supt.) or face legal charges.
This version of things leads to involvement of Rose, too….our source says the former village prez got caught up in all this business with Brownfield, and actually stepped down because of THAT. Which, we guess, is better than stepping down over allowing federal items, obtained through the LESO program, to be used by private citizens for their own personal business….better to have the state sniffing after him than the feds, perhaps, although if the EPA comes sniffing, it may BE fed, as it’s been reported to us that E-town has an ongoing problem with e. Coli in the water. And we have an interesting post coming up on how THAT might be happening….dates back to this past March. Be checking back, this is constantly developing, and there’s a LOT more information we’re bringing in the print version, including a FOIA response we received last week….click the PayPal to renew, or get your check or money order in by August 22, so you can receive the August 24 issue in the mail!
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