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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
UPDATE 7-19-16: The Board of Public Works and Safety yesterday voted to dismiss the grievance regarding Lt. David Black's grievance during an executive session.
Upon review of evidence presented by Black, the board agreed the Terre Haute Fire Department administration operated within the contract.
According to Article 37 Section 5 “Line officers and privates in bidded House/Apparatus positions may not be transferred on a permanent basis without their consent or written notification from the Fire Chief explaining the necessity of the transfer.”
James Trimble made a motion to rule in favor of the administration; this was seconded by Roland Shelton and approved by the board, according to Robin Drummy, administrator.
UPDATE: The Terre Haute Board of Public Works will meet in executive session July 18 at 2 p.m. regarding the THFD grievance hearing.
ORIGINAL STORY July 12, 2016
A member of the Terre Haute Fire Department feels he unfairly was passed over for filling temporary vacancy while a colleague was on vacation last month, based on time and grade with the department.
Lt. David Black, represented by Local 758 officials, made his case before the Board of Public Works and Safety yesterday afternoon at City Hall. Black feels it was unfair that contract rules aren't consistently being followed -- in this particular instance and in others.
Board members Jon Stinson, Bob All, Roland Shelton and James Trimble were present for the hearing. Member Cary Sparks was not present.
THFD Chief Jeff Fisher responded that Black's claims that policy was not followed in the instance is not valid -- based on safety reasons. He noted the other employee who was chosen to fill the position over Black was more equipped to handle the particular job.
"This administration feels that the reason this officer was moved instead of the officer on the ladder truck at the time, was due to safety reasons. I'm not saying Lt. Black is not capable of doing the work," Fisher said.
Battalion Chiefs John Long and Joe Swan agreed with Fisher the decision to fill the vacancy for captain on the rig with another member was in the department's best interest.
After much discussion. BPWS President Stinson said he believes the language in the contracts needs clarified.
"If we've had issues like this in the past, why are we not addressing it in the document that governs what you guys do?" he asked.
No decision was made on the grievance at this meeting. The matter was continued.
The board approved the following:
Request from CRG Residential to close sidewalk, parking and driving lanes during demolition and reconstruction of 627 Cherry St.
Contract for fire protection between City of Terre Haute and Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology campus.
Request from Downtown Terre Haute to close Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Streets from Ohio to Cherry Streets for the annual Block Party on Aug. 27 and 28.
Request from Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church to close Patrick Street between North 24th and North 25th Streets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from July 12 to 15.
Appeal to approve request for handicapped parking at 225 N. 14 1/2 St.
Request for handicap parking at 2415 1/2 Second Ave.
Request to declare computer equipment property as surplus.
In other business:
The board denied a request for handicap parking at 2332 Spruce St.
The board tabled consideration of sidewalk specifications and an appropriation for credit card approval
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News Writer: Lucy Perry