District 5 council member steps down
by Rachel Davis
Apr 30, 2013 | 1710 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill council member Chris Pschirer resigned from his council seat for District 5 last Thursday.

In a letter sent to the Daily Mountain Eagle, Pschirer said that he could “no longer serve as the voice for this district.”

Pschirer began his letter with an apology for the the city of Carbon Hill for the direction of the new administration.

Pschirer cites the firing of two police chiefs in less than four months and the impending lawsuits resulting from those firings as one reason that he felt he had to resign. He said he voted against the removal of both chiefs.

“With all facts presented there have been no policies or procedures broken in either case, yet this present council with premeditated, preconceived and incompetent decision making is taking this city (your city) down a financial pitfall that cannot be climbed out of,” Pschirer wrote.

Mayor James “PeeWee” Richardson said that only one police chief was relieved of his duties, Chief Heath Allred was not fired, he just was not retained by the new administration. He said that Allred has filed a lawsuit regarding the issue, but he believes the council was within the state’s guidelines on appointing employees in a new administration. Richardson also said that Chief Kenneth Bobo was terminated by the council following a hearing.

Pschirer also voted against a sales tax increase that was passed by the majority of the council.

Richardson said the sales tax increase was necessary to finance the paving of local roads and to increase funds to purchase equipment for the city’s garbage pickup.

Pschirer also cites the recent lawsuit settlement approved by the council regarding a lawsuit filed against the previous administration by S&F, LLC.

The lawsuit regarded the closing of a local business by the previous adminstration. According to the business owner, the city did not follow proper procedures in closing the business and so a lawsuit was filed against the city, the previous mayor and specific members of the previous council, including Pschirer.

The council voted at a previous meeting to settle the lawsuit but did not publically disclose the terms. Pschirer voted against the settlement.

“Now, this council is willing to sell (you the people) out by paying someone who obviously owes (you the people) back pay in taxes and license fees, for thier own reputations and previous promises which leads me to understand why my District is so upset with the actions of this present council and mayor,” Pschirer wrote. “I am reminded of the scripture that states Woe unto them which call evil good and good evil.”

Richardson said the council recognized that proper procedures were not followed in this case and they hope that the settlement will allow this council and mayor to start fresh, without the lawsuit hanging over their head.

“We are going to have a clean slate,” Richardson said.

Richardson said that the council will declare the council seat open at the next regular council meeting on May 9. Any District 5 resident interested in serving on the council should go to city hall and fill out an application.

“Every one of these council members is working to make this town better,” Richardson said. He also asked that the residents get involved and help the city and the council work toward bettering Carbon Hill.