Juillerat's future as marshal in doubt

Andrews Town Council President John Harshbarger introduced a motion to remove Town Marshal Van Juillerat from his post during the Monday, March 11, meeting of the council.

Harshbarger stated that he had compiled a lengthy list of reasons that justified removing Juillerat from his position as town marshal and had consulted with the town's attorney about the matter.

Harshbarger's general complaint was that Juillerat had grown accustomed to spending his shifts however he wished, such as taking longer-than-necessary dinner breaks at local eating establishments, a claim that Juillerat replied was "truly false."

Councilman Ray Tackett seconded Harshbarger's motion, in which Harshbarger proposed promoting current Deputy Marshal Curt VanOver to marshal.

Vice President Mike Rohler, however, stated that he had misgivings about casting his vote. Rohler said that Harshbarger had not given him an opportunity to review his documents supporting Juillerat's removal as marshal and would therefore not be able to make an informed decision.

To give Rohler a chance to see the documents and for the situation to be discussed in more detail, council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 9 a.m. In attendance will be council, Juillerat and town attorney Michael Hartburg.

"I just want information presented to me so I can make a clear decision," said Rohler.

In other business, Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock is set to work with Toby Stephan of civil engineering firm Butler, Fairman & Seufert to bring street signs and sidewalks in town into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Indiana Department of Transportation code. Also, plans to clean out an overgrown retention pond west of the town's water plant were announced.

Johnson voiced a desire that a salary ordinance be enacted that authorized the town to pay overtime to salaried employees, like Bullock, whom Johnson praised for working many extra hours this winter in order to keep the town's streets cleared of snow.