Abuse of city-owned property, intimidation techniques, irate alderman and anonymous complainants --- it has all the makings of a special investigation by a network news agency, but it’s happening in your back yard.
Details surfaced during Tuesday’s Springfield City Council Meeting of a Springfield citizen who had complained about witnessing a City Water Light and Power employee using city resources, on city time, to trim a tree on private property.
The rate payer saw the truck, took pictures, and called in the truck’s identification numbers. Later the rate payer was confronted at his house by the employee in question and another individual.
The complainant says he felt like he was being intimidated. Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson says the abuse of property is bad enough, but for an employee to intimidate a rate payer is even more alarming.
The complainant, who wishes to remain anonymous, says that he’s not a tree trimmer but he knows about pricing jobs and what he witnessed was theft from the city that worker should be disciplined.
CWLP Chief Engineer and Acting General Manager Eric Hobbie says he has already begun the investigation and will determine the possible discipline once all the facts are gathered. Mayor Mike Houston was also made aware of the complaint but was not immediately available for comment.