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Letter: ‘Buddy club’ management of Whiteland unacceptable

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Phil Wilson


To the editor:

In February, the town of Whiteland hired Norm Gabehart for the position of stormwater department manager and gave to him the additional responsibility of street supervisor. More than 10 people applied for the position.

Town Manager Dennis Capozzi hired Gabehart. Other applicants had higher education, experience and certification required for the stormwater position.

Gabehart had served on the Whiteland Town Council in 1999 when he was arrested for a DUI. He obtained his GED to lower his 2004 felony OWI arrest to a misdemeanor conviction. He also does not have stormwater certification.

Gabehart has long known Capozzi, whose wife is the Whiteland utility billing clerk.

Previous department heads hired by Whiteland have been approved by the town council, but this was not the case concerning Gabehart. I am all for giving people second chances, but not at the expense of the taxpayer.

Secondly, at the March 10 Whiteland Town Council meeting, Town Manager Capozzi admitted to making a $67,000 error where he overlooked the cost of an inspection on a wastewater treatment plant contract. We, the taxpayers, will pay for his incompetence once again. This mismanagement has to cease. An audiotape copy of this council meeting can be requested from the Whiteland clerk-treasurer at 549 Main St., Whiteland, IN 46184.

Lastly, while attending a professional gathering, it was brought to my attention that Whiteland was briefly scanned by a company wanting to bring to the United States a large bumper plating company. After reviewing the town ordinance for wastewater, they moved on to another community. This will never end unless, “We the People,” vote out those who are only interested in the buddy club and start making decisions that positively affect the community for future generations.

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