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Trial date set for township trustee


February 12, 2014 | 08:56 AM

Harrison County Circuit Court Judge John T. Evans set a bench trial date of April 17, allotting a three-hour window for witnesses, concerning the case of the People of Spencer Township vs. Spencer Township Trustee Donald Satterfield, during a brief pretrial conference Thursday morning.

It will begin at 9 a.m.

A petition to substantiate the fact that Satterfield is incapable of performing the duties of township trustee was filed by Phyllis M. Patterson and Belinda K. Smith in October with the circuit court.

Gregory C. Fifer, attorney for Smith and Patterson, said he'd compile a witness list within the next couple of weeks.

"I need to identify who will be called and limit it to the relevant issues," Fifer said.

Satterfield is represented by Corydon attorney David A. Layson.

Evans said he'd like to see a specific basis for complaint on the petition as well, before moving forward.

Satterfield drew the ire of many Spencer Township residents when he terminated the LifeSpan Resources senior meals program at the Frenchtown Community Center in October.

Residents also questioned the proposed salary for the trustee for 2014, which is $18,440. The average of the other 11 township trustees is $8,765. The proposed clerk salary for Spencer Township is $8,550. The average of the other 11 is $2,011.

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    February 13, 2014 | 09:03 AM

    So because of this lawsuit, Spencer Township will pay legal fees for Satterfield. This money could have been left in place for the next trustee to use it for the facility for the meals. Seems short sided to me. There is an election to replace Mr. Satterfield in November. Use ballots, not lawsuits to achieve your objectives. When it comes down to it, these are the people that Spencer Township has elected time and time again, and there is a report printed in the Democrat every year. Yet the people in Spencer Township kept voting for Satterfield.. There are a number of elected officials in this county I think are incompetent and doing a bad job, but I will vote for other candidates when give the chance, not a sore loser lawsuit.

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    February 13, 2014 | 09:03 AM

    What does the trustee's salary in Spencer Twp have to do with the capabilities of the trustee to do his job??? Why does the Corydon Democrat bring it up? It's not part of the lawsuit. Why was his salary not an issue until he canceled the contract with Lifespan? I trust judge Evans will see what this is really about.

    Eyes Wide Open

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    February 13, 2014 | 12:49 PM

    I'm a taxpayer of Spencer Township! Please explain to me how this case was something I filed? I don't remember filing a law suit, yet it states "The People of Spencer Township vs Spencer Township Trustee, Donald Satterfield." How can you include me in your frivolous law suit? I do not support your actions nor your tactics. Just wondering from any legal minds out there, what course of action do I have that I'm included and named on a law suit that I never agreed to?

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    February 13, 2014 | 05:41 PM

    The irony will be if this is like most court cases. He will be out of office before its over.

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    February 13, 2014 | 05:42 PM

    Can't wait to see what this will cost taxpayers!

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    February 13, 2014 | 10:36 PM

    Even the person that wrote this story didn't put their name on it.

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    February 13, 2014 | 10:41 PM

    Follow the case on mycase.in.gov use drop down go to Harrison county then civil cases. The rest is self explanatory.

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    February 13, 2014 | 10:58 PM

    If you don't support the law suit you may want to talk to an attorney yourself. People4 at the courthouse can't give legal advice. You could start a facebook page and form your own group. To see how many people agree with you.

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    February 14, 2014 | 07:28 AM

    If these two people filing this lawsuit lose, they should be required to reimburse "the real people of Spencer Township" for the costs of defending this frivilous lawsuit. If you could file a lawsuit to remove elected officials that aren't doing a good job, I would bet that the majority of our elected officials in Harrison County would be out of a job.

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    February 14, 2014 | 10:48 AM

    Phyllis M. Patterson and Belinda K. Smith do NOT represent the majority of Spencer Township. SHAMEFUL!!! We have elections for a reason.

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    February 14, 2014 | 12:17 PM

    What happened to the DLGF investigation. I thought it was only going to take a couple of weeks?

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    February 14, 2014 | 12:46 PM

    Isn't Phyllis Patterson & Belinda Smith running for advisory board for Spencer Township? I say if they lose the law suit they should have to pay the township back all expenses paid out.

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    February 14, 2014 | 01:10 PM

    The DLGF won't turn up anything. Every trustee in the state of Indiana is audited every year. One thing that comes out of frivolous lawsuits are counter suits.



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    February 14, 2014 | 01:21 PM

    Yes, Phyllis M. Patterson and Belinda K. Smith are running for the advisory board. I hope everyone sees this as a sign of who NOT to vote for.

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    February 14, 2014 | 06:11 PM

    So will all the residents of Spencer township get a court summons? If so might need a bigger court room.

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    Question for the Democrat
    February 17, 2014 | 01:18 PM

    Why has no one from the paper interviewed the trustee? We have heard from the seniors and the Corydon Democrat's opinion, but nothing from the trustee! I thought to report a story you interviewed all sides.

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    February 17, 2014 | 06:29 PM

    You haven't seen any stories about what the utility bills are at the community center now. Can we say bias?

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    February 17, 2014 | 06:35 PM

    may need a different news media to do a story on this?

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    February 18, 2014 | 01:41 PM

    Spencer Township has not been audited since 2009. SBOA says they do not have enough auditors. The law says every two years. Really should check the facts before you make a statement.


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    February 18, 2014 | 02:03 PM

    True you do need to check facts. Spencer Township had just completed an audit before the February Annual Report meeting. They discussed that at the meeting.

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    February 18, 2014 | 05:32 PM

    People need to stop and leave are current trustee alone. They did an audit if something was wrong im sure he would be being punished by now. He has less than 11 months to finish his job let him do it. If people want to moan about something maybe they should be looking at the two ladies that supposably is representing spencer township and is going to make the decision for everyone else who is the next trustee and how the tax payers money is spent. I dont think that anyone should should even try to make a decision for anyone else. I agree the elderly people are important in the community but there is also how many other people that live in that township that is not elder ...

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    February 18, 2014 | 05:42 PM

    This case should be dismissed.

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