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.