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Residency requirement waived: Commissioner grant exception to EMS director

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Sad But True

Frankfort, IN

#1 Mar 17, 2014
Thanks again to our County Commissioners Bert & Skippy for saying one thing and doing another. Kuddos to Boyles for speaking up and voting No.
Our EMS director gets approved to continue to live outside of Clinton County and have exception to policy.
The lame ass excuse from the director "I was never shown a job description. I was not aware living in Clinton County was a requirement."
You have got to be kidding me? In a position such as this you would not read the job description? Shame on the County HR Dept for not properly advising the newly hired employee.
Yet again this sets the tone. Its ok to take our jobs in Clinton County but not good enough to live here?
This town/county is a joke.

Since: Sep 11

Michigantown, IN

#2 Mar 17, 2014
Sad But True wrote:
Thanks again to our County Commissioners Bert & Skippy for saying one thing and doing another. Kuddos to Boyles for speaking up and voting No.
Our EMS director gets approved to continue to live outside of Clinton County and have exception to policy.j
The lame ass excuse from the director "I was never shown a job description. I was not aware living in Clinton County was a requirement."
You have got to be kidding me? In a position such as this you would not read the job description? Shame on the County HR Dept for not properly advising the newly hired employee.
Yet again this sets the tone. Its ok to take our jobs in Clinton County but not good enough to live here?
This town/county is a joke.
. I don't know what meeting you were in however, none of those statements were made by Mr. Balzak. If you had been in the meeting you would've gotten to see Commissioner Boyles throw fits scream and holler and act like he was about 12 years old. Many of us in the meeting think Mr. Boyles maybe needs to take some anger management classes so he can learn how to behave in public. All this aggressive behavior in a public meeting only proves more that Mr. Boyles needs some help. It's quite obvious that he cannot sit and hold himself professionally and accountable in a public meeting as an adult
Sad But True

Frankfort, IN

#3 Mar 17, 2014
Calm down there yourself. This is what was quoted in the Frankfort Times. I did not state I was present in the meeting. And his last name is spelled Balcezak. Here is a copy of the article.

Thanks to an exception granted Monday, EMS Director Robbie Balcezak won’t be required to move into Clinton County within a year of his hiring date, as required by his job description, and he may never have to do so.
The commissioners agreed not to enforce Balcezak’s job description, noting that a permanent exception might be in order.
The board voted 2-1 to have County Attorney Tom Little and Human Resource Director Dennis Dunlap look into changing the requirement and make a suggestion to the board at a later date.
Commissioner Cory Boyles dissented, noting that the action would set a precedent for other employees who want to live outside the county.
“I would like to figure out a way to keep you here without sacrificing the stuff that we’ve kind of set throughout our administration,” Boyles said to Balcezak.
The Clinton County EMS director is required to move to the county within a year of being hired, according to the job description furnished by the Clinton County Auditor’s Office.
Balcezak, who currently resides in Boone County, took over the position as director one year ago today.
The only person on the Clinton County payroll who made more than Balcezak last year was Sheriff Jeff Ward, according to the county’s 2013 wage report. Balcezak made more than $64,000.
Balcezak said Monday that he did not know when he took the position that he was required to move into the county, noting that he has never seen the EMS director job description.
He told the commissioners that he is contractually obligated to purchase the property in which he currently resides, noting that his agreement also doesn’t allow him to place the property up for sale.
Commissioners President Bert Weaver said Balcezak has been working on becoming a Clinton County resident. He added that the current economic climate doesn’t make it easy to buy or sell property and that it would be unreasonable for the board to require Balcezak to “instantly take action” on the situation.
“I think exceptions have to be made. I think you have to look at things. Life doesn’t fit in a peg all the time,” Weaver said.
Commissioner Skip Evans agreed, calling the residential requirement a “gray area,” when the county wants to keep a good employee.
He added that he doesn’t want to go through the process of hiring another EMS director, adding that Balcezak has done an excellent job since taking the position.
Boyles said that not requiring Balcezak to live in the county would make it difficult for county officials to request that other businesses have their employees live in Clinton County.
Evans and Weaver both said that the county doesn’t have the right to ask businesses to have their managers or employees live within county limits.
The topic of Balcezak residency was initially brought up in January by County Council member Steve Frey. Weaver said then that Balcezak knew when his deadline was and was working to secure residency in Clinton County
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text>. I don't know what meeting you were in however, none of those statements were made by Mr. Balzak. If you had been in the meeting you would've gotten to see Commissioner Boyles throw fits scream and holler and act like he was about 12 years old. Many of us in the meeting think Mr. Boyles maybe needs to take some anger management classes so he can learn how to behave in public. All this aggressive behavior in a public meeting only proves more that Mr. Boyles needs some help. It's quite obvious that he cannot sit and hold himself professionally and accountable in a public meeting as an adult
Punjab is

Michigantown, IN

#4 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text>. I don't know what meeting you were in however, none of those statements were made by Mr. Balzak. If you had been in the meeting you would've gotten to see Commissioner Boyles throw fits scream and holler and act like he was about 12 years old. Many of us in the meeting think Mr. Boyles maybe needs to take some anger management classes so he can learn how to behave in public. All this aggressive behavior in a public meeting only proves more that Mr. Boyles needs some help. It's quite obvious that he cannot sit and hold himself professionally and accountable in a public meeting as an adult
Who are the "many of us" that you refer to?

Also, take a look at your post again, and then go back over the last week and review your other posts because in my personal opinion, you have exhibited much the same behavior that you say Mr. Boyles has.
Scandal

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Mar 18, 2014
We have a fireman that lives in Sheridan. I think we should hire and support our residents.

Since: Sep 11

Michigantown, IN

#6 Mar 18, 2014
Sad But True wrote:
Calm down there yourself. This is what was quoted in the Frankfort Times. I did not state I was present in the meeting. And his last name is spelled Balcezak. Here is a copy of the article.
Thanks to an exception granted Monday, EMS Director Robbie Balcezak won’t be required to move into Clinton County within a year of his hiring date, as required by his job description, and he may never have to do so.
The commissioners agreed not to enforce Balcezak’s job description, noting that a permanent exception might be in order.
The board voted 2-1 to have County Attorney Tom Little and Human Resource Director Dennis Dunlap look into changing the requirement and make a suggestion to the board at a later date.
Commissioner Cory Boyles dissented, noting that the action would set a precedent for other employees who want to live outside the county.
“I would like to figure out a way to keep you here without sacrificing the stuff that we’ve kind of set throughout our administration,” Boyles said to Balcezak.
The Clinton County EMS director is required to move to the county within a year of being hired, according to the job description furnished by the Clinton County Auditor’s Office.
Balcezak, who currently resides in Boone County, took over the position as director one year ago today.
The only person on the Clinton County payroll who made more than Balcezak last year was Sheriff Jeff Ward, according to the county’s 2013 wage report. Balcezak made more than $64,000.
Balcezak said Monday that he did not know when he took the position that he was required to move into the county, noting that he has never seen the EMS director job description.
He told the commissioners that he is contractually obligated to purchase the property in which he currently resides, noting that his agreement also doesn’t allow him to place the property up for sale.
Commissioners President Bert Weaver said Balcezak has been working on becoming a Clinton County resident. He added that the current economic climate doesn’t make it easy to buy or sell property and that it would be unreasonable for the board to require Balcezak to “instantly take action” on the situation.
“I think exceptions have to be made. I think you have to look at things. Life doesn’t fit in a peg all the time,” Weaver said.
Commissioner Skip Evans agreed, calling the residential requirement a “gray area,” when the county wants to keep a good employee.
He added that he doesn’t want to go through the process of hiring another EMS director, adding that Balcezak has done an excellent job since taking the position.
Boyles said that not requiring Balcezak to live in the county would make it difficult for county officials to request that other businesses have their employees live in Clinton County.
Evans and Weaver both said that the county doesn’t have the right to ask businesses to have their managers or employees live within county limits.
The topic of Balcezak residency was initially brought up in January by County Council member Steve Frey. Weaver said then that Balcezak knew when his deadline was and was working to secure residency in Clinton County
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. How was this in the Times? You posted 9 hours ago the paper had not been delivered yet? Hmmmm? Balcezak never made the statement Monday about not knowing. Why didn't the Times bring up the fact that the publisher of their own paper lives in Lafayette? She is on many boards for the city and county including, Chamber.
Richelle M Lutz

Michigantown, IN

#7 Mar 18, 2014
Punjab is wrote:
<quoted text>
Who are the "many of us" that you refer to?
Also, take a look at your post again, and then go back over the last week and review your other posts because in my personal opinion, you have exhibited much the same behavior that you say Mr. Boyles has.
the "many of us " was pertaining to the meeting. My posts were aggressive, yes. However, there comes a time when you have to put "ignorance"to bed. 46 years is a long time.

Since: Jul 10

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#8 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text>. How was this in the Times? You posted 9 hours ago the paper had not been delivered yet? Chamber.
The story has been available at The Times website since late evening on 3/17.

Since: Sep 11

Michigantown, IN

#9 Mar 18, 2014
punjab wrote:
<quoted text>
The story has been available at The Times website since late evening on 3/17.
I see. I don't pay for the paper thus, can't read it online. Don't you have to be a subscriber to read the online site? I went there and they wanted 2 buck for me to read.
LEEGIT

Forest, IN

#10 Mar 18, 2014
I need to admit, I dont know Mr Balcezak, or any of the Commissioners. So I can honestly say my comments are based solely on the posted newspaper story by "Sad But True" thankyou for posting it, I no longer receive the Frankfort Times. This whole story is interesting, because is leaves me with a lot more questions that information it provides.
The first question that comes to mind is - did Mr Balcezak really say on Mondays Commissioner meeting "he did not know when he took the position that he was required to move into the County". Hmmm...so when our County Personnel Director installed him as Director of EMS did he forgot to advise Mr Balcezak of this requirement, did the Commissioners assume Mr Balcezak was aware or did they not follow thru. Is it the Commissioners responsibility to follow thru, or the County Personnel Director. Or was Mr Balcezak short on memory, or just plain embellishing his reasons for non-compliance.
Does the County need to limit its search for the BEST QUALIFIED people strictly to the boundaries of Clinton County, or is it better to search for just the Best Qualified person, regardless of where they live? Seems to me that the School Districts dont impose such restrictions on their leadership.
I dont think there is anything wrong with reviewing any current policy to ensure it best suits the needs of our County Goals and activities. But should such decisions be left up to just a small group of individuals or should there be a public meeting requesting public input on this issue?
I think our elected officials mean well, but they forget - that Government may build and maintain a theater, but they are not the Stars of the Show.
If Mr Balcezak has been able to generate compassion and action for his non-efforts, then more power to him. There is no regulation that forbids it. Should the individuals that let their compassion and actions guide them be questioned and evaluated? By all means. This whole issue is not new, just the players are new. At this point, and with the information presented, I am in favor of a public meeting to provide feedback on weather to enforce regulations as posted or to revise them.
Punjab is

Michigantown, IN

#11 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text> the "many of us " was pertaining to the meeting. My posts were aggressive, yes. However, there comes a time when you have to put "ignorance"to bed. 46 years is a long time.
I guess I thought if you were speaking on their behalf you could name some of those people.

Maybe Mr Boyles was being aggressive.
Punjab is

Michigantown, IN

#12 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text> I see. I don't pay for the paper thus, can't read it online. Don't you have to be a subscriber to read the online site? I went there and they wanted 2 buck for me to read.
I would recommend that you get a subscription. That gives you the choice to wait on the printed addition or read on line anytime.

Surely you want to see what the paper is saying without having to come on here and read about it and then have to hunt down a copy.
enough

Lebanon, IN

#13 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text>. I don't know what meeting you were in however, none of those statements were made by Mr. Balzak. If you had been in the meeting you would've gotten to see Commissioner Boyles throw fits scream and holler and act like he was about 12 years old. Many of us in the meeting think Mr. Boyles maybe needs to take some anger management classes so he can learn how to behave in public. All this aggressive behavior in a public meeting only proves more that Mr. Boyles needs some help. It's quite obvious that he cannot sit and hold himself professionally and accountable in a public meeting as an adult
coming from the likes of you....who is a joke to this community,,,has been thrown out of meetings etc... you wouldnt know how to behave anywhere! you dont tell the truth but thats your claim to fame! "i will always tll you the truth!" Really?
That in itself is a lie! You would nt know the truth if it bite you in the butt. Why dont you go away! People have just about had enough of you and i am sure election day they will ONCE AGAIN try to get that thru to your pretty LITTLE brain!!
enough

Lebanon, IN

#14 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text> the "many of us " was pertaining to the meeting. My posts were aggressive, yes. However, there comes a time when you have to put "ignorance"to bed. 46 years is a long time.
I am ALL for that! Now GO TO BED RICHELLE!!

Since: Sep 11

Michigantown, IN

#15 Mar 18, 2014
LEEGIT wrote:
I need to admit, I dont know Mr Balcezak, or any of the Commissioners. So I can honestly say my comments are based solely on the posted newspaper story by "Sad But True" thankyou for posting it, I no longer receive the Frankfort Times. This whole story is interesting, because is leaves me with a lot more questions that information it provides.
The first question that comes to mind is - did Mr Balcezak really say on Mondays Commissioner meeting "he did not know when he took the position that he was required to move into the County". Hmmm...so when our County Personnel Director installed him as Director of EMS did he forgot to advise Mr Balcezak of this requirement, did the Commissioners assume Mr Balcezak was aware or did they not follow thru. Is it the Commissioners responsibility to follow thru, or the County Personnel Director. Or was Mr Balcezak short on memory, or just plain embellishing his reasons for non-compliance.
Does the County need to limit its search for the BEST QUALIFIED people strictly to the boundaries of Clinton County, or is it better to search for just the Best Qualified person, regardless of where they live? Seems to me that the School Districts dont impose such restrictions on their leadership.
I dont think there is anything wrong with reviewing any current policy to ensure it best suits the needs of our County Goals and activities. But should such decisions be left up to just a small group of individuals or should there be a public meeting requesting public input on this issue?
I think our elected officials mean well, but they forget - that Government may build and maintain a theater, but they are not the Stars of the Show.
If Mr Balcezak has been able to generate compassion and action for his non-efforts, then more power to him. There is no regulation that forbids it. Should the individuals that let their compassion and actions guide them be questioned and evaluated? By all means. This whole issue is not new, just the players are new. At this point, and with the information presented, I am in favor of a public meeting to provide feedback on weather to enforce regulations as posted or to revise them.
Mr Balcezak has been a part of EMS for longer than just being Director. He is/was a paramedic for Clinton County under the last Director. He was promoted to this position. I was sitting in the meeting, he never said those words. He never left his seat. He was ask questions about whether he owned his home or not. He stated that his home was on Land Contract. He also stated that he. " had all intentions of living here" however, in this economy selling a home was not an easy thing to do. Something else the Times failed to bring out. The commissioners concluded that they should sit down with Mr Dunlap, Mr Little and Mr Balcezak and come up with a date. If he did not have his home sold by that time, the County would have to move on looking for a different Director. So you see how all these half truths come out? I get called the liar? Yeah right! Now understand why I don't take the Times? They write and twist the way they want. Just as I stated earlier. Ms Bardoner publishes the paper, sits on the Chamber Board. Sits on many various boards in the City and , chooses to live on Lafayette?
Richelle M Lutz

Michigantown, IN

#16 Mar 18, 2014
enough wrote:
<quoted text>coming from the likes of you....who is a joke to this community,,,has been thrown out of meetings etc... you wouldnt know how to behave anywhere! you dont tell the truth but thats your claim to fame! "i will always tll you the truth!" Really?
That in itself is a lie! You would nt know the truth if it bite you in the butt. Why dont you go away! People have just about had enough of you and i am sure election day they will ONCE AGAIN try to get that thru to your pretty LITTLE brain!!
. Well ..... All I can say is, you certainly are entitled to your opinion. Sorry, not gonna "go away" been bullied all my life by bigger than you. However, thanks for the compliment! I didn't realize I had a "pretty little brain"!
Right on

Oak Brook, IL

#17 Mar 18, 2014
They post previews of the articles on social media the night before. Digital is available before paper copy. You can check on their social media page and see for yourself. Facebook & Twitter.
This article was posted on Facbook that is where it came from!
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text>. How was this in the Times? You posted 9 hours ago the paper had not been delivered yet? Hmmmm? Balcezak never made the statement Monday about not knowing. Why didn't the Times bring up the fact that the publisher of their own paper lives in Lafayette? She is on many boards for the city and county including, Chamber.
Right on

Oak Brook, IL

#18 Mar 18, 2014
Well then take it up with The Frankfort Times. As he was quoted as saying this in the meeting according to the article. Honestly it is hard to believe the City, County, or The Frankfort Times.
Who in that type of executive role would not read a job description?
Guess they make exceptions for who they want. Nothing new.

But whatever they do as they want.
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text> Mr Balcezak has been a part of EMS for longer than just being Director. He is/was a paramedic for Clinton County under the last Director. He was promoted to this position. I was sitting in the meeting, he never said those words. He never left his seat. He was ask questions about whether he owned his home or not. He stated that his home was on Land Contract. He also stated that he. " had all intentions of living here" however, in this economy selling a home was not an easy thing to do. Something else the Times failed to bring out. The commissioners concluded that they should sit down with Mr Dunlap, Mr Little and Mr Balcezak and come up with a date. If he did not have his home sold by that time, the County would have to move on looking for a different Director. So you see how all these half truths come out? I get called the liar? Yeah right! Now understand why I don't take the Times? They write and twist the way they want. Just as I stated earlier. Ms Bardoner publishes the paper, sits on the Chamber Board. Sits on many various boards in the City and , chooses to live on Lafayette?

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#19 Mar 18, 2014
Richelle M Lutz wrote:
<quoted text> I see. I don't pay for the paper thus, can't read it online. Don't you have to be a subscriber to read the online site?
Yes, although they might have a cheaper subscription if you only want access to the content on the website and not a physical paper delivered to your home.

Since: Sep 11

Michigantown, IN

#20 Mar 18, 2014
punjab wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, although they might have a cheaper subscription if you only want access to the content on the website and not a physical paper delivered to your home.
. Regardless of the Times. Let's get serious.(And I can almost name the few that will not tell the truth about this statement) lol. How many people actually read the employee handbook that they receive upon employment? Or, how many people actually receive an employee handbook at the time of employment?

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