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April 29, 2013

Lights go out on Georgetown ballpark

Town wants to lease park; former director says he’s being pushed out

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GEORGETOWN —

“We weren’t interested in having another employee. We wanted an independent contractor,” Reynolds said.

He said the town began investigating, asking its insurance carrier, the Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Workforce Development if Haller would be considered an employee or independent contractor if he continued to take care of the field. Reynolds said Georgetown’s insurance carrier said since Haller uses town equipment, he would be an employee. The town board then decided to lease the park since that would eliminate all questions.

Haller said he doesn’t remember saying anything to an auditor, but said that is not the real issue. He said there are a few people with the town who just wanted him out and was just looking for a reason. He said some town officials, just “want to get even” with him and his wife Kathy over issues she has questioned or brought up during meetings. He said he had two separate contracts in the past, one for maintenance and one for being league director, the latter being a town ordinance passed in 2012. He said he has always been viewed as an independent contractor, not an employee.

“They said I told the auditor I was an employee, but I don’t remember that,” Haller said. “They held an executive committee meeting and came out and said they wanted to lease the park. For eight years, I worked down there and improved that park 100 percent. 

“I was an independent contractor. That is all I ever was and that is all I wanted to be. It’s just a personal thing. They can say what they want.”

Reynolds said Georgetown is hoping someone will step up so summer leagues can be held. That someone could be the Floyd County Parks Department, which may consider leasing the park at its next meeting on May 6.

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