Russellville EPB Hearings Set Contentious Tone

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The first night of the Russellville EPB/City Council hearing lived up to argumentative expectations. Bowling Green attorney David Broderick, representing the city council in this matter, began his case by calling local accountant Mike Smith to testify about receipts and documentation he had received during an series of open records requests made during the past year and a half.

Over repeated objections from EPB attorney Fred Greene, Mr. Smith gave his analysis of the EPB's travel policy, reimbursement procedures, and analyzed several receipts for travel, food, and drink turned in by various members of the EPB's board over the past three years during business trips.

Mr. Smith's testimony took 3.5 hours, and the hearing was adjourned for the night, with Mr. Greene set to begin his cross-examination of Mr. Smith on Tuesday night when the hearing resumes at 5:30 p.m.

The Russellville city Council, in a 4-2 vote, passed an ordinance removing three Electric Plant Board members in June. The three members, Brown, Fuqua, and Carrico, asked for a formal hearing.

The three ousted members have also filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the city council has exceeded its authority, and did not have legal grounds to remove the board members in their June vote.

The hearing this week is not directly related to the civil trial, but is expected to provide a document record and preview of the civil suit to come.

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