CORRECTION: In the Feb. 24 edition of the Brookville Democrat and American there was error(s) in the article “Laurel resident asks for resignation of three LTC members.”

Pete Connolly was listed as president, but is vice president. Becky Jones was listed as vice president but is president of the council.

In a paragraph it reads, “Moore went on to show paperwork where Jones decided to hire Josh Lanstrom for a bid of $1200 a month with Connolly and Bulmer seconding the motion. Moore claimed Lanstrom was a friend of Connolly and said she could prove it.”
This information was incorrect, the paragraph should have read, Moore went onto show paperwork where Jones made a motion to hire, Les Day, out of Rushville for sewer treatment for a bid of $1200 a month, with Connolly and Bulmer seconding the motion. Moore claimed Day was a friend of Connolly’s and said she could prove it.

In a paragraph it states “Then Moore presented proposals that were turned in on time and Lanstrom turned nothing in."
The paragraph should have read, Then Moore presented the bids turned in. Lanstrom was the only one with all the information required tuned in on time.

Lastly a paragraph states “The $2900 that was spent on alleys was not board approved and it was Connolly who turned in a receipt and received payment. Cooper turned in a 1991 Ford Medium F7 as insurance instead of the 2 million insurance required by law.”
The paragraph should have read another person who conducts work for the town turned in a 1991 Ford Medium F7 as insurance instead of the 2 million insurance required by the town of Laurel. Kevin Cooper carries the correct insurance policy of 2 million.

Whitewater Publications deeply regret the errors in the article and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the errors to those misrepresented in the article.

The online article has been updated and the correction added. In next week’s edition the correction will be ran as well.


The Laurel Town Council meeting held on Monday evening, Feb. 22, started as usual. Town Clerk Linda Adams read the minutes from the previous session.

Included in the last meeting's minutes: Pete Connolly would remain town council president, Becky Jones would remain town council vice president with a 5-0 vote. Deputy chairs were also voted to stay the same. Town council accepted the minutes as presented.

Billing adjustments and handwritten claims were presented to the board for approval. Board member Gus Adams questioned an expense of $1100 for road treatment with someone outside the town's contract. Connolly, who is over the streets and roads, said he had to make an emergency decision to have someone else treat the roads when the contracted business did not answer.

It was discussed if Connolly should be solely responsible for deciding on snow removal and road treatment. Connolly was under the impression it was at his discretion to treat roads without approval since he resided over streets and alleys. Council's lawyer, Tammy Davis, recommended in the future Connolly could send a text out to the board in emergencies to get board approval. If board members can't be reached, then it would fall on Connolly to make the decision. After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to accept both as presented.

Next, the meeting was opened to Tracey Moore, a Laurel resident. Moore started by stating she had something she would like to read and then had a few items she wanted to discuss. Moore began by reading the Indiana Code regarding the Open Door Law (IC , 514-1-.5-1), Government Ethics IC 263-5.702, and finally, abuse of power in attorney.

“Current case laws have made it very clear that elected public officials are classified as employees since they are subject by a degree of control governed by the characteristics of an employer/employee relationship, Moore stated. “Elected officials are considered employees because they work for the people who have the power to vote them out of office.”

Next, Tracy Moore asked if everyone signed a nepotism agreement. Board members present nodded in agreement. Moore then addressed board members about actions that seemed to violate the Indiana Codes she had just finished reading.

Starting with Harold Bulmer, she questioned what his relationship was with David Caldwell, who was hired to work in the town. Bulmer explained Caldwell was his step-grandson and said he was no relation to him. Moore asked if Bulmer would consider him a friend Bulmer said, “more or less yes.” Moore proceeded to point out friends are also a violation of the nepotism agreement signed by Bulmer.

Next, Moore questioned why Bulmer's son-in-law was contracted for the backhoe when Joey Elles was the only legal bid submitted to the town on time. There was no response from Bulmer.

Moore then addressed concerns she had with Becky Jones, who was not present at the meeting. She started by showing a copy of Becky's signed nepotism policy for the current year and then showed paperwork where Jones agreed to hire her husband who was hired and paid in the amount of $375. Moore went on to show paperwork where Jones decided to hire Josh Lanstrom for a bid of $1,200 a month, with Connolly and Bulmer seconding the motion. Moore claimed Lanstrom was a friend of Connolly and said she could prove it.

She next brought the bid notification that ran twice in the Brookville Democrat, which prompted Moore to believe the town of Laurel put out the notice twice to allow additional time to enter bids. Then Moore presented proposals that were turned in on time, and Lanstrom turned nothing in.

Connolly was the last board member Moore would address. Like the others, she started with his signed nepotism policy. First, she noted Kevin Cooper, who did alley work that did not go before the board, and he was paid $636 authorized by Connolly. The $2,900 that was spent on alleys was not board approved and Connolly turned in a receipt and received payment. Cooper turned in a 1991 Ford Medium F7 as insurance instead of the 2 million insurance required by Laurel's town. She showed where Connolly got gas for roughly $7.50. Connolly got someone to spray twice, and Moore claimed she could pull records from Lansom’s cellphone that says this is a lie.

Moore had three more questions. She asked Connolly if he had a 2-million-dollar insurance policy to work in Laurel. Connolly said he had never heard of that being a requirement. He said he was bonded by the town, which Moore disagreed with, stating Connolly could not be bonded through the town and neither could Henry.
Connolly asked Moore if she had paperwork, stating, “you have all this, do you have anything to back up this policy” showing that?”
Connolly asked Moore “are you done?” Moore responded, “No, the people of Laurel would like to ask for all three of your resignations.”
Davis then spoke up, letting Moore know she wasn't familiar with half of the stuff.

“You threw a lot out there,” Davis said. “That is more of a legal issue, a lot of that seems like claims approved by the baord, but I don't know.”

Davis assured Moore she would look into it and then explain the two notices in the paper. Davis wasn't at the meeting where they approved a contract they shouldn't have, so her recommendation was to start over entirely so they could do it legally. She also explained a lot of Moore's claims she couldn't address without further investigation.

Moore then asked again if there would be any resignations. Bulmer and Connolly did not resign. Moore then asked the Laurel Police Chief to contact the Indiana State Police so she could file charges.

Next, Connolly proceeded with the meeting, asking department heads what they had to share, starting with Laurel's Fire Dept. treaurer, Dan Wright who presented the contract for the year for board's approval. Chief also reported a brush truck rolled at Haspin, but no one was injured.

Wright reported a large drug bust resulting in confiscating meth and heroin. He also asked for the board's approval for additional deputies. Lastly, he asked for approval for a small project, including shelving and some paint. Board approved the supplies.

Adams expressed he thought more deputies would be great with the warmer weather approaching. The topic was tabled.

Clerk Linda Adams gave her report next and shared a grant given to the community for $7,000. The town park will receive $1,000, and the community center will receive $6,000. Connolly signed the contract, and Adams notarized it. The community center brought in over $4,000 worth of profit for January.
After all department heads reported, the meeting was adjourned.

Connolly and Bulmer were not contacted for a statement due to publication restrictions. However, Whitewater Publications plans to reach out to all three board members.
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