A complaint against city maintenance department supervisor Chris Adams was voiced during a meeting of the Lynch City Council on Tuesday.
Liberty Street resident Bobby Bowling said he had asked Adams “several times” to remove a “pile of brush that had been there since February” near his home.
“He keeps telling me he doesn’t have the time or the help,” said Bowling. “He got a little heated and I got a little heated — that’s human nature. But when you have one of your workers threatening one of your citizens in your town that’s not ethical — that’s in your employee handbook. You can’t do that.”
Bowling told council members that Adams threatened him by saying if he was “caught near the water tank he would be arrested.”
“People, I was standing in my front yard. I wasn’t anywhere near a water tank,” said Bowling. “I don’t know where that came from — out of left field. I’ve known Chris for a long time and he’s a friend of mine. I’m not here to get his job. The boy just does need to know how to talk to the citizens in this town. He told me if I was seen anywhere near that water tank he’d have me arrested. We weren’t even talking about that. So, I don’t know where that came from.”
Bowling said he did file a complaint with the police department. He then asked the council if he is now barred from going into the mountains behind the water tank.
Mayor John Adams told Bowling this is a personnel issue, and as mayor, he is the one responsible for handling the matter, not the city council.
“We’ve got plans already drawn up that once we begin putting a new campground in above the water tank there won’t be anyone going up there and shooting a .22 or discharging firearms,” said the mayor.
Bowling then addressed councilwoman Linda Adams, his ex-wife and the mother of Chris Adams, asking her specifically if she “had a problem with what he said.”
“Bobby, don’t try to start any stuff,” said Mayor Adams. “You got your two cents in, and I can assure you I will talk to city employees about how they treat people, what they are supposed to do and not do and that’s as far as it goes. I don’t know that Chris threatened you, I haven’t talked to him about it. You guys have your own problems. I’ll do what I can. Sometimes people do lose their cool, but I tell them to just smile and go on when someone gets heated with them. Chris had been off two weeks with a new baby. Sometimes when you’re talked to like a dog you’ll talk back.”
After the meeting, the mayor said he will be posting “no trespassing” signs on the property above the water tank and if someone is caught in the area they will risk the chance of being arrested.
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