Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Councilman Sounds Off About Earlington Mayor

letter 300EARLINGTON, Ky. (1/3/14) ― An Earlington city councilman has fired off a round of letters to the residents alleging inappropriate activities by the town's mayor.

Councilman Jim Hicks wrote about Mayor Mike Seiber's alleged activities and the effects of them. Several residents received their letters yesterday and more received letters Friday, Jan. 3.

Concerned citizens contacted SurfKY News regarding the letter Friday.

“I have been seeing this for a long time now,” said councilman Jim Hicks. “He’s a dictator, not a mayor. And, he doesn’t involve the city council in anything. This is what prompted me to do this.”

In his letter, Hicks alleges that Seiber lied about living in Earlington to be eligible to run for mayor, that he received a substantial pay increase once he became the mayor, that he purchased shop-ceiling lights with taxpayers' money and that he frequently uses city employees to work on his personal properties while on the city's time.

Hicks told SurfKY News that the mayor had assured the city council prior to the city's wet/dry election that if the city was voted wet, he would not open a liquor store. He then opened Mike's Place.

 “Most of the time, city council doesn’t know what bills have been paid,” said Hicks. “When we requested for him to provide us with information, we got copies of the card services a couple times. Then, we missed a few and all Seiber could say was he didn’t have time to give them to us.”

Hicks' letter alleges that the mayor used extra money from coal severance to buy iPads for himself and City Clerk Julie Sellers. Hicks said he's made an open records request for information on the iPad purchases.

Hicks said his attempts to garner interest in an investigation into the mayor's activities have failed.

Hicks' is also frustrated that the city was over budget on Octoberfest by $2,500.

“He went over budget on Octoberfest but doesn't have money to pay the water bills,” said Hicks.

In October, residents of Earlington were shocked to find that their water could possibly be shut off because the city owed the South Hopkins Water District for two months of delinquent  invoices amounting to $25,000. The bill was finally paid in December. However, it is unclear where the funds came from to pay it.

Seiber, who has expressed interest in running for the office of state representative, told SurfKY Friday that he has seen Hicks' letter and believes it is politically motivated.

“I have a disgruntled council person it seems,” said Seiber. “The letter is totally absurd. How does one really respond to something like this? It looks like he is more concerned about my political ambition to be state representative. Sounds like the trash talk with Mr. Hicks has begun early, maybe he has ambitions to be mayor. I really don’t know what to say about him except I feel sorry for him, and I hope he gets the help he needs.  I want to see him provide facts to back-up his letter. I’ve got my facts.”

Hicks encouraged concerned citizens to attend the next council meeting.

The City of Earlington’s next city council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at City Hall.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,098.45
+18.88 (0.11%)    
2 S&P 2,003.37
+6.63 (0.33%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,580.27
+22.58 (0.50%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Local Man Arrested in Home Burglary

MURRAY, Ky. (8/29/14) — On Aug. 27, 2014, MPD officers responded to a possible burglary on Wells Blvd. in Murray. It… Read More

No College = Low Wages : A Muhlenberg County Call to Action

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (8/29/14) — The Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress along with the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 25, 2014 5650

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 5132

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 4966

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 4556

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 4535

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 25, 2014 4556

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2617

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision Near…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
August 25, 2014 2534

Former Co-Workers Trying to Raise Money…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 26, 2014 2067

Two People Injured When Vehicle Overturns…

in Top Stories by Matt Sanderson
August 27, 2014 1472

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - August…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 25, 2014 4535

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
August 25, 2014 4418

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 4356

GRADD Seeking Ombudsman Program Volunteers

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 26, 2014 4152

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 3562

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 25, 2014 5650

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 4966

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 4292

Job Corp Celebrates 50th Anniversary

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 4157

Mustangs Marching Classic

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 3884

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06