Oakfield FD seeks to get charges against Robert Hilchey dropped
Submitted by Howard B. Owens on March 14, 2013 - 7:58am
Statement from the Oakfield Fire Department:
The Oakfield Fire Department would like to make the following statement. We do this in an effort to eliminate and rescind the charges that were filed against Robert Hilchey.
We as a department understand and acknowledge the fact that altering a water service prior to the water meter without prior discussion with the water provider is fraudulent. When the Fire Department was initially questioned, it was our position that we did not give Mr. Hilchey the authority to make alterations to the fire department’s water service. Acting in the Village residents' best interests, this required the Village Board to prosecute Mr. Hilchey.
After Mr. Hilchey was charged, he informed the Fire Department that he had asked for and was approved to make changes to the plumbing. We as a department reviewed past meeting minutes and it was discovered that we did give Mr. Hilchey permission to perform minor plumbing changes at the fire hall.
Any misinformation by the fire department was not intentional. We were unsure that permission was granted because the request by Mr. Hilchey for modifications to the plumbing was unspecified. We regret this entire episode and look forward to a constructive relationship with the Village of Oakfield.