The Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board accepted director Charles Hayes’ resignation at their meeting last week.
It took about an hour for the board, which consists of the sitting city commissioners, to hash out exactly how Hayes would end his relationship with the organization which was established to revitalize the downtown and blighted areas in Quincy.
Chairman Keith Dowdell explained to the board that Hayes had tendered his resignation on September 9, 2013. Dowdell said Hayes stated in his resignation that he wanted 45 days notice to make his last day of work effective October 25th.
In addition, Hayes resigned from the Mainstreet program.
Dowdell read the resignation to the board, which included a list of accomplishments Hayes had made during his tenure as director.
CRA attorney Herbert Brown spoke on the issue saying that the contract was vague, but he added that the contract stated there was a minimum of 30 days notice by both parties (Hayes and the CRA board).
He mentioned possible litigation about the time limit.
Board member Larry Edwards said he was disappointed that Hayes was not present at the meeting saying he had questions, about the Tanyard Creek Project.
Edwards said his main concern was to complete the current portion of the Tanyard Creek Park.
He continued to say that since he had been on the board for two years now, “we’ve been closing out Tanyard Creek.
“We’ve yet to get it done,” he stated.
One of the things Edwards said he would like for him to do before he leaves was to get Tanyard Creek park closed out.
“He stopped pleasing me a long time ago,” Board member Derrick Elias said. Elias’ position, he said, was to terminate Hayes immediately and pay him for the 30 days notice.
Elias agreed with Edwards on hearing about the closing out of the park for the past two years.
“I’m ready for him to go ASAP and be done,” Elias said.
Board member Andy Gay responded that he understood the notice in Hayes’ contract allowed 30 days notice. Gay said Hayes signed the contract.
Board member Micah Brown said he did not trust what was going on. He made a motion to terminate Hayes effective immediately and pay him for the 30 days from the September 9th resignation. He was seconded by Elias.
Gay spoke about an email from Kimberly Horne (DCA) about the closeout of the park. He said she had written Hayes saying they were close to closing out the grant.
“It looks like there are no more issues with the close-out and waiting on the letter from DEP,” Gay said. “We are in the process of closing out Tanyard Creek.”
Edwards said he wanted Hayes to work the next 30 days and earn his money.
There was several questions during the discussion about whether Hayes was at work now or not.
Dowdell said he spoke to Hayes that afternoon and asked him if he was on leave or taking a vacation or doing what.
He asked for an explanation to be sent to the board.
Dowdell said Hayes told him he had not been at work since the Labor Day weekend, adding that when he talked to him he was at the doctor’s office.
The motion was changed after Brown explained that to terminate him and give 30 days pay it would start on the day of the termination. However, if they accepted the resignation date of September 9th he would no longer be employed after October 8th.
The vote was unanimous to accept his resignation date effective September 9th and it be effective October 8th (30 days), making Hayes an employee to that date.
There will be more about this meeting in next week’s Herald.