JEFFERSON REPORTER, Thursday, April 2,
Lcnd Uco Consultant
BY RAMONA MARSH
accustomed to. Vettiner is 61
"After 23 years of this and
16 years of school teaching
there has been a lot of decision
making. I wanted to let
somebody else do it for awhile
and let me enjoy some of the
fruits of the labor," he said,
adding that, "Of course, I didn't
want to get fired first. I wanted
to resign on my own."
His new job as consultant
will let him do what he had
planned all along, he believes.
Vettiner said that his duties, as
described in his contract,
Charlie Vettiner, who had
director of the
Recreation Board for 23 years
prior to his firing last August 4
by then Mayor Kenneth
Schmied and County Judge E.
P. Sawyer for alleged fiscal
irresponsibility, returned to the
parks department this week.
Friday by the parks board as a
consultant after recommendation by present Mayor Frank
Burke and County Judge Todd
Hollenbach. His new job, which
will pay $15,600 annually, will
make him responsible for seeing
to it that 20 years from now
Louisville area people will have
adequate park space for their
needs. He will also be
responsible for obtaining all
possible federal funds for
acquisition of parkland.
Vettiner, who began work
from a Central Park office
Friday after the board voted
and announced its decision, said
that he feels "very good about
the way things have worked
planning, reporting and advising
in the field of parks and
for purposes of
supplementing and aiding the
regularly employed staff."
Vettiner was proposed for
the position by Carl Bradley,
head for the state highway
system who succeeded Vettiner
as parks chief. Bradley said on
Monday that he was "delighted
he (Vettiner) is here. I told the
mayor and the judge I thought
we could not afford to waste
any assets, whether physical,
fiscal, human or any other kind,
and certainly not the human.
"I thought the best human
asset in the field of recreation
and parks that we have in the
nation is here and since he's
right here I thought we ought to
avail ourselves of the asset,"
Bradley explained that
Vettiner will "help in all phases
as a consultant" and that "right
now he is working on land
that before the
incidents of last fall and winter
he had intended to resign and
ask for a job without all the top
responsibility he had been
population of Jefferson County
will double. We'll need double
the amount of parkland we have
right now. He will determine
how we can best utilize the land
system into the 'Spoils
System,'" the statement said
recreational statement that,
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"The wheels took Jesus up to
.the governor, who had a futjny
name. It was Pilate.'He didn't
know nothin' about Jesus, so he
took him into his big office and
talked with him and asked him
lots of questions. Pretty soon he
comes out to the people and
says, "Jesus is OK. They ain't
nothin' wrong with him." The
wheels don't like that, so they
gets everybody to yell, 'Kill
him, kill him, he is causin' lots
of trouble around here, and
If you were at the Shelbyville
Road Mall last Friday night you
may have heard the above
quotation read over the public
address system amid the usual
chatter and hum of Easter
shoppers selecting fashions for a
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Burke is Chaplain of Erie
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Church; the Reverend 1. in wood
Kennedy, president of the Hikes
Point Ministerial Association;
the Reverend William Knack,
president of St. Matthews
Interfaith Association; the
On the committee are the
Reverend Joseph Harvard of
TtiA rnllnrtlnn It entitled
"God Is For Real, Man," and"
was part of the selection read by
Ken Jenkins, Louisville Actor's
Theater's Hamlet, during an
experimental Good Friday
service at the Mall called "Good
"Good Friday Happening"
was an attempt to bring religion
back into the marketplace. It
was conceived and organized by
committee of innovative
ministers from the Hikes Point
Ministerial Association, the St.
of Louisville and
Jefferson County held a
fanie'& Sleautij, and Wig, 'Sifrp,
bus tour of City
Schools on Wednesday, April 1 .
The tour was scheduled so that
Leaguers and interested citizens
could get a first hand view of
some of the federally sponsored
programs for children from
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tortured movements and the
Motet sang parts of familiar
hymns, Ken Jenkins continued
to read: "By this time it'sgettin'
real dark and it lasted about
three hours. Then when
everything was quiet Jesus lets
out a real bellow and says,
'That's it, it's all over,' and he
died. One of the army guys
stand in' near the grave says,
'You know what I think, He was
God's son, that's what.' "
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As the three dancers acted
out the crucifixion in fluid but
Ken Zax, manager of a men's
'wear shop since the beginning of
the Mall, said the crowd was the
largest he had ever seen at any
"Preaching and traditional
Easter worship wouldn't stop
the crowd," said the Reverend
Kennedy, "and so we chose a
dramatic presentation and other
new forms. .
Reverend Daniel Laird,
president of Middletown
Ministerial Fellowship; and the
Reverend James McKlanny of
the Louisville Council of
"Good Friday Happening"
combined the interpretative
dance talents of Julie Kilness,
Marsha Stewart, and Nancy
Tehan, three dancers from the
Civic Ballet, with
songs by the Motet Singers
directed by Dave Jones, and
dramatic reading by Ken
"We wanted to take the
message to the people," said the
Reverend Harvard, "and
theologically it makes good
A temporary wooden stage
was constructed in the midst of
the Mall's Easter traffic. Three
times during the evening (at 7,
7:30, and 8 p.m.) the actor,
singers and dancers ascended
the stage and presented a
virtually unrehearsed free-fordramatic interpretation of the
The Mall's Easter shoppers
were curious and fascinated, and
the crowd of onlookers swelled.
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The quotation is from Carl
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interpretations of Bible passages
and stories as told to him by
"some of God's
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professional park and recreation
facilities for the next 20 to 30 increasingly evident that those
years," Bradley said.
who must prove the charge of
Dubbing Vettiner an fiscal irresponsibility against
"architect for the future," Vettiner are in trouble."
Bradley said that "the planning
He concluded the statement
for future parkland sought to be with his belief that, "This entire
done in an orderly manner. community owes Vettiner its
Someone needs to take an thanks for its fine system of
orderly look at it. I could think parks and its apology for the
of no one who could do a better infamous wrong done him eight
job of it."
months ago in August of 1969."
During the meeting of the
When the Republican
park board Thursday a
administration fired Vettiner
statement charging that from his directorial post last
Vettiner's earlier firing was August they alleged an
purely and simply a political
by the parks and
assassination was distributed by recreation of about $200,000.
Charles Vettiner's supporters blamed
his dismissal on politics.
"Because I have never been
After the firing of Vettiner,
able to reconcile myself to the an audit of the park
terrible injustice done in the department's records for the
firing of Charlie Vettiner on 1 968-6- 9
fiscal year was ordered
August 4, 1969 and because by Schmied and Sawyer. No
events both before and after his results from the audit have been
firing have raised unanswered released yet.
questions which must be
The park board on the mayor
answered publicly, I have and judge's recommendation
prepared this message. Eight voted eight to seven to remove
months is long enough for me to Vettiner. Prior to this one board
tolerate the unproven charges of member who was a supporter of
fiscal irresponsibility . . .," he Vettiner resigned and was
said in the statement.
replaced by a new member
"The former Mayor and appointed by the judge and
County Judge and the eight mayor.
board members who voted to
After the Democratic county
fire Charlie Vettiner did a and city win last November, five
horrible thing when they other members (who had voted
trampled this man's reputation in favor of dismissing Vettiner)
and his record of 23 years of were replaced
outstanding park service under Democratic administration.
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