Last week, after a water main broke in Flat Rock, Illinois, employees of the village used a fire hydrant to help solve the issue. For one resident, he believes this solution came with a cost.
“A village employee opened the fire hydrant in order to flush the main and when he does that it damages my property,” says Derek Updike, resident of Flat Rock.
Updike says that the water from the hydrant created a trench near his property and damaged his garage, and to help fix the situation he wrote a letter to the mayor and board members of Flat Rock. “I gave them a formal letter with a way to remedy the situation and a deadline, and intent of my actions if they neglected to do so,” said Updike.
The trench was eventually fixed by employees, but Updike feels that he was mistreated by Mayor of Flat Rock, Greg Bachelor, during a verbal disagreement over the matter. This disagreement caused Updike to show his frustrations by painting “I will not be bullied Mr. Bachelor” across his barn.
Mayor Bachelor stated that the property damaged by the fire hydrant is owned by the village and not Mr. Updike. As for the large sign that now sits in this village, Bachelor says that he respects freedom of speech and the message does not hurt his feelings.
In his letter to board members and the Mayor, Updike states that he will continue to seek legal action against the village in the form of $10,000 in restitution.