By Melissa Dunson
SiriCOMM has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and a board member says the company’s future is in question.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, SiriCOMM’s board members signed the paperwork agreeing to file for bankruptcy on Dec. 10, and they had 30 days to act on it. The bankruptcy petition was submitted Friday.
William Tylle, SiriCOMM’s former network operations manager, alleged Monday that SiriCOMM continued to call employees to show up and work even after agreeing initially to file for bankruptcy.
“That’s pretty crappy,” he said.
Tylle, who said he and others are owed hundreds and even thousands of dollars in back pay, said he was officially laid off Friday, even though he claims he hasn’t been paid for nearly a month. Some workers were laid off in November, but Tylle and others were kept on board and kept working.
Bankruptcy paperwork was signed by board members Dick Landis, Mark Grannell, Steve Fox and Terry Thompson. Board member Bill Moore did not sign the paperwork. The documents indicate that Moore was not present for the meeting. Fox, Thompson and Moore did not return phone calls Monday.
Grannell also is president and chief executive officer. He said Monday that he would not comment until after the holidays.
Landis, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., said SiriCOMM officials are looking at all possible options for keeping the company open, but he said it is too early to tell if that will be possible.
Tylle said he returned Friday to the company’s corporate office at 4710 E. 32nd St. in Joplin to hand over his company equipment, and watched as computers and phones were removed from the building.
“They mentioned we were having money problems earlier this year, but they said they were securing investors,” Tylle said. “When they laid off people Nov. 10, they told us they were doing it so they could pay the rest of us through the end of the year. I never figured they wouldn’t pay us.”
By Melissa Dunson
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
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PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
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The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
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Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
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Joplin voters reject curbside recycling
City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
UPDATE: Police release name of murder victim; autopsy scheduled
Police have identified the man murdered in his apartment at the Housing Authority of Joplin complex as Jerry D. Loflin.
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