Although both sides read from them Thursday evening, neither Grafton Township trustees nor Supervisor Linda Moore directly mentioned dueling motions filed earlier this week in the cases that were supposed to straighten out lines of authority in Grafton government. Both filings ask for orders to pay bills, but different ones.
The trustees ask McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell to enforce his preliminary injunction of Dec. 10. They want him to order Moore to pay bills they've approved, notably a $20,000 one for computer experts Forensicon to figure out what happened to the Township's computer financial records when they went missing a year ago.
They also ask Caldwell to order Moore to give them remote access to the financial records which she has brought back to the Township but only on a flash drive jacked into a laptop computer at the Township Offices, according to the motion.
Trustees want Caldwell to order Moore to use the IT company they like to service Township computers instead of "one of her General Assistance employees".
Especially, trustees want the Judge to order Moore to allow an audit of Township financial records by the firm the Board selected, Brown & Co. of Woodstock. They claim in the filing she won't even talk to the auditor.
In discussion at Thursday's meeting Trustee Rob LaPorta charged Brown's tried repeatedly to call Moore recently and she won't pick up the phone. Moore said Brown doesn't want the job, anyway, based on a letter the firm sent her in November.
The motion asks Caldwell to find Moore in contempt for any or all of the allegations.
Moore's filing asks for a clarification of his opinion and order. It wants Caldwell to tell trustees to approve all the bills she submits as long as "they are reasonably related to Township business." Even if they don't like them.
She asks Caldwell to order payment of $5,000 in attorney's fees for lawyer Richard Cowan for "pre-litigation attorney's fees incurred...in (Moore's) official capacity" for advising her when the Board censured her late in 2009.
More also wants Caldwell to order payment of a bunch of bills from bookkeeping service Ketchmark for "computer work necessary to comply with this court's order". Based on Thursday's wrangling this involved repeated installs of the Quickbook bookkeeping program on Township computers.
There's a hearing scheduled for the judge to sort it all out Feb. 24.