Friday, March 11, 2011
Trustees Nix Supervisor's Lawyer For Grafton Twp. Attorney
Nelson, whose office is in Rockford, had twice told FEN he wasn't interested in being Township attorney, if only because of the commute involved. After Thursday's meeting, however, he said he'd changed his mind because the Township needed straightening out. "The trustees don't want me," he said. "The question is do they unreasonably withhold their confirmation?" He said he'd ask Judge Michael Caldwell to settle that.
Following about an hour's work auditing Township bills in which trustees became increasing frustrated with Moore's bookkeeping, the Board tabled any work on a 2011-12 budget. Moore said she'd been making manual adjustments to monthly bookkeeping reports because experts told her it was they only way to make the computer program work right. "We have such a mixup in the figures, we'll have to have a special meeting," said Trustee Betty Zirk.
Debate degenerated into squabble over starting an examination of the Township's 2009-10 financial records by Woodstock auditors Brown & Company. Moore said she hadn't been contacted. Trustee Rob LaPorta said yes she had but had told Brown she wanted the records for the Grafton Township Food Pantry audited, too. The Pantry's been a non-profit corporation separate from the Township since 2006.
Possibly inconclusive was a vote over where to have the Grafton Annual Meeting next month. The Board last month chose to have it at the Park District but Thursday Moore proposed moving it to the high school. Trustee Barb Murphy decided more people might show up than she'd first thought and argued for the idea, too. Zirk and Trustee Gerry McMahon voted against it but at the vote LaPorta abstained. Since that was a tie, Moore announced, LaPorta's abstention counted as a "yes" vote so the motion passed.
"Where'd that come from?" shouted McMahon.
Roberts Rules of Order.
"I never heard of that. We don't follow Roberts Rules around here," McMahon roared.
"No. You don't," called out LITH's Steve Harlfinger from the audience.
Trustees unanimously nixed including four agenda items for the Annual Meeting sought by petition. Three would have involved undoing the undoing of the sale of the Township Complex to the Township Road District which was approved at the last Annual Township meeting. A fourth called for censuring the trustees.
LaPorta said Ancel-Glink, ex-Township Attorney firm and now special counsel to the trustees for court battles with Moore, thought the proposals were either too vague or beyond the powers of "electors" to be legal. LaPorta said the advice came at no charge.
The fight between Moore and the trustees will continue this morning in McHenry County Circuit Court.
In the pic: Trustee McMahon opposed agenda items on citizen petitions.