Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Grafton Special Meet Collapses, Annual One Upholds Buyback Plan
Grafton Clerk Harriet Ford called the Special Meeting to order about 10 minutes after its scheduled 6 pm start. Moore foe Pam Fender immediately shouted out a motion to adjourn it. Ten minutes of catcalls and recrimination followed. Moore, who had no official function at the meeting, wrestled the microphone from Ford and announced the meeting she herself had called, certified and posted, should not be held because it was "not properly noticed." Ford retrieved the mike and called for a voice vote on Fender's motion. The "ayes" were louder than the "no's" but not clearly more numerous, so she had three helpers do a head count. It turned out to be 87 to 75 to adjourn.
Later, Moore told FEN after she was unable to get Ford to do it, she herself had posted the Special Meeting notice but not at three locations as State law requires, so it wasn't legal. Ford later said she never even saw the petitions for the Special Meeting until after Moore'd posted the notice. "I did ask for a lawyer," Ford said but she claimed Moore wouldn't let her consult one.
About 30 people drifted away after the Special Meeting while another 25 or so filtered in for the regular 7 pm Annual Meeting. That one began about five minutes late. Electors picked Huntley resident Marci Gordon for moderator, then wrangled for a while about being governed by Robert's
Rules of Order.
After approving last year's minutes, the next item on the agenda was reading the Supervisor's financial report for the Township but Huntley resident Sean Smith moved to waive it on the premise the Township books haven't been audited for the last two years. Argument followed about whether that was the fault of Moore or trustees and whether the audits provided any useful information, anyway. Insofar as the Annual Meeting was concerned, electors decided they didn't and voted to skip reading the report. They skipped the Road District's financial report, too.
On the "reconfirming" resolution, essentially the flipside of Moore's Special Meeting measure to buy back the Township Complex immediately, residents voted four to one to let stand the current agreement to pay off the Road District. The vote was 99 to 23.
Grafton Township's agony will continue today when McHenry County Judge Thomas Meyer hears motions in Highway Commissioner Jack Freund's lawsuit against Moore for not paying rent on the complex. An hour later he'll hear motions in Grafton Assessor Bill Ottley's suit against Moore for not paying his bills. Thursday Judge Michael Caldwell's scheduled to hear arguments about terms of a permanent injunction in Moore's suit against the rest of the Board for interfering with how she wants to run the Township.
In the pic: Grafton residents voted overwhelmingly not to overturn a contract to finish buying back the Township Offices by next March.