Friday, August 3, 2012
Grafton Mediation Offer Dead--Or Else Still Alive
Woodstock attorney Robert Hanlon believed they were rejecting his offer to mediate for free the money-draining lawsuits between Moore and the trustees. He withdrew it saying he was "disappointed" and blamed the trustees. In a letter he asked Township Clerk Harriet Ford to enter into the record he said the meeting was to have been about making a decision on whether to accept mediation, even though the trustees' lawyer couldn't be there.
However, in a statement for the trustees which Ford read aloud, their attorney, Keri-Lyn Krafhefer, indicated they were rejecting an actual mediation session during the meeting without her presence. She complained she'd tried repeatedly to contact Moore Attorney John Nelson who she said failed to return her calls.
Hanlon since he'd made his offer two weeks ago to mediate the Board cases had apparently expanded it to include mediating the lawsuits filed by Assessor Bill Ottley and Road Commissioner Jack Freund, too. Freund wasn't there but Ford read another letter from his attorney calling the meeting "improper and inappropriate." However, Hanlon said Ottley and his attorney, both absent, had, in fact, accepted his mediation.
Indeed, Krafthefer's statement indicated trustees, too, were willing to accept mediation, just not that night. "We will continue to try to select a date when all parties are available for mediation and will be happy to participate at that time," it said.
FEN asked Moore why she'd called Thursday's abrupt Special Meeting since the Board will meet in regular monthly session next week, anyway. She said that was the way Hanlon wanted it.
In the pic: Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore chats with would-be mediator Robert Hanlon and her attorney John Nelson. Clerk Harriet Ford is in the corner.