Friday, October 12, 2012
Grafton Trustees Call For Court-Style Audit Of Finances
Ottley was so incensed he began berating Supervisor Linda Moore even before the meeting began. He subsided, though, until it was time to go over his bills. Then he complained Supervisor Linda Moore had blocked an added phone line to the Assessor's Office to handle an expected flood of property tax valuation. Ottley said he'd arranged to have another line put in, sans a $3,500 installation charge, only, "You threw the guy out," he complained. "You threatened to sue him."
"You need the Board to approve that contract," replied Moore.
"There is no contract," roared Ottley, "It's free."
Moore, the Township treasurer, inquired how Ottley's phone bill had been set up for direct payment. "You did that," said Ottley. Moore replied she hadn't. "Don't lie, Linda," moaned Ottley, "Oh, don't lie."
Trustee Betty Zirk charged Moore had bungled a series of budgetary patches the Board approved last month, taking money out of some accounts without putting it back into others, vice-versa, and once, doing nothing at all. Worse, she said, the Township's overall profit and loss statement was about $40,000 out of whack. "I think we need a (court-style) forensic audit," said Zirk, the Board's bookkeeping expert. Trustee Rob LaPorta called for a special meeting next week to arrange for one.
Moore complained trustees were trying to micromanage her, contrary to a judge's decision she said she won almost two years ago. Pam Fender who's announced a run for Supervisor in February answered that during public comment claiming Moore was "quoting out of context." Fender said she opposed a forensic audit, though. "I don't want to see the Township spend another dime," she said, "it's so messed up."
Marty Waitzman, another announced Supervisor candidate in attendance, didn't speak Thursday, at least not publicly.
Separately Thursday, lawyers for Moore and Road Commissioner Jack Freund battled in McHenry County Circuit Court over mediation in a lawsuit charging she's not paying Road District bills. Moore wants it, Freund doesn't see what's to mediate. Judge Thomas Meyer ordered mediation if mediation is possible.
In the pic: Grafton Assessor Bill Ottley (far left) Thursday charged supervisor Linda Moore (far right) lied about billing arrangements for his office.