Tucked away on the last page of the Crystal Lake Council minutes for May 6, 2008, is the report of a 4-3 vote to re- appoint Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Tom Hayden and outspoken member Jim Batastini.
The council members voting against the two were Ellen Brady Mueller, Cathy Ferguson and Dave Goss.
The council members voting in support of reappointment were Ralph Dawson, Jeff Thorsen, Brett Hopkins.
Breaking the tie was Mayor Aaron Shepley.
Hayden is a former city councilman. Batastini ran for city council against Mueller and Ferguson last time around. The two women and Goss supported bringing a minor league baseball stadium to McHenry County College.
Dawson, Thorsen and Hopkins were on the opposite side of the MCC re-zoning issue, supporting the Planning and Zoning Commission’s unanimous vote to oppose allowing a baseball stadium at MCC. By their vote, the three voting for re-appointment killed the proposal because the Planning and Zoning Commission’s vote triggered an extraordinary majority vote requirement.
Shepley, of course, led city efforts to bring a minor league baseball team to McHenry County College.