Another night at the Huntley Park District complex, another contentious meeting.
But, unlike the previous meetings, the real reason for the conflict—Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore’s decisive role in killing the $5 million (including interest) new township hall—didn’t come up except in revising the budget as the meeting was winding down.
The township board decided to move Moore out of her two-office complex into a windowless office heretofore occupied by the very part-time township clerk.
To the conference room will go Moore’s assistant, right next to the public bathroom.
While Township Trustee Rob LaPorta thought “none of (the instructions ordered by the board the week before had been carried out) but the (provision) of a stapler has been accomplished,” Township Administrator Pam Fender answers repeatedly indicated they had.
Moore went on the offensive, telling the board members she had talked to Assistant Illinois Attorney General Paul Gaynor about criminal violations concerning taking, hiding or destroying public records.
“Trustees should not cross over from governance to management,” Moore stated as she
passed out the cover of the latest edition of the township officials’ magazine. On the cover of Township Perspective is this headline:
administrator of township
Later Moore accused the trustees of micromanaging township affairs.
“The employee works for the official. The board may have no employee of their own,” she read, apparently from the magazine article.
“That wasn’t a reflection of law,” interjected Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafterfer of Ancel Glick, who often seemed to be in control of the meeting.
‘The Huntley Police say I have the right to have my office locked,” Moore continued.
“Stop threatening us,”
Trustee Gerry McMahon shouted.
“Until we get a letter from the Huntley Police, (it means nothing),” LaPorta said calmly.
“How would she like being at home?”
“We are moving out of her office and into her clerk’s office,” LaPorta continued.
Interrupting, McMahon said, “I’ve heard many townships don’t provide an office.”
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