Here’s a look at one month’s bill of Ancel Glink, the law firm which represents Grafton Township. You will note that it seems as if almost every decision passes through the hand of an attorney.
Former school superintendent Don Bond read much of the Ancel Glink legal bill at the March 11th Grafton Township meeting.
Resident Don Bonds read many parts of the bill at the last board meeting. He played the role this month that Grafton Township Trustee Gerry McMahon played in a previous month.
Page 1 on Ancel Glink's legal bill to Grafton Township. What I like best about this is the hour it took to research how to fill the vacancy of township clerk on 2/1 and the second hour it looks like it took to pretty much do the same think the next day. Note also that nothing takes less than 15 minutes. I would think attorneys would be able to bill in tenths of hours, that is, every six minutes. I imagine some do. (Click to enlarge.)
Page 2 of Ancel Glink's legal bill for Grafton Township. Note that it took an hour to prepare a congratulatory resolution for the outgoing township clerk, plus another 15 minutes to "prepare correspondence regarding proclamation" with more about the proclamation folded into exchanging correspondence with Trustee Rob LaPorta. That probably cost more than the plaque. (Click to enlarge.)
Page 3 of Ancel Glink's legal bill to Grafton Township. Note time spent providing the McHenry County State's Attorney with information. (Click to enlarge.)
Page 4 of Ancel Glink's legal bill to Grafton Township. Bills indicates job description for Township Administrator Pam Fender being prepared the day after she was hired. (Click to enlarge.)
Page 5 of Ancel Glink's legal bill to Grafton Township. An unnamed trustee complains about "false statements and misinformation in Northwest Herald blog" for which correspondence was prepared. That took 2.25 hours. Note correspondence from State's Attorney "regarding pending investigation." Anonymous trustee has document reviewed. (Click to enlarge.)
Grafton Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer
Total hours billed for the shortest month of the year–90.25.
Total cost for three attorneys,
- Jeffrey R. Jurgens,
- Keri-Lyn Krafhefer and
- Jason T. Olsen,
billing Grafton Township $15,917.32.
That includes $301.07 for photocopies at an unstated rate per page.