Out in the hall, Supervisor Linda Moore’s attorney John Nelson outlined what had been decided.
The first question concerned that part of the ruling dismissing Ancel Glink as Township Attorney and Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, a party to the suit, specifically.
Ancel Glink litigator Thomas DiCianni told the judge that his firm would not serve as Township Attorney, but asked that his firm’s prohibition of service as Township Attorney be limited to Moore’s term in office.
“The judge thought that was fair,” Nelson said.
A time line will be developed for Moore to fulfill her part of the judge’s order. That will be reviewed at the next hearing, which is on January 21st.
There was discussion of the payment of bills. Moore has been order to promptly present bills, which the Board can decided to pay or not to pay.
Nelson brought up the concept of checks and balances, pointing out that the Supervisor does not have to pay the bills if there is legitimate reason they should not be paid.
Asked what that meant, Nelson replied, “If improperly incurred.”
The bills for Forensicon and Elgin Key and Lock were discussed.
Judge Michael Caldwell told the lawyers there wasn’t sufficient evidence presented to see how these bills were incurred. Because of that he wasn’t ready to make a decision.
Nelson asked about the process of appointing a township attorney. The judge is reported to have indicated that the board’s advice and consent could not be unreasonably withheld.
“Let’s say Linda submits six lawyers and the board rejects them all,” Nelson suggested.
That might be considered unreasonable, I gathered.
“In my opinion, the township needs a lawyer,” Nelson said. He suggested such an attorney would have to “be firm with all parties.”
The final item discussed was the possibility of mediation.
Judge Caldwell brought up that topic.
In addition, the judge “gave indication to both parties to pay attention to his entire opinion,” Nelson said.
My notes also have, “Entire body of the opinion should be seriously considered.”
“I took him seriously,” Nelson concluded.
By the time I got finished talking to Nelson and Moore, DiCianni was out of sight. I am sure that the First Electric Newspaper will have quotes form him.