The Township Trustees have Ancel Glink.
Supervisor Linda Moore has John Nelson
Road Commissioner Jack Freund has Patrick Coen.
And, the newest entrant is Michael Poper, who is representing Assessor Bill Ottley in a suit filed November 22nd against Moore.
Ottley says he wants to have more energy efficient windows installed in his office and that Moore won’t pay the bill, even though the Township Trustees have approved the expenditure.
Moore, if I remember correctly, believes that Ottley is trying to string out a major remodeling job so that it will not exceed the level required for public bidding.
Ottley’s case was assigned to Judge Michael Caldwell.
He has not a judge who has been friendly to the Township Trustees and their efforts to assume powers Caldwell thinks belong to the Executive Branch of township government.
So, Poper filed a motion to change judges.
When I asked him about the request, he seemed to think it would be granted pretty much automatically, a matter of right.
But, when Poper’s motion was heard in Judge Caldwell’s court, Moore attorney John Nelson said he had found a case that indicated a new judge was not always appropriate.
He noted that Ottley had testified in the Balance of Powers case on the Trustees’ behalf, that the very subject of payment of the construction project had come up in that case and that the Court had asked for briefs, but that there had been no follow-up.
Nelson asked for time to file a brief.
The Judge gave him seven days and seven more for Poper to respond.
January 3rd, the parties will be back in the Courthouse.