Woodstock attorney Robert T. Hanlon was in courthouse this past Wednesday to offer his services pro bono to mediate differences between the Township Trustees and the Supervisor.
There were court appearances in
- the Separation of Powers case that Supervisor Moore brought against the Trustees when they tried to usurp her office’s Executive powers (which the Trustees are appealing),
- the case brought by Highway Commissioner Jack Freund to get Moore to pay bills including one for his wife’s health insurance and
- the suit by Assessor Bill Ottley against Moore for her refusal to pay re-modeling bills.
That’s what the story written by the First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam said.
Apparently Moore has agreed to try that approach, but when I asked the apparent leader of the Trustees, Rob LaPorta, if it were true that mediation had been agreed to by the Trustees, I received the following email:
“This is not true.
“Neither Moore nor Trustees have agreed.
“This event will not occur.”
When I sent LaPorta’s response to Hanlon for his reaction, he sent me the following reply:
“After making the offer to mediate, the Township Trustees’ attorney indicated verbally that she would recommend it to the trustees.
“Additionally, Mrs. Zirk and Mrs. Murphy appeared willing to embrace mediation.
“Attorney Nelson, who represents Mrs. Moore agreed to the mediation.
“To test Mrs. Moore’s good faith, I asked for a small concession on Mrs. Moore’s part.
“That concession was granted. (The subject of the concession is not for public comment.)
“It is my belief that Grafton Township is in a complete and total state of dysfunction as a result of personal animus arising from prior events.
“As indicated in the E-mail below [above here], it appears that the trustees are not willing to mediate.
“Unless and until the trustees agree to a good faith mediation, there is nothing I can or will do.
“If a special meeting of the Township board is called to address the mediation process, I will attend and then and there present to the trustees and supervisor a proposal outlining the mediation process.
“If approved and later I determine that a particular party is not acting in good faith I will immediately end the mediation.
“My time is too valuable to play games.