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On to the list of accomplishments that Linda Moore lists for her almost completed term:
“THIS IS NOT A PART TIME JOB”
By Linda Moore, Grafton Twp. Supervisor
Outline of Duties Fulfilled and Accomplishments in McHenry County’s 2nd Most Populated Township
1. Stopped a $5.5 million dollar (including interest) township hall with the help of a citizen initiative
2. Successfully defeated the Nov. 2009 referendum that was placed on the ballot asking the voters if they wanted to spend over $3.0 million dollars on a new town hall. 85% of the voters said no.
3. Paid $400,000 to road district with board approval saving rent and interest expense
4. Paid back prior boards’ $3.5 million dollar construction loan, saving over $400 per day interest.
5. Three audits filed with the state comptroller’s office, one remains unpaid per trustees actions
6. Used mediation to reduce litigation expenses
7. Cut previous Supervisor’s staff by 8 employees
8. Established free bi-monthly lunch for seniors using private sponsors
9. Improved accuracy of payroll tax payments and payroll direct deposits by implementing new software program
10. Improved efficiency of senior and disabled bus program by scheduling routine trips
11. Installed time clock in supervisor’s office to accurately track time worked by staff
12. Protected township financials from fraud by discontinuing the use of a server
13. Eliminated Township Administrator Position
14. Engaged a cost effective attorney to defend the township in litigation
15. Ended the use of township funds to pay for services before they are received
16. Ended township providing internet service to the township clerk’s home
17. Terminated expensive law firm as township attorney
18. Saved late fees on Assessor’s phone bill with board approval to set up automatic deduct
19. Ended the use of township funds for spouses to attend township events
20. Improved budget process, highlighting past expenditures compared to the budgeted amount, with a spread sheet to determine if the budget is balanced.
21. Worked with Village of Huntley to continue receiving $10,000 grant to expand bus program
22. Cut cost of using employees to work election night
23. Implemented budget transfer resolutions ensuring accurate changes
24. Procured a satellite township office, rent free for 9 months per suggestion of township trustee 99% attendance record for township board meetings.
25. Separated restricted Public Assistance Funds from other funds
26. Moved excess and reserve funds into money markets to earn interest
27. Cut road district unemployment rate by establishing separate FEIN from regular township payroll which tends to be much higher
28. Cut cost of purchasing handicap placards by implementing a fax submission program in its place
STOPPED or IDENTIFIED ILLEGAL ACTIONS
29. Identified illegal sale of township property on Vine Street
30. Identified Illegal purchase of township property on Haligus Road
31. Successfully defended the office of township supervisor in court
On page 33, Transcript of 37 page ruling by Judge Caldwell December 10, 2010, Caldwell states that the job description created by Attorney Krafthefer for the township administrator, “completely, totally, and absolutely abrogates, usurps, confiscates and nullifies the position of township supervisor and transfers those duties and privileges to an appointed employee. In effect, it does two things;
1) marginalizes the position of supervisor and creates a position superior to that of the supervisor, and
2) effectively nullifies the election of Moore as supervisor. As such, this is an illegal exercise of legislative power and it is null and void ab initio.”
32. Developed precedence for meeting agendas to contain sufficient detail so the public knows the action to be considered as required by law.
33. Restored township computers and office after they were disassembled and/or destroyed.
“The trustees changed the passwords on the township’s computers, effectively locking Moore out of the township’s records.”
“Shortly after the start of Fender as Township Administrator, all computer passwords were overridden by a computer professional and replaced. The computers were moved and the server was removed from the township offices. Moore later discovered that all of the data on the township computers had been removed, including general assistance records (which are confidential).” (Page 2, 9)
Mark Peloquin, Leading IT Solutions Testimony, Page 14: “In March 2010 Peloquin was called back to the town hall to move the computers to new locations. He also had to back out and recover all of the computer passwords. After doing this Peloquin acquired access to the computers.”
“On March 3, 2010, Fender and Zirk were at the town hall to effectuate the move. The information technology consultant was also briefly present.” (Page 15) “The information technology consultant returned on March 4, 2010, and worked on the computers for several hours.” (Pg. 16)
STAYED CURRENT WITH ON THE JOB TRAINING
34. Trained as a Certified Illinois Assessment Officer
35. Attended Township training regularly
36. Elected officer for McHenry County Supervisors’ Association
OFFERED RESIDENTS EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
37. Organized Property Assessment Educational Classes
38. Provide on-site driver’s license training and renewal for seniors
39. Offer free hearing, vision, blood pressure and blood sugar testing for seniors
40. Started website with financial, general assistance, videotaped board meetings
41. Established Senior Enrichment Program with two speakers per month
42. Respond to over 114 FOIA requests
43. Improved senior safe driving program by hosting AARP classes regularly
44. Initiated Service Referral Program guiding seniors to agencies
45. Initiated People in Need Referral Program for residents with financial problems.
46. Initiated Volunteer Referral Service for helping others in the area including delivering meals to area shut-ins, companion visits, help with yard work etc
CONTINUED ESTABLISHED SERVICES
47. Sponsor a community Food Pantry in the township office
48. Operate Salvation Army Area Office and collect toys, hats and gloves
49. Work with the Lions Club to collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids.
50. Help school children with free backpacks, filled with school supplies as a member of the Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Program
51. Offer Water Testing in cooperation with the McHenry County Health Department
52. Hearing Aid Batteries offered at cost to general public
53. Registered Seniors/Disabled for Free or Reduced CTA, Metra, and Pace Programs
54. Offer free Notary Public
55. Voters Registration, including address and name changes
INITIATED NEW SERVICES
56. Recycled Paper, Cell Phones, Toys, Hats, Gloves
57. Collect Ronald McDonald Pop Tabs for children who are ill
58. Senior Bingo Bi-Monthly on Tuesdays for free bingo (it was only once a month, not in summer)
59. Offer Disabled Parking applications
60. Annual Coat Drive, coats are now available at the Township
61. Initiated electronic recycling bi-annual events and document shredding
BROUGHT IN OTHERS TO EXPAND SERVICES
62. Worked with Huntley Lion’s Club to provide Christmas dinners to indigent
63. Worked with Sun City Woodchucks to provide toys to indigent
64. Engaged McHenry County Board members and candidates to sign-in Electors attending the Annual Township Meeting
65. Participated in Huntley’s Memorial Day Parade to increase awareness of transportation program
66. Obtained sponsorships from home health agencies, assisted living facilities, local politicians, and others for senior programs and public education classes.
STATUTORY DUTIES FULFILLED
- Provide Public and Emergency Assistance
- Chief Executive Officer of the township
- Pay all payroll taxes
- Sign all township checks
- Sole bonded township official
- Chair all board meetings
- Pay bills when approved if proper township expense.
- Administer the day to day functions of the township.
- Appoint township attorney.
- Prepare required resolutions, levies, and Treasurer’s report.
- Maintain township financial records.
- Coordinate the use of township consultants and vendors, such as accountants, auditors, IT personnel.
- Prepared board meeting agendas, and packets making them available to trustees, attendees and on the website.
- Organize the annual township meetings.
- Advise the board and general public on the status of affairs at meetings.
- Act as Human Resource Director.
- Supervisor and coordinate the work of employees
- Develop and administer a sound payroll and personnel system, protect private financial information of employees.
- Oversee and administer all township insurance programs, including workman’s compensation, health, medical, dental, life, and liability insurance. Work with township insurance to reduce potential liabilities.
- Administer and monitor the budget once adopted, coding of expenses to budgeted line items, make the financial records available to board members while protecting them from fraud or identity theft.
- Serve as the agent for township purchasing.
- Establish and maintain township websites, establish a township email address and email accounts for staff and elected officials. Work on the computer, internet, or printer to accomplish township business or programs. Sort and deliver incoming faxes, mail and email to township officials.
- Make office assignments for staff and officials. Evaluate and make recommendations about the use and improvement of the township offices and space, and regarding the use, purchase and sale of township property.
- Greet people who come to or call the township office, providing them with appropriate information, assistance or directing them to the appropriate department or official.
- Establish appropriate office hours for the township building to be open.
- Compile grant information; submit grants for township systems, projects, programs and events.
- Investigate, evaluate, recommend, promote and coordinate township services and programs including transportation.
- 28. Attend various informational and training meetings and conventions and represent the township at such meetings.
- Act on behalf of the township in township municipal, state or federal policy issues affecting the township.
- Maintain public relations between the township and its citizens between the town and other units of local government, township organization and governmental agencies and between the various officials and departments.
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Moore is being challenged for Supervisor by Pam Fender and Marty Waitzman.