With Township Supervisor Linda Moore in Texas for her daughter’s college graduation and Rob LaPorta also absent, the meeting was relatively short and peaceful.
No one raised his voice or went off on a rant. Trustee Gerry McMahon even sat facing the audience.
Unlike the outgoing McHenry County College Board, the old Township Board, chaired Thursday by Barbara Murphy, spent much of the meeting deferring to their successors, referring several times to newly-elected Independent Supervisor Jim Kearns, who was sitting in the back row.
The Road District’s budget, for example, was not passed, even though that was the wish of outgoing Road Commissioner Jack Freund.
“The new Board comes in on the 20th,” Trustee Betty Zirk, the only member of the Board to seek and win re-election.
When it came time for to consider the bills, Zirk had a list of those to exclude. They included
- $2,644.68 charged to a BMO Harris credit card (postage, telephone, equipment maintenance, travel expenses, etc.)
- $864.20 for J.A. Jetchmark, Ltd.
- $475 for McHenry County Council of Governments dues
- $295.60 for printing to Total Point of Video, Inc.
- $24,162.50 billed for legal fees by Moore attorney John Nelson
- $39,007.89 billed for legal services from March, 2012, through March, 2013, by Moore attorney Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNilf
The Trustees’ law firm, Ancel Glink, however, was paid $5,747.48.
“In order to meet the payroll next week, I don’t think we can pay any bills,” Zirk said.
Zirk also mentioned that Township Road Commissioner was owed $7,161.20 to cover health insurance for his wife.
“He could get it cheaper by getting it through his wife’s than through the Township,” she explained.
The motion approving the bills noted that they would be paid when money was available.
As outgoing Township Assessor Bill Ottley was leaving after the bills were approved, he was thanked for his service for the last four years. The sparse audience applauded.
Ottley reminded them that he would be around through December, when his term expires.
“And you, too, Jack,” one of the Trustees added.
Zirk then talked about how audit expenses should be allocated. She suggested Public Assistance pay 5% and the Road District 35%.
Freund objected to the number she suggested, saying, “I’ll pay 25% like I’ve always been paying.”
Trustee Gerry McMahon suggest a compromised of 28%. Freund did not agree.
After some discussion, Zirk suggested asking the auditor how much time he spent on the Road District budget and the matter was deferred.
As the meeting was drawing to a close, Murphy said,
“There’s a part of me that is worry for the way things ended up. I regret that.”
A letter from the forensic auditor was read in which he detailed Moore’s refusal to sign the engagement letter and a payment until ordered by Judge
He also said he was unable to obtain original copies of the warrant lists.
Township Clerk Harriot Ford pointed out the documents were on the web site.
“I look forward to things moving on a real positive way,” she said shortly before the meeting adjourned.
Also in the audience was newly-elected Township Assessor Al Zielinski.