This story has been bumped up because an Friend of McHenry County Blog has sent what was observed at the meeting. The observations are in italics.
Attended the zoning meeting on 4/9/2015 arriving at 2:15 pm until approx. 4:15 pm.
When I arrived the Nun representing the order of the Frat erne was describing how often she thought the delivery truck would be bringing supplies to the compound ( 1-2 times per year)however, she could not be sure.
Repeatedly almost every question being asked was either met with an absolute yes, only to be proven not accurate, truthful or precise
Only 10 people live on the current compound and they believe this is enough to cover all of the needs of the School, Brewery, Wine making and building requirements.
Then it was backed up with additional volunteers will come to help but no one can say how many or who they would be.
Here are some of the questions asked by Attorney Cuda representing Coral Township:
- How many barrels of beer or wine do you plan to produce: We do not know?
- How much water and other raw materials will be required: We do not know
- Will any of the products be sold elsewhere: we do not know?
- How much money do you make on selling the current items: Rick Kelly jumped in and said they were not obligated to answer this question.
- Did you operate a go fund site where you collected almost 300K/: Yes, we did.
- What will stop you from doing that again expecting the taxpayer to fund this operation: Nothing but we will not do it again.
- How much money will be used for the mission of helping the poor: We do not know
- How much will it cost you to build the compound: We do not know?
- How much will the septic system cost: We do not know
- Will you sell food, Yes, Bread, pastries, canned fruits and vegetables?
- Are you licensed to sell food: Yes, from who and what organization>>>Well I do not know. We will be approved.
- Are you able to run and teach in a school? Yes, you mean you have a US education and teaching certificate. Well no but we will get it…
- Therefore, if the children you will bring from the Austin area will have special needs what you will do. Well, we will get those helps for the children…
- From where? Well we do not know but we will get them
- How many children in 2003 were in private schools in McHenry County from that list you were given…4,800 in 2003…now in 2013 how many…$3,800…is that $1,000 less? Yes…
- However, you still feel we need another private school? No answer.
- How much will you charge for the school? We do not know. Will they be boys or girls? We do not know
- How will be in charge of each operation? We do not know
- When you first requested permission to build, did you say on that paperwork that you would not ask for any variances? I don’t know…Well yes you did…
- Are you now meeting with zoning to ask for height restrictions? Yes…
- You said on this petition that the one building will be Barn like…Please tell us what that means.
- Well it will be concrete. Very strong…
- Will it be a wood structure? Oh..yYes… Yes. Like that…
- What will the size be? Oh, I do not know…Like a barn
- So it will be made of wood? No no brick and concrete
- Well that does not sound like a barn, as we know it. What will the shape be? Like a barn…
- Shaped like a Barn? Well I do not know…
- It does not sound like a barn.
- Are you asking for over height permission? Yes,
- So this will be a mega Barn? Yes, very big.
There we a number of Franternite supporters who may have come from Chicago and all spoke with accents. I had never seen any of them before.
The entire time was: I don’t know answers..
And with Mr Kelly blocking their answer to how much revenue they made its impossible to know their financial situation.
Quite honestly I wonder if the go fund me has any protections in place from scammers …
The community and the Government has a right to their financial information give the tax free status they enjoy and fund raising based upon need.
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Most of those attending seem to be neighbors, but several of the religious order’s nuns were in attendance.
You can read the inspiration for many of those in attendance here.
If any other reader attended and has the time to tell others what happened, please do so in the comment section.