From a Friend of McHenry County Blog who was at the Crystal Lake City Council meeting Tuesday night:
On balance, last night’s CL City Council meeting went well.
We [library referendum opponents] had several public speakers during the public comment section.
I went first (see article tomorrow], followed by another man who lead with something like:
The dictionary defines corruption as . . and then proceeded to assert that the Library Board was corrupt in their actions of misinformation and use of taxpayer funds and by extension the City Council was corrupt for permitting.
He, raised the issue of the $8K donation to the campaign by the architect as a pay for play, etc. etc.
[See “CL Library Architect Donates $8,000 to Library Yes Committee.” Unreported in the Northwest Herald.]
At the end, the Mayor [Aaron Shepley] responded with,
“Isn’t America great, anyone can say anything they want and spin information any way they want even if its not true?”
and then he began continued a load voice with a bit of a tirade.
I raised my hand with to reply to two of his comments and he looked at me and said,
“and I don’t want to hear anything more from you either,”
>and continued on.
He pulled it together long enough for 2 more older men to come up and speak against the referendum
- one a volunteer at the Library who was against and called out concerns about the process
- the other a guy on a fixed income who basically asked the that the bond’s not be issued as he can’t afford a tax increase.
After the second speaker, the mayor started scolding again.
The Important part though was when he ranted, in part,
“We have the right to issue these bonds at any time. Do you really think we would’ve gone to the trouble of a referendum if we weren’t going to listen to the result? We’re not going to issue the bonds. Now we have to go back to the Library and figure out what we’ll do next.” I replied “Thank you.”
When another person got up to speak, the mayor, said loudly, “I don’t want to hear any more about this issue. We’re moving on to Council business.”
All of us except the final person (who was part of my group) left.
I can only hope that
- someone from the newspaper was there to capture the mayor’s tirade and/or
- that the discussion is captured in meeting transcript or minutes, because it would be a good thing to have for future reference.
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Tomorrow: Library referendum opponent Sally Munn’s comments to the Crystal Lake City Council.