Observations from a Friend of McHenry County Blog on McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ latest effort to take power away form the Republican majority on the County Board:
Our Emperor ‘n Chief or, if you prefer, County Bully, is at it again
The County Board Chairman’s interpretation of the McHenry County Board Rules, and his ability to organize “ad hoc” committees, is becoming obnoxious.
He deliberately misstates the Rules to justify his ability to ram-rod more changes to the Rules for his personal benefit.
- Section 3 – 3.7: Internal Support and Facilities Committee: This committee is charged with:
“Stewardship / liaison for matters pertaining to the… Administration; …”
- Section 4 – Ad Hoc Committee: “The Chairman of the County Board shall have the power to establish ad hoc committees for special projects. Such committees exist for the life of the project.”
Not only does the update of Board Rules fall under “Administration;” precedence clearly shows this committee, for decades, has been managing this process.
This morning’s “Ad Hoc” Committee Meeting was to once again amend the County Board Rules.
Board Rules do give a chairman the authority to call for a “special project” ad hoc committee.
This means that such committee is only created for the purpose of discussion and action on a “project” not covered by a regular standing committee.
His interpretation and actions fail on this count.
Also of concern is that this person gave himself voting rights in the committee!
An ad hoc committee is a committee of “county board members.”
The county board chairman is not a county board member.
His/her only voting rights, per statute, are for breaking a tie vote of the County Board assembly.
At this Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, in the chairman’s crafted rules changes, he conveniently omitted the fact that the at large elected chair only had the ability to break a tie vote.
Thanks to Member Nowak, at least he had the good sense to amend this section to specifically address the point.
Interesting also was the makeup of this ad hoc committee.
- District 1 – Bob Nowak
- District 2 – No one
- District 3 – Don Kopsel
- District 4 – No one
- District 5 – Mike Skala
- District 6 – Michele Aavang
But then; that is how politicians with ulterior motives get what they want.
Wake up County Board Members… if you allow all this foolishness to continue… the checks and balances your elected positions are intended to provide the taxpayers of McHenry County are being rendered useless.