Guest Article: Ersel Schuster
Here we go again…
Tonight, 2/21/17; the County Board Chairman will once again ram through more changes to the McHenry County Board’s Rules.
Since December 1, 2017, the Chairman has interpreted these Rules, and his ability to organize “ad hoc” committees to circumvent standing committee work on the Rules, as his right. He deliberately mis-states the Rules to justify his ability to ram through changes for his personal benefit.
Under the Rules: Section 3 – 3.7: Internal Support and Facilities Committee: This committee is charged with: “Stewardship / liaison for matters pertaining to the… Administration; …”
Not only does the update to Board Rules fall under “Administration;” precedence clearly shows this committee (formerly, Management Services), for decades, has been responsible for this process.
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.”
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.
At the February 2nd “Ad Hoc” Committee Meeting, once again, he is amending the Rules.
His interpretation and actions fail on both counts. These are the “County Board’s” Rules.
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. The only voting rights of a chairman elected at large, per statute; are for breaking a tie vote of the County Board Assembly.
At this last Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, in the chairman’s crafted rules changes, he conveniently omitted the fact that the at large elected chair only has the ability to break a tie vote of the Board. Thanks to Member Nowak, at least he had the good sense to amend this section to specifically address the point. This meeting took 12.5 minutes.
Interesting also was the makeup of this ad hoc committee. Nowhere in the Agenda or following information are the committee members listed. From past experience however, these Ad Hoc committee members are chosen to assured the chair a positive vote for his desired actions.
But then; that is how politicians with ulterior motives get what they want.
Wake up County Board Members… if you allow this foolishness to continue… the checks and balances you were elected to provide the taxpayers of McHenry County are being rendered useless.
Residents/taxpayers, reach out to your County Board Members. You can reach them by typing in: www.co.mchenry.il.us: Then select the “County Government” drop down box; select “Departments A-I;” then select “County Board.”