Besides the obvious tension between the newly-elected Republican Party Trustees and the independently-elected Township Supervisor and Highway Commissioner, the only newsworthy event was the tot-two tie on a vote to approve a state-mandeated Prevailing Wage Ordinance.
Two of the three Republican Trustees at the meeting–Bob Anderson and Bill Cunningham–voted against approval, while Supervisor Craig Adams and GOP Trustee Stan Wojewski voted in favor.
According to Robert’s Rules of Order, a motion fails if if obtains a tie vote.
Prior to the vote, a woman gave three reasons for supporting Prevailing Wage.
During the discussion, Adams pointed out that the Township “woiuld still have to pay prevailing wage whether or not we pass this resolution.”
Anderson then announced, “I’ll be voting against it. [It requires] wages above and beyond what you can earn in the private sector.”
Colleague Bill Cunningham, sitting next to Andereson, added that he had been a member of the Laborers and Teamsters Unions.
“I know it’s no more than union protection.”
Attorney Meaghan Alexander pointed out that one repercussion could be a plaintiff bringing ann action for failure to pay prevailing wage.
An indication of the bad blood in the room was a long-haired man shouting, “We don’t pay that much.”
He was reacting to Anderson’s pointing out that if every Township Trustee in Illinois received $100 per meeting, as is the pay in McHenry Township, that would add up to $7 million.
Comparing township offcie to that of serving on a school board, Anderson said, “I’m kind of wondering why there is a stipend.”
As the audience member stomped out of the room, the man yelled, “Stop this jackass. I’m out of here.”
There were plenty of senior citizens in the audience.
Speaking for them, a woman pointed out, “We use that building all the time.”
It turns out that the manager of McHenry Township’s program had passed out papers indicating that the new Republican Trustees planned to abolish the program.
When Anderson said there was no such desire, Adams counted, “If you’re going to abolish the township, you’re going to eliminate the senior center.
Highway Commissioner James Condon must have said something at this point, because Anderson said of him, “You’re kind ofon the phone side.”
“You’re calling me a phony,” Condon retorted.
Continuing, Anderson explained, “There’s a whole lot of moving parts [in gaining legislative permission to eliminate townships].”
He pointed to the outflow of residents from Illinois, then noted, “We’re not supposed to be having a debate.”
“You’re right, Bob,” Adams agreed.