Observations from former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster on the meeting, which is available on YouTube below:
Out of control!
“Out of control” is the only description one can apply to the mess we have with our McHenry County Board.
An 8/23/17 special meeting of the McHenry County Board, called to discuss and take action on two issues dealing with actions taken by the board chairman void of board input or approval, have put a whole new light on this mess.
Meeting agenda item number 1, under “NEW BUSINESS,” is a resolution directing withdrawal of a “request for qualifications (RFQ),” released on 8/17/17, was designed to enter into an agreement with a “broker.”
The county board chairman and administrator’s objective is to enter into an agreement to “lease” McHenry County’s Valley Hi Nursing Home.
The chairman and administrator withheld their intent from the county board and Valley Hi Operating Board engaging in backroom tactics, con-cocked to conceal what they were doing.
Agenda item #2 is a resolution authorizing the elimination of 2 positions from the county board’s approved employee roster.
This action is intended to correct the illegal hiring to two patronage employees.
Patronage employees hired by the county board chairman without county board input, budget or approval.
At the outset of the special meeting, it was clear there would be no quorum to conduct business.
Following the hasty call to order and adjournment for lack of a quorum, it was discouraging to watch as the most of the 9 members who did have the courage to attended the meeting… ran for the exits as the chairman loudly proclaimed that any members remaining in the room would be violating the Open Meetings Act (OMA) if they stayed to listen to the public.
Clearly, desperation and control issues were on full display.
Over the last few months, it has been difficult listening to member after member quietly state their anxiety over speaking up about activities going on in the county board office.
One by one, members have been made to feel threatened, intimidated and bullied until they are unwilling to openly speak up for fear of political assassination or being caught in another threatened lawsuit.
Issue after issue, county board members have lost the right and ability to participate in performing the work they were elected to perform… this problem appears to have permeated every facet of the operation.
This is not funny, nor is it something that should continue.
The 2 issues to have been discussed at the 8/23/17 special meeting, must be addressed.
The public has every right to know what is going on and how their representatives are being treated.
Members must gather the strength to set the record straight, assume their responsibilities and correct these problems on behalf of every taxpayer in the county.