Under yesterday’s article putting up part of the transcript of the August 23rd Special Meetings called by eight McHenry County Board members to consider
- the future for Valley Hi and
- eliminating the positions from which Jack Franks’ patronage employees have been paid
there are some comments worth putting in wider circulation.
First, one from attorney David Stieper, who was one of the people recommended to replace Andrew Gasser when he resigned to take office as Algonquin Township Road Commissioner:
Expounding on my prior comment on the first part of this blog series regarding the August 23, 2017 special meeting of MCBOT, once a meeting is opened by the Chairman only a majority of those present can close it.
The Chairman does not have unilateral authority to close a meeting which was done here without a single BOT member objection.
By keeping the meeting open:
(1) the BOT could have rescheduled the special meeting on a future date certain;
(2) listened to public comment and
(3) have general discussion without taking any action or vote.
This rudimentary knowledge of parliamentary procedure would have allowed the very informed individual from “Edgar County Watch” to speak on the record before the Board, prevented that awkward and for the most part meaningless ex-parte post meeting lecture by the two unidentified BOT members and via motion and majority vote of board then present forced the Chairman to reschedule the meeting on a future date certain.
The MCB Chairman is emboldened to act like a generalissimo wielding power he does not have due to the passivity of the board who are either afraid or are not armed with sufficient knowledge to properly challenge him.
It is time BOT get some game or retire from the sport!
Second Mark’s examination of Jack Franks comments about supposed violations of the Open Meetings Act:
At the 12:20 point in the video, County Board Chair Jack Franks speaks to the County Board Members:
“Although you don’t have a quorum, your attendance here tonight does constitute the majority of a quorum, which means any discussions regarding public business would violate the Open Meetings Act.
Please govern yourself accordingly.
We don’t need to be sued again like what happened last year.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, good evening.”
At the 12:38 point in the video, Kirk Allen of Edgar County Watchdogs speaks –
“Mr. Chairman, a point of order.
For those board members that are here, there’s a lot of members of the public that would love to share some information with you.
If you would be willing to stay, I’d be happy to share some stuff.”
12:48 Jack Franks – “We are adjourned.”
12:50 Kirk Allen –
“Would you stay Chairman?”
There’s some good information for county business that you might want to be aware of.”
12:54 Jack Franks –
“I think you are violating the Open Meetings Act.
They can stay and break the law if they like.
I like to follow the law.”
12:59 John Kraft, Edgar County Watchdogs (ECWD), speaking to Jack Franks –
“There’s no violation to listen to people.
Did you call every body and tell them not to show up?
Were you calling people and telling them not to show up?
Were you calling people and asking them not to show up?”
13:15 Jack Franks speaks to the audience –
“I think we are in violation of the Open Meetings Act.”
13:17 John Kraft ECWD speaking to Jack Franks –
“No they’re not.
You’re thinking wrong.”
13:22 Jack Franks walks to the back row of the audience and speaks to someone [Assistant State’s Attorney Norm Vinton] –
“I’d like to have them charged.”
Jack Franks then walks past the audience and John Kraft.
13:31 John Kraft ECWD speaking to Jack Franks –
Did you call the other board members and tell them not to show up?
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Those who did not attend the meeting follow: