Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Victor took exception to paying two of Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser’s bills.
She argued that attorney Robert Hanlon’s bill should not be approved, nor should the one to pay for a forensic audit of the Highway Department computers.
“I don’t believe the case [against Local 150 of the Operating Engineers] has any merit,” she said.
“$40,000 is way too much.
“We need to put a stop to it.”
With regard to the computer examination, Victor said, “We need to know if it’s Mr. Gasser’s role to investigate.”
Attorney Jim Kelly observed that he did not know what the forensic audit was for, but that duties of township officials were specifically stated in the Township Code.
Senior Trustee Dan Shea said,
“My experience is that we really don’t have the authority [not of pay] if there’s enough money in the line item.”
Trustee David Chapman refused to second the motion not to pay Hanlon’s legal bill, but said,
“We need to draw a line in the sand.
“A quarter of a million dollars needs to stop.
“I’m not comfortable with not paying…the legal bill, but this is it.”
Road Commissioner Gasser was allowed to speak.
“I have a duty as Highway Commissioner to look for every single record.”
He pointed out that CCleaner had been used to wipe out the hard drive.
“Two drives were actually removed and I would never have know this without [the audit]>
“When you find somebody deliberately pulling out a hard dive and replacing it…it’s completely within my authority.”
On the motion not to pay the legal bill, the vote was tied with Victor and Chapman voting in favor and Shea and Supervisor Chuck Lutzow voting on the other side of the question.
“The Clerk doesn’t break the tie?” Chapman asked.
“No,” answered attorney Kelly.
“What happens next month if there’s a $40,000 bill?” Victor asked.
“We don’t pay it,” Chapman replied.
Township Clerk Karen Lukasik then complained that she did not have the original forensic audit.
Gasser explained that all had been sent the computer PDF.
“All I have is the PDF and you have that.”
Gasser offered to print off a copy for Lukasik.
With regard to Hanlong’s legal bills, Shea explained, “My concern is that if we don’t pay, he’ll go into court and sue us.”
“That’s right,” said Gasser.
After the discussion audience member Mike Tauler explained that CCleaner is “a commeon tool. It does not any sort of secure delete. It’s used for cleaning up registry files, temporary files and cookies?” (See correction in comment section.)
Rachael Lawrence did not attend the meeting.
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Read about the forensic audit here.