After refusing to approve about $170,000 in legal bills from Algonquin Township Road District Robert Hanlon the Wednesday before last, the Township Board voted 3-1 for a $166,620 payment, inlcuding no interest, Friday night.
The bills dated back to December and remained unpaid because they exceeded the amount budgeted in the Fiscal Year ending two months ago.
Thirty-three minutes of the hour-long meeting were spent behind closed doors discussing litigation and “threatening litigation.”
Lack of payment led Hanlon to withdraw his representation on the case involving the labor agreement that former Road Commissioner Bob Miller signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers shortly before leaving office after his defeat by Andrew Gasser.
Approval came on a 3-1 vote from a motion made by Trustee Rachael Lawrence to pay all but the claimed interest.
David Chapman voted against the motion, saying that he had examined the bills “line by line” and found “questions on each one of the bills he submitted.”
Newly-appointed Trustee Elaine Ramesch, an attorney, questioned why documents submitted with Gasser’s signature were undated in two out of three instances.
“For all we know, ” Lawrence observed, “this could have been written yesterday.”
Ramesch noted that the notarized affidavit submitted by Gasser was dated Decemer 12, 2018, while most of the bills were for susequent months in 2019.
Lawrence added that this month was “the first time we’ve seen the bill.
“We aren’t late in paying the bill,” she said, arguing against paying the interest.