Although the Grafton Township Annual Town Meeting occurred on April 13, 2010, Ancel Glink billed $8,328.22 for that purposed during the month of March.
One can only wonder how many thousands of dollars more were billed in April when the event actually took place.
On the very first day of March, a month and a half before the meeting, Associate Jeffrey R. Jurgens put in an hour drafting a memo and researching issues related to “proposed agenda items by electors.”
The result was that Ancel Glink ruled no motion to fire their firm could be voted upon.
In fact, the only motion proposed by citizen petition approved for a vote by the Electors was one on whether Robert’s Rules of Order would be used at the Annual Town Meeting.
Ancel Glink ruled that the Electors could not vote on whether Robert’s Rules would govern township board meetings.
Also ruled out of bounds for the Electors was a motion to fire Township Administrator Pam Fender.
March 1st also saw main Grafton Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer bill an hour and three-quarters to
- “review petition filed by voters regarding annual township meeting;
- “confer with Pam Fender regarding [unnamed] miscellaneous issues;
- “confer with [Township Assessor] Bill Ottler [sic] regarding [unnamed] miscellaneous issues;
- “research voters lack of authority to control items on the petition.”
An additional hour was spent by Krafthefer to “work on issues related to ‘unwind’ to put on agenda for annual towns meeting.”
March 2nd saw five hours of billing by Krafthefer. Four hours to
- “complete research on Town Meeting Agenda issues, including scope of petition and proper matters for electors
- “review memo
- “research issues related to planning committee and appointment of same
- “correspond on same.”
In addition, a quarter hour each was spent on
- “Review(ing) power of electors to appoint Plan Commission
- “Review(ing) and respond(ing) to inquiry from Pam Fender regarding annual town meeting issues”
Another half an hour “work on unwind issues related to Town meeting.”
March 3rd‘s bill was for 6.75 hours:
- “Work on issue related to agenda items for annual town meeting and advise regarding same (Krafthefer – 1 hour)
- “Review issues on property conveyance and annual town meeting and advise on same (Scott Puma – ¾ of an hour)
- “Review memorandum regarding conveyance to Road District; review statutory provisions relating to electors’ corporate authority at Annual Meeting (Paula V. Randall – 3 hours)”
March 4th saw billings for two and a half hours by Randall for “review(ing) conveyance documentation, fil(ing) materials and purposed lease; preparin(ing) resolution authorizing the sale of township property.
March 5th had Krafthefer back on the job. She billed an hour and three-quarters to
- “review draft resolution to sell township real property
- “prepare revisions to same
- “prepare resolution to purchase township property by Road District.”
March 9th was a 5.5 hour billing day for Ancel Glink. Krafthefer spent an hour “revis(ing) and finaliz(ing) memo to Township board regarding questions presented in petition of voters related to annual town meeting.
Randall worked 4.5 hours to
- “prepare resolutions to lease real property for township and Road District
- “prepare resolution conveying Road District property to township [what Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled was done unlawfully by the previous township board]
- “confer…with Pam Fender
- “prepare memorandum outlining township options relative to property transfer and lease.”
March 10th, end of the first page of the “Annual Town Meeting” part of the bill showed Krafthefer working an hour on a “memo regarding unwind procedures and resolutions for annual town meeting.”
You can read about the other hour and a half tomorrow.
That’s when billings from March 10th through March 31st will be revealed.