For the second time in four days, Grafton Township Trustees boycotted a meeting called by newly-elected Supervisor Linda Moore.
Moore was criticized by township attorney Keri-Lyn J. Krafterfer in a November 6th letter for not having included items on her agenda requested by Trustee Robert LaPorta.
- Motion to approve Board rules that were originally submitted by Trustee LaPorta and approved by Trustees in a Grafton Special Meeting that Supervisor Moore did not attend (because of being physically indisposed, I was told).
- Discussion and motion to approve Senior Transportation Fees and Fee Change procedure.
- Inclusion of Huntley Chamber Bill and Attorney Kelly’s open bills on warrant and motion to approve full payment of.
- Motion to define, complete and approve FOIA stating Clerk Fergo as the person to assemble, report on, and delegate FOIA request completions.
- Motion to approve Grafton Township maintenance of Haligus Road property.
- Motion to approve ‘new location’ of Grafton Township Food Pantry inclusion on Grafton Township website and Posting in Grafton Township Offices.
- Motion for authorization to have assessor’s office research available office space within Grafton Township for consideration of a lease and/or purchase agreement.
- Distribution, review, discussion and motion to approve or reject township audit.
These items Moore included in her Monday meeting agenda, but complained at that boycotted meeting that Township Clerk Dina Frigo had removed them from the door of the township hall.
In a letter to Township Attorney Krafthefer, dated November 16th, said the removal “was witnessed by a reliable source.”
Frigo, who Thursday indicated she did not know where the missing trustees were, apparently knew they were not showing up Monday night and joined their boycott.
But Frigo did post a notice for a 7:30 PM Wednesday township meeting called by Trustees Betty Zirk and Rob LaPorta.
Many of the items listed above in LaPorta’s request to Moore were included, as well as others, including
- new locks for Frigo’s office
- paying bills that would have been approved at last Thursday’s meeting
- establishing a procedure for receiving and distributing the trustees and clerk’s mail
- establishing a township investment policy
The changes seems to have had the advice of an attorney.
Moore posted her own agenda for a meeting at the same location—the Huntley Park District at 12,015 Mill Street in Huntley—but starting a half an hour earlier at 7 PM.
At the 12-minute meeting tonight, Sun City resident Ralph Wehnes had some comments:
“Is this really a major problem with you and John Rossi?…It looks like something is going on that’s going to cost somebody a lot of money.”
“It already has,” Moore replied.
Commenting on Rossi, whom Moore defeated by 30 votes in the Republican primary election, she said, “I haven’t spoken with Mr. Rossi since I kidded with him about other people being able to do the job.”
Asked about the problems, Moore suggested,
“Three of the board were on the previous board. I think it’s a case of sour grapes.”
Moore also wasn’t happy at the new attorney’s having suggested in writing,
“Further, there is nothing to prevent the Township Trustees from boycotting the regular meeting with your proposed agenda and posting their own notice of a special meeting with an agenda including their items.”
The attorney wrote that it would be “happy” to prepare the agenda.
In a November 16th letter, Moore asked if “the clerk need(s) to follow the same rules you laid out in your recent opinion letter and include the supervisor’s agenda items on her agenda.”
Moore’s agenda items were not included in the Zirk-LaPorta agenda.
Moore also asked,
“If three or more trustees have a daisy chain telephone conversation and decide to boycott township meetings, twice in a row, does this constitute a violation of the open meetings act?”
Both sides of the dispute are sending the McHenry County State’s Attorney copies of their missives.