Grafton Trustees Reject Moore Attorney Selection

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Thursday night, the Grafton Township Trustees rejected Supervisor Linda Moore’s selection of Rockford’s John Nelson as Township Attorney.

Little surprise there, since Nelson’s representation of Moore led to the dismissal of both the Trustees’ favored law firm Ancel Glink, but also Township Administrator Pam Fender, whom the Trustees put in office to perform as much of the Township Supervisor’s duties as possible.

I didn’t look at the agenda and got to the Huntley Park District meeting room too late to get a board packet, so I didn’t know what to expect. In fact, after listening to the tedium of expenditure discussion, I asked someone why I had come.

“Don’t worry. They’ll start shouting at each other.”

Before the shouting started at the Grafton Township Board Meeting.

And Gerry McMahon certainly lived up to that prediction.

More than once.

The person who was most disturbed for the negative impression made by McMahon’s outbursts is the Trustee who successfully moved to censure him in October of 2009, Barb Murphy.

At one point she said forcefully,

“I’m just telling you to shut the hell up for a few minutes so we can finish this damn meeting!”

The board reversed itself on selecting the 300-seat auditorium at the Huntley Park District headquarters in favor of returning to the Huntley High School gym.

Over 700 registered voters signed in at last year’s Annual Town Meeting.

The 2010 Grafton Annual Town Meeting had more that twice as many people as would fit in the Huntley Park District Auditorium.

The vote was 2-2 with Murphy and Moore voting for the move to the high school and Betty Zirk and McMahon voting to stay in the 300-seat venue.

Rob LaPorta abstained.

Moore ruled that abstentions would be counted on the positive side of the motion and moved onto the next item of business. And, my understanding is that under Robert’s Rules of Order, once the next item is taken up (video cameras for the Annual Meeting), it is too late to appeal the decision of the chair.

When I got home I looked up what Robert’s says about how abstention votes should be tallied and found the following on “The Official Robert’s Rules of Order Web Site“:

“In the usual situation, where either a majority vote or a two-thirds vote is required, abstentions have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the vote since what is required is either a majority or two thirds of the votes cast.”

But, as McMahon loudly proclaimed,

“We don’t follow Robert’s Rules!”

LaPorta, who abstained, said,

“I didn’t know about that. Guys from Lake in the Hills, what do you do?”

The reply from a village trustee:

“We follow Robert’s Rules.”

In another dispute, Moore asked permission to have the Electors vote upon trading the township van for a car which would ir easier for seniors to get into.

This was apparently the first time Moore has brought up the subject.

Moore pointed out that both bus drivers and seniors favored the switch.

Of the van. referring to the seniors, she said, “They hate it.”

“Send it to the (Transportation) Committee,” McMahon, a senior himself, said.

“It’ll take another year,” Moore replied.

“We don’t care,” McMahon retorted.

“We can’t be driving the bus all the time. It doesn’t look right to have one or two passengers in a bus.”

Moore pointed out that the bus used more gasoline than would a car and predicted that the price per gallon would exceed $5 this summer.

“I want to remove it from the agenda,” the other senior citizen on the panel said. “This is the first time it’s come up.”

And a majority of the Township Board took action that removes the possibility of trading the van for a car.

The final item I found of interest was that Ancel Glink is still providing legal advice.

A memo from Jeffrey R. Jurgens dated March 3, 2010, was used as the basis for rejecting all of the citizen-initiated resolutions.

Ancel Glink’s services as Grafton Township Attorney were ended by Judge Michael Caldwell.

Pete Gonigan asks about the use of Ancel Glink for legal advice.

Afterward, First Electric Newspaper Publisher Pete Gonigam asked about Ancel Glink’s continuing legal advice.

“The judge said we could still go to Ancel Glink at no charge,” LaPorta said.


Comments

Grafton Trustees Reject Moore Attorney Selection — 25 Comments

  1. “after listening to the tedium of expenditure discussion”

    We mean where the Trustees were asking Supervisor Moore about the discrepancies of the line item balances? I can see why you’d want to gloss over that. I found it rather disturbing myself.

    When will the audit be performed, Linda?!?

  2. Sounds like the trustees are selfish, egotistical bullies. Time to move on, for the sake of the township.

  3. @ Grafton Resident: Selfish how? Egotistical how? Do you have some basis for your statement?

  4. Our town just voted to FIRE A&G this week (Island Lake). Read the Daily Herald articles if interested in the struggle we are going through with this firm. They are also still giving legal advice and suggesting the mayor Veto the board vote and is now starting a law suit that I believe is being filed today. We are in a sh-t storm.

  5. Cal, can’t you be the least bit objective in you blogging? You failed to mention anything about Moore’s poor bookkeeping and HER state of the township financial records. Why does Moore keep throwing wrenches into the works with regard to auditing the books? Why is Linda hiding what she is doing with our money???

    As reported by FEN: “Moore said she’d been making manual adjustments to monthly bookkeeping reports.”

    Debate degenerated into squabble over starting an examination of the Township’s 2009-10 financial records by Woodstock auditors Brown & Company. Moore said she hadn’t been contacted. Trustee Rob LaPorta said yes she had but had told Brown she wanted the records for the Grafton Township Food Pantry audited, too. The Pantry’s been a non-profit corporation separate from the Township since 2006.”

    Read more at firstelectricnewspaper.com

  6. Their poor behavior speaks for itself. With that being said, certainly Linda Moore share responsibility for the mess that’s been created. They are all adults, but don’t act that way. Embarrassing.

  7. I can think of only one trustee that behaves badly. That does not make him wrong on the issues, he just can’t deliver his message without losing control. A problem, to be sure. But don’t lump the rest of them with him. The others act as professionally as is possible under the circumstances.

  8. Cal,
    Do you make it a habit of ignoring the wishes of a parent who requested the removal of her minor, daughters image that you posted without her consent?

  9. Mark Beeson, Check with the Village of Lyons, Ancel Glink Attorney, Rob Bush is putting them into bankruptcy.

  10. You forgot to post the WHOLE defenition ,Cal!

    “In the usual situation, where either a majority vote or a two-thirds vote is required, abstentions have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the vote since what is required is either a majority or two thirds of the votes cast. On the other hand, if the vote required is a majority or two thirds of the members present, or a majority or two thirds of the entire membership, an abstention will have the same effect as a “NO” vote. Even in such a case, however, an abstention is not a vote.”

    So it seems that Linda in WRONG again. What a hack!

  11. The public elects

    one Supervisor

    and four Trustees

    not five Supervisors.

    There is nothing in the law that says they have to like each other. It would be nice but it’s not required.

  12. For Dee:

    You’re right. There is no law that says they have to like each other, but it may be less frustrating to work with each other if the Supervisor followed laws like the one below.

    “In townships that receive revenue of $850,000 or more during any fiscal year, exclusive of road funds, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township thoroughly audited by a certified public accountant within 6 months after the close of each fiscal year. The board shall have a copy of the accountant’s report and recommendations filed with the township clerk and another copy filed with the county clerk for public inspection. ”

    Why isn’t the 2009 audit completed???

  13. As you are probably aware, there is a power struggle going on and there is a case relating to separation of powers. If you read Cal’s column, the Court’s words, and other info that is available – the history on this particular topic is available.

    There are a number of questions that could be posted in such a way as to make it seem that a problem rests solely on one side. There’s not enough time in my world to address everything. I’ve done my reading and have tried to be fair to both sides.

    You probably already know the answers, however, some of them (that you may or may not agree with) reside in the transcripts from the court appearances and actual recordings of many meetings. Happy reading/watching – and try to see more than one side of an issue instead of going on personal or political assumptions or info that is passed around the gossip chain.

  14. For Dee:

    Specifically, how do you feel about the lack of the 2009 financial audit that is required by law? I find it highly suspect that it hasn’t been done yet.

  15. The trustees choice for auditor is not willing to conduct the audit while the is litigation in progress.

  16. Correction Grafton Resident that was true till the initial decision was given. The auditors have been trying for several weeks to start the audit but the supervisor has not responed.

  17. I read on neighbors that she has written the auditor three times and gotten no response.

  18. Grafton Res, that’s a good one; kind of like “the check is in the mail” or “my dog ate my homework.” NICE!

  19. I find it hard to believe the supervisor hasn’t responded to the audit request.

    If that is true, then residents should be outraged.

    Unfortunately given the past and ongoing behavior of the trustees, I wonder if they aren’t “stretching” the truth about the status of the audit and/or attempts at contact.

  20. I find it hard to believe that Ms. Moore has sent 3 certified requests through the post office and none have made it to the auditor. From my understanding, she hasn’t received notification from the post office that those certified letters have been received. I have sent many certified letters before and never once have I experienced the problem that Ms. Moore claims to have.

    Cal: Just curious if you and Judge Caldwell will be attending church services tomorrow. Maybe get a cup of coffee after? Maybe catching a round of golf after? *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge* Guess you owe him a round after all the support he’s given Ms. Moore. Politics make such interesting bedfellows.

  21. What? I thought the judge was a buddy of Tom Halat, who along with Linda sued the township. He’s a buddy of Cal’s also? Wowzers!

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