In a motion filed in McHenry County Circuit Court Friday, Grafton Township Road Commissioner Jack Freund seeks the removal of Supervisor Linda Moore from office for failure to carry out her duties as Supervisor as well as Treasurer of the Road District.
The pleading argues that the statutes do not give the Supervisor “unilateral power, or ‘veto power’ to refuse to pay township bills” approved by the Township Board.
Not paying all the approved bills, characterized as “duties” of the Supervisor “shall” result in disqualification to serve in the office.
A series of invoices, some large, some small, are listed which have been approved by the Township Board, but not paid by Supervisor Moore.
$56,588.33 in all.
$24,450 was recently offered and deposited, but the Road Commissioner’s lawyer argues that did not cover the amount owed.
Besides being forced to pay the money owed and kicked out of office, the court document asks that Moore be prohibited from holding the office in the future, plus be fined and made to pay Freund’s attorney’s fees.
With regard to her role as Treasurer of the Road District, Freund argues that Moore didn’t pay bills he authorized and charged the Road District for items not approved by him, such as, charges for the bookkeeping Quickbooks program.
The suit requests a permanent injunction to keep Moore from taking money from the Road District checking account for Quickbooks and other payments unauthorized by the Freund.
In response, Moore said,
“This is just another delay tactic.
“He had filed his complaint over a year ago and has refused all attempts of mediation or other despite resolution.
“There is nothing that is new or of substance, again, just another delay tactic which is a waste of tax payer’s money.
“In response to our motion for court ordered mediation, they have asked for two weeks to file a response and we will again be in court on October 11th
“Commissioner Freund is complaining that I am not following the instructions of his daughter, Jenny Moore, whom he has hired as his clerk.
“The road commissioner received the $24,000 check in April, but has refused to deposit it as of this date.
“He has failed to provide proof that he has personally incurred any expense for his wife’s insurance and yet demands that he be paid personally for this expense.
“He also refuses to sign his wife up for the township insurance provider.”