The following was written by a Friend of McHenry County Blog:
RE-DIRECTED, STONE WALLED, OBFUSCATED AND IGNORED
Describing How County Board Member Concerns Are Addressed By The County Board Chairman As He Continues To Break Board Rules and Waste Taxpayer Money
On June 26, 2017 the Law and Justice Committee continued to express their complaints to County
Administrator Peter Austin that neither state nor federal legislative program priorities had been established.
Despite ongoing consistent requests to place this item on the agenda in the February time frame, the committee was denied the opportunity to place this on the agenda and to discuss and define legislative priorities.
Thus, despite having no rationale for there to be lobbying of any sort, a majority of County Board Members approved a lobbying contract for Jack Franks’ hand-picked lobbying group at the May 16 County Board meeting.
So at the June 26, 2017 the Law and Justice Committee meeting, Committee Member Craig Wilcox challenged that he had requested that establishing legislative priorities “countless times” and yet, the Committee Chairman, Michelle Aavang, was not allowed to include these items on the committee agenda.
According to Committee Member Jeff Thorsen, the Law and Government Committee needed to establish the 2017 for McHenry County’s legislative priorities.
He stated that voting for a lobbying contract in May was “putting the cart before the horse”, because the County doesn’t even know what we want them to do.
However, County Administrator Peter Austin indicated that the plan was now going to be established with other County government heads, through the direction of the County Board Chairman.
But Thorsen pushed back by asking why legislative priorities are being set by the County Board Chairman and others, when that is the work of the law and government committee.
Although Committee Chairman Michelle Aavang further explained how the legislative priorities were being defined, Michael Walkup challenged that this had little meaning since the committee was not even “in the loop” of any of the communications and decisions being made.
In addition, Committee Member Wilcox asked why the Committee had not been permitted to have this on the agenda given that he has requested this item to be discussed “on multiple occasions”.
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You can listen to the meeting here.