Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Well well. Looks like Rock Island County is being sued.Why? To appoint a special prosecutor to go after the 2 former Cordova officers when they made death threats on a public officials life. Well this should be interesting
Monday, October 28, 2013
isn't it odd that I live in Mercer County that I blog in Mercer County but Rock Island County is the one that has brought charges.( no jurisdiction)isn't it odd that Scott Gardnner lives in Whiteside County Brooke Flooming lives in Whiteside County but they filed complaint in Rock Island County for something that happens in Mercer County? And then Rock island is the one that brings the charge?;isn't it odd that I am charged with record not to be public for something that happened in March 19 2012for posting something on my blog?that was given to me by Todd Allen who in turn received it fron and employee of the SOS(drivers lixense office in Silvis)but what is really odd is if posting that on my blog was illegal then why did Rock Island County allow it to remain on my blog?(its still up i just checked)they had a search warrant for my blog, if it's illegal to post that record on my blog why did they not take it down?isn't it odd that the search warrant was for the charge of official misconduct in March of 2012, complaint filed by John Hager, and for harassment by electronic means filed by Scott Gardner, and intimidation filed by Brooke FLooming. but how can you be an official in March when the police department was disbanded in January?So at that time i was a citizen.And how can you be harrassed when you go willingly on a blog? it me or does this look like misconduct on the part of RIC?All this happened when the ASA Norma sent me a nasty email saying I cannot file a Foia request. Looks to me the the Rock Island County States Attorneys office is guilty of intimidation. They seem to think there above the law.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I now have police reports , interviews of John Hager injuring his child. I shall be posting these. you will see he changes Story three times,and finally admitted throwing his child down and injuring it. and all he got was $100 fine I believe it's because they're using him, as he was the complaint on my case that is pending for official misconduct how could I be official in March of 2012 when the police department was disbanded in January?I live in Mercer County I blog in Mercer County but Rock Island County did the search warrant . arrest they feel their above all the law And can do what they want
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Cordova mayor won't sign check for trustee's legal bill
Last Updated: March 21, 2013, 11:38 pm
By Lyle Ernst, email@example.com
CORDOVA -- Mayor Bob VanHooreweghe said on Thursday night he does not intend to sign a check covering a trustee's legal costs until instructed to do so by the Illinois Attorney General.
Village trustees have voted to pay the $1,000 in legal fees incurred by Cordova Trustee John Myers to defend an order of protection sought against him by former Cordovapolice officer Ray Goossens. The order of protection was denied and, in December, board members approved paying Mr. Myers' legal fees.
Mayor VanHooreweghe vetoed the action, which trustees overrode at their February meeting.
HIS ATTORNEY WAS THERE,THE FAT GUY,DYERS, WHEN ASKED WHY?HE STATED FOR JOHN MYERS. BUT THE CITY ATTORNEY WAS ALREADY THERE. DYERS WAS REPRESENTING JOHN MYERS THE PRIVATE CITIZEN, SORRY JOHN
TO PAY THIS BILL IS CALLED, MISAPPROPRIATION OF GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS.ILLEGAL
"I will not sign the check until the Illinois Attorney General tells me it's legal," the mayor said on Thursday night.
Also at Thursday's meeting, former Cordova trustee Jon Noland read aloud a letter addressed to the village board claiming trustees violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act by voting for the payment in closed session. In doing so, Mr. Noland said trustees also ignored advice from the village attorney, Clayton Lee, who repeatedly told them "this is not a village expense."
Mr. Noland said his March 8 Freedom of Information Act request on the vote was denied because much of the information was reportedly discussed in closed session. Illinois statutes do not allow discussion of bills in a closed session, Mr. Noland contends.
Trustees John Haan and Dean Moyer disagreed with Mr. Noland's assertions. Mr. Moyer said the protection order request was prompted by Mr. Myers checking into the unemployment benefits situation of Mr. Goossens.
NOT TRUE, HE LIED TO MERCER COUNTY PROBATION,AND THE MANAGER OF UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE. WHY DID HE CALL MERCER COUNTY?
After the meeting, Mr. Noland said he plans to contact the attorney general's office with his concerns.
Cordova candidates seek to move village forward by reducing political strife
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Last Updated: March 23, 2013, 10:06 pm
Last Updated: March 23, 2013, 10:06 pm
By Lyle Ernst, firstname.lastname@example.org
After four tumultuous years in village government, Cordova residents have an abundance of choices when they go to the polls to choose new officials April 9.
Trustee Dean Moyer is giving up his board seat to challenge incumbent mayor Robert VanHooreweghe.
Nine candidates are vying for three open trustee seats; and two candidates seek the clerk's job, on the ballot as an elected position for the first time in more than 12 years.
Virtually all the candidates said they hope to move the village forward by reducing the strife that has marked village affairs.
The village police department was disbanded, a long-discussed new city hall project stalled, the mayor vetoed several council actions and refused, in some instances, to follow through when the vetoes were overridden, Additionally, a dispute with the fire protection district over office space led to talk of legal action.
Mr. Moyer, a Peoples Party candidate, said, "I want to stop the fighting,
this is the guy that said its war.stop the fighting?uh huh sureeeee
and get everyone to work in the same direction. We need to concentrate on repairing all the streets, not just Main Street, and continue with water/sewer upkeep and improvements. A primary project, after the election, will be to build a new village hall, and I believe it is important to restore an amicable relationship with the fire district."
Mayor VanHooreweghe, running as an independent, points to his experience of 10 years as a trustee and the previous four as village president. "Moving forward with a positive attitude is a must," he said. "We need to have a board and mayor that can work together to accomplish the goals that are best for the Village of Cordova, not just for a few.
"I fought to prevent the loss of police protection, and want to see some form of it re-established. Priorities include repairing streets, finding and maintaining water shutoffs, finishing the riverfront campus with handicap facilities and improving our website." he said. "It's imperative that we move ahead with plans for a new village hall."
Mr. VanHooreweghe said when he took office, the General Fund was borrowing from the Well Fund. As of today, the General Fund shows a $200,000 balance.
Citizen's Party candidate for trustee Alvin Barber said, "I would like to see respect and the issues handled, rather than bickering and personal conflicts. The board needs to listen to the people who voted them into office."
Shannon Craigmiles, of the Peoples Party, said she will represent the voices of the community. "We need to act only in the best interest of the community, and work toward a bright future. I believe that we are at a point in time where we need to decide as a community what we want to become, where we want to go and how we want to get there."
Independent candidate Greg Deines said, "Cordova needs to determine long range goals. In order to establish and obtain these goals, the village must elect a board willing to work as a cohesive unit. Electing the 'correct' combination of representatives is the first step in achieving those long range goals."
Richard Gaylord, an independent candidate, said, "I look forward to removing Cordova as a source of humor in our local newspapers, improving the respect of our village government and restoring pride in our community. Restoring police protection and maintaining and improving village infrastructure are also top priorities."
Independent candidate, and former village president and trustee Mike McCullough said, "We need to have the items that are placed on the agenda dealt with in a timely manner, not tabled for months and months with no action taken. We need to update the entire village infrastructure, not just the main road, and continue the development to access the river and enjoy what it has to offer."
Citizen's candidate Barry Oleson said, "I want to be a voice for the people of the village who sees that issues and improvements are dealt with in a timely manner."
Willard "Bill" Somers, People's candidate said, "This mayor and board members wasted $1,000 of studies that the village did not want, or need; money that should have been used for things that are needed."THIS IS THE GUY THAT WANTED HIS SON TO GET OFF OF DRIVING SUSPENDED.REAL SMART MAN THERE
Citizen's candidate Harvey Sothmann said, "I care about the community, and am concerned about the future. Now that I am retired, I have the time to invest in it."
Trustee John Stickler, of the Citizen's Party, said, "The board needs to work together in a positive way, and I want to see a new village hall built and the playground completed."
Carol DeWilfond, independent candidate for village clerk, said, "I have 26 years of administrative experience. To remedy the disagreements amongst the board, the mayor and the current village clerk, the new clerk must be non-partisan, courteous, professional and within the limits of the law. I pledge that I will treat everyone in the village with respect."
Deniese Womack, Peoples candidate for village clerk, said, "I have three goals: to provide clear and accurate meeting minutes; provide fast and courteous customer service to all residents and to organize and improve information for residents to review via the website and office postings."
Monday, January 14, 2013
YOUR GONNA LOVE THIS ONE,HAHAHA
VILLAGE OF CORDOVA
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The purpose of the Committee meeting is to form the Agenda for the Regular Board meeting of January 17th. Any item on this Agenda could result in possible action at the Regular meeting.
Trustees in attendance- Larry Dhooge, Dean Moyer, John Myers, Patsy Fidlar, John Haan and John Stickler.
Citizens in attendance- Ida Kerr, Mike Kerr, Nick & Shannon Craigmiles, Barry Oleson, Linda Meinheit, Holly Rogers, Shelley Strombach, Amy Haan, Denise Womack, Elizabeth Rogers, Jared Barber, Lyle (Dispatch/Review), Jim Boone, Della Scott, Jim Hines, Candy Moyer, Deputy-Rock Island County Sheriff Dept, Greg Deines, Del Moyer
Missman Stanley Engineering-Engineer for Valley Construction project at Exelon- Bob noted he had received a letter from Scott Kammerman following up a phone conversation they had and the information that had been forwarded to him. (Letter attached). With our conversation and this letter it indicates the possibility of working out a deal fair to all. We have not made any commitments but our system would qualify. This is just an FYI.
Boil order- we experienced a few flaws and will continue to take information for those who want to be directly contacted in the future when and if a need should arise.
TIF Agreement with Riverdale School- We may know more by next week but it looks like we will be making our annual payments to the School District in March when we make the developer payments unless they request it sooner.
Blu Shamrock had requested extending the liquor license hours for the Exelon outage- last month we agreed to extend the hours thru March 25th but they have came back and requested the hours be extended until April 15th. We will need to get this on the Agenda.
The only thing that is truly affected is Sunday- the rest of the time they can be open at 6AM.
New Windsor Police Department-portable radios- New Windsor expressed interest and they have checked our inventory and reported the portable radios will need new batteries and reprogrammed to accommodate narrow band requirements. They have offered us $50 each and are interested in 2 of the radios. I thought $50 sounded cheap but he says it will cost them $65 for battery and another $65 for programming and a new radio is $400.
John Myers questioned how many radios Cordova has? Bob: 4 or 5.
John Haan agreed that sounded pretty cheap.
Rock Island County Deputy noted if the radio is used and not a narrow band there is big violation and if they are not narrow band that conversion is necessary.
John Myers: I have some record of the value of the radios.
Jim Hines questioned if the Village had the radios tested or are we going on the word of New Windsor-when were the tested and by who? Bob: New Windsor’s people. Jim Hines: I think we need to have our guy check the radios out.
John Haan: I don’t want to sell them for $50.
Electronic sign- Bob questioned if the Village wished to take part in the sign with the Cordova Township and Cordova Township Park District. I think it is a good idea to throw some money in on this.
John Myers: do we know the cost of the sign?
John Haan agreed this was a good idea.
Bob: I think they would let use the sign for a boil order but having an investment in the sign would enhance our position.
Fair Share policy- This was previously discussed and moved to the January agenda. What do you want to do? Dean: I don’t have it with me. John Haan: we need to do something. Larry asked that Sharon get copies of the amendment to the Trustees and this be moved to the February Committee meeting.
Bob noted that an error had occurred in the monthly payroll checks made out the first of January due to changes in the FICA withholding. An adjustment will be made in the checks issued February 1st.
Debt Schedule reminder
Bob: there was some damage to the fence at the water tower December 25th and I just found out about it. I want to be notified when we have any damage to any of the village’s property. I need notification within 24 hours.
Pat: is this a new policy?
Bob: I just established it.
Pat: oh really!
Dean: we need to put this on the Agenda for next week. We have a chain of command that needs to be followed and are not making changes just because you want them.MOYER HAS TO BE THE LEAST EDUCATED OF ALL THESE BOARD MEMBERS.THAT IS UNTIL SOMERS GETS ON.:)
John Myers questioned if Bob would be contacting the Board members on things also within 24 hours!
Bob: if we have damage to Village property-yes.
Street & Alley-Larry Dhooge
Larry: the GMC is in the shop for some repairs-loose rocker arms, distributor, plugs, compression check and we have a tow bill. We are looking at between $500-$700 but I think this is an emergency and needs to get back on the street.
When are we taking down the Christmas decorations? John Haan: I told the donor we would get them up and my friends and I got them up- I am not taking them down.
Pat: the Park & Recreation chairman is not doing his job! They should have come down this week while the weather wasn’t bad.
Water & Sewer-Dean Moyer
Dean requested a closed session for personnel.
I also want on the Agenda office hours-we are going to be open 8 hours per day.
We still need to locate shut offs and possibly install a shut off valve on 4th Avenue and this should be done while we can take advantage of the good weather.
Bob: Do you want to install a new valve? Dean: if we can find the valves we may not need it but we need to be able to shut off the town in sections. There has to be someone who specializes in location that can find the valves. We had some places marked detected by a metal detector and drilled down a foot and found nothing. I don’t want to tear up the entire street.
John Myer: Wilton and Erie are locating using GPS. Ask Doug, he may be able to give us some leads.
We have 2 Committees without chairs and I and others don’t believe that is proper. We have one person controlling too much. Next week if we don’t have a Finance chair there’s going to be a problem paying bills.
Bob: is that a threat!
Dean: I am giving you privileged notice. You are the mayor and not finance.
We need to do employee evaluations. Jim Boone has asked for a raise and we said we were going to look at everyone.
Larry Dhooge and John Myers agreed they had said January. Larry: any raises should be retro to January 1st if we wait until February.
Sharon: I gave a written notice to Bob, Doug, Dean, Jim and Michele regarding a duplication of account situation at IEPA that needs to be watched.
Jim: I talked to Doug today and he has it taken care of.
John Myers: a concern has been expressed regarding the maintenance building being left open-do we need a security camera? Who left the door open?
Larry: do we know where all the keys are or do we need a new lock?
John Haan: someone forget to lock it.
John Myers: it has happened twice recently.
Jim Boone: one day the door was not fully closed.
Pat: we need to move this to the Agenda.
John Haan: we need to make sure everyone is checking the door and see if it happens again.
Greg questioned who is the last person out? Do we have a date of the occurrences?
Bob: the ladies are here until 5PM. If we have someone entering the building at 3AM we need to change the lock or get a camera.
John Myers: we need to make sure we are not sticking our heads in the sand and say it never happened.
John Myers: I went out and visited Ed today and I am questioning if we need additional help. We don’t know Ed’s plan.
Jim: it is hard to predict the weather and it would be nice to have someone trained and thus a relief person.
John Haan: we have applications.
Bob: I have been saying we needed an additional person with Jims work scenario. There are times Jim is not here, nor is anyone else. The 2nd guy may also have another job and just wanting to pick up some hours.
Jim: I have talked to Larry and Dean and they know if I am on another job I can leave and come back to Cordova-snow, watermain, etc. It’s taken care of.
Larry: we can do some interviews.
John Myers: how old are the apps and are they still available and wanting to work?
Larry: they are pretty recent.
John Myers: where are we at on the late charges on December water bills- I thought we had said the late charges would be removed? They were not taken off.
Bob: that decision was made December 27th after Michele had printed the bills and rather than redoing everything to accommodate 4 or 5 people it didn’t happen and still may not happen. I could veto that decision.
Jim Boone: are water bills public information to everybody? If I want to get a copy of someone else’s bill. Can I call Sharon and have her fax one to me?HES MAD BECAUSE HE IS BEHIND ON HIS WATER BILL AND THAT KICKS HIM OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR MAYOR.
Bob: I would have to ask the lawyer.
Jim; has that happened recently?
Sharon: I have been here 12 years and no. I have used them when doing liens with Rock Island County.
Pat: it happened today!
Jim Boone: that is going to be an issue.
Sharon questioned who? What happened today.
Pat: it happened today.
Sharon: I have 2 people I was talking to with quantity billed and I am still working with them.
Pat: we will put this on the Agenda.
John Myers: I would like to get it on the Agenda that a Committee be formed to look at the possibility to look at outside council to retain control of the former police officers. See what we get for a recommendation.
Bob: you are talking about our Ex-Police Department!
The 2013 recycle calendars are on the table.
Did we find out what happened with the lease payment to Donna Green? Sharon: we mailed it out 2 days ago. Pat questioned why the payment had been overlooked and that the village needs a Finance Officer. Pat: I am not so sure about that.
Bob: a Finance Officer would not have known the payment had been overlooked anyhow.
Pat: and no one contacted Donna. Sharon was supposed to let me know the outcome was.
John Haan questioned if the payment had been made to John Myers attorney?
Bob: I may still veto that.
John Haan: put it on the Agenda.AGAIN,IF IT IS PAID AGAINST THE ADVISE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY I SHALL BE FILING COMPLAINT
Pat: questioned if the gas bill had been straightened out?
Bob: you mean credit card and yes our account is back active.
Pat: what was the issue?
Sharon: we had missed a payment and were not notified nor does our bill show any late charges. John Myers seen that there are no late charges on the bill.
Bob passed letters to the Board members regarding the resignation of Michele Chavez effective January 31.
John Haan: we need to put this on the Agenda and find someone to replace her.
Bob; we need a water/sewer Clerk and a Treasurer.
John Haan: I want to also discuss a 3rd person again.
John Myers: this all ties together and we need to be open 40 hours so we have 3 issues- hours, water/sewer clerk and 3rd person.
Bob: we have an Ordinance that deals with the Utility Clerk and there are Statues involved with a 3rd person.
Larry questioned if Michele’s position was an appointed position? Bob: the Treasurer is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board but I doubt if that will go smooth-maybe it will and maybe it won’t. The Utility Clerk is a hired position.
Jim Boone: earlier you discussed hiring for the maintenance department-what is the timeframe on this? Can I temp hire someone on the spot if I need to.
John Haan: Jim Boone needs to be involved in the hiring.HAAN IS SCAREY IS HIS IGNORANCE
Jim: I realize the Board has a process. I want someone tomorrow!
Larry: we can make some calls and see if we can get someone to start Monday.
Bob asked that Lyle put notice in his article the village is taking applications and interviewing. The positions could be full or part time.
John Haan: we need to do something now.
Larry: if I am not available and you want to interview go ahead.
John Myers questioned if the village was obligated to advertise for the positions?
Bob: we need to say we are looking for both Maintenance and a water/sewer clerk and can do so by notifying the media.
Pat: do we have any applications for the water/sewer clerk?
Bob: I just found out today and it blew me. I have a few ideas.
Lyle questioned if the maintenance position was full time or part time. Bob: depending on what they want to work-days or nights it could work out if they have a 2nd job or someone lonely wanting 20 hours per week.
Jim Hines questioned if a former employee would be on the Agenda next week as it says on his blog?SEEMS HERE SOMEONE IS A FAITHFUL READER.:) THANK YOU
Bob: we are here tonight to form the Agenda.
Jim Hines questioned he had requested to be on the Agenda?WHATS MATTER DOPER?SCARED?
Bob: I have heard the rumor but that is all I know.
Bill Somers: it may be on his Agenda.STILL WAITING FOR COFFEE BILLY BOY,,:):)
Bob: if he follows procedures he has the right to be on the Agenda. CONTRARY WHAT THESE PEOPLE THINK,OPEN MEETING ACT DOES STATE THAT ANYONE CAN ATTEND PUBLIC MEETINGS.
Barry questioned how long applications are held for. I have filled out applications a couple of times.
Bob: our procedure is to copy applications to department heads and it would probably be a good idea to fill out another one if you are interested. See Sharon on your way out.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 by Larry Dhooge and 2nd by John Stickler. Meeting adjourned.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
HERE YOU WILL SEE THE ABSOLUTE STUPIDITY BY SOME BOARD MEMBERS AND SOME IN THE AUDIENCE.I SHALL BE DISSECTING IT LATER, BUT READ THIS.THIS ISNT THE WHOLE, JUST THE MORONIC PARTS:):):)
DRAFT SUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL
Village of Cordova
Journal of Proceedings
December 27, 2012
The December Board meeting was called to order in the Conference Room at the Village Hall on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 6:30PM. Village President Bob VanHooreweghe presiding.
Roll call- Trustees in attendance were: Larry Dhooge, Dean Moyer, John Myers, Patsy Fidlar, and John Haan. John Stickler was absent.
Also in attendance- Treasurer Michele Chavez and Attorney Clayton Lee. Clerk Sharon Peterson was absent.
Citizens and special guest-Amy Haan, Lyle Ernst (Dispatch/Review), Jim Hines. Adam Laver-Utility Equipment Company, Del Moyer, Perry Barber, Bill Somers, Mike Kerr, and Candy Moyer.
Pledge of Allegiance
A moment of silence was observed for the passing of the Village Clerk’s father.
Journal of Proceedings-A motion was made by Larry Dhooge and 2nd by Dean Moyer to approve the minutes of the November 15th Board meeting and the December 13th Committee meeting. The motion was passed with a 5 aye roll call vote.
John Myers legal bill- A motion was made by Patsy Fidlar to pay the $1,000 legal bill incurred by John Myers. The motion was 2nd by Dean Moyer.
Clay: we have been over this before and this bill is not a village expense.HERE WE HAVE THE CITY ATTORNEY EVEN STATE,THAT THIS MAN DID IT AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. I know you disagree with me. This is John Myers and not the village.JOHN MYERS THE MAN,NOT THE VILLAGE REPRESENITIVE You would be setting a precedence paying an individuals lawyer fee with village funds. Are you going to pay the fine of a village employee if it is incurred while he is on the job?
John Haan: I was elected and we are going to pay the bill.LOL I LOVE THIS STATEMENT,WHAT A POWER HUNGRY,BULLY.
Dean: it was the mayor who caused all of this. Bob: what do you mean? Dean: you helped it along. Bob: I was subpoenaed and I testified. We all know a motion was made to squash the minutes and John Myers acted individually and not as the Village Board.
Clay: attorney argued quash.A JUDGE AGREED. THATS THE REASON THE MOTION TO QUASH WAS GRANTED.
Pat: we can say the mayor will pay the bill. He is responsible for that man ever being employed with the Village.LOL IS IT ME, OR DOES SHE SEEM LIKE SHES A LITTLE HATEFUL HERE?ONE WORD. COCKROACH :)
The motion was passed with a 4 aye roll call vote. John Myers abstained.IF THIS IS PAID, I SHALL BE FILING A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT (I ALREADY TALKED TO THE AG) FOR MIS APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS.WHICH IS A CRIMINAL ACT:):):):)
Bill Somers: Myers was not convicted so why are you not putting him back on Finance?HEY EINSTEIN,THE COURT ACTION WAS CIVIL,NOT A CRIMINAL MOTION.AND THIS GUY WANTS TO BE ON THE BOARD?OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGG.HES A LOONY TUNE Bob: he was not removed pending charges-read the minutes, listen to the tape. What I said was he put the Village in a position which was not in the best interest of the Village and created a possible liability. There is nothing anyplace which says John Myers contest the unemployment claim.
John Haan: you took me off too for building a pavilion in the parking lot.
Dean: no one tells me I can’t get the supplies I need to fix a water main!HERE YOU SEE A STATEMENT THAT IS ONLY MORE PROOF OF THE ABSOLUTE BULLY MENTALITY AND POWER TO THE HEAD John’s charges against him were thrown out!
Bob: that is not what happened. Goossens proved one count.
John Myers: the judge said it was a toss up.NO MYERS, HE SAID IF! I HAD MY PROBATION OFFICER THERE I WOULD OF HAD MY 2 INCIDENTS.AND HE WOULD OF GRANTED IT. BUT I DIDN'T SO HE COULDN'T IF YOU WANT I CAN GET THE TRANSCRIPT AND POSTED IT HERE TO SHOW YOUR AGAIN A LIAR
Pat: we go on and on and it goes back to Goossens.I LOVE IT,SHE IS THE BIGGEST WASTE OF SPACE I KNOW, A LIAR, A BULLY, AND PATHETIC SHE HATES THIS BLOG AS IT REVEAL HER CORRUPTION AND THE REST OF THE GANG OF FOUR
Jim Hines: are you going to appoint a Finance Officer. You are in violation of the law.
Bob: site me Chapter and verse
Jim Hines: I got information 3 years ago when I asked how the Clerk can edit minutes-it’s on the same page. The mayor can not be on Finance or Police Committee.
$25 shut off fee charged when the office closed for Exelon drill- John Haan questioned how many people were involved. Michele: probably 5 or 6. John Haan made a motion to waive the $25 fee charged when the office was not open on the 5th. The motion was 2nd by Dean Moyer.
Bob: the office was closed only one day.
Dean: we need to do the same for all.
John Haan: we are done talking, move on.
Bob: this violates our Village Ordinance.
Pat: when Michele waives the charge for one she is violating the Ordinance!
Bob: if a person calls prior to the shut off day the Utility Clerk has the latitude to waive and make payment arrangements.
Candy: she needs supervision and I have heard she is not fair.
The motion was passed with a 5 aye roll call vote.
Cordova Boosters donation for Christmas party- a motion was made to donate $150 to the Cordova Boosters for the Christmas party by Patsy Fidlar and 2nd by Larry Dhooge.
The motion was passed with a 5 aye roll call vote.
Amy: we have had some changes and I don’t think we got the Halloween check. That needs to be looked into. Things have changed hands.
Transfer Police Equipment Fund to Police Fund- A motion was made by John Haan and 2nd by John Myers to transfer the balance in the Police Equipment Fund to the Police Fund. The motion was passed with a 5 aye roll call vote.
Christmas contest winners
AED /CPR certification training for Village Board, Village employees, Cordova Township employees and Cordova District library employees will be held at 5:30PM, Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Patsy Fidlar: yesterday was the final filing date to have the paperwork turned into this office and the requirement is the office needs to be open 7 hours but instead we break the the law and thumb our nose at the State election laws. Someone should have been in this office!
Michele made a special trip in to accept paperwork from the mayor. She was not on the job. She did not punch in and today when asked for copies she refused to provide them even after she was called by Rock Island County and they told her to do so.
Several of us asked for copies and she refused thus breaking the law by denying us the copies we had requested. The protest period is in effect and she has taken away a day and the holiday is also involved. Every day is a day lost. She took time away from the voters and their rights. The paperwork is still not available and it will be turned over to the State’s Attorney at 8AM. What is your plan?
Bob: you just told us you were turning us in to the State’s Attorney.
Pat: Rock Island County is turning it over, not me. You think you are too good to follow the law. I am sorry Sharon’s dad died and she couldn’t be here but Michele was not here either and we don’t have a 3rd person so we violate the law.
John Haan: how do we know there wasn’t someone else wanting to turn in paperwork? There may have been others wanting to turn in paperwork or ask questions.
Pat: is the mayor using his position when Michele came in to get his paperwork? Who is going to pay for her lawyer? Was she acting in the best interest of this village? She accepted the papers and should have made them available as requested. Are all of the papers here?
Michele, yes. I thought Sharon may be coming in and was going to let her handle the copy request.
Bob: I have had a conversation with the Attorney General’s office and the first response I was told the copy of the papers should be handled as a FOIA request. You are making some pretty serious accusations! Michele’s actions were not done all by herself. I contacted the Attorney General and our village attorney before we gave out anything.
Pat: I am sure you were involved?
Bob: and I involved our attorney before we just start giving information out.
Pat: you made a determination and did what you wanted. I talked to the State Board of Elections and this office was not open. I’ll give you a FOIA request! Bob: we don’t need it.
John Haan questioned who the election official is-Sharon? When we asked for copies we should had got them.
Dean: I was in here this afternoon and she had been told to provide them yet refused.
John Myers: 5/10-8-5 refers to 5 days for FOIA request.
Bob: a FOIA is not needed.
Clay: the paperwork should have been available once it was filed. Bob was just giving us a background as to why it was not furnished right away. Bob: I said before we just go giving out information I wanted clarification as to “:filing” –does it mean here at the village or at Rock Island County. What constitutes “filing”? I want a person with authority involved. I have no problem making copies but I wanted to be sure no one could say she overstepped the boundaries and I brought the lawyer in before we gave the information to the world and make sure procedures were followed and done right.
John Haan questioned if Bob was paying for the lawyer bill to Clay?
Pat: why did you not do things right in the first place. There was no one in the office.
Both the State Board of Elections and Rock Island County called Michele and told her to give us copies. We have the right to know who is running. You think you are the grand Puba again. We seem to have this high cloud of secrecy that you have created and you are better than everyone else. The public’s rights have been taken away.
Bill Somers: I should have gotten the information I requested this afternoon if it had been done correctly-it should had been available.
Bob: I can read. The clerk was not here and the law says “turned in to the Clerk’s office”.
Pat: the papers were not in the Clerk’s possession if Michele took them and she should have made copies.
John Myers: it does say the Clerk and/or Treasurer can accept the papers and she can also copy them.
Bob: I asked for a legal opinion before giving out information. People come in demanding…
Pat: not demanding, we requested and Michele was the one who got snippy!
Candy: as a citizen my tax dollars are paying for lawyers and what does he say?
Clay: I called Michele and told her to make copies and I don’t disagree with anything the Board has said. I was not contacted until late afternoon.
Bill Somers: if the mayor was so concerned why did he wait until this afternoon to contact the attorney? Why wasn’t the contact made in the morning?
Jim Hines: I am trying to understand this- the office was not open. Bob: Sharon had to leave and she posted the door saying use the box or contact me if you need immediate attention and a phone number. Pat: that is not legal! Jim Hines: I am sorry about Sharon’s situation but Michele met Bob to accept paperwork. Bob: I called her and other people could have done the same thing. Jim Hines: she did not punch in and was not officially on the job. Michele: I witnessed the papers being turned into the office-that’s it.
Clay: the papers were legally filed and Michele should have made copies-they should have been available today. Yes, the office should have been open but with the circumstances it was OK for Michele to accept paperwork. I think she would have come in for anybody if they would have called her.
John Myers questioned why Bob had not filed the paperwork at Rock Island County? Candy: you went down to Rock Island County. Bob: I had to file the Economic Interest Statements and get the required receipts
Pat: so because he is a responsible citizen he made it back to Cordova is less than a half hour endangering lives!
Jim Hines: I agree this is not all above board but this is petty.
John Haan: the whole thing is petty.
Amy: you knew about Sharon’s situation and should have made other arrangements-it was not a surprise.
Bill Somers questioned who notarized the paperwork when it was turned in at 5PM?
Bob: the Clerk does not notarize the paperwork as it is turned in.
Pat: they need to be stamped received.
Bill Somers: I had to have my paperwork notarized in front of the Clerk. We don’t know who is running with you.
Larry: the paperwork could be notarized at the Library.
Bill: had to be notarized in front of the Clerk.
Bob: you are 100% wrong!
Clay: I am not an expert and don’t know the answer.
Bill: what is the point of having a notary?
Larry: you can use any notary and they did not have to be notarized today. Most of them were done previously before the last day of filing.
Pat questioned if all of the Economic Interest Statements had been turned in and if they were signed by each individual? Bob: yes. Pat: and you took them all to Rock Island County to get the receipts and brought them back to Michele when the rest of the day no one else had the chance. Do you think someone would put the papers in the box?
Bob: the door notice said call for immediate attention.
Dean: I want to see them now!
Bob: I have no problem with anyone seeing them but I have no keys to Sharon’s desk.
Dean: someone has to have keys and Sharon has not been here-now lets see them!
Bob questioned if Michele was punched in? Michele: No.
Amy: let’s get her punched in.
Pat: we are paying her for being here!
John Haan: she does not do what told –fire her. She works for us, not you.
Bob told Michele to make copies.
Pat: don’t twitch your nose!
John Haan: I am no election judge but I know this was not done right and it didn’t happen anywhere else.
Bob: I told Michele to come check the box at 5PM. The paperwork does not have to be in the “Clerk’s” hands.
Pat: does too.
Bob: I can assure you not all clerks are available.
Dean; I am sure a judge would disagree.
Pat: the election rules changed this year. The deadline was 12/24 and changed to 12/26 to avoid the payment of overtime. The office was supposed to be open 7 hours and we disregard the law. If the paperwork could be left in a box they wouldn’t have had to change the date to avoid overtime. We totally disregarded the law.
John Haan: we need to know what the law says. This is the law…..
Perry: if Michele had not come over to meet with Bob would she have come over to check the box?
Bob: I told her to check the box.
Pat: and you just happened to be here!
John Haan: that is not the way things are done. No one does this but Cordova. I am sorry about Sharon’s dad but someone needed to be here.
Pat: I had conversation with Sandy several times and she was at Township until 5PM.
Larry: when I turned my papers in to Township I called Sandy and she met me. Jim Hines questioned why Larry was turning paperwork into Township? Larry: running for the Board.
Pat: Chris Filbert is on the Rock Island County Board and running for Township Road Commissioner-isn’t that a conflict! She’s bending the rules and sucking money out!
Jim Hines: Chris has no vote as Cordova Township Road Commissioner.
Pat: she still is part of the Board.
Announcements were finished-
Designated property taxes will be moved into appropriate funds the end of December.
IMLRMA will add items to our schedule temporarily when we rent items. (Example-Sunbelt Rental).
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:03PM by John Haan and 2nd by Larry Dhooge. Meeting adjourned.
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Challenges filed against local candidacy
|Challenges have been filed to the prospective candidacies of several people seeking offices in Cordova, Colona and Atkinson in this year's municipal elections.|
In Cordova, the electoral board likely is to meet on Tuesday, according to Mayor Robert E. VanHooreweghe, who is a member of the board, along with clerk Sharon Peterson and Trustee Larry Dhooge.
Mayor VanHooreweghe himself filed the objections to be considered by the board.
His letters of protest assert that Peoples Party candidates Denise Womack (clerk) and Alvin Barber, Shannon Craigmiles and Willard Somers (trustees) filed their petitions of candidacy too early, before the Dec. 17 start date specified state law.
In addition, Mr. VanHooreweghe filed a formal protest of the eligibility of candidate James Boone for mayor.
The protest alleges Mr. Boone was in arrears of his utility bill with the municipality when he signed the candidate statement. The Illinois Municipal Handbook states a candidate "must not be in arrears in the payment of any tax or other indebtedness due the municipality" at the time they sign the nomination papers.
In a related matter, three Cordova trustees have sent a letter to the village attorney, Rock Island County clerk, the Rock Island state's attorney and the Illinois State Board of Elections questioning the method and timing of filing petitions for independent candidates.
The essence of the letter is that Mayor VanHooreweghe filed petition papers for himself, three candidates for trustee and one for village clerk as independents. The mayor was the only person able to gain entrance to the village office as it was closed all day because of a family emergency. After arriving at the office shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, the last filing day, Mr. VanHooreweghe telephoned the village treasurer at her home and requested that she open the office. Michele Chavez, the village treasurer, did so, and accepted the petitions.
The candidates filing as independents include Mr. VanHooreweghe for village president, Carol DeWilfond for village clerk, and Greg Deines, Richard Gaylord and Mike McCullough for trustee. All seats are four-year terms.
It is unclear whether any of the agencies receiving the letter are obligated to take any action on it.