Du Page Township Board of Trustees Special met May 15
I. Call To Order: Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
II. Pledge Of Allegiance: Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all led by Supervisor Mayer.
III. Roll Call For Quorum: Trustees Raga, Benford, Oliver, Burgess, and Supervisor Mayer were all present.
IV. Approval Of Agenda: A motion was made by Trustee Benford, and seconded by Trustee Raga to approve the agenda with Trustee Comments to be added after Comments or Questions from the Public and Press. A request was also made by Trustee Benford to add an agenda item to appoint a Parliamentarian to oversee the proceedings. It was noted that this would not be advisable to do, since it would be an action item that was not originally posted on the agenda. Upon roll call vote the following voted yes: Trustees Raga, Benford, Oliver, Burgess, and Supervisor Mayer. The motion passed.
V. Supervisor’s Report:
a. Review Of Forensic Audit Proposals
There were two forensic proposals presented in, the board packet by Supervisor Mayer, as well as two proposals introduced at the meeting by Trustee Benford. The companies reviewed at the meeting were:
SFG – Sierra Forensic Group
Crowe Horwath, LLP
Following a brief discussion by the Board, they felt additional time would be in the best financial interest of the Township to allow for appropriate review of the proposals and request additional pricing guidelines. The path of items to be highlighted for the forensic audit may also be given to the audit companies for
VI. Executive Session For Personnel:
a. Threatened Litigation Regarding Sexual Harassment
Charge Made Against A Trustee With Possible Board Action
b. Pending Litigation Against Township Regarding Linda Youngs With Possible Board Action
A motion was made at 7:17 p.m.
A motion was made to reconvene to the Special Board Meeting at 9:01 p.m.
A motion was made by Trustee Burgess and seconded by Supervisor Mayer to reinstate Assistant to the Supervisor Linda Youngs, with back pay and benefits retroactive to the date of March 27, 2018 through present. Upon roll call vote, the following voted yes: Trustees Raga, Benford, Oliver, Burgess, and Supervisor Mayer. There were no nay votes and the motion carried.
A motion was made by Trustee Benford and seconded by Supervisor Mayer to place Assistant to the Supervisor Linda Youngs on paid administrative leave, effective today. Upon roll call vote, the following voted yes: Trustees Raga, Benford, Oliver, Burgess, and Supervisor Mayer. There were no nay votes and the motion carried.
VII. Comments Or Questions:
Christine Mayer requested that she would like to know the outcome of item a. Supervisor Mayer stated that there is no motion on the floor. Linda Willhelm questioned if there was a normal bid process for the forensic audit. Supervisor Mayer noted that the regular bid process was not followed in this case, due to the time constraints for an expedited completion of this process. Supervisor Mayer also directed anyone to Julie Bruch, the Township Risk Management Attorney if they would like to give any other audit firm recommendations.
Karen Thacker asked what is going on with Trustee Raga and if he is going to resign, and stop being an embarrassment to this Community and the Board – for his behavior of his arrest and other issues. She said he is not a moral statute of what a Trustee should be – petitions have been signed around town, and she feels he should resign.
b. Press: No Comments
Dennis Raga: No Comment.
Alyssia Benford: No Comment.
Kenneth Burgess: No Comment.
Maripat Oliver: Trustee Oliver noted that she would like to have the forensic audit situation completed so that we can move forward in the kind and happy manner that we used to all deal with each other.
A motion was made by Trustee Burgess and seconded by Trustee Benford to adjourn the meeting at 9:06 p.m. All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned.