At what point in the twilight zone of Edgar County will Justice enter into the equation with our ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board)?
It’s actually pretty amazing to read the minutes from these meetings, confront them on their actions and watch the reactions, so don’t miss the video clip below as it is priceless!
There is a very interesting chain of events on this issue that raises many issues, and not only with our 911 Board Members but the county board who continues to do nothing to remove these people from their appointments. Their actions and ignorance to the laws they are supposed to follow is so over the top it’s amazing that they continue to get away with it.
You're about to enter The Twilight Zone!
It's October 2010 and the 911 board comes out of Executive session and Cindy Belt makes a motion to give Nanette Crippes a 3% pay raise. The motion was seconded and the voting to approve was next. Never mind the fact that the board has acknowledged they are operating at a deficit and funds are tight. That’s another story for another Zone!
Now step back from the Twilight Zone for just a second and see what the law states about expenditures relating to 911 funds.
50 ILCS 750/15.4) (from Ch. 134, par. 45.4)
Sec. 15.4. Section (C)
No expenditures may be made from such fund except upon the direction of the board by resolution passed by a majority of all members of the board
OK, back to The Twilight Zone!
Cindy Belt, Dee Burgin, Jamey Littleton and Dave McCrocklin all vote Yes and Jeff Pointer votes no and Tim Crippes abstained as it would clearly be a conflict of interest for him to vote for his girlfriend’s pay raise.
So what does this all mean? Nothing in the Twilight Zone of Edgar County, as the law clearly doesn’t apply, however; in the real world the rest of us live in, it means the motion DOES NOT PASS. As an eight member board a majority would be five members and with only 4 voting to pass it, the MOTION FAILS!
Sadly, in the Twilight Zone of Edgar County they recorded the motion as having passed and for the past year an unauthorized pay raise was provided.
Since Merle Clark and Dee Burgin, Chair and Co-Chair, have been on the board for years they surly know what the law is, don’t they?
It was Mr. Burgin that first pointed out the statue to me and informed me that it was full of great information pertaining to the operation of 911. Boy was he right on that one! I wonder if he ever studied the actual statute he told me was so informative.
In the real world, regardless of what it was being spent on, those board members who took that action would be held accountable for spending money illegally.
At what point does someone on our County Board step up and demand these people be removed from their appointments as it's very clear they have no regard for the law?
For now, sit back and watch this super long 1 minute and 12 second video of me confronting the 911 board on this matter, but don’t expect much, as when confronted as to if they even knew what the law was the reaction was absolutely priceless!
It took Merle Clark a whopping 30 seconds to say a word, and even then he could only muster “it did carry”! He even claims “at that time it carried? No kidding Mr. Clark. That’s why I brought up this matter. Tell us something we don’t already know!
I will provide another SHOCKING revelation of more illegal action by these same people in a few short days so stay tuned but for now sit back and enjoy the 1 minute and 12 seconds of revelations from the Twilight Zone!