Cordova electoral board will meet Saturday


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 11:27 pm
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By Lyle Ernst correspondent@qconline.com
Cordova officials Thursday night learned the rescheduled Cordova Electoral Board meeting will be at 3 p.m. Saturday.

An earlier meeting this week was canceled when two meeting participants cited state law prohibiting Mayor Bob VanHooreweghe from serving on the board.

The mayor has filed two objections to candidates in the April 9 municipal election.One protest claims James Boone is ineligible to be a mayoral candidate because he is in arrears of a municipal utility bill. The second protest claimsthree Citizen's Party trustee candidates improperly filed their nomination papers on Dec. 10 instead of during Dec. 17-26 as required by law.

At Saturday's electoral board meeting, Mayor VanHooreweghe will be replaced by Trustee Pat Fidlar.

Also on Thursday night, Mayor VanHooreweghe vetoed the council's Dec. 27 decision to pay the $1,000 legal bill Trustee John Myers incurred in defense of an order of protection request against him by former village police officer Raymond Goossens.

Mr. Goosens had alleged Mr. Myers stalked and harassed him by seeking information on his unemployment benefits request. On Nov. 8 Rock Island County Judge Clarence Darrow ruled Mr. Goosens failed to meet the burden of proof in his claim.

In other business Thursday night, trustees voted 4-2to spend up to $250 to hire an outside attorney to research reclaiming the former police office in the Cordova Fire District building. When the village dissolved its police department last year, the vacant office was claimed by the fire district.

"Why go to all this trouble and spend money when plans have been discussed to build a new village hall?" asked Cordova Trustee John Stickler. The mayor also said he thought the effort was a "stupid idea."

Trustees also approved spending up to $10,000 to hvae a utility company locate and mark water shut-off valve locations in Cordova. Village staff have been unable to determine the locations of some valves.

Trustees also approved hiring two officer personnel as soon as possible.


















 



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