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 Cordova police 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.
"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.
After the meeting, Mr. Noland said he plans to contact the attorney general's office with his concerns.
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.