A meeting of the DuPage Township board of trustees was supposed to happen Monday night, but after two of the trustees didn’t show up to make a quorum, it didn’t.
Multiple township residents came Monday to voice their frustration over what they saw as the board’s dysfunction and inability to get along.
Trustees Alyssia Benford and Dennis Raga stayed with the packed room to answer questions about recent events and what was to come, including the township getting a new supervisor. Former Supervisor William Mayer stepped down last month because of a new business opportunity, which requires him to travel more.
At a meeting last week, Benford and Raga walked out before the board could vote to appoint Trustee Ken Burgess to be the next supervisor. Benford explained before walking out that the board would be violating the law because, according to the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act, “No township supervisor or trustee, during the term of office for which he or she is elected, may accept, be appointed to, or hold any office by the appointment of the board or township trustees unless he or she first resigns.”
Until the board meets, it won’t be able to decide on how to get a new supervisor. According to state law, if there is a vacancy on the township board, it has 60 days to fill it until a special township meeting should be called to select a replacement.
But until then, some township employees, who were at the canceled meeting Monday, are concerned about being paid. It’s the supervisor who has to sign any checks the township pays. Benford said no one but the supervisor can sign township checks, and she cited an opinion she received from Robert Hanlon, an attorney out of Woodstock.
She also distributed the opinion in a letter from Hanlon, in which he said anyone who is not the supervisor who signs township checks would be committing forgery.
Trustee Maripat Oliver, who did not attend Monday’s scheduled meeting, said she had previously informed the board that she could not meet on Monday. Benford and Raga called the Monday meeting, according to the agenda.
Oliver said she wants the board to find a neutral person who can work with both sides to be the next supervisor. But overall she likened the situation to a dysfunctional family.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Oliver said.
As of Wednesday, the next township board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19.