by Dennis Sullivan
May 15, 2014
Crete Trustee Dean Gaffney Monday called on other village board members to end their “petty bickering” and focus on improving the quality of life in Crete.
“We’ve gotta give the residents a reason to stick around, a reason to stay in Illinois, a reason to stay in Crete,” he said as he stood facing the back of the room.
Gaffney cited a recent Chicago newspaper article about a general exodus from Illinois to Indiana,relating it to his own experience of going to the mailbox, and “boom,” finding his “personal property taxes went up $1,000.”
Gaffney, elected in 2013 on a slate opposing the current mayor, recalled that he previously golfed on the nights when the village board met. He said he was wearing his golfing cap Monday night to emphasize his commitment to serving the village.
He offered no specific solutions.
It was the second time in two weeks Gaffney has used his building-and-grounds time to address unrelated issues.
At the April 28 meeting, he used the time to:
- Blast fellow trustees’ 4-1 vote to expand the role of the village’s financial consultant,
- Complain that he had insufficient information to cast an informed vote and
- Criticize the village clerk for providing an agenda that didn’t include the financial consultant’s full name.
Gaffney returned to that issue during Monday’s meeting in the time set aside to amend, correct and approve the April 28 meeting minutes.
Again taking issue with the clerk, Gaffney publicly chided her for including Mayor Mike Einhorn’s response to his building-and-grounds report.
Gaffney insisted that Einhorn’s defense of the financial consultant’s credentials and experience be deleted from the portion of the minutes describing his report.
“When a trustee’s report is ended, it’s ended,” he said.
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