CLARK CO. (ECWd) –
The Clark County Park District haled a meeting on August 8, 2014. The meeting was held in the garage to accommodate those citizens who chose to attend, and there was still standing room only.
The District approved:
– Naming Larry Yargas as the FOIA Officer
– Approved hiring the attorney again since it was not on the agenda for the last meeting
– Approved payment of an attorney invoice
– Approved the lease lots resolution on Plat and Covenants
– Accepted resignation of the Park Director and appointed Mark Badasch as temp Director. He will work 2 days per week at $450.00 per day. Appointed Charity Murphy from W. Terre Haute, IN. as assistant at $35k per year.
Law Breaking Continues
Unlawful Incurring of Debt
The Commissioners are fully aware that they cannot incur a debt on behalf of the park district without it being approved at a board meeting…but they continue on thumbing their noses at the law. You would think that for $250 per hour the newly hired attorney would advise them against violating the law, but instead were actively assisting them in their law breaking by not ensuring their work was approved by the board prior to incurring an invoice.
So now they have intentionally and deliberately violated the Park District Code, with the assistance of their attorney, constituting official misconduct on behalf of those that voted to pay the invoice.
(70 ILCS 1205/4-6)
(from Ch. 105, par. 4-6)
No member of the board of any park district, nor any person, whether in the employ of said board or otherwise, shall have power to create any debt, obligation, claim or liability, for or on account of said park district, or the monies or property of the same, except with the express authority of said board conferred at a meeting thereof and duly recorded in a record of its proceedings.
Do you think any express authority conferred at a meeting and duly recorded was ever given to incur a debt from an attorney? Of course not, but these people believe there are no consequences to what they are doing.
Leasing of Lots
The board went ahead and voted to lease lots in violation of the original agreement that helped form the park.
From the scrapping and fighting over FOIA officers, and Larry Yargas insisting in meeting after meeting about who should be the FOIA officer, it is quickly becoming clear that there is an orchestrated attempt at hiding records from the public. This is speculation on my part, but there is no other logical reason for him to be so concerned about these PUBLIC records.
Election Coming Up In 2015
Four Commissioners are coming up for election in 2015 – we will run several articles on this important issue in the coming months.