DANVILLE, IL. (ECWd) –
During their monthly meeting this morning, the Vermilion County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners met in open session.
During public comment time, I informed the board of their requirement to follow state law in regards to qualifications of office of commissioners. “No person shall be appointed as commissioner…who is a member of the governing board of a municipality…or employee of a unit of local government…” – Commissioner William Ingram stated he had his resignation from the Catlin Planning Commission in an envelope, and showed the envelop, that he was bringing the City of Catlin to resign from that planning commission.
This leaves David Kietzman who is employed by the community college (a unit of local government) and therefore prohibited from serving as an airport authority commissioner, and Steve Foster, who is a City of Danville Alderman, and as such is prohibited from serving as an airport authority commissioner. See our previous article (here).
Why they cannot read and understand one simple sentence in the Airport Authorities Act is beyond us. Their attorney even apparently is refusing to force the issue, by saying they are waiting on a letter from IDOT.
…No person shall be appointed to the Board of Commissioners of any Airport Authority who has any financial interest in the establishment or continued existence thereof or who is a member of the governing body or an officer or employee of a municipality, a county, or any other unit of local government…
IDOT has had this information for at least a month and not taken any action on it (yet). Does it really take much thought to figure out an Alderman of a city and an employee of a community college are violating this state law?
Additionally, David Kietzman, who does not reside within the airport authority (according to public records we obtained), is making a decision on imposing property taxes on people he does not represent – another alleged violation of the airport authorities act.
We believe they know they cannot serve in the capacity they are serving but refuse to do the right thing and resign. They will eventually be forced to follow the law.