Forensic audit in Grafton will move forward, supervisor says

HUNTLEY ­ – Grafton Township soon will pay the bank fee that could have stalled the long-awaited forensic audit, said Supervisor Linda Moore, whom trustees criticized for wanting to delay the audit.

Trustees Betty Zirk and Rob LaPorta called a special board meeting Tuesday to direct Moore to pay Harris Bank in Huntley a $750 fee for turning over thousands of documents and bank statements to ECS Financial Services, who was contracted to do the audit.

But Moore did not attend the meeting, where trustees authorized the $750 fee by a 4-0 vote.

The trustees, who have fought in court with Moore, suspected that the supervisor's absence meant she was going to ignore the board directive as she did with the original $10,000 retainer to ECS, Zirk said.

"She hasn't been cooperative before, unless she starts to feel that the judge will come down on her," Zirk said. "I hope she pays it. At this point, why hold up things any longer?"

In February, McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell found Moore in contempt of court after she hadn't paid the $10,000 retainer to ECS that trustees authorized in November.

Trustees had been pushing for a forensic audit to see whether Moore did anything wrong with handling Grafton's finances during her tenure, which ends in May.

Zirk said she wanted to call a special meeting Tuesday so that the forensic audit wouldn't encounter another delay. She also questioned why Moore didn't tell the board about the bank fee before the board's regular meeting March 14.

In defense, Moore said she was waiting for the formal invoice before alerting the trustees about the bank fee. Moore also was sick Tuesday and didn't attend the meeting to avoid geting others sick, she said.

Once she receives the official minutes from Tuesday's meeting, she will send the $750 check to Harris Bank, which then can hand over the voluminous bank statements dating to 2008 to ECS.

But Moore took issue with the trustees questioning her commitment to paying the fee.

"I think it's unfounded, and I don't understand why everything has to be negative," Moore said. "We need to work together. I've always tried to work with them."

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