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Storm to blame for rescheduled meetings
Linn board expected to discuss police Tuesday

by Steve Targo

July 21, 2011

Linn Before 8 a.m. July 11, a storm produced strong winds which brought treetops to earth in several locations around Walworth County.

For some communities in Northeastern Illinois, the damage was much worse. Several communities lost power until later in the week.

On Wednesday, July 13, Jim Weiss said he watched the storm pass overhead from his Linn Township home that morning.

Later in the day, the town chairman had to contend with the damage caused by the storm at his business in Hebron, Ill.

He said the board members agreed to postpone the meeting, "which probably was a good thing due to the fact that I didn't get home until 11 that night."

Weiss said Champion Pizza, a business which primarily deals with frozen foods, was without power. He said he called Town Attorney David Schiltz to inform him he couldn't make the meetings, and Schiltz contacted the other board members.

"We couldn't get a quorum," Weiss said.

On July 11, there was supposed to be a special meeting in the conference room at 6 p.m. to go into closed session to consider "employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of public employee — Police Department and pier attendants."

The regular Town Board meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m.

Weiss said both meetings were rescheduled for Tuesday, July 19. Same location, same agenda — only the date had changed.

He said the reason was the Linn 4-H Club had reserved the Town Hall for Monday night and it would require changing the start time for both meetings.

The special closed session meeting was expected to begin at 6 p.m., the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

More from the meetings will appear in a future edition of the Regional News.

However, on July 13, Weiss discussed a couple issues the board was expected to address in open session.

Firearm ordinance

It's possible the Linn Town Board may adopt an ordinance regulating the use of firearms within the town at this rescheduled meeting.

The proposed ordinance calls for establishing areas in which it is permitted to use firearms for hunting. See a future edition for more about the ordinance.

Within these areas are several town subdivisions, but Weiss said one of them had not been included.

Weiss said a platted subdivision on State Line Road created by Terry Woods, a Linn Town Board supervisor, had not been included as a prohibited area.

According to Weiss, Woods asked the subdivision be included.

"That request was received favorably," Weiss said.

Another issue concerns a caveat within an agreement involving the Town Board, the Linn Town Sanitary District and the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency.

According to Weiss, the agreement requires a board member be appointed to the agency. That agreement also requires the appointee be a sanitary district resident.

"It's conceivable that a board member wouldn't live within the Linn Town Sanitary District (and the board) may not be able to provide a qualified representative," Weiss said.

He said he expects the board to request a change in the agreement, simply so that it only states a Town Board member be appointed to the agency, thereby avoiding any wording about them living in the district.