Fire District Agenda Changes Again

00:00 AM April 13, 2018

The Prophetstown Fire Protection District's Board of Trustees has changed the agenda for its special meeting on Monday yet again.


The board called the special session after being told by legal counsel that the vote that was taken at its meeting on Monday to remove Chief Keith Crady and install Gerald Armstrong was not valid.  According to the Illinois Open Meetings Act a vote taken after an executive session, must be done by roll call.  The trustees voted by secret ballot.


After publishing the meeting agenda on Wednesday, Trustee Secretary Rick Woolums notified media on Thursday morning that "At the suggestion of other trustees we moved the public comment time toward the end of the meeting."  No explanation for the change was given.  Past practice has been to hold the public comment portion of the meeting at the beginning of the meeting.


On late Thursday afternoon notification was received from Woolums stating, "After numerous conversations it has been decided to move the public comment time back to the beginning of the meeting."


Since the board's decision to remove Crady, social media has been busy with chatter both pro and con on the decision.


The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Prophetstown Fire Station on Monday at 6:00 p.m


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  • jeanne berger:

    13 Apr 2018 11:07:00

    ????? This does not sound legal either. I don’t know what it going on but people do have a right to voice their opinions. The trustees better get a little schooling on the Illinois open Meeting Act. As a former librarian working with an appointed board I realize it is difficult to get boards to realize they are not the judge and jury but higher laws must followed.

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