East Dundee chairman says nomination to fill contested director seat could take place soon
As much as Monday’s East Dundee Village Board of Directors meeting appeared to be business as usual, a lingering question remains unanswered.
What will happen with the disputed director seat of Scott Andresen?
For the first time in months, the subject was not discussed in a short meeting on Monday. However, President Jeff Lynam later said that while he was in no rush to fill the seat he believed to be vacant, he still had his “ducks in a row” to eventually replace Andresen, who chose to failing to stand for re-election in April but remains on the board despite Lynam’s objections.
Lynam attempted to nominate Frank Scarpelli to take Andresen’s seat on May 17, but the effort failed when no director seconded a motion. Lynam moved on to a second appointee – Jim Carlini – when the board took no action on Scarpelli within 30 days.
Lynam believes the 30-day window on Carlini’s nomination attempt has also closed without board action, meaning by ordinance Lynam is now allowed to take the seat with either Scarpelli or Carlini.
“Now those 60 days are up, so I’m free to go ahead and nominate,” Lynam said. “I hope it will be more in our hair soon. It’s still a question mark.”
Andresen believes there is no vacant post, an opinion supported by legal opinions from village attorney Greg Smith, who said in a May memo “the village president and the board have failed. no mandatory obligation to declare a vacancy for the vacant village administrator seat, currently held by administrator Scott Andresen, for which no one qualified in the April 2021 elections. ”
Only two people came forward to fill three vacant director seats in the April election, opening the door for Andresen to stay. Lynam’s election as chairman after serving many years as a director created an additional opening, which was filled in May when Lynam appointed Rich Treiber with the support of a unanimous board vote of administration.
Andresen also wonders if the 30-day Carlini date window has even started.
“With all the references to Carlini on agendas in the past, there has never been an agenda item on which the board could take action,” said Andresen. “If (Lynam) keeps trying, we’ll have to find out. The village attorney has been clear. The seat is not vacant.”