Ballot Question Faces Challenge from Worker Parks Employee Says Village Is Wasting Time
Kmitch, Justin, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Justin Kmitch Daily Herald Staff Writer
A Bensenville park employee has filed a formal challenge to the village's advisory referendum - the latest salvo in the long- running feud between the two governments.
Bob Jarecki, parks superintendent of building and grounds, said residents shouldn't have to "waste their time" voting on three questions on the March 16 ballot concerning the disconnection of the park district's White Pines Golf Course.
"White Pines has been disconnected for almost a month so it makes no sense, now asking voters what they think," Jarecki said. "It's already done, so why waste their time?"
Jarecki also says the deck is stacked against him because his objections will be heard by a special panel of Mayor John Geils, Trustee Peggy Walberg and Village Clerk Roxanne Mitchell. Geils and Walberg voted last month to put the questions on the ballot.
"I know I'm setting myself up, but somebody's got to take a stand against this ridiculous behavior," Jarecki said. "Geils and Walberg already let their opinions known so it's already at least a 2-1 vote."
The three questions ask residents whether the park district should disconnect, if the village should continue to provide services to the golf course and whether it should enforce local liquor laws at White Pines.
Geils said even though the village decided not to pursue the matter further in court, he thinks residents should be able to voice their opinions about the park district's move.
"Our residents don't feel as if they had all of the information before them when the disconnect happened, so we're giving them a voice," he said. …