Mayor Callero Criticizes Actions At Disrupted Meeting
He blames a trustee for not explaining why she made a motion.
Niles Mayor Robert Callero has criticized Trustee Louella Preston's actions at a Sept. 20 special village board meeting that ended abruptly and chaotically.
Callero wrote the remarks in a letter to the editor that appeared in the Bugle Newspaper.
At the Sept. 20 meeting, Preston made a motion for the board to delay going into executive (closed) session. However, the village attorney, Joseph Annunzio, said that Robert's Rules of Order prevented her from explaining why she made the motion, and required the board to vote without discussion.
Preston later told Patch she wanted to delay going into closed session, which was for the purpose of discussing a sensitive legal matter, because one of the trustees, Jim Hynes, was holding another meeting and was expected to arrive in about an hour. Preston felt the legal matter was so important it required the attention of the full board.
Because Robert's Rules prevented discussion, however, the board was stymied, and that led two trustees to walk out, followed by the mayor.