TOWN OF LINN STANDS UP FOR CHRISTMAS
Four hundred. The chips were down, the cards ready to be turned, and a loss against even a weakened and mentally disadvantaged enemy could have cost Town of Linn, the Town of Linn. But they came. The four hundred. The annual meeting that was held on December 17th, 2020, the one in which two of the city’s board members showed up in the audience to send sycophants and minions forward to offer resolutions, had led to the potential loss of the powers of the township itself to this small, but quiet and prosperous cabal of co-conspirators.
Chris Jones and Kathy Leigh, board members, knew the rules and realized that the effects of the virus might keep most residents from attending the once-a-year meeting. Only small towns in Wisconsin subscribe to a state rule that allows them to have one meeting a year and potentially change or make up any rules they can get a majority attending to vote for. Jones and Leigh came loaded for bear, with about twenty followers. There were less than thirty people attending the meeting, so their plan succeeded. They resolved, time after time, to do away with board powers, taxation, and just about everything else. Each resolution was voted on and each resolution passed with a vote of about twenty to ten. That was it. Part of this sneak attack on the Town of Linn was due to the fact that Jim Weiss, the board chairman, recently left his position at Williams Bay, where he served quite honorably as city administrator. The fact that neither the Village of Williams Bay, nor Jim himself, would comment on the reason for his leaving allowed speculation to run wild, and mostly in a negative way. Chris and Kathy never liked Jim and that showed when they served on the board together, time after time. Also, both Chris and Kathy have been the minority two votes. The other two board members have almost always voted with Jim. Chris and Kathy wanted to take over, even though neither of them has ever been able to articulate changes to the smooth running of Town of Linn that they’d like to make. Chris Jones even went so far as to say, we were informed by a confidential source, that she was mandated to rule the town by the citizens who’d voted for her. Apparently, Jones wants to simply rule, regardless of policy, structure, or complaints.
The Town of Linn brought in outside expert attorney, Hector Lagarda, and he proved himself to be worth whatever it was they paid him. Hector spoke time and time again to the gathered two hundred (who were there in person, in spite of the virus, masks, distancing, parking mess, and outside temperatures). Another two hundred attended the meeting online. Hector answered many questions about how the town would likely surrender its township status and be run directly by Walworth County. He mentioned that the motivation of the county to pay much attention to the Town of Linn business wasn’t likely to be very great, given its small size in comparison to the county as a whole.
The people of the Town of Linn responded and gave a Christmas present to the entirety of the citizenry. They voted 173 to 10 to have another “annual meeting” on January 4th, at which time the items that were brought up and passed by the “cabal” organized by Jones and Leigh can be revisited and withdrawn or voted on again (the other people attending the meeting were non-voting property owners). It’s important, during this holiday season, not to forget that, while the virus still rages and the election is not “over,” that the small communities like the Town of Linn stand together to function smoothly until the crisis is over.
Show up and vote at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Linn Firehouse on the 4th of January. The GSR will be there too.