04/03/2021

Hinsdale Trustee Inquiries $500 Payment To Employee’s Relative

HINSDALE, IL — An challenge has surfaced with a $500 payment that the Hinsdale village governing administration built to a seller in December. But the village president did not want to examine the facts at a conference.

The concern arrived up last 7 days when the Village Board was about all set to approve its month to month accounts payable, which amounted to $1.6 million in December.

Village President Tom Cauley pointed out Trustee Matt Posthuma experienced an challenge with the $500 payment.

Posthuma explained he experienced traded email messages with Darrell Langlois, the village’s finance director, about the payment.

“I am satisfied to get into this now, Tom,” Posthuma explained.

Cauley explained he “would relatively not go into it now.”

Although the look at is out the door, Cauley explained, “I think we should really not approve it until eventually we do some thanks diligence.”

So the trustees approved the accounts payable without having the $500 payment. They did not identify the seller.

Soon after the conference, Patch submitted a general public records request for paperwork about the $500 payment. The files arrived Thursday.

Before the working day of the conference, Posthuma emailed Langlois about the payment to Brad Hanzel for an item listed as “scheduling/design payment CBD planting,” with CBD referring to the Central Business District.

He questioned no matter whether Hanzel was connected to Sammy Hanzel, the parks department’s recreation and internet marketing communications manager.

“If so, what is the village’s policy for executing small business with family members of workers?” Posthuma asked.

Langlois verified that the Hanzels are siblings. He said Brad Hanzel was a village employee for four months in 2018, then left for an additional entire-time occupation. The village work, Langlois reported, was authorized simply because Sammy Hanzel was not her brother’s supervisor. They labored in diverse departments.

Langlois stated he been given information that Brad Hanzel did Central Organization District planting style and design whilst he was with the village.

A member of the village’s public providers team, John Finnell, appreciated Brad Hanzel’s plantings, which been given a lot of compliments, Langlois claimed. Brad Hanzel did the perform in 2019 and 2020 as a contractor, getting $500 each individual time.

Langlois said the village’s paying for handbook does not specially address a seller who could possibly have a relative performing for the village.

He pointed to a provision that states, “Village personnel are prohibited from acquiring a monetary fascination, both directly or indirectly as a result of any other individual or entity, in any deal function, or business of the village or in the sale of any village property.”

Langlois extra, “I will never say this has in no way happened ahead of in my time listed here, but off the major of my head, (I) do not don’t forget this happening just before, unquestionably for nothing at all product.”

Patch emailed Posthuma on Thursday about whether he was happy with the reply. He did not reply as of Friday early morning.

The board permitted the accounts payable, other than the $500 payment.