For at least the third time in his tenure on the Village Board, Trustee Tim Desmond argued that statements made by fellow Trustee Robert Streit were wrong even when Streit’s statements were supported by the Village Attorney, fellow Trustees and even Desmond’s own votes on the issues.
Most recently, Desmond claimed that Trustee Robert Streit was wrong about townhouses potentially being part of the Beatty Development immediately after Village Attorney Paul O’Grady told the board that townhouses could be part of the plan based on the ordinance they were prepared to vote for that night.
Looking down and appearing to read off a prepared statement, Desmond said, “I think this is a classic example of Trustee Streit creating a problem trying to find a solution. There’s nothing down here about townhouses. It came up in discussion but there was nothing further discussed on it, so what is the problem?”
Streit said that the problem was that the language was not transparent and was “code”. Answering Desmond, he said, “I think everyone now knows, except maybe you, that townhomes are part of the plan and that’s actually the problem that we have.”
Despite being told that townhouses could be part of the plan, Desmond maintained the facade that townhouses would not be built even after Trustee Alex Olejniczak said that the village was keeping its options open regarding townhouses.
It isn’t the first time that Desmond has argued against the evidence. As part of the majority on the board, he supported firing 21 union 911 dispatchers in favor of outsourcing the contract. In November of 2014, he argued that the union jobs were not outsourced. Interrupting Streit once again, Desmond, disagreed with the idea that the privatization of those union jobs was “outsourcing”.
“Trustee Streit, where were they outsourced to? Where were they outsourced to?” he asked Streit.
Streit responded, “to a private company”. Desmond, then pointing behind into the wall, said, “right there, they’re right there, they’ve always been right there.”
That demonstrative outburst caused Streit to respond to Desmond stating, “Trustee Desmond, it shows that you don’t even really understand what you voted for …they don’t work for us …” Outsourcing or privatization are words that have long been given to the process of replacing union employees with a private company, which Bury and her allies did after taking office.
A similar disagreement took place between Desmond and Streit when the board voted to fire Jack’s Towing with Desmond defending Mayor Sandra Bury and the administration. He’s often been the most vocal supporter of Bury’s policies.
As Streit was discussing the administration’s proposal to fire Jack’s Towing, which included two Oak Lawn residents as longtime employees, Desmond once again broke board protocol and Roberts Rules of Order, interrupting Streit to state that nobody was being fired.
Even after being told by Mayor Bury that Streit had the floor, Desmond interrupted a second time as Streit spoke, stating, “can you speak the truth , if possible” as Streit once again referenced the loss of jobs for the longtime residents.
Streit answered Desmond stating, “the only one who hasn’t spoken the truth is you Trustee”. Desmond did vote in favor of dismissing Jack’s Towing in a controversial vote, flip flopping from his previous vote after receiving political pressure. The owner of the company that replaced Jack’s Towing gave a $500 contribution to Mayor Sandra Bury’s recent fundraiser. Jack’s Towing had never donated money to Bury’s campaign.
No other Trustees defended any of Desmond’s statements.
Robert Streit said he doesn’t know if Desmond understood what he was voting for or whether he is intentionally trying to mislead the public. Tim Desmond has refused to speak with the Oak Lawn Leaf during his term in office. In 2013, his opponent for Village Trustee sent a mailer out detailing Desmond’s four DUI arrests. The Oak Lawn Leaf printed a story about that issue at the time.